Neil Diamond, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and “Cabaret” lead entertainment options for the week of May 10.

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‘Far from the Madding Crowd’

This adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel has the elegance of a Merchant-Ivory film yet feels utterly real. And the cast is a joy, particularly Carey Mulligan as spirited, soulful Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who inherits her uncle’s farm and attracts three very different suitors (Mathias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge). Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For a related story, see page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s full 3.5-star review, go to


‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal’

It’s season finale time for the two Shonda Rhimes dramas. “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 p.m., and “Scandal” at 9 p.m., Thursday, May 14 on ABC.

‘American Ballet Theatre: A History’

PBS’ “American Masters” program looks at the ballet company to celebrate its 75th anniversary. 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, on KCTS.


Cupcake Royale Ice Cream Social

Free ice cream! Get a complimentary scoop of Royale Creamery at all six Cupcake Royale cafes from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, May 11. (OK, it’s free ice cream sandwiches at the West Seattle and Madrona shops, since they don’t scoop, but still). Even better, three Chef Series flavors debuting that day are included: Renee Erickson’s Smoky Rocky Road with Salted Marcona Almond Bark, Ethan Stowell’s Honey Ricotta with Pistachio Brittle and Radiator Whiskey’s Smoked Maple Old-Fashioned with Luxardo Cherries. You can also add a waffle cone or toppings for $1.

Wood-aged Beers

Wanna try something funky in the beer world? Check out the wood-aged beers that more than two dozen local brewers made for Seattle Beer Week. Held 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Naked City Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle (206-838-6299 or


Paine Field Aviation Day

Like planes? On Saturday, May 16, you can enjoy a pancake breakfast and inspect aircraft displays. There also will be free flights for kids ages 6 to 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Warbirds will fly at noon. Paine Field, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $10, ages 16 and younger free (425-388-5125 or


Neil Diamond

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond, 74, is still packing them in. With 125 million record sales and songs like “Sweet Caroline” and “Cracklin’ Rosie” in his quiver, this middle-of-the-roader can pretty much do whatever he wants and people will line up. Reports from the road suggest he’s in good voice, mixing in songs from the new album, “Melody Road,” with staples like “Forever in Blue Jeans” and “Cherry Cherry.” 8 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $61-$146 (800-745-3000 or

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

A superb Canadian soprano saxophonist who has made a specialty of sizzling Afro-Cuban jazz, Jane Bunnett is in town with her all-Cuban, all-female band Maqueque. This is a don’t-miss show, especially since Jazz Alley slashed the cover charge for an artist who should be much better known. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12-13, at Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $10 (206-441-9729 or

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The fabled ‘80s Scottish indie band featuring brothers William and Jim Reid reprises its highly-influential 1985 debut album “Psychocandy.” Black Ryder opens. 9 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; sold out (888-929-7849 or



The famed Kander & Ebb musical based on Christopher Isherwood’s tales of decadent Berlin just before the rise of Hitler closes the Village Theatre’s season. Billie Wildrick stars as the songbird Sally Bowles, and Jason Collins plays the Kit Kat Klub’s leering emcee. May 14-July 3, Village Theatre (Francis J. Gaudette Theatre), 303 Front St. N., Issaquah; $35-$67 (425-392-2202 or


Seattle Symphony

The latest in the orchestra’s “Baroque and Wine” series features guest conductor Stephen Layton, artistic director and principal conductor of the City of London Sinfonia and a well-regarded leader of choral music. He’ll conduct the SSO, the Seattle Symphony Chorale and soloists Amanda Forsythe, Deanne Meek and David Gordon in a program of Purcell, Handel, Bach and Vivaldi. Need to relax after trying to find parking? Wine tasting will be available 6:30-7:45 p.m. each night of the concert series. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday (May 15-16), Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $20 (206-215-4747 or

Music of Remembrance

MOR presents the world premiere of “After Life,” a work the group commissioned from Tom Cipullo (“Glory Denied”) and Bellingham native and former Colorado poet laureate David Mason. It imagines a posthumous debate between real-life friends Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, “over the moral responsibilities of artists to address the evil they see in the world.” Also on the program: Milhaud’s Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 157b, and Paul Bowles’ “Music for a Farce” (Bowles frequented Stein’s salon); and Rosy Wertheim’s “Le Tsigane Dans La Lune” and Henriette Bosmans’ “Nuit Calme.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-365-7770 or



The troupe is named after barnyard fungus, but it has a much higher profile than the lowly microfauna it salutes. This month marks the eighth time the modern-dance company has performed in the UW World Series, packing in audiences with its blend of shape-shifting illusion and pure athleticism. Note: This program contains partial nudity and strobe lights. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (May 14-16), Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $51-$56 (206-543-4880 or


‘Pompeii: The Exhibit’

Time is running out to see the treasures of “Pompeii” at Pacific Science Center before the exhibit returns to Italy. The show, which includes a dazzling array of household goods, jewelry, artwork, shrines and furniture preserved during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., closes on May 25. The center has added a few events to enhance the final weeks: screenings of the IMAX film “The Eruption of Mount St. Helens,” and free lectures on topics ranging from archaeology to seismology at the center and Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch (see Pac Sci’s website for details). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, until 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays, Seattle Center, $17-$29 (206-443-2844 or