The Weekly Wire: The Week's Recommended Events

WEDNESDAY 7/6 Music/Film: Play It Again, Adam When the Seattle Symphony announced last summer would be the last for the popular touring show of classical-themed Warner Bros. cartoons ("What's Opera, Doc," "The Rabbit of Seville," and other works of highbrow/lowbrow-mashup genius) shown with the soundtrack music played live by the orchestra, I can't be the only one who grieved. But not willing to let go of this guaranteed moneymaking tradition, the SSO has found two other films, the iconic Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz, to be projected complete on an overhead screen in a sort of instrumental/visual karaoke. Adam Stern will conduct Max Steiner's evocative score for the former, with its dramatic transmutations of the "Marseillaise," and Harold Arlen's songs for the latter, including the long, through-composed Munchkinland sequence, which combines solos, choruses, and melodrama (underscored speech) into one continuous, operatic set piece with a skill even Verdi might have envied. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, seattlesymphony.org. $17–$90. Casablanca: 7:30 p.m. tonight and 8 p.m. Fri. Wizard: 7:30 p.m. Thurs. and 7 p.m. Sat. GAVIN BORCHERT Comedy: Kindler, (Not) Gentler Anyone who's seen Clint Berquist's Seattle Komedy Dokumentary could be forgiven for thinking that: (a) Seattle's comedy scene peaked five years ago, and (b) that peak really wasn't all that high. Yet if the subject of that documentary, local comedy troupe People's Republic of Komedy, ever bought into such pessimism, they've either: (a) gotten over it very quickly, or (b) have a funny way of showing it. Witness this week's extraordinary Laff Hole headliner: Andy Kindler, a Letterman fave who rates a mere notch below the Galifianakises and Oswalts in the hipster comedy realm. Lightning-quick and mercilessly sarcastic, Kindler is the anti–Tom Papa (of Marriage Ref infamy). Whereas Papa gratingly milks the udders of marriage and parenthood to the point where you want to get a divorce and orphan your children, Kindler is on to his next topical target so quickly that the bull's-eye blurs. Catching him at a venue as intimate as Chop Suey is akin to seeing Prince play an unannounced gig at Habana SoDo. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000, prokomedy.com. $15 (21 and over). 9 p.m. MIKE SEELY THURSDAY 7/7 Film: Two on a Scooter SAM begins its six-title salute to movie legend Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993) with Roman Holiday, an appropriately summery rom-com confection. Hepburn earned an Oscar playing a princess who abandons her station to cavort with a reporter (Gregory Peck). Their tooling around on his scooter through Italian piazzas has become an icon of love, and of Rome. Though William Wyler's 1953 film doesn't stand among his best work, or Hepburn's, Roman Holiday is never less than charming. The source story by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo seems to look back to a prewar time of innocence. But the film, a huge hit in its day, sent so many American tourists to Italy that Hepburn can claim partial credit for that nation's postwar revival. Peck is a bit too stiff to be a bohemian journalist, leaving most of the comedy to his proto-beatnik buddy (Eddie Albert). Roman Holiday is mainly a chance to enjoy Hepburn's radiance—in effect, she's a princess playing a princess. Following in the Thursday-night series, through August 11, are classics including Funny Face and Sabrina. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., 654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org. $41–$45 (series), $8 (individual). 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLER FRIDAY 7/8 Dance: Youth Is Served The story part of West Side Story revolves around youth and young love—there are perhaps only three or four characters over age 20 in the famous musical. But from Broadway to Hollywood, the actors usually cast in these singing/dancing roles are frequently college-age or older. As part of tonight's DANCE This omnibus, for once, we'll see Jerome Robbins' famous choreography performed by teens who could plausibly pass for Sharks and Jets. (It'll also be a preview of the touring West Side Story revival production, which reaches the Paramount next January.) Also part of this 13th annual youth dance showcase from Seattle Theater Group are a section of Mark Morris' Grand Duo and local dance groups with talents ranging from from tap and Tahitian to hip-hop and jazz. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 467-5510, stgpresents.org. $20. 7:30 p.m. (Repeats Sat.) SANDRA KURTZ SATURDAY 7/9 Theater: Thrones and Lawn Chairs Double features are, unfortunately, mostly a thing of the past at the movies. But every summer you can watch a quadruple, sometimes even quintuple, feature for free at the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival. Eight companies converge on Volunteer Park this weekend with shows they'll also be touring all around Puget Sound this summer. The schedule always includes some sturdy Shakespeare courtesy of Wooden O and fest organizers GreenStage. The O offers The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth this weekend in the amphitheater; Green's got The Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra. Over on the lawn of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, you can sample eclectic originals, including Balagan Theatre's King Arthur and the Knights of the Playground—the Round Table reimagined as fifth-graders at recess. The festival begins at noon today with Last Leaf Productions performing As You Like It. See greenstage.org/sotf for a schedule that also includes Wing-It Productions' The Lost Folio and Theater Schmeater's Arrh! A Dinosaur Ate My Spaceship, both of which promise summer laughs. Whatever you see, sit in the back with a chair (trust me on this one: a blanket only seems comfortable), bring a picnic, and have an umbrella at the ready—because if it rains, the actors continue to play if you're willing to stay. And, come on, have the heart to hand over a dollar or two. No, there's no charge. But you get what you pay for. Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., 748-1551. Free (donations gladly accepted). Noon–9 p.m. (And 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun.) STEVE WIECKING

 
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