Seattle-area director Taylor Guterson uses the same cast of his first feature, “Old Goats,” to tell the story of a senior (Bob Burkholder) slipping into dementia and the landlord (Britton Crosley) who reluctantly becomes his advocate. While it has moments of heartbreak and sadness, it is also rich in humor and surprises. Now playing at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Tom Keogh’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
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No, not a “Walking Dead” crossover, but a “Shark Week” special that explores “a catatonic zombielike state that can be achieved in sharks.” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, on Discovery.
‘Last Comic Standing’
A winner is chosen in the finale of this stand-up comic competition. 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, on NBC.
Taste of Main
Come to Old Bellevue 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug, 16, for the sixth annual Taste of Main, 100th and Bellevue Way on Main Street. Wineries, breweries and distilleries, food from local restaurants, a silent auction and more. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue through the event’s sponsor, the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. tasteofmainbellevue.com.
This Saturday, Aug. 16, event will include a community parade, 11 a.m. — noon on 175th Street; the Bassett Bash, 1-4 p.m., Woodin Creek Park; and music and other festivities, noon-5 p.m., Wilmot Gateway Park (celebratewoodinville.com).
Pioneer Square Fire Festival
The two-day event is expected to attract 3,000-5,000 people each day. Children can watch the combat challenge, examine antique firetrucks, and take the Kid’s Firefighter Challenge, which encourages physical fitness. The event also marks the 125th anniversary of the Great Fire of Seattle. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 17, Occidental Square Park, Seattle (downtownseattle.com/2014/07/fire-festival-2).
Maybe the smartest band in indie rock today, with just the right mix of intelligence and seductiveness. That’s kept this English band’s most recent album, “AM,” in the top 50 for nearly a full year. 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11-12, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $39-$43 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
We’re not talking Shirelles and Supremes here, but still a fabulous double bill of spunky, tough-minded girl groups: Los Angeles’ bouncy-punky Haim, whose breakup song, “The Wire,” is a best of career effort, and Seattle’s own fem-rock outfit Tacocat, which has been making, um, waves (as in “Riding the Crimson Wave”). 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $30 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
The Seattle-based author discusses his novel “Sweet Thunder,” just out in paperback, about the further adventures of librarian/newspaperman/troublemaker Morrie Morgan in Butte, Montana. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
‘Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches’
Intiman Theatre devotes its summer festival to Tony Kushner’s two-part saga of morality, homosexuality and love in New York in the mid-1980s, the thick of the AIDS epidemic. This is the first half of Tony Kushner’s two-part drama; Part 2, “Perestroika,” opens in early September and plays in rep and marathon performances with “Millennium Approaches” through Sept. 21. Previews 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 12-13. Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St., Seattle; $35-$56 (206-441-7178 or intiman.org).
‘Life = Play (an Evening of Short Works and Rarities)’
West of Lenin opens a citywide Beckett Festival, with a bill of four Samuel Beckett works: “Rockaby,” “Act Without Words,” “Come and Go” and (in French) “La Derniere Bande.” Opens 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., Seattle; $12-$20 (800-838-3006 or bit.ly/WofLifequalPlay).
Russian Music in the Park
The lakefront Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island is the setting for this Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle program, featuring works by Glazunov, Glinka-Balakirev, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Families are invited to bring picnics and blankets, and a hot-dog truck will be on site. Freewill donations welcome. 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2040 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island (russianchambermusic.org).
Washington State History Museum
The museum will play its own part in global World War I centenary commemorations with a new exhibit, “Seeds of Victory: Posters of the Great War.” Beautifully illustrated with patriotic (and sometimes frightening) imagery, these posters, produced by the Committee on Public Information, urged Americans to join the military, volunteer at home, conserve food and participate in any way possible to help the war effort. Opening day of “Seeds of Victory” will include tours, a military band, a flag ceremony, and a display of WWI-era weaponry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, WSHM, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50 (253-272-9747 or washingtonhistory.org).