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A&E highlights: Opening Day, Chick Corea, Paul Havas show


Seattle True Independent Film Festival

This showcase of independent, underground, experimental and zero-budget films takes place May 3-11 at several venues in the University District. (206-650-7470 or


‘The Americans’

This great 1980s set spy drama concludes its first season at 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX.

‘Parks and Recreation’

The comedy about the small-town government in Pawnee, Ind., closes out its fifth season at 9:31 p.m. Thursday on NBC.


Kentucky Derby party

Dust off that seersucker suit and hit the Kentucky Derby party 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue, 10500 N.E. Eighth St., 21st floor; $49 buffet (425-462-4662

Cinco de Mayo brunch

Fresh Bistro in West Seattle holds a Cinco de Mayo brunch with tacos, Spanish rice and all the fixings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at 4725 42nd Ave S.W., Seattle; $16 (206 935-3733 or


Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day

Windermere Cup crew races with teams from Dartmouth, Cornell and the UW, 10:20-11:40 a.m. Saturday; parade of decorated boats with “Hawaiian Magic” theme, noon, Montlake Cut, Seattle (


Crystal Castles

The haunting, melancholic and sometimes downright frightening music of this electronic band from Toronto (Ethan Kath and Alice Glass) continues to find new fans, most recently with the 2012 release of “(III)”; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $32.50 (877-784-4849 or

Chick Corea & the Vigil

Weary of one-off collaborations and special projects, the great jazz pianist Chick Corea has formed a new band, the Vigil, and composed new material for it. The young players he’s drawn together include Tim Garland (reeds), Hadrien Feraud (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Charles Altura (guitar). Expect acoustic and electric music, including the sound of Corea’s legendary Fender Rhodes. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday-May 5 at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $40 (206-441-9729 or


William Dalrymple

Dalrymple, an India-based British author of several critically acclaimed books, discusses his new book of Afghanistan history: “Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-1842.” 7 p.m. Thursday, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; free, ticket required (206-654-3100 or



Cafe Nordo, the outfit that brings you dinner theater with a twist, presents a new show it’s billing as “five craft cocktails, four seasonal courses and one man’s last meal.” It’s a Western — of a sort. It opens Thursday and runs through June 16 at The Kitchen by Delicatus in Pioneer Square, 309 First Ave. S., Seattle; $60-$70, ages 21-plus (800-838-3006 or

Mike Daisey

The monologuist who made news last year with a controversial set of interviews on “This American Life” returns to Seattle with the West Coast premiere of two pieces, “American Utopias” and “F***ing F***ing F***ing Ayn Rand,” performed on separate nights. As evidenced by the titles, Daisey’s work is not for the prudish. May 1-11, Leo K. Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center; $12-$25 (206-443-2222 or


Seattle Symphony

The symphony’s “Mainly Mozart” offering this month is mainly Haydn, starting with his Mass in B-flat major (“Little Organ Mass”), featuring the Seattle Symphony Chorale, and finishing up with his Symphony No. 98. In between, John Cerminaro, former principal horn player with the symphony (1995-2011), joins his old colleagues as the soloist in Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1. Christian Knapp conducts. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$76 (206-215-4747 or


Coriolis Dance

The local dance troupe celebrates its fifth anniversary with “Co-LAB 5,” a two-weekend retrospective of works from the last five years, including pieces by Zoe Scofield (of Zoe Juniper), Rainbow Fletcher (the Can Can Castaways and the Offshore Project), Lauren Edson (Trey McIntyre Project), plus works by Coriolis co-founders Natascha Greenwalt Murphy and Christin Call. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday through May 11, Erickson Theater, 1524 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $10-$20 (information: ; tickets: 1-800-838-3006 or ).


Paul Havas

The work of the late Northwest landscape painter is in the spotlight at Woodside Braseth Gallery in May. Seattle Times art reviewer Gayle Clemans recently called Havas “a remarkable and prolific painter of Northwest scenes.” Reception: 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 2; exhibition: through June 1, 2101 Ninth Ave., Seattle (206-622-7243 or

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