Early Summer

Also: John Taylor, Smoosh, Dance to the Music, and Malcolm Gladwell.

WEDNESDAY

FILM

EARLY SUMMER

There's still plenty to see before the Yasujiro Ozu retrospective ends on March 10. From 1951, Early Summer stars Setsuko Hara (pictured) as the unmarried daughter of an extended family still living under one roof. Secretary Noriko's in no hurry to wed; she and her singleton friends mock their married school chums, and her two bratty nephews make child rearing seem a thankless project indeed. Meanwhile, her boss and brother conspire to marry her off to some salaryman she's never met. Noriko's in a bind, and it's time for this "old maid" (she's 28!) to take things into her own hands. But what if that means disobeying her family and marrying a man of her own choice? As always, the conflicts in Ozu are quiet but compelling. Also visit the Northwest Film Forum Web site for other Ozu series titles, schedule, and details. 6:30 and 9 p.m. Wed., March 2. $7.50–$10. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380, www.nwfilmforum.org. BRIAN MILLER

THURSDAY

ARTS

JOHN TAYLOR

The California-based artist has found his métier making ship models—not exact replicas, but creaky, rough-hewn interpretations cobbled together from junk lumber, rusted tin cans, and assorted flotsam and jetsam. This small solo show features more of Taylor's intricate renditions of historic ships, most notably Washington's forever-homeless streamlined Art Deco ferry, the Kalakala (pictured). The actual vessel may never be restored, but at least Taylor is preserving pristine scraps of our maritime heritage. Opening reception: 6–8 p.m. Thurs., March 3. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Wed.–Fri.; 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Sat. Garde Rail Gallery, 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. ANDREW ENGELSON

FRIDAY

MUSIC

SMOOSH

Yeah, local sisters Asy (left) and Chloe make the same joke at every show—they need to finish their set because they have homework due the next day—but they're 10 and 12, so it's probably true. At their band's John Hay Elementary School gig, the hardest club drug in play will likely be Sweet Tarts, and the hall monitors will be keeping crowd surfers in check. Singer Asy sounds ridiculously canny for a preteen, and the duo's synth-happy pop, filled with minor keys and syncopation, has a funky feel all its own, captured on last year's widely praised full-length debut, She Like Electric. 6 p.m. Fri., March 4. $10 ($8 advance). John Hay Elementary School, 201 Garfield St., 206-252-2100. NEAL SCHINDLER

SATURDAY

DANCE

DANCE TO THE MUSIC

Town Hall's dance series has roots all over the globe—with three cultures featured here. If your vision of Greek dancing comes from an ouzo-enhanced memory of Zorba, the St. Demetrios Church ensemble, with enthusiastic musical support from Pangeo, will expand your outlook. Representing Sumatra, the Indonesian Students Association will perform "Saman," where one missed cue is like an 18-car pile-up on I-5. The Chao Praya Ensemble, featuring dancers such as Saovaluk Maxwell (pictured), puts the focus on Thai music and dance. In all three traditions, complex dance rhythms and intricately twining movement phrases depend on a sense of group cohesion—and foster a sense of community. 8 p.m. Sat., March 5. $15–$20. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. SANDRA KURTZ

MONDAY

BOOKS

MALCOLM GLADWELL

Don't think about it, just get on the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Sounds impulsive, even rash? Not after you've absorbed the message behind Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Little, Brown, $25.95), the best-selling book from New Yorker staff writer Gladwell. If you missed his Seattle appearances in January, this rescheduled event provides a chance to consider why laborious thought and lengthy overanalysis often don't pay off. Snap judgments and hasty decisions can actually be safer and wiser means of making up your mind. So ditch the car and set sail to B.I. (where you can walk to the bookstore from the ferry dock). 7:30 p.m. Mon., March 7. Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E., 206-842-5332. BRIAN MILLER

 
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