Things to do in and around Seattle the week of May 12-18.

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Breath-holding endurance tests; disputes over rowing-machine stamina; some really serious pebble-collecting … Alpha-male sparring (between six guys on a yacht in the Aegean Sea) is the name of the game in this deliciously goofy deadpan comedy by filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari. On your mark. Get set. Go see it, at the Sundance Cinemas (21+). For showtimes, see Page H5. For Michael Upchurch’s full 3.5-star review, go to



A new comic-thriller from the creators of “The Good Wife,” set in the world of D.C. politics, and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit and Tony Shalhoub. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, June 13, on CBS.

‘Animal Kingdom’

This new drama stars Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of a family involved in criminal activities. Also featuring Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary and Finn Cole. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, on TNT.


David Duchovny returns as Det. Sam Hodiak in this 1960s-set police drama. Two-hour season premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday, June 16, on NBC.


Fremont Solstice Music Festival and Parade

Returning to its original concept as an all-free festival after two years of experimenting with gated special concerts, this zany community celebration showcases Hey Marseilles, Helio Sequence and a host of other local bands. The parade, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, with its famous clothing-optional painted bicyclists is just part of the fun. 5 p.m. Friday-6 p.m. Sunday, (June17-19) corner of Fremont Avenue North and North 34th Street, Seattle; free (


Gregory Porter

The most exciting new jazz singer in years, Gregory Porter recently released his third album, “Take Me to the Alley,” which rocketed to the top of the jazz charts and also shows strong potential for adult contemporary crossover, particularly in a duet with Lalah Hathway on Porter’s tune, “Insanity.” Porter’s rich, throaty croon, relaxed delivery and willingness to take on serious subject matter put him in a class by himself. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $41.50 (877-784-4849 or


Mary Roach

The drop-dead funny science writer discusses her new book “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 15, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $31.95 includes book and admission for one or two people (206-652-4255 or

Arthur Lubow

The author discusses his new biography “Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer,” in conversation with the Stranger’s Jen Graves. 7 p.m. Thursday June 16, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or


‘Stick Fly’

This is the last week to catch Lydia R. Diamond’s vivacious seriocomedy about two brothers who bring home their girlfriends on the same weekend, resulting in conflict in their affluent black clan. Intiman Theatre Festival at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$40 (206-441-7178 or


Joseph Adam

The resident organist for the Seattle Symphony will perform a program that includes Marcel Dupré’s Suite Bretonne, Op. 21, and Prélude and Fugue in G minor, Op. 7, No. 3. The symphony is not part of this performance. 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $20 (206-215-4747 or

Seattle Symphony: ‘Tuning Up’

This two-week, nine-concert celebration of American music kicks off Friday, June 17, and the ambitious fest is a good illustration of music director Ludovic Morlot’s commitment to welcoming all kinds of music into the concert hall. The performances will include jazz, minimalism, avant-garde, Broadway and film music, as well as a concert featuring works for theremin, the otherworldly instrument that has provided atmospheric woo for countless sci-fi movies as well as Messiaen’s “Turangalila.” Tickets and info: 206-215-4747 or


Seattle International Dance Festival

Over 20 performers — soloists, duos and full dance companies — will present work exploring the many aspects of contemporary dance in the annual fest, which runs through June 25. Performers range from the local — Khambatta Dance, Jovon Miller and Eva Stone — to the international: T42 from Japan/Switzerland and Aura Dance Theaer from Lithuania. You can pick from master classes, or merely watch the pros do their thing. Various venues; tickets from $18 (888-377-4510 or


Seattle Art Museum: ‘Graphic Masters’

The Seattle Art Museum hosts its first show devoted to graphic artists. “Graphic Masters” will include the works of Dürer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso and R. Crumb. More than 400 pieces including woodblock, engraving, etching, aquatint, and pen and ink drawings will be on display. Opening events: members preview and happy hour, noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8; free opening night 5-9 p.m., Thursday, June 9. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or