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Arts and entertainment highlights for the week beginning Jan. 27, 2013

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MOVIES

‘Amour’

Michael Haneke’s Austrian drama, nominated for five Oscars (including best picture and best foreign-language film), tells the tale of Georges (played by Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), a happily married elderly couple whose lives change in an instant. There’s no happy ending here, as Anne fades, but love is present, in every frame. Now playing at the Egyptian and Lincoln Square. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s four-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.

TV

‘The Americans’

A new period drama about two KGB spies (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) posing as Americans in the Washington, D.C., area. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX.

‘Do No Harm’

Steven Pasquale (from “Rescue Me”) stars as Jason Cole, a neurosurgeon with an alternate personality, in this new drama. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday on NBC.

FOOD

Gin cocktail class

Gin isn’t just for martinis. Learn how to make gin cocktails at Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie. The $20 price includes three drinks and bites. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; 2010 Western Ave., Seattle (tomdouglas.com).

Savory pie lesson

Barbara Schwartz shows you how to make savory pies from Apple-Bacon-Rocquefort Pie to Vegetable Galette. 3-5:30 p.m., Saturday, PCC, 11435 Avondale Road N.E., Redmond; $40/members and $45/nonmembers (425-285-1400 or www.pccnaturalmarkets.com).

FESTIVALS, COMMUNITY

Ursulmas Medieval Faire

Go back in time and test your medieval prowess with the Society for Creative Anachronism Living History’s Ursulmas Medieval Faire. From armored combat and archery tournaments, to crafts and bards, there is something to do or see for all ages. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $9-$18 (www.ursulmas.org).

COMEDY

Seth Meyers

There are so many jokes that don’t “slot” on the “Weekend Update” part of “Saturday Night Live,” but they’re still very funny. You’ll have a chance to find out just how funny when the famously fresh-faced, smirking Seth Meyers brings his stand-up to town. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $36 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).

POP MUSIC

Muse

The glossy throb of this haunting English trio — Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme — struck a chord with Grammy voters this year, who nominated “The 2nd Law” for Best Rock Album and the single, “Madness,” as Best Rock Song. Last year, the group’s song “Survival” was adopted for the 2012 Olympic Games. 7 p.m. Friday, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $32-$62 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).

LITERARY EVENTS

Julie Otsuka

The author of “When the Emperor Was Divine” and “The Buddha in the Attic” appears as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures series. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $5-$70 (206-621-2230 or www.lectures.org).

THEATER

‘The Seagull’

Last year, Seattle actor Brandon Simmons decided why just hold readings of the Chekhov classic when he and other similarly talented stage folk could stage it? They formed The Seagull Project, and now the project members, and director John Langs, are presenting the play at ACT. Through Feb. 10, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$35 (206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org).

Cirque du Soleil: ‘Amaluna’

The highflying, impossibly limber Quebec-based troupe brings a new show, directed by New York theater veteran Diane Paulus, that salutes the bond of mother-daughter relationships, both between humans and between us and our planet. Thursday-March 17, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $40-$133.50 (www.cirquedusoleil.com).

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Christopher O’Riley

The classical pianist with the alternative-rock twist comes to Seattle for two very different events. First up is “Out of My Hands,” where O’Riley plays tunes by Radiohead, Nirvana, Arcade Fire and others. 8 p.m. Monday, Meany Studio Theatre, University of Washington; $10-$15. The next night, he performs a Liszt-heavy program, including a Liszt transcription of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” as part of the UW President’s Piano Series. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $34-$41 (206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org).

Mozart Birthday Toast

Byron Schenkman and Friends salute the birth of the great composer with a program of his late masterworks, including music from the opera “The Magic Flute” and his last chamber-music piece, the Adagio and Rondo in C Minor. Since it’s a party, there will be “complimentary sparkling beverages and chocolates, prize drawings — and great merriment,” the organizers assure us. 7:30 p.m. today (Jan. 27), Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $13-$18 (206-652-4255 or www.townhallseattle.org).

‘Celebrate Asia’

This year, Seattle Symphony’s annual event spotlights music from India, featuring Ambi Subramaniam on Indian violin and Mahesh Krishnamaurthy on Indian double-headed drum performing on a piece written by Subramaniam’s father. Also on the bill: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Debussy’s “Pagodes.” 4 p.m. today (Jan. 27), Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$76 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

VISUAL ARTS

Kirkland Arts Center

Six regional artists have taken the game of telephone into the arts realm, passing around a common theme — “Urban Lake” — to create pieces of their own. Appropriately, the project started with the colors of Lake Union and progressed from there, with works referencing natural and human history, changing landscapes, typography and topography. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 23, 620 Market St., Kirkland (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org).

Museum of Glass

What inspires artists? “Northwest Artists Collect” sheds light on that by displaying items chosen from regional artists’ personal collections alongside an original work. Four University of Washington, Tacoma, students worked with museum staff to curate the exhibit, picking the brains and studios of artists Martin Blank, Joseph Gregory Rossano, Richard Royal, Ginny Ruffner, Preston Singletary, Cappy Thompson and Dick Weiss. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays (until 8 p.m. Third Thursdays) and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through October, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma; (253-284-4750 or www.museumofglass.org).

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