The fifth installment in Disneynature’s series of wildlife documentaries, narrated by John C. Reilly, follows a bear family during the course of one year in the Alaskan wild. There are a few comic-relief episodes, including one cub’s adventure with a Velcro-like shellfish, but for the most part this is serious stuff. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H6. For John Hartl’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
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Two best friends pretend to be a couple in this new comedy. Series premiere, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, on MTV.
Based on the 2011 feature film, this new comedy is about a woman (Ari Graynor) who pretends to be a teacher to meet a new man. Series premiere, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, on CBS.
Thursday Flash Infusion
Barrio on Capitol Hill features “Thursday Night Flash Infusion,” where those crazy kids behind the bar add ingredients to the margarita and sees how the flavors develop throughout the night. The last one they tried was a strawberry basil margarita with a balsamic foam. Starts at 4 p.m. every Thursday. Drinks from $10-$13. At 1420 12th Ave., Seattle (206 588-8105, barriorestaurant.com).
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
Sample traditional and contemporary Japanese performances, visual arts, food, games, taiko drumming, and more beginning at 10 a.m. April 25-27, at the Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
Sheep Shearing at Kelsey Creek Farm
Sheep shearing, herding demonstration and tractor-pulled hayrides are just some of the attractions, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Kelsey Creek Farm Park in Bellevue. There also will be fiber arts demonstrations, pony rides, inflatable rides and food. Free admission. (425-452-7688, or www.farmerjayne.com).
Seattle Pet Expo
Got a pet? Want one? Then check out care information, exhibits, vendors, rescue groups pet adoptions, entertainment, demonstrations from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall; free. Pets welcome, of course. (206-684-7200 or seattlepetexpo.com).
Regina Carter’s ‘Southern Comfort’
The top violinist in jazz, Carter explores the music of the south on her wonderful new album, “Southern Comfort,” which means everything from traditional hymns and “See See Rider” to Graham Parsons’ classic ballad, “Hickory Wind.” With Will Holshouser (accordion), Marvin Sewell (guitar), Jesse Murphy (bass) and Alvester Garnett (drums). 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, (April 24 and 27), and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, (April 25-26), at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $24.50 (206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com).
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Top young musicians from throughout the Seattle area will perform with proceeds going to benefit music programs at the participating schools. This year’s participating high schools are Ballard, Bothell, Garfield, Mountlake Terrace and Roosevelt. 7 p.m., Friday April 25, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle, $20, (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
The acclaimed naturalist-illustrator-author swings through town to publicize his new book “The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition.” His appearance at noon Monday, April 21, at the Eagle Harbor Book Co. is sold out, but there’s his 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, appearance at Third Place Books with wildlife artist Tony Angell, an inspired author-artist in his own right. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or thirdplacebooks.com). Sibley also has a 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, appearance and book signing at the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-523-4483 or seattleaudubon.org).
Guha, author of “India After Gandhi,” discusses the first volume of his projected two-volume life of Mohandas Gandhi, “Gandhi Before India.” At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or seattleartmuseum.org).
Pawel, a former Newsday and Los Angeles Times reporter, discusses her new biography, “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez.” At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or ubookstore.com).
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’
Seattle Repertory Theatre is staging this classic for the first time, about a friendly little gathering gone disastrously awry. Braden Abraham directs. Through May 18, Seattle Rep, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; tickets start at $15 (206-443-2222 or seattlerep.org).
Lake Union Civic Orchestra
Music by the outliers Bartok, Berlioz and Debussy are on LUCO’s “Rebels with a Cause” program, which will include principal clarinetist Steven Noffsinger as soloist on Debussy’s Premiere rhapsodie of 1910-11. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April l25, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $13-$18 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
Auburn Symphony Orchestra
Next weekend is the ASO’s final concert at Auburn Performing Arts Center until fall 2015; during the center’s renovation next season, the orchestra will play at Auburn Mountainview High School. Stewart Kershaw will lead players in Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony and Bruch’s Kol Nedrei, featuring principal cello Brian Wharton. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, APAC, 206 E. St. N.E., Auburn; $10-$34 (253-887-7777 or auburnsymphony.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
SSO concertmaster Alexander Velinzon will play the Brahms Violin Concerto, the only violin piece that pianist Brahms wrote and a pillar of the violin pantheon; three good reasons to attend. Ludovic Morlot will lead the orchestra in Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra as well. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Adventurous art collective Lead Pencil Studio (aka Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo) put together a three-room installation, using items found here and there in the Wing — hand trucks, empty picture frames, a Buddha statue, to name a few. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, until 8 p.m. first Thursdays and third Saturdays, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $8.95-$12.95 (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org).