Make salted butter toffee; experience ‘Space Travel’
The week of Oct. 20-26, 2013: Make salted butter toffee at Theo’s Chocolate Factory. P!nk gets the party started at KeyArena. And embark on an architectural “Space Travel” mission with works by Peter Waite.
Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s documentary paints a picture of a magical place, the soulful redoubt in Alabama where musicians including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and the Rolling Stones recorded during the ’60s and ’70s. It’s got music, interviews with the stars, critical perspective, alluring visuals, even a little treachery. Now playing at the Harvard Exit Theatre. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Paul de Barros’ four-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
The first feature-length film from a female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia takes a charming, liberating look at adolescent rebellion in a Riyadh suburb. Written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, it follows a 10-year-old girl (Waad Mohammed) who wants to own a shiny green bicycle, against the wishes of her conservative mother (Reem Abdullah). Now playing at the Harvard Exit Theatre. For showtimes, see Page H6. For John Hartl’s three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Project Runway All Stars’
Designers from past seasons compete in this third “all-star” edition. Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman return as hosts. Alyssa Milano is the host. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday on Lifetime.
The filmed-in-Portland horror series returns for season three. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Friday on NBC.
‘The Graham Norton Show’
The British chat show with the cheeky host is back with new episodes. The lineup this week includes Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman, Katy Perry and Chris Hemsworth. 7 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.
Single Malt Madness 2013
Sample some stellar scotches. The Barrel Thief will offer 15 single malts to taste for $5 each Tuesday. Held at 3417 Evanston Ave. N. #102; No RSVP necessary. Bar opens at 4 p.m. For more info, email GotYerWhiskey@bthief.com or check http://bthief.com/events/spirits/single-malt-madness-2013.
Chocolate University: Salted Butter Toffee
Learn how to make salted butter toffee from a Theo chocolatier. Class held Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Theo Chocolate, 3400 Phinney Ave. N., Cost $35. To reserve a spot, call 206-632-5100 (theochocolate.com).
This year’s theme is “Around the World,” and steampunkers are invited to adjust their goggles and attend a weekend of vendors, music, art and more. Friday-Oct. 27, Hyatt Regency, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $25-$60 (steamcon.org).
Dia de Muertos
The Mexican cultural celebration honoring loved ones who have died includes performances, food, crafts and a musical procession, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
Usher in Halloween at the Woodland Park Zoo with a party featuring pumpkins for zoo animals, trick-or-treating and entertainment for kids, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 27, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle; $8.75-$12.75, one child age 12 and younger in costume admitted free with each paid adult (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).
The hyperkinetic pop princess brings us “The Truth About Love” tour, a circus of music, dancing, aerial routines and even single-handed pushups. The voice behind such hits as “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “Get the Party Started” and “Dont’ Let Me Get Me” has sold 110 million records so far and is still going strong. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at KeyArena. Seattle Center; $35.50-$121 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Night of the LTD
The cream of the Seattle tranced-out hip-hop scene churns up some flavor: Kingdo Crumbs (Tay Sean, Jerm D, Mikey Nice, Jarv Dee), OCnotes, Jarv Dee, ILLFIGHTYOU & DJ Suspence. Hosted by hip hop gurur Larry “El” Mizell. 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $15 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Few older-generation jazz stars remain, and scant few of the next generation have been able to fill their shoes, but 43-year-old trumpeter Roy Hargrove has. A consummately swinging, soulful improviser with a fat, burnished tone, elegant phrasing and logical soloing, Hargrove has won Grammy awards for Latin and straight-ahead projects, and plays funk with convincing authority, too. With Justin Robinson (saxophone), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums). 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 27) at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $26.50 (206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com).
The Mississippi-born author discusses her new novel, “Goldfinch,” the story of a boy who loses his parents, is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend and becomes a misfit who moves in the world of the rich but is not of it. 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., free (206-624-6600 or spl.org).
‘Much Ado About Nothing’
Matt Shimkus and Jennifer Lee Taylor play the battling Benedick and Beatrice in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s season-opening production of the Bard’s comedy (set in George Mount’s staging on the French Riviera in the early ’50s). If you’ve seen Shimkus before with the company, you know he’s a sparkler. Friday-Nov. 17, Center Theatre at Seattle Center; $29-$43 (206-733-8222 or seattleshakespeare.org).
Seattle Chamber Players
Seattle’s most venturesome chamber ensemble gives a free concert/lecture demonstrating “the cross-pollination between art music and new technologies.” Dutch composer Michel van der Aa’s “Memo” (for violin solo and portable cassette recorder) is one of the items on the program. Presented as part of the 39th International Confrence on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, 5:15 p.m. Friday, Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium, Seattle.
Pianist Robin McCabe and violinist Maria Larionoff take on Mendelssohn’s “Double” Concerto for Piano, Violin and Orchestra in D minor — a work that blends stern elegance with brisk (and sometimes cavorting) filigree. As McCabe notes, “It is a devil of a piece, but wonderful.” Late bloomers may be discouraged to learn that he wrote it at age 14. Also on the program: Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and the overture to Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $15-$20 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com ).
The company’s season-opening staging of Donizetti’s comedy “The Daughter of the Regiment” brings two stellar talents to town: tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tonio, a soldier of the regiment, and soprano Sarah Coburn as Marie, the tomboy the regiment has adopted and raised — and whom Tonio loves. Family secrets and true love ensue. Through Nov. 2, McCaw Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $25 (206-389-7676 or seattleopera.org).
Thomas Wood: ‘Northwest Land, Sea and Sky’
There’s a touch of Emily Carr and a nod to the fanciful palette of the Fauvists in the art of Bellingham artist Thomas Wood. But mostly he cuts to the essence of the Puget Sound scenes he depicts in his oil paintings by heightening his colors and stylizing his shapes. Clouds become looming gray lozenges in “Ruby Beach”; sunlit slopes become folded fabrics of turquoise, amber and red in “Sauk Mountains.” 10:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 4, Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, Seattle (206-443-3315 or lisaharrisgallery.com).
Peter Waite: ‘Space Travel’
That’s “space” as in architectural space. In his acrylics on panels, Connecticut artist Waite has a knack for revealing vertiginous expanses within solid edifices. He likes to highlight those spaces with neon-bright “ghost lines” that seem to catch the structural aura of the building depicted, whether it’s in a library in Vienna or a museum in Seattle. Result: eye-catching spins on architectural renderings, with a slight hallucinatory vibe to them. Waite describes his work as “existential tourism.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Oct. 24. Winston Wachter Fine Art, 203 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle (206-652-5855 or www.winstonwachter.com).