The week of March 22 welcomes music, beers and gallery swan song.

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‘The Wrecking Crew’

The Wrecking Crew, a legendary group of studio musicians behind many of the hits of the 1960s through the early 1970s, gets its turn in the spotlight. To Beach Boys guru Brian Wilson, “they were the ones with all the spirit and all the know-how.” Now playing at SIFF Cinema Uptown. For showtimes, see Page H7. For a review go to


‘The Mindy Project’

Mindy Kaling’s funny comedy closes out its third season at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, on Fox.

‘Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards’

Prepare to be slimed. Nick Jonas hosts the 28th edition of this annual awards program. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, on Nickelodeon and TVLand.


Washington Cask Beer Festival

Handcrafted cask-conditioned beers from 40 Washington breweries will be in the spotlight. Admission includes up to 25 samples, noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall; $40/advance, $45/at the door if available, designated driver $5 at the door (

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Though the festival is officially April 1-30, many fields are in bloom and the two main venues with fields, display gardens and other attractions are open daily: Roozengaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon; $4-$5 (360-424-8531 or; and Tulip Town, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 5002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon; $5 cash only (360-424-8152 or; Tulip Festival information (360-428-5959).


Punch Brothers

Led by Nickel Creek founding member Chris Thile, one of the best mandolin players on the planet, Punch Brothers is called a bluegrass band, but it’s way more than that. The group’s latest album, “The Phosphorescent Blues,” produced by T Bone Burnett, crosses borders between pop, bluegrass, folk and jazz with aplomb. The band is rounded out by session veteran Gabe Witcher on violin, Grammy-nominated banjo player Noam Pikelny, Chris Eldridge on guitar and bassist Paul Kowert. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, Seattle; $31.50 (877-784-4849 or

Maroon 5

No, they are not crashing your wedding, per their cute, sorta-cinema verité video, “Sugar,” but Maroon 5, the platinum-selling Los Angeles sextet will probably raise the roof of the Tacoma Dome Saturday, March 28. Reports from the road indicate you will hear all 11 of the group’s Top 10 hits, including the sexy song that got the fire started, “Moves Like Jagger.” Opener Rozzi Crane has been singing the Christina Aguilera part. 7:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $26.50-$122 (800-745-3000 or


‘Mamma Mia!’

A bride-to-be secretly invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding so she can find which one is her father. Also on the guest list: her mother’s two BFFs, from their days as Donna and the Dynamos. Romance and music — specifically the music of Swedish supergroup ABBA — ensue. See the touring production of the unbelievably popular Broadway show Tuesday-Sunday (March 24-29) at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; tickets from $25 (877-784-4849 or

‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’

Brel, the prolific songwriter and performer who tackled the subjects of love, death and war with storytelling flair, is saluted by fine local actor-singers in this musical tribute. Directed by David Armstrong, it’s a coproduction of the 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre, through May 17 at ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$74 (206-292-7676 or


Philharmonia Northwest

The Kirkland Choral Society and musicians from Garfield High School join the orchestra for a program titled “War and Peace,” featuring Haydn’s Mass in a Time of War and Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” (“Grant us Peace”). 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $15-$20 (800-838-3006 or


Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)

Mention “contemporary Asian art,” and many people think of Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei. He’s not the only one concerned with politics and resistance, however; artists in Hong Kong, prompted by the Umbrella Revolution, are working to foment social change through their work, too. The Center on Contemporary Art has brought work from more than 20 of these artists to Seattle in a show called “Change-Seed,” a name that conveys “the extremely rapid development” of contemporary art in Asia. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays through May 15, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Suite P258, Seattle; (206-728-1980 or