Bloedel Reserve's Plant Sale, Edible Book Fest and Other Weekend Musts

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G. Valmont Thomas gives a stunning performance in 'Master Harold...and the boys' at West of Lenin

Master Harold...and the boys

Ongoing (thru 4/21) — Apartheid, class issues and ballroom dancing blend in South African playwright Athol Fugard’s acclaimed Broadway drama. Longtime local theater fans will be thrilled to learn that this contemporary take is directed by Burke Walker, founding artistic director of the dearly departed Empty Space Theatre, and stars another Seattle theater vet, G. Valmont Thomas, whose performance is so good, he may just break your heart.
3/28–4/21. Times and prices vary. Fremont, West of Lenin, 203 N 36th St.; 206.352.1777;

Bloedel Reserve’s Premier Plant Sale

Starts Saturday (4/6–4/7) — Garden gurus must ferry over to Bainbridge Island for the Bloedel Reserve’s annual plant sale, where you can attend expert gardening and botany lectures, purchase rare and native plants to import into your own garden and, best of all, wander the grounds and marvel at the lush and varied habitats that make this such a unique sanctuary.
4/6–4/7 (Members only sale on Friday, 4/5). Times vary. Free admission to the gardens during sale. 7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island;

Edible Book Festival

Sunday (4/7) — We always look forward to this friendly battle of wit and wordplay. Every year, participants bake, cook and sculpt “edible” creations representing clever spin-offs of literary titles. Previous entries include “Anne of Green Bagels,” “Challah-ver Twist” and “Chronicles of Naania” (get it?). After you’ve chuckled (or cringed) at all the entries, stick around to see who wins Best in Show and perhaps even taste your favorite. (Warning: not all entries are intended for consumption.)

4/7, 4-6:30 p.m. Portage Bay Cafe (South Lake Union), 391 Terry Ave. N;

Mariner’s Home Opener

Monday (4/8) — Root, root, root for the home team as the Mariners return to  Safeco Field next week for the season’s home opener. See the M’s take on new rival the Houston Astros, who just joined the American League this year. The game will surely come into clearer focus with the debut of SafeCo’s gigantic new scoreboard video screen, boasted to be the biggest in Major League Baseball.
4/8, 7:10 p.m. Prices

Biscuit Sandwiches

Wandering Goose
on Capitol Hill (next door to Ethan Stowell’s Rione XIII) has many charms, including outstanding brunch plates and warm biscuit sandwiches. Also, the pastry case is a sanctuary: coffee cake, cookies, pie. It’s all good.
Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Fri. Capitol Hill, 403 15th Ave. E; 206.323.9938;