Arts and entertainment highlights for the week beginning Nov. 25
A night with the author of "The Everyday Wok Cookbook," Glen Campbell at the Paramount Theatre and the Art Under $100 sale make the list of things to do in the week of Nov. 25, 2012.
'A Royal Affair'
Nikolaj Arcel's lavish period drama is quiet and subdued, in contrast to the vivid whirl of "Anna Karenina," which also opened this week. But it's no less effective for that. "A Royal Affair" shines a flickering light on a notorious story from late-18th-century Danish history. Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander), a young noblewoman, quickly realizes that her new husband (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) is mentally ill. Lonely and distraught, she turns to her husband's physician (Mads Mikkelsen). It's a tragic love story, beautifully told. Now playing at Harvard Exit. In Danish, with English subtitles. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 1/2-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars'
It's time to hand out the mirror-ball trophy for the all-star edition of this dance competition. Who will win? The two-part finale airs 8 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.
You might never need Chinese take-out again. Local food author Lorna Yee ("The Everyday Wok Cookbook") shows how versatile and inexpensive meals can be with a wok, the mainstay of all Chinese restaurants. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-397-4271 or www.booklarder.com).
'I Can Cook Too! Holiday Cookies'
Decorate gingerbread cookies and make jam thumbprint cookies with your child with PCC holiday-cookie classes. The next class is from 10-11:15 a.m. Thursday, PCC in Edmonds, 9803 Edmonds Way; $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers, price includes one adult and one child (425-275-9036 or www.pccnaturalmarkets.com).
Providence O'Christmas Trees
Display of 16 designer trees to be auctioned, proceeds benefit seniors and hospice patients served by Providence Health & Services' Senior and Community Services, Monday-Wednesday, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle (206-938-2788 or www2.providence.org/kingcounty/giving/providence-o-christmas-trees).
A Victorian Country Christmas
Holiday entertainment, vendors, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$10 (253-770-0777 or www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com).
Brandi Carlile with Seattle Symphony
Catch Brandi Carlile's last performance with Seattle Symphony, 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $77-$117 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org/">www.seattlesymphony.org).
Country music artist Glen Campbell brings his Goodbye Tour to Seattle, performing his final album, "Ghost on the Canvas," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $21.25-$61.25 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Spectrum Dance Theater's Fall Studio Series presents new works by top-tier Seattle choreographers. Olivier Wevers' takes on "sexuality, gender identity and politics" in "Back, sack and crack." Crispin Spaeth brings on "a cavalcade of coupling" (and changes of partner) in the ironically titled "Only You." Spectrum's artistic director Donald Byrd sets "A Meeting Place" to medieval and Renaissance music, as he addresses the task of "resolving conflict without violence." Sounds like a heady brew of dance prowess and food for the mind. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and Dec. 6-8, and 6 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 9. Spectrum Dance Studio Theater, 800 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle; $5-$25 (206-325-4161 or www.spectrumdance.org).
'The Winter Wonderettes'
In this musical packed with '50s and '60s tunes, the singers of the title are all set to enertain at the Harper's Hardware holiday party, but find that Mr. Harper, who is supposed to play Santa, is nowhere to be found. Through Dec. 30, ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $17-$36.50 (206-938-0339 or artswest.org).
Take a peek at a struggling theater company's attempts to put on a holiday show in this comedy billed as "anything but show business as usual." Jerry Manning directs. Through Dec. 23, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $12-$80 (206-443-2222 or seattlerep.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Music director Ludovic Morlot leads the SSO in Mahler's Fourth Symphony (with guest soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac) and Berg's Violin Concerto with guest violinist Veronika Eberle. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
The early-music company presents "Bach — Angels and Shepherds: Cantatas for the Holiday Season," that also features carols arranged by Michael Praetorius and works by Johann Kuhnau and Philip Friedrich Boddeckers. 8 p.m. Saturday, St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $20-$40 (800-838-3006 or pacificmusicworks.org).
Seattle Choral Company
The 75-voice ensemble celebrates the season with its fifth "A Cathedral Christmas" program, which this year includes "Gaudete," modern settings of Renaissance melodies, and Mechem's "Seven Joys of Christmas," comprising carols familiar and new. 2 p.m. Saturday, Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; $10-$25 (800-838-3006 or seattlechoralcompany.org). (Additional performances are Dec. 7-8 at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.)
Andrew Solomon, who won the National Book Award for his book on depression, "The Noonday Demon," is back with a new book, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity." It focuses on how families learn to live with exceptional children (autism, deafness and schizophrenia, among other things). 7:30 p.m. Monday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 advance, available at door (townhallseattle.org).
Art Under $100
It's time again for South Park Arts' annual affordable-art sale — where paintings, sculpture, neon art, jewelry, clothing, photography, glass and letterpress items are all priced at $100 or less. DJs dpauly and stack will spin; wine and appetizers will be available; and a raffle will be held every 30 minutes. 3-9 p.m. Saturday, South Park Community Center, 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; free (southparkarts.org).