The week of April 26 promises music, outdoor events, and the Tudor Choir.

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‘Dior and I’

Frédéric Tcheng’s fascinating fashion documentary follows designer Raf Simons during the frenzied lead-up to a key Dior runway show. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas (21+). For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review, go to


‘The Casual Vacancy’

This miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel is set in a small English village and features Michael Gambon, Julia McKenzie and Keeley Hawes. Part 1 airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, on HBO.


It’s season finale time for this comedy starring the great comic duo of Anna Faris and Allison Janney. 9:01 p.m. Thursday, April 30, on CBS.


Dining Out for Life

Do good just by eating out on Thursday, April 30, when restaurants all across town are giving a third or more of their proceeds to Lifelong (last year alone, its great work included 37,047 bags of groceries and 161,401 meals to those in need). Find the list of participating places online, and note that a handful of all-stars, including favorites Fogon, Jules Maes and Witness, are giving 50 percent of the day’s revenue. Drinks count too!


Master Gardener Plant Sale

Buy a plant, veggies, herbs, trees and shrubs from master gardeners and local vendors and consult with garden designers. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 3; Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle (

Fiesta 5K Ole and Taco Truck Challenge

Join a fun run that benefits Seafair Foundation charities at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. There will be music and a beer and margarita garden, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle; $33/through Thursday, April 30, $44/day of event; party included for runners, $5 at the gate for others (


Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello has played Seattle 20 times, but this time the Grammy-winning polymath is doing a solo show. In the past, he’s picked his set list with a spinning wheel or let the crowd participate, but on what he’s calling a “detour,” he’s hand-picked the list in advance. Earlier shows have featured songs from his debut album, “My Aim Is True,” as well as Bob Dylan’s “Florida Key” and Patsy Cline’s “Side By Side.” 7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $41.25-$71.25 (877-784-4849 or

Lila Downs

Born in Minnesota and raised there and in Mexico, bicultural singer-songwriter Lila Downs released a powder keg of an album this year, “Balas Y Chocolate,” which went gold in Mexico the day it came out. An unvarnished confrontation of the grisly violence and corruption that besiege her home country of choice (she lives in Oaxaca), the album also is a love letter to Mexico’s warmth and optimism. Guest appearances by superstars Juan Gabriel and Juanes signal that Downs has most definitely arrived. 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $33.50-$38.50 (877-784-4849 or


Jeffrey Brown

Copper Canyon Press and Seattle University host chief correspondent for arts, culture and society at PBS NewsHour and author of a collection of poetry,“ The News,” 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, Seattle University Pigott Auditorium, 1016 E. Marion St., Seattle; free (

David Brooks

It must be PBS week in Seattle — Brooks, PBS commentator, New York Times columnist and author reads from his thought-provoking new book, “The Road to Character.” At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $35/one person, one book, $40/two people, one book (206-652-4255 or


‘The Phantom of the Opera’

The once-creaky classic comes to Seattle on a North American tour featuring new choreography, set designs and staging, produced by mega-hitmaker Cameron Mackintosh. April 30-May 10, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; tickets start at $35 (877-784-4849 or


Seattle Symphony

Guest Yefim Bronfman, recently the New York Philharmonic’s artist-in-residence and Beethoven-specialist-in-residence, returns to Seattle for an all-Beethoven program: the Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 7. Ludovic Morlot will conduct. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $20 (206-215-4747 or

The Tudor Choir

The 15-member ensemble, formed in 1993, will perform its final concert, “Night Music: Music for the Soul,” on May 2. Director Doug Fullington says the group may record more albums or present the occasional program in the future; he’ll devote his time to ballet history research projects (he’s assistant to the artistic director at Pacific Northwest Ballet). The “Night Music” program includes works by Fullington, Jeff Junkinsmith and Kevin Siegfried. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; $20-$30 (206-323-9415 or


‘Art Beasties: Time Difference: Seattle–New York–Tokyo’

Soil Gallery lays to rest an ambitious collaboration between artists in Seattle, New York and Tokyo on Saturday, May 2. Photography, installations, videos and paintings explore time zones, borders, distance, language and more. 112 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-264-8061 or