The week of March 29 brings Whirligig, book expo and “The Flick.”
‘A Girl Like Her’
Amy S. Weber’s smart, powerful faux documentary begins with the suicide attempt of a pretty teen named Jessica (played by Lexi Ainsworth), and from there moves both backward and forward to examine what compelled Jessica to do it, and what its fallout might be. Jessica, we learn quickly, was being bullied at school at the hands of a preening Mean Girl (Hunter King). Performed with unflinching honesty, it’s a story that’ll be familiar to countless teens. Now playing at several theaters. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies’
A new multipart documentary from Ken Burns based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Series premiere 9 p.m. Monday, March 30, on KCTS.
This new two-part, four-hour series is based on Alice Hoffman’s historical novel about a group of women and the siege of Masada. 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, on CBS.
Kids will be able to enjoy inflatable bounce and slide rides as well as other active entertainment. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 3-19, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $1.50/single ride; $8/all day pass; $4.50/all day Toddler Zone pass; all free on Thursdays (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
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There will be much to hop about at this event, which includes bunny encounters and Easter egg hunts, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle; $9.25-$13.75, ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or zoo.org/bunnybounce).
It will be an entire evening of local music-scene goodness: Tacoma garage-band faves The Sonics plus grunge-spawners Mudhoney. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $27-$47 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
April Book Expo
The annual book fair features more than 50 small presses and lit organizations from around the country, from local publishing houses Chin Music Press and Sasquatch Books to innovative national publishers such as Melville House and Graywolf Press. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; free (206-322-7030 or hugohouse.org or aprilfestival.com).
The Seattle debut of Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about three underemployed young people working in a Massachusetts movie theater. Baker’s naturalistic style can test your patience with so many short scenes, conversational pauses and suppressed emotions contained in one lengthy slice of unsung life, writes critic Misha Berson. But her play and the New Century Theatre Company cast explore a terrain of loneliness and longing deserving of one’s understanding. 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 12th Ave Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $15-$30 (206-661-8223 or wearenctc.org).
Music of Remembrance
Guest conductor and German silent-music specialist Guenter Buchwald will lead the accompaniment (Israeli composer Betty Olivero’s score) to the 1920 film “The Golem” in this program exploring Jewish legends. Also on the program: Music from the play “The Dybbuk.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-365-7770 or musicofremembrance.org).
A program of Szymanowski (Concert Overture), Prokofiev (Symphony No. 5) and Chopin (the Piano Concerto No. 2) will be led by guest conductor Thomas Sondergard. Ingrid Fliter will be guest pianist. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $20 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Tacoma Art Museum
“Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still Life Art in New Mexico” should satisfy the artist’s fans with its 22 works, including such iconic subjects as florals and skulls, writes critic Gayle Clemans. There’s more to see, though, with works from others who made the desert their physical and spiritual home. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through June 7, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $12-$14 (253-272-4258 or tacomaartmuseum.org). Note: The museum is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays through June 25.