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Arts and entertainment highlights for the week of Feb. 3
Things to do in the week of Feb. 3, 2013, include a Brazilian Carnival-inspired party at the bar Vessel, the Lunar New Year festival and a performance by the grunge band Soundgarden.
Director Jonathan Levine’s smart and surprisingly sweet dramedy, based on a highly original novel by Seattle author Isaac Marion, tells a tale of forbidden love between a zombie (Nicholas Hoult) and human (Teresa Palmer). Now playing at several theaters. For Tom Keogh’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
The musical drama about staging a Broadway musical is back for a second season with new actors (Jennifer Hudson, Jeremy Jordan). Two-hour season premiere, 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.
The quirky comedy about a study group at a community college returns for a fourth season with the characters participating in a competition called “The Hunger Deans.” 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
Brazilian Carnival party
Vessel, the downtown cocktail den, throws a Brazilian Carnival-inspired party with Cachaca cocktails and a menu of Brazilian bar food on Saturday night. Vessel, 624 Olive Way, Seattle (206-623-3325 or www.vesselseattle.com).
Speed Rack competition
Some of the best female bartenders in the Northwest will compete in the regional Speed Rack, a national cocktail competition, Feb. 10 at the Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St. from 3-7 p.m. $20 ticket includes drinks and bar bites (speed-rack.com).
Lunar New Year Festival
The Lunar New Year Festival ushers in the Year of the Snake with dragon and lion dances, a food walk with a $2 tasting menu, a Children’s Costume Parade and live reptile show. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (www.cidbia.org).
Fun, period. This chipper New York band has certainly lived up to its name this year, snagging six Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist, thanks to the album “Some Nights” and its megahit, “We Are Young.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $28.50 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
In its first Seattle show since the band’s rancorous 1997 breakup, Seattle grunge pioneers Soundgarden play two nights in a row to celebrate the songs of their reunion album, “King Animal,” as well as older classic. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $66.75 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
The Seattle poet and University of Washington emeritus professor reads from her collection “Here I Throw Down My Heart.” 7 p.m., Wednesday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
‘In the Book of ...’
Mirror Stage presents a reading of John Walch’s work, which ties together “war, immigration and their political and personal impact” while echoing themes from the Old Testament’s Book of Ruth. Suzanne M. Cohen directs the Northwest premiere. 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Feb. 10, Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave., Seattle; $10 admission Saturday, $8 on Feb. 10 (206-686-1280 or www.mirrorstage.org).
‘A Behanding in Spokane’
The saga of a missing hand held hostage and the man who desperately wants it back plays out in Martin McDonagh’s 2010 comedy. Through Feb. 23, Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., Seattle; $15-$18 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Juilliard String Quartet
The legendary chamber ensemble comes to Seattle for the first time in two decades. This will be the last tour for violist Samuel Rhodes, who’s retiring after being with the quartet since 1969. Works by Mozart (String Quartet in D Major, K 575 — the first of his “Prussian” quartets) and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131 (one of his late genre-stretching works) are on the program, along with Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 5. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$38 (206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org).
Seattle Modern Orchestra
The venturesome Seattle ensemble presents “Delirious Serialists!” — a program of works by 1950s avant-garde composers Bruno Maderna, Luigi Nono and Pierre Boulez. Guest stars include flutist Paul Taub, guitarist Michael Nicolella, violist Heather Bentley and soprano Maria Mannisto. An experimental time is guaranteed for all. 8 p.m. Friday, PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 E. Roy St., Seattle; $5-$20 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
The wide-ranging violinist, fresh off an appearance with the New York Philharmonic, returns to Seattle with a program titled “Bach and Beyond Part II,” which connects the composer’s Sonata No. 1 and Partita No. 1 to works by Bartok and Phil Kline. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $10-$25 (888-377-4510 or www.townhallseattle.org).
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
The celebrated contemporary dance company presents “The Israeli Program”: two works created specifically for Hubbard Street by Ohad Naharin, director of Batsheva Dance Company, and Sharon Eyal/Gaï Behar, collaborative choreographers who also have a Batsheva connection. 8 p.m. Saturday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $25-$40 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Dan Webb lecture
The Seattle artist turns large — really large — chunks of wood into sculptures that contrast bulky natural beauty with fine woodcarving; a Seattle Times reviewer described a recent show of works as Webb leaving “most of his rough-hewn fir or maple as-is while carving exquisitely detailed human appendages that reach out or dangle from the crude, splintery hulks.” Webb will discuss his multifaceted work at 6 p.m. Monday at Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., Seattle; free (206-328-2200 or www.pratt.org).