Lots of music, festivals and even a remake of “Mad Max” on tap for the week of May 17.
‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
Sheer pyrotechnic insanity. The pace is delirious, the stunts are incredible, Tom Hardy’s performance is a marvel of subdued conviction and Charlize Theron brings an impressive gravity to her work as a female road warrior. Director George Miller proves he still has it with this fourth installment of the series. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H9. For Soren Andersen’s full four-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
For this reality/dating show’s 11th season there will be two Bachelorettes: Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe. Season premiere, 9:01 p.m. Monday, May 18, on ABC.
‘The Late Show with David Letterman’
Dave’s final show has arrived. 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, on CBS.
Northwest Folklife Festival
The history of Seattle hip-hop and the legacy of the late marimba player Dumi Maraire are two of the focus programs at this year’s festival, which includes 64 communities represented by 5,000 performers. There also will be participatory dance, workshops, craft and food vendors and concert poster art displays. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 22-24, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 25, Seattle Center, Seattle; free, donations requested (206-684-7300 or nwfolklife.org).
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The 14th edition of the Northwest’s premiere rock celebration features more than 100 bands on five stages, including local-bands-made-good Odesza, Sleater-Kinney and Modest Mouse, plus a hip-hop focus with Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar. The setting at the Gorge Amphitheatre and the fans’ goofy costumes are all part of the fun. 3:40 p.m. Friday, May 22, through midnight Monday, May 25, at the Gorge Amphitheatre, Quincy, Grant County. Sold out.
After the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ charismatic lead singer Rhiannon Giddens released her solo album, “Tomorrow is My Turn,” the billing for this show changed from the Drops to her, with the band as side players. Not surprisingly, given her strengths — from haunting folk to the Broadway belting of Ethel Waters — and the departure of Dom Flemons from the group. 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; sold out (206-543-4880 or meany.org).
Passed over during the heyday of soul, LaVette made a stunning comeback in the aughts, knocking out fans with albums “I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise” (2005) and this year’s “Worthy.” LaVette’s hardscrabble memoir, “A Woman Like Me,” is testimony to a determination that has taken her from addiction and failure to acclaim and an appearance for President Obama. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, May 21-24, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $30.50 (206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com).
Sue Monk Kidd
The author of “The Invention of Wings,” a critically praised novel that was on the best-seller list for 20 gazillion weeks, is touring for the paperback. You can catch her at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or ubookstore.com).
Catch the author/artist talking about his new book about the bird he loves best, “House of Owls.“ Maybe hear a few owl calls too. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island; free (206-842-5332 or eagleharborbooks.com).
Taproot Theatre pays a visit to that famous pair Bertie Wooster and his butler/fixer/mentor Jeeves in “Jeeves Intervenes,” adapted by Margaret Raether. Based on the P.G. Wodehouse short story, “Jeeves and the Hardboiled Egg,” the plot will be pleasantly familiar to Wodehouse fans: A harebrained pal of Bertie needs a get-rich-quick scheme to thwart a prickly relative. Naturally, it’s Jeeves to the rescue. Through June 16, Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-781-9707 or taproottheatre.org).
Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers
The OSSCS presents the world premiere of “Breathe,” composed by Stacey Philipps of Portland during the months following urban protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Also on the program, which has a theme of “1954” (referring to the year of the Supreme Court’s Brown v Board of Education decision), will be Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Waterfront” Suite, Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land” Suite and Erno Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody, Op. 47. 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., Seattle; $10-$25 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.org).
Art Museum Day
For the sixth year, members of the Association of Art Museum Directors are uniting to celebrate the way art brings people together. On and around Sunday, May 17, member museums across North America will offer free or reduced admission and special programming. Local participants offering free admission on Sunday are Henry Art Gallery, on the UW campus (open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.), and Seattle Art Museum (10 a.m.-5 p.m.).