The African American Film Festival, a Nate Silver Lecture and ‘Bethany’ Shines at ACT

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Some of Julie Speidel's sculptural work on Bainbridge Island

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On Stage at ACT

(Through 5/4, times vary) — A middle-class woman hits the financial skids after the economic downturn, forcing her to use whatever means necessary in order to get her daughter out of foster care—including squatting in a foreclosed house occupied by a possibly unhinged man. Laura Marks’ gripping play is in good hands with Seattle director John Langs.

Must Shop
Diane von Furstenberg Opens First Northwest Store in Bellevue Square

2014 is a landmark year for renowned designer Diane von Furstenberg: Her iconic wrap dress turned 40, and on May 1, she opens her 95th store, in Bellevue Square near Center Court.

Must Screen
The African American Film Festival Comes to Town

(4/26 to 5/4, times vary) — Now in its 11th year, this festival remains an exciting source of films—documentaries, shorts, features and animation—that explore the black experience in many shades.

Must Admire
Sculptor Julie Speidel’s Stunning Work at the Winston Wachter Gallery

(Through 6/4, times vary) — Acclaimed Northwest sculptor Julie Speidel is known for crafting large-scale, geometric, totemic forms. In this new show, Native Ground, she reveals her interest in Northwest geology and glacial forces, via rocky forms that look like bright boulders.

Must Listen
Nate Silver Talks at Meany Hall

Friday (4/25, 7 p.m.) — Known for his presidential prognostications, statistician Nate Silver also predicted the Seahawks would win the Super Bowl in 2013 and 2014. Which means he was correct 50 percent of the time! In this talk, “Ahead of the Curve: Predicting Baseball, Politics and Everything in Between,” he’ll reveal how to distinguish real clues from “noisy data.”