Arts and entertainment highlights for the week of Feb. 10
Things to do in the week of Feb. 10, 2013 include a cocktail competition, Octopus Week at Seattle Aquarium and an exhibit from painter James Martin.
‘Top Gun 3D’
Feeling the need for speed? Experience the 1986 Tom Cruise Navy flyer romance in an added dimension before its release on 3D Blu-ray Feb. 19. Director Tony Scott completed the task shortly before his death last August. Says co-producer Jerry Bruckheimer: “The planes leaving the carriers, the dogfights — it looks fantastic.” Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H6. For a story on the remastered film, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
The less you know in advance about Steven Soderbergh’s slick thriller, the more you’ll enjoy it. But one of its biggest pleasures is the performance of Rooney Mara, playing a depressed woman who is prescribed a new drug. Now showing at several theaters. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Another edition of the reality competition pits fans versus previous contestants. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Wednesday on CBS.
Anthony Edwards returns to network television with this new thriller from creator Paul Scheuring (“Prison Break”). Series premiere, 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC.
Local bartenders will compete in Vessel’s monthly competition to see who makes the best vermouth-based cocktails in town. The event also features $8 cocktails. 6-9 p.m. Monday, 624 Olive Way (www.vinumcocktailcompetition.com).
Cooking with Woodinville wines
Willows Lodge offers free cooking demo Wednesday on how to make Coq au vin and wine poached pears. Held at 14580 N.E. 145th St. in Woodinville at 5:30 p.m. (425-424-3900 or www.willowslodge.com).
Seattle Aquarium Octopus Week
Learn about one of the most interesting deep-sea creatures at the Seattle Aquarium with daily octopus feedings, talks and kids’ activities, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily from Feb. 14-24, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95 (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Tet Festival Vietnamese Lunar New Year
Welcome spring at the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration, with the traditional roaring lion dance, Vietnamese music, food, martial arts demonstrations, fashion show, children’s activities, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
The squad brings its “You Write the Rules” World Tour of exhibition basketball at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 16, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $26-$90 (253-856-6999 or www.showarecenter.com).
The Helio Sequence
Recently releasing their first album since 2009, “Negotiations,” the Portland duo returns with a richer, warmer sound. They bring their show — infused with “[t]ape and analog delays, spring and plate reverbs, tube preamps, ribbon microphones, and analog synths” — to Seattle. 8 p.m., next Sunday, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $16.50 advance, $18.50 at the door (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
The Presidents of the United States of America
The local favorites bring their good-time alt-rock wares to the Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m., Saturday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle, $20 advance, $25 at the door (888-929-7849 or www.showboxpresents.com).
Sherman Alexie and G. Willow Wilson
Meet Sherman Alexie and G. Willow Wilson, two Seattle authors who just won Pacific Northwest Book Awards for their books — Alexie for his short story collection “Blasphemy,” Wilson for her novel “Alif the Unseen.” Both won a PNBA award this year. 7 p.m. Monday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or www.elliottbaybook.com).
‘Dinner at Wotan’s’
Be prepared for big, sweeping sound — from Wagner to Queen — as Nordic gods celebrate the end of the world in Teatro ZinZanni’s newest production. ZinZanni founder Norm Langill and Tobias Larsson codirect. Through May 12, 222 Mercer St., Seattle; dinner tickets start at $108; matinee tickets start at $86 (206-802-0015 or ).
‘Our Earth: Heron and the Salmon Girl’
An ecologically themed opera, composed by Eric Banks, leader of the Seattle choral group the Esoterics, with libretto by Irene Keliher, will have its premiere today from the Seattle Youth Symphony, Seattle Opera soloists and a youth chorus. “Our Earth” is the first of a trilogy of operas by Banks about salmon. 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 10), Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $10-$20 (800-426-1619 or www.seattleopera.org).
The King’s Singers
“No coffee or whisky blend matches the suavity of the unaccompanied King’s Singers,” wrote The Times of London, and for the first time, a Seattle audience will get a taste of this Grammy-winning group. Their program, “Triumphs: Renaissance Conquests in Love and War” will include madrigals and other works from England, France and Italy. 8 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; sold out, contact box office for further details (206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org).
Alexandre Dossin, winner of the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition, will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov in the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle’s annual “Winter Nights” program. Also performing: violinist Kwanbin Park, cellist Kevin Krentz and pianist Natalya Ageyeva. 5 p.m. Feb. 17, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $12-$28 (425-829-1345 or www.russianchambermusic.org).
The often excellent and always eclectic Eastside dance festival returns with work by local troupes Spectrum Dance Theater, the Stone Dance Collective and Seattle dancers-turned-choreographers Vincent Michael Lopez (of Spectrum) and Andree Bartee and Kiyon Gaines (both of Pacific Northwest Ballet). Festival founder Eva Stone also brings in New York-based companies with regional connections (Bennyroyce Dance Productions, Joshua Beamish/MOVE) and troupes from Eastern Washington (Mid-Columbia Ballet), Vancouver, B.C. (Heather Dotto) and Utah (Shayla Bott & Company). 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Feb. 17, The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, $10-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
The Everett-born painter, now 83, continues to paint whatever floats his boat, and that boat can sometimes contain cowboys, a mermaid or Morris Graves as passengers. “Influenced by artists like Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, Martin is like a down-home, Pacific Northwest version of Marc Chagall,” wrote a Seattle Times reviewer in 2011. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Feb. 28, Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave S., Seattle (206-622-2833 or www.fosterwhite.com).
In the group show “Bleak Beauty,” David Bailin, Sandow Birk, Steve Costie, Iskra Johnson and Dianne Kornberg are billed as “artists who find beauty in the unpromising” — a listing ship, a deceased butterfly, a burned-out urban core test the relationship between content and form. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 9, 3419 E. Denny Way, Seattle; (206-322-3851 or www.prographicadrawings.com).