Things to do in and around Seattle June 5-11.

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Seattle International Film Festival

In its final week, the massive film fest welcomes special guest Viggo Mortensen for a tribute (1:30 p.m. June 11, Egyptian) and screens four of his films: “Eastern Promises” (9:30 p.m. June 10, Uptown), “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (11:30 p.m. June 11, Egyptian), “A Walk on the Moon” (11 a.m. June 12, Uptown), and his brand-new star turn in “Captain Fantastic” (1:30 p.m . June 11, Egyptian, as part of tribute; also screening 2:30 p.m. June 12, Uptown). The festival closes June 12 with a gala screening of the Kate Winslet comedy “The Dressmaker” at Cinerama at 6 p.m., following by a closing-night party at MOHAI. Information:


‘Barbarians Rising’

A new docuseries about the people who “rise to fight for freedom against a cruel and violent force bent on their destruction.” 9 p.m. Monday, June 6, on History.

‘The CMT Music Awards’

Live from Nashville and hosted by Erin Andrews and J.J. Watt. 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, on Nickelodeon and CMT.


Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest

Visual arts exhibit, music featuring funk/rhythm and blues band Con Funk Shun, reggae artist Clinton Fearon and Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band Kalimba, dance performances, cooking demonstrations, African American Writers Alliance, marketplace, food including catfish, seafood gumbo, fried chicken and sweet potato pie, workshops, kids’ activities, noon-8 p.m. June 11, noon-6 p.m. June 12, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

Georgetown Carnival

Visual art exhibits, circus and performance arts, music, carnival games for all ages, power tool races, Clown Town, noon-10 p.m. June 11, Georgetown historic business district, Seattle (


Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples

Following up his unlistenable album of Tin Pan Alley hits “Shadows in the Night” with a morose one in the same vein, “Fallen Angels,” the once iconoclastic singer-songwriter continues to mine the “moon-June” pop territory he once reviled. Of course, with Dylan, nothing is ever simple. Even when he was reinventing American music with “Bringin’ It All Back Home” and “Highway 61 Revisited,” the gravel-voiced troubadour facetiously wondered out loud why people couldn’t just treat him like Dean Martin instead of as the spokesman of his generation. Be careful what you wish for. With Mavis Staples. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; sold out (425-488-1133 or

The Bad Plus

Sixteen years ago, Reid Anderson (bass), Ethan Iverson (piano) and Dave King (drums) — known as The Bad Plus — pushed jazz piano trio language into a rock dialect with their groundbreaking eponymous album, which included a cover of Nirvana’s visceral “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The trio continues to make creative music, improvising in operatic sweeps that draw on the freedom of jazz’s stream-of-consciousness and the energy of rock’s rhythms. The trio’s most recent CD, “The Bad Plus Joshua Redman,” is one of its best. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7-8, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $29.50 (206-441-9729 or


Ruth Ozeki

The author of “A Tale for the Time Being” discusses “The Face: A Time Code,” a reflection/meditation on the author’s face and how age and experience changes it. 3 p.m. Sunday June 5, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or

Yaa Gyasi

The author discusses her novel “Homegoing,” about two sisters from Ghana and the epic history of their descendants. 7 p.m., Wednesday June 8, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or


‘American Stories’

Pacific Northwest Ballet closes out its season with a high-energy trio of works from three masters of American dance: Twyla Tharp’s “Waiting at the Station,” George Balanchine’s “Square Dance,” and Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free.” Through June 12, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $30-$187 (206-441-2424 or

‘Stick Fly’

Seattle Times critic Misha Berson writes: “In the casual-chic comfort of the LeVay family vacation house near Cape Cod, all is not light and breezy this summer … The template for Lydia R. Diamond’s bulky, vivacious seriocomedy ‘Stick Fly,’ which opens the 2016 Intiman Festival curated by Valerie Curtis-Newton, applies to countless other modern American dramedies wherein family reunions become soul-baring encounters and blame sessions, rather than idylls of leisure.” Through June 19, Intiman Theatre Festival at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$40 (206-441-7178 or

Whim W’Him: ‘OUT-spoken’

Dance company Whim W’Him presents an evening of new dance by choreographers Dylan Ward (re-imagining Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”), Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (with a buggy new work titled “Delicious pesticides”) and 2015 Princess Grace Foundation Choreography winner and Montreal-based James Gregg. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, June 3-11, Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St., Seattle; $15-$50 (800-838-3006 or


Philip McCracken: ‘Faith in a Seed’

Northwest sculptor Philip McCracken, 87, got his start by carving wooden boats and other figures out of wood. His favorite one, he says, is juniper: “It’s fragrant, with a beautiful color, and kind of an ornery wood — it grows on rocky islands and hillsides, and not straight. It has twists and turns and is like frozen butter in your hands.” An exhibition of his bronze works, titled “Faith in a Seed,” runs through June 5 at the Whatcom Museum, 250 Flora St., Bellingham; $5-$10 (360-778-8930 or

‘Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration’

Chuck Close, who was born in Monroe, has become one of the most renowned artists of his generation for massive, intricate studies of the human face — many of them taller than you are. His retrospective at Schack Art Center in Everett, which features nearly 90 paintings, prints and other works, includes a tapestry — of Greek artist Lucas Samaras — that is so high-resolution you’d swear it was a photograph. Through Sept. 5, Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; $5-$10 (425-259-5050 or