Seattle Symphony’s tribute to Ray Charles leads entertainment slate for week of May 31. Other events include Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, Duvall Days and Free Fry Friday.
‘Set Fire to the Stars’
This haunting account of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ first tour of America in 1950, filmed in black and white, is at once curiously subdued and unnervingly unpredictable. Celyn Jones stars as the hard-drinking poet who’s often at odds with his American escort, critic-scholar John Brinnin (Elijah Wood). Now playing at the Grand Illusion through Thursday, June 4.
Seattle International Film Festival
SIFF continues through June 7 at Egyptian, Uptown, Pacific Place, Harvard Exit, SIFF Film Center, Kirkland Performance Center. Individual tickets are $11 weekday matinees ($9 SIFF members), $13 evening/weekend shows ($11 SIFF members); various ticket packages available. Box office: 206-324-9996, siff.net or at festival venues
‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Season 12 of this dance competition features new judges Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Monday, June 1, on Fox.
The third season of this drama finds Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) on the run in Europe. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday, June 4, on NBC.
Free Fry Friday
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Free Fry Friday is deliciously simple: From 3 to 6 p.m. on the first Friday of every month — that’s this Friday, June 5 — go to Capitol Hill’s Pike St. Fish Fry or its sibling Moe Bar, and you get an order of their tasty French fries, gratis. There’s not even any purchase necessary, though they’d like to remind you that their fries go well with an ice-cold beer (and, not coincidentally, Hamm’s are $1 each from 3 to 4 p.m., with $2 select drafts throughout Free Fry time). 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, Pike St. Fish Fry, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle (206-329-7453 or pikestfishfry.com) and Moe Bar, 1425 10th Ave., Seattle (206-709-9951 or moebarseattle.com)
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
Traditions and culture of the Philippines will be on display with costumes, a historical display, musical performances, children’s craft exhibits, and martial arts, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
Duvall Days Festival
This community celebration features a parade, a classic car show, and a beer garden, 9 a.m.-dusk on Saturday, June 6. The Run Duvall 5K, 10K, and half marathon begins at 8 a.m.; $15-$60. Duvall Firefighters pancake breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, June 7, Duvall (duvalldays.org).
Neutral Milk Hotel
Expect a massive singalong and a house packed with adoring fans as the Athens, Ga., indie troupe returns to the Paramount Theatre. Led by singer, guitarist and song writer Jeff Mangum, the band released “In The Airplane Over The Sea,” in 1998 to critical acclaim before going on hiatus for nearly a decade. This is the group’s third trip to Seattle in as many years and even without new material the music still sounds fresh. 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; sold out (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Seattle Symphony Pops: A Tribute to Ray Charles
Ellis Hall, former lead singer of Tower of Power, the voice of one of the California Raisins and protégé of the late, great Charles, will perform Charles’ greatest hits with the orchestra and principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik at 8 p.m. Friday, June 5; 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $25 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Seattle Immersive Theatre’s compelling new show is “a densely plotted investigation into the nature of obsession” set in the dark heart of the Pacific Northwest. Be aware: The location of the show is revealed once you buy a ticket. Through June 7, Seattle; $35 (seattleimmersivetheatre.org).
First Thursday Art Walk
It’s time again for First Thursday festivities, which take place each month in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, when leading art galleries stay open late to fete artists, introduce new works and schmooze with buyers and browsers. Some Pioneer Square garages offer free parking, too, during evening hours, so be sure to ask for a parking voucher if you drive. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, Pioneer Square (pioneersquare.org).