A roundup of things to do in and around Seattle May 8-14.
‘The Family Fang’
This drama takes an absorbing, slightly fantastic path that’s like few others, says reviewer John Hartl. It follows a beyond-eccentric couple (Christopher Walken, Maryanne Plunkett) — performance artists known for elaborate hoaxes — and their children (Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman), who think they might be becoming their parents’ latest targets. Or so it seems. For Bateman, who also produced and directed, this may be his first behind-the-cameras knockout. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas (21+). For showtimes, see Page H7. For Hartl’s full 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
This comedy starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage wraps up its freshman season at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, on Fox.
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Seattle Maritime Festival Harbor Open House
Head to Seattle’s waterfront for a workboat parade, vessel open house, fireboat display, industry exhibits, kids’ boat building, free harbor tours (11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m.) and a chowder cook-off by local restaurants, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14, Pier 66 and surrounding area, Seattle (seattlemaritime101.com/vigor-maritime-festival/).
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Celebrate wildlife, nature and gardening with presentations by local gardening experts, educational exhibits, arts and craft vendors, native plant sales and a Kids’ Garden Party, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 14, Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila (backyardwildlifefestival.org/).
With another fine new album just out, “Visions of Us On the Lane,” Seattle’s haunting, probing singer-songwriter Damien Jurado completes the trilogy of his spirit quest story that began in 2012 with “Maraqopa.” Moving between plain-spoken guitar-and-voice and evocative psychedelic landscapes produced by Richard Swift, the plaintively crooning songwriter navigates a world that evokes Native American ritual and journeys of the mind. Jurado performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $17-$18.50 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
She wasn’t as dramatic as Miley Cyrus, but Selena Gomez made it clear she has left childhood behind with her come-hither video for “Hands to Myself,” from her recent gold album, “Revival.” The 23-year-old pop queen catapulted three No. 1 singles from that album to No. 1 on Top 40 radio, which puts her in the company of artists such as Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Gomez began her Revival Tour Friday, May 6, in Las Vegas and plays here at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $33.50-$126 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
The Seattle Symphony’s now-annual project that blends local artists with international composers and live orchestration continues with “This is Indie!” on Friday, May 13. Filmmaker Bill Morrison put together archival footage from Seattle history as a backdrop for Tomoko Mukaiyama’s performance of a Michael Gordon piece; a new work by composer William Brittelle will be performed; and Seattle duo Fly Moon Royalty will perform their specialty blues/R&B/hip-hop/electronica blend. 8 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $25 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Huston, founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University, has a new book out, “How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices.” She discusses her book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 10, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
‘A Rap on Race’
Performance legend Anna Deavere Smith — famous for her documentary-theater solo shows like “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” as well as her more recent TV roles on “Nurse Jackie” and “The West Wing” — teams up with Spectrum Dance Theater for “A Rap on Race.” Part of Donald Byrd’s 2016 season “#RACEish,” this new work is based on a 1970 conversation about race between author James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead. Thursdays-Sundays through May 22, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $22-$42 (206-443-2222 or spectrumdance.org).
In this new play by Yussef El Guindi, a young actor “welcomes the audience into her bed and her psyche” as she struggles with the conflict between wanting attention on the stage and maintaining boundaries in her personal life. In the past, El Guindi has written masterfully about intimacy and the intersection of the personal with the political. His most recent play — “Threesome,” about an Egyptian couple in America who fled the Cairo uprising and are trying to save their relationship — got a glowing review in The New York Times. Thursdays-Sundays through May 14, West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., Seattle; $18-20 (206-860-2970 or machamonkey.org).
‘The Flying Dutchman’
Seattle Opera closes its season with Wagner’s tempestuous tale of the Dutchman’s cursed captain (Greer Grimsley and Alfred Walker), who comes ashore every seven years to find a bride. Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts. Performances continue today (May 8), May 11, 14, 18, 20 and 21, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; tickets from $25 (206-389-7676 or seattleopera.org).
Eric Jacobsen and the NWS will be joined by guest pianist Lise de la Salle for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G; also on the bill is Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite and Strauss’ theater music suite “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” (“The Middle Class Gentleman”). 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$40 (888.356.6040 or northwestsinfonietta.org).
Photographer and New York University professor Deborah Willis explores the history of African Americans both in front of and behind the camera in a stunning exhibition of photographs from the 1890s to the present. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, until 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 4, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; $5-$7 (206-518-6000 or naamnw.org).
‘Edvard Munch and the Sea’
Tacoma Art Museum’s new Munch exhibit is a small but exquisitely mounted show featuring one painting, 25 prints and one Andy Warhol spin on Munch’s “The Scream.” As its title suggests, “Edvard Munch and the Sea” focuses on the Norwegian artist’s obsession with seascapes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through July 17 at Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $12-$14, third Thursdays free 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (253-272-4258 or tacomaartmuseum.org).