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‘All Is Lost,’ waterfront trick-or-treating and ‘Botanica’
The week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2013: Robert Redford plays a sailor alone at sea in “All Is Lost.” Take the kids to Trick or Treat on the Waterfront for an early Halloween. And watch the 90-minute “Botanica” extravaganza, brought by troupe MOMIX.
‘All Is Lost’
In J.C. Chandor’s one-character movie with almost no dialogue, Robert Redford gives a remarkable performance as a nameless sailor, alone at sea, struggling mightily against the forces of nature, bad luck and exhaustion. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3 ½-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘War of the Worlds: American Experience’
On its 75th anniversary, this PBS program looks back at Orson Welles’ infamous Halloween Eve radio broadcast. 9 p.m. Tuesday on KCTS.
‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’
The annual airing of the classic Peanuts special, with Linus waiting up all night for the Great Pumpkin. 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC.
Trick or Treat on the Waterfront
Treats for kids at participating businesses from the Ferry Terminal to the Bell Harbor Conference Center; Seattle Fire Department will be there for a show-and-tell; games for kids at Pier 58 Waterfront Park; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 27), downtown Seattle Waterfront (downtownseattle.com).
Cultural Crossroads Festival
Ethnic entertainment on two stages by 30 groups; marketplace representing Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and North America; interactive Lego display, Dolls of the World display; 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-1111 or crossroadsbellevue.com).
Dia de los Muertos Opening Ceremony
Ofrenda exhibit and dinner, 5 p.m. Friday, free, by reservation; display of altars with offerings through Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, noon-8 p.m. Thursdays, El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle (206-957-4605 or elcentrodelaraza.org).
The prodigal son of hipper-than-hip-hop L.A. collective Odd Future brings his lagourously cerebral Doris Tour to town. At 9 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 30 at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle, $21.50-$25 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
According to the title of his latest record, the plaintive singer/songwriter is “Out of the Game,” but his half-dozen Pacific Northwest dates would suggest otherwise. The first nearby is at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Avenue N., Edmonds; $52-$62 (425-275-9595 or edmondscenterforthearts.org).
Simmons, a highly inventive fantasy/horror writer (“The Terror,” “Drood”), has a new novel out, “The Abominable,” about a 1920s expedition to Mount Everest that finds it’s being followed by someone ... or something. At 7 p.m. Wednesday at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park, free (206-366-3333 or thirdplacebooks.com).
Cole Porter fans will find this touring production of the Tony-winning Broadway revival just de-lovely; it’s full of his de-lightful tunes and de-luxe singing, dancing and comedy. Rachel York is a standout as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney. Through Nov. 3, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; tickets start at $42 (206-625-1900 or 5thavenue.org).
Seattle Pro Musica
One of Seattle’s finest choral companies continues to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth with a “Britten +” concert and community sing, featuring the British composer’s “Rejoice in the Lamb,” “Festival Te Deum” and “Flower Songs,” plus pieces by Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and SPM director Karen P. Thomas. 3 p.m. Sunday, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., $12-$35 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
The British organist and director of the famed King’s College Choir at Cambridge University will perform pieces on the Watjen organ by Bach, Mendelssohn, Vierne and more. Cleobury is known for his efforts to freshen up the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service at Cambridge by commissioning a new carol each year. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Vienna Boys Choir
The snazzy sailor-suited boys, ages 10-14, tour the world each year, with centuries of tradition and a respectable roll call behind them (Schubert was a member, as was HK Gruber). They’ll perform a program of Strauss waltzes, classical masterpieces by Mozart and Haydn, and folk songs from around the globe. 7 p.m. Nov. 3, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets start at $31 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Flora and fauna are the focus of this 90-minute fantasia on the shapes and patterns of nature. The show’s mix of buoyant dance, extravagant props, gigantic puppets, heady music and illusion-spinning costumes should appeal to young and old alike. Recommended for ages 7 and up; children younger than 5 won’t be admitted. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, $44-$56 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org).
‘Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon’
Seattle Art Museum hosts 3,000 years of Peruvian culture, appealingly presented and annotated. Hundreds of paintings, sculpture, pottery, metalwork, textiles and photography tell the story of the South American country’s history and identity — and how the two are intertwined. Be sure to take a gander at the intricately painted vessels, the enormous silver urn in the shape of a pelican and the gold Mochica “octopus” forehead ornament, looted from an ancient site and then returned home. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 5, SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $11-$17 (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).
Linda Hodges Gallery
At age 92, Northwest artist Gaylen Hansen could be forgiven for taking it easy. But his busy mind is still at work, and his current show of new paintings is brimming with old friends — dogs, The Fisherman — and a new leaning toward extra-vibrant colors. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Nov. 30, 316 First Ave. S, Seattle; (206-624-3034 or lindahodgesgallery.com).