Smashing Pumpkins roll in on March 23; The Boss is in town for a sold-out show on March 24; and local Oscar-nominated writer/director Bob Nelson’s new film, “The Confirmation,” debuts March 18.
Whidbey Island writer-director Bob Nelson — making his directorial debut after having been nominated for an Oscar for writing 2013’s “Nebraska” — has crafted a low-key gem about a father (Clive Owen) struggling with alcoholism and his young son’s (Jaeden Lieberher) initiation into the ways of the world. Now playing at the Varsity. Nelson will be present for a Q&A, following the 4 p.m. show on March 20. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Soren Andersen’s full three-star review and Moira Macdonald’s interview with Nelson, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
A new medical drama that centers on a world-renowned heart transplant surgeon, played by Melissa George. Series premiere is at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, on NBC.
Mireille Enos and Peter Krause star in this new drama from executive producer Shonda Rhimes. Series premiere is at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 24, on ABC.
Our neighbors to the south are bringing their pinots. Let’s party. About 40 Oregon winemakers will showcase their reds and whites Monday at the “Taste Oregon” fundraising event at 2931 First Ave. S. from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit City Fruit’s annual harvest that feed thousands of families. cityfruit.org/calendar/taste-oregon-benefiting-city-fruit
Woodland Park Zoo Bunny Bounce
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It’s that time of year! The Bounce includes Easter treats for kids, egg hunts for ages 1-8, crafts, bunny encounters, and Easter-themed enrichment treats for zoo animals. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 26, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $9.25-$13.75, ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or zoo.org/bunnybounce).
La Conner Daffodil Festival
The daffodil fields burst into bloom through March around La Conner, and some tulips are expected to be in early bloom soon. Check the frequently updated bloom map available online or visit La Conner Visitor Information Center, 511 Morris St., La Conner (tulips.com/bloommap).
Snohomish Easter Parade
Everybody’s invited to follow the Easter Bunny in the parade, which will be followed by an Easter Bonnet Contest. 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, Front Street, Snohomish (425-344-8533 or cityofsnohomish.com).
Billy Corgan’s iconic ’90s band hit the jackpot with 1993’s flawless “Siamese Dream” and its ’95 multiplatinum twofer, “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” became a sort-of Gen-X answer to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” Since then, Corgan has floundered, but two new albums in the last four years, including the fine “Oceania,” show the band regaining its stride. This tour is billed as “electroacoustic” and will feature reworked versions of newer songs as well as past hits. The band goes into the studio post-tour to record its tenth album. Liz Phair opens the show. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; sold out (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
It’s been 36 years since Bruce Springsteen came to the Northwest to perform the material from “The River,” an album whose excellence was eclipsed by his 1984 breakthrough, “Born in the U.S.A.” Following the release of a 4-disc box set featuring those songs, plus outtakes and remixes, Springsteen immediately decided he wanted to take the show on the road. The program will include the full “River” album, in order, with other rarities thrown in. The show sold out moments after tickets went on sale. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; sold out (800-745-3000 or keyarena.com).
The local wildlife photographer will discuss and sign his new book, “Migrations: Wildlife in Motion,” at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21, at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or ubookstore.com).
Sen. Cory Booker
The junior Democratic U.S. senator from New Jersey (and former governor of the Garden State) discusses and signs “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good.” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
This musical by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown, about a man falsely accused of murdering a teenager in Atlanta in 1913, was originally a Broadway flop. But this new production by Sound Theatre Company, writes Times critic Dusty Somers, “pointedly underlines a variety of societal failings: a corrupt government eager to appear tough on crime, an economically goaded wave of racial tension, a media consumed by bloodlust.” Through Saturday, March 26 at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $18-$28 (800-838-3006 or soundtheatrecompany.org).
Pamela Reed stars in this social-realist drama about a bold but flawed social worker trying to help an infant with deeply troubled teenage parents. Times critic Misha Berson writes: “Between bursts of energy, Reed is a study in shoulder-slumping weariness and deadpan affect. It’s a bold performance, bordering on flatness. But it makes the fleeting glimpses of the warm, humane woman Caroline is at heart, despite her own past and the misery that surrounds her, more poignant.” Through March 27 at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center; $15-$70 (206-443-2222 or seattlerep.org).
Lundin has taught painting at the University of Washington for years, and his eerie, highly detailed, thick-layered paintings of chiaroscuro interiors — featuring ladders, chalkboards, pitchers, tiny model planes and more — are both realistic and subtly expressionistic. This exhibit may make you think about the rooms you inhabit on a daily basis in a whole new way. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 2 at Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-0770 or gregkucera.com).