Things to do in and around Seattle May 29-June 3, from brewing mead to the Seattle International Film Festival.

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Seattle International Film Festival

The busy festival hits its midway point this week with the world premiere of local filmmaker Megan Griffiths’ new thriller, “The Night Stalker” (5:30 p.m. June 4, Uptown); a gala screening of the documentary “Gleason,” about NFL player Steve Gleason’s journey with the neurodegenerative condition ALS (5 p.m. June 4, Egyptian); Kirkland Performance Center’s gala screening of the French Canadian comedy “Paul à Québec” (8 p.m. June 2, KPC); programming at the Ark Lodge beginning June 3; a host of filmmaker guests — and, as always, movies, movies everywhere. Information:

‘Love & Friendship’

Whit Stillman’s sparkling comedy, based on the novella “Lady Susan” by Jane Austen, stars Kate Beckinsale as the velvet-voiced, prettily smiling schemer. It’s both self-consciously mannered and merrily playful — a mixture that Austen herself might find just right. Now playing at several theaters. For Moira Macdonald’s full 3.5-star review, go to



A new version of the epic miniseries airs over four nights this week, beginning 9 p.m. Monday, May 30 on the History, A&E and Lifetime networks.


PubSci at Hilliard’s

“Think while you drink” with actual scientists, every first Wednesday of the month at Hilliard’s taproom in Ballard. This one’s with Dr. Atom Lesiak, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, who will give a talk titled “Boy Brain, Girl Brain, Human Brain: The Neuroscience of Sex and Gender,” with trivia and prizes. 5:30 p.m. June 1, Hilliard’s, 1550 N.W. 49th St., Seattle; free (

‘Make Mead Like a Viking’

Jereme Zimmerman, who describes himself as an “Appalachian Yeti Viking,” teaches a class on how easy it is to home-brew mead. Yes, mead. Zimmerman will guide folks through a range of meads from sweet to dry and even fruity and spiced variations. 6:30 p.m. May 31, Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-397-4271 or


Edmonds Waterfront Festival

Entertainment, food vendors, 5k fun run (June 4), classic yacht display, kids’ arcade, rides and games, arts and crafts vendors, 3-10 p.m. June 3, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 5, Port of Edmonds Marina, Edmonds; $3 admission, ages 12 and younger free (

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival

Music and dance performances, martial arts, food and marketplace, visual arts, lectures and workshops to celebrate the Philippines, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 4-5, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or


Andrea Bocelli

The first classical artist to have 10 top-10 albums on the classical charts, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is riding high with “Cinema,” which was released last fall, including songs from “Doctor Zhivago,” “Love Story,” “The Godfather” and others. While fans of high culture may turn up their noses at his pop material — and success — there’s no denying that whether he’s singing into a microphone or belting out an aria, Bocelli has got the bases covered. 7:30 p.m. June 1, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $75-$365 (800-745-3000 or

The Lumineers

With its second album, “Cleopatra,” debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and still in the top 25 five weeks later, Denver folk-rock group The Lumineers needs three nights at Marymoor Park to fulfill its fans’ desires. The single “Ophelia,” from the new album, continues the band’s penchant for chant-like lyrics, but with a warbling piano that gives the song a haunting edge. June 3-5, Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $59-$878 (800-745-3000 or


‘Ancient Soil, Predicting Tomorrow’s Climate Change’

Julia Kelson, a graduate student at the University of Washington’s Earth and Space Sciences Program, will talk about climate change from a soil-research perspective, and what we can learn about it from carbon dioxide trapped in soil around lakes. 6 p.m. June 1, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; free-$5 (206-652-4255 or

Silent Reading Party

Back in 2010, Christopher Frizzelle, editor of The Stranger, got tired of trying to go to bars and read a book — partly because people kept interrupting him to ask what he was reading. So he teamed up with the folks who run the Sorrento Hotel and founded the “Silent Reading Party,” where anyone can show up, order a drink, then read in peace. 6 p.m. June 1, Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., Seattle; free (



“Caught,” by Christopher Chen, begins with a 15-minute monologue by a Chinese artist, a dissident who’s thrown in jail for a conceptual piece. (If you’re already thinking about Ai Weiwei, you’re on the right track.) As Seattle Times critic Dusty Somers writes: “Chen’s play is a nesting doll of falsehoods and a self-reflexive study of truth in art that has one primary goal: keeping the audience off-balance.” Through June 12, Seattle Public Theater, 7312 West Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; $17-$34 (206-524-1300 or


Shostakovich Symphony No. 4

In 1936, while Dmitri Shostakovich was composing his Symphony No. 4, his work was attacked (under Stalin’s orders) by the Soviet newspaper Pravda, which denounced him in an article titled “Muddle Instead of Music.” Shostakovich finished the overwhelming, sometimes off-kilter symphony, originally scored for more than 100 musicians — but it was never played in public until 1961. Now Seattle Symphony Orchestra pairs it with Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms.” June 2 and 4, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $36-$121 (206-215-4747 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