One Reel has just announced this year's Bumbershoot lineup, which is by turns exciting and puzzling as can be. Maybe we're just


Bumberhits and Misses

Festival lineup looks good—and not so. Plus: Film Fest and Black Box Opera news.


One Reel has just announced this year's Bumbershoot lineup, which is by turns exciting and puzzling as can be. Maybe we're just spoiled—Feist, Dengue Fever, Jamie Lidell, and Breakestra have already played Seattle this year; and we're blessed to live among the Blood Brothers, Gossip, and Laura Veirs—but it's hard to get excited about the also-headlining-Warped-Tour AFI and sappy pop-punk of Yellowcard. Is everyone else in Europe or what? Like last year's token old-school hip-hop and avant-world bands (Digable Planets and Brazilian Girls), A Tribe Called Quest and Nouvelle Vague continue some nice programming trends. More hip-hop is on the way, including Atmosphere and king Kanye, and Bettye Lavette and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will contribute serious soul. We'll miss the b-boys again this year, but Rat City Rollergirls get their overdue spotlight, and fascinating rock journo Greil Marcus will speak. Between all that and the Indie (craft) Market, there'll be plenty to please even us jaded brats. Details: www.bumbershoot.org. RACHEL SHIMP


The unstoppable beast that is SIFF expands to the Eastside, bringing culture to mall-land June 1–11. (The Seattle International Film Festival runs May 25–June 18 at familiar Seattle venues as well.) All the condo dwellers living above Lincoln Square can just take the elevator down to the cinemas, while shoppers wander in, still clutching their bags. Eastsiders can look forward to a selection of international cinema that we'll preview in our May 17 SIFF guide. Best of all, you can get liquored up for the show with umbrella drinks at Trader Vic's—even if there aren't any new films from Fiji this year. For info: www.seattlefilm.com. BRIAN MILLER


It's like Robert Altman dropping in to give notes at a senior-class play rehearsal. For their staging of Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis (running April 29–May 7), Black Box Opera Theater is revisiting the work's 1975 world-premiere production at the Netherlands Opera, directed by Rhoda Levine and designed by the internationally in-demand Robert Israel. Levine, an advocate for the opera (written during Ullmann's incarceration at the Terezin concentration camp), is coming to BBOT to direct; Israel, as it happens, is headed to Seattle, too, for the May 6 opening night of his latest design gig, Seattle Opera's Macbeth. BBOT's Victor Benedetti reports that Israel has been available for consultation with their set-building team, advising them on what they did at the premiere—quite a coup for a new, excitingly ambitious company. For info: www.blackboxoperatheater.com. . . . In other classical news, we note the April 17 passing of Felix Skowronek, eminence grise of the Seattle flute community, UW faculty member since 1968, chamber music impresario, and worldwide spreader of woodwind gospel. GAVIN BORCHERT


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