This Week's Critics' Picks

Prairie Home Companion, Northwest New Works, and Built to Spill top our must-see list.


A Prairie Home Companion is not Robert Altman's finest, according to our movie critic Brian Miller, but it's still "one of the most fundamentally affirmative movies I've seen in years." (See review, p. 75.) If you missed it at Seattle International Film Festival, it's in theaters this weekend. Opens Fri., June 9, at Seven Gables and other theaters. LYNN JACOBSON


Make yourself an instant expert on the region's indie dance and performance scene at On the Boards' Northwest New Works —four showcases over two weekends featuring Gaelen Hanson (pictured), Marya Sea Kaminski, Maureen Whiting, and others. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888, $14, multishow passes available. Various times. Fri.–Sun., June 9–11 and June 16–18. LYNN JACOBSON


Back with their first album in five years, Built to Spill now sound stronger than ever. Zeroing in on Doug Martsch's soaring solos and their ability to jam out like they're in a garage, You in Reverse sounds pretty much like the band does live: high-energy, driving backbeat, and zero polish. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, $17.50 adv. 8 p.m. Tues., June 13.–Thurs., June 15. BRIAN J. BARR

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