SIFF Opens, Origami at BAM and the Seattle Symphony’s [untitled] Series is Back

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Lucky Them, the latest from Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours, Eden), starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church

The Seattle International Film Festival Opens

(5/15 to 6/8, times vary) — Seattle’s most famous film festival celebrates its 40th birthday with a sprightly commitment to fresh filmmaking from all over the globe. Put a local twist in your lineup by checking out films such as Lucky Them, Big in Japan and The Breach by Seattle filmmakers.

Must See
Explore the Ultra-Cool Art of Origami at BAM

(5/16 to 9/21, times vary) — Whether it’s a perfectly replicated scorpion made of one sheet of paper, or a dinosaur skeleton made from more than 70 sheets, there is plenty to amaze in this show of origami work from all over. In so many cases, it’s hard to believe these nuanced forms are just folded paper.

Must Listen
The Seattle Symphony’s [untitled] Series Returns

(5/16 times vary) — The Seattle Symphony continues its excellent (if oddly named) [untitled] series of avant-garde, contemporary orchestral concerts, playing late-night (10 p.m.) in the lobby of Benaroya Hall. This time maestro Morlot conducts a mixed bill of wonders, called Professor Bad Trip.

Must Go Scandinavian
Celebrate Syttende Mai & Drool Over Danish Modern Furniture

(5/16 to 8/31, times vary) — Scads of Scandinavians (and Scandi fans) march through Ballard for the annual 17th of May (aka “Syttende Mai”) festival and parade, which celebrates Norwegian Constitution Day. Then ogle sublime Danish Modern furniture from greats such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner at the Nordic Heritage Museum’s new exhibit.

Must Taste
Indulge at the Bacon and Beer Classic

Saturday (5/17, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.) — Bacon meets beer as some of our fair city’s yummiest restaurants (Skillet, Lecosho) and big-time breweries (Fremont Brewing, Hale’s Ales) team up to serve—what else—bacon-loaded dishes and sides of beer. Score 25 percent off your ticket with our exclusive code.