Author Neal Stephenson reads, “Slaughterhouse-Five” performed on stage and Seattle Symphony “Untuxed” lead entertainment offerings for the week of June 7.

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‘Love & Mercy’

The bizarre story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson is one of the most touching and gripping biopics you will ever see, says Times reviewer Paul de Barros. The film flips between a 1980s present, when the adult Wilson (played by John Cusack), misdiagnosed as schizophrenic, is drugged and virtually imprisoned by a Svengali-like guru/doctor (Paul Giamatti), and a sunny early career, when the younger Wilson (Paul Dano) is crafting such groundbreaking pop music as “Good Vibrations.” Now playing at several theaters. For de Barros’ full four-star review, go to


‘Major Crimes’

Captain Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and her team are back for a fourth season of this crime drama. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Monday, June 8, on TNT.

‘Beauty and the Beast’

It’s season three for this update of the classic tale. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, on The CW.


Georgetown Carnival

Visit Georgetown’s historic corridor to hear music performed on four stages, see interactive art, watch power tool races, and imbibe at beer gardens, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, June 13 (


Sufjan Stevens

After forays into classical, EDM and Christmas music, the Brooklyn-based songsmith has returned to the unpretentious essence that made his reputation in the first place, with the stunning new album, “Carrie and Lowell.” Named for his mother, who died in 2012, and her second husband, “Carrie and Lowell” is set in the Northwest — Eugene, to be exact — where Stevens spent summers as a child. The album has earned Stevens two nights in an ample Seattle venue. 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 10-11, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $35.75 (877-784-4849 or

Rock ’n’ Roll Seattle Marathon, with Mudhoney

Seattle bands entertain you at every mile along the half marathon and full marathon, but the reward at the finish line is pioneering grunge rock favorite Mudhoney, which plays at Seattle Center as runners stream in. In its seventh year, the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon will probably draw 20,000 runners to the show, but spectators are welcome at the free concert, as well. This year, the event also includes an 8K course, which starts and finishes with the marathon and half-marathon. The race begins at the Space Needle at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 13, and Mudhoney performs that day at 11 a.m. on the Fountain Lawn, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; free for spectators (206-684-7200 or


Neal Stephenson

In Seattle author Stephenson’s new novel “Seveneves,” the moon blows up. Complications ensue. Catch Stephenson’s reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Barnes and Noble, 19401 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood; free (425-771-2220). Space is limited — wristbands will be distributed, starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. (



Book-It tackles Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 tale of POW time-and-space traveler Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut’s response in novel form to his own horrific experience as a prisoner during the bombing of Dresden in World War II. The production closes the company’s 25th season. June 12-July 3, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center; $25 (206-216-0833 or


Seattle Choral Company

The company will end its 33rd season with “Jazz Mass: A Fusion of Heaven and Earth,” a concert of three contemporary choral works: “Mass,” by Steve Dobrogosz, a 1997 piece that is having its Seattle debut; “The Making of the Drum,” by Bob Chilcott; and “Alchemy,” by Seattle resident Donald Skirvin, composer emeritus for The Esoterics. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday (June 12-13), St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $25 (800-838-3006 or

Seattle Symphony: Untuxed

If there’s a better way to kick off the weekend than with a performance of Beethoven and Brahms, point us to it. The SSO will say TGIF with an appetizer-sized concert of Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $17 (206-215-4747 or


Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

This is the last week to view the arresting, mystical show by Kenyan photographer and videographer Jim Chuchu, titled “Pagans.” Times reviewer Michael Upchurch wrote, “His photographs imagine a pre-Christian, pre-Islamic Kenya that is, he said during a recent visit to Seattle, far removed from the experience of his own generation.” 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (June 9-13), 608 Second Ave., Seattle; (206-467-4927 or