This Week's Critics' Picks

Homoerotic cowboys, TV on the Radio, and SSO's Made in America series top our list.


"Ah wish I knew how to quit you!" Three Dollar Bill begins its Tough Love series of three gay-subtext Westerns with Johnny Guitar (1954), which, since it stars Joan Crawford, puts the camp element squarely in the foreground. Red River and Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys follow on the next two Thursdays. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380, $7–$9. 7 p.m. Thurs., May 4. BRIAN MILLER


TV on the Radio were snatched up by Interscope after their successful indie album Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, so it's anyone's guess what the eclectic Brooklyn rockers sound like now—but you'll want to tune in nonetheless. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, $13.50 adv./$15. All ages. 8 p.m. Fri., May 5. RACHEL SHIMP


To follow up last May's festival of American music by older generations, the Seattle Symphony's Made in America: Part 2 explores living composers, through four concerts of their own plus auxiliary performances by several other local music groups. (Pictured: composer Gabriela Lena Frank.) Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-215-4747, $10–$30, all-festival pass $60. Sat., May 6–Sat., May 20. GAVIN BORCHERT

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