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A brutal tale of slavery, Hmong New Year, PNB’s ‘Kylian + Pite’

The week of Nov. 3-9, 2013: the searing tragedy in “12 Years a Slave,” Hmong New Year Celebration and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Kylian + Pite.”


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MOVIES

‘12 Years a Slave’

In this searing depiction of a brutal, dehumanizing period in American history, Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, a free man captured in the 1840s and sold into slavery. Director Steve McQueen’s film is perfectly cast, performed with searing honesty, smoothly written (by John Ridley, from Northup’s memoir) and unflinchingly filmed. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s four-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.

TV

‘Mike & Molly’

Biilly Gardell and Melissa McCarthy return for this sitcom’s fourth season. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Monday on CBS.

‘The CMA Awards’

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host this 47th annual awards ceremony in Nashville. 8 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.

‘Great Performances: “Company” ’

This concert version of the Sondheim musical (featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert and Christina Hendricks) airs as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. 9 p.m. Friday on KCTS.

FOOD

Lunch Break Cooking Series

Have lunch while you learn how to cook. Monday’s installment of the Lunch Break Cooking Series at Book Larder features a menu from the book “One Good Dish” by David Tanis and includes: Tunisian Meatballs with Saffon-Tomato Sauce and Couscous, South Indian Cabbage with Black Mustard Seeds, and two cookies: Golden Coconut Cookies and Ginger Spice Wafers. Noon-1 p.m. Monday, 4252 Fremont Ave. N.; $25 register at booklarder.com.

Von Trapp’s: new menu

Von Trapp’s, the popular beer hall on Capitol Hill, has launched a new late-night happy-hour menu from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Come Tuesday, and you can also take part in its new weekly Trivia Night. 912 12th Ave. (vontrapps.com).

FESTIVALS, COMMUNITY

Christmas in Seattle

Are you ready for the holidays yet? This fair is — with hundreds of exhibits and vendors, light displays, holiday music and cooking demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Nov. 10, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $14.50, ages 12 and younger free ( christmasinseattleshow.com).

Auburn Veteran’s Day Parade

The community goes all-out with its commemoration and parade each year. The 2013 schedule of Saturday events: remembrance ceremony, 9:45 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park; military displays and exhibits, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Division Street; parade starts at 11 a.m., includes nearly 200 units including 25 high-school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans’ units, honor guards and more, on Main Street from E Street Southeast to A Street Northwest, Auburn (253-931-3043 or auburnwa.gov/events).

Hmong New Year Celebration

Join the Hmong Association of Washington in celebrating Lunar New Year with live performances, visual arts, and a marketplace; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Armory; (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).

POP MUSIC

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson

A country-folk fan paradise, with the winsome, angelic-voiced Harris and longtime friend Crowell singing songs from their February album, “Yellow Moon.” Hopefully Harris will also dip into the ones she wrote for “Hard Bargain,” particularly her tribute to the late Kate McGarrigle. British singer-songwriter Thompson, whose new album is titled “Electric,” is one of the genre’s most highly-respected practitioners. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $40-$200 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).

Barsuk Records 15th Anniversary Celebration

Say “Seattle record label” and the world answers “Sub Pop,” but in its shadow barks a little dog named Barsuk, namesake and logo for the Emerald City’s “other label,” the upstart that made Death Cab for Cutie a household name. Barsuk celebrates its 15th anniversary with four concerts — Thursday-Sunday at Showbox at the Market, Neptune Theatre, Neumos and The Tractor Tavern — featuring Nada Surf, Mates of State, Sunset Valley, Say Hi, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter. Tickets are $15. Full schedule available at barsuk.com.

LITERARY EVENTS

Billy Collins

Hear the two-time U.S. Poet Laureate discuss his new collection, “Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems, 2003-2013.” 7:30 p.m., Monday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5, sold out; a limited number of tickets available the day of the event (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).

Garrison Keillor

Keillor, author, poet and NPR personality, discusses “O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Proud.” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).

THEATER

‘Les Miserables’

Love and revolution meet in the famed musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. This outing from The Village features Greg Stone, Eric Polani Jensen and Beth DeVries. Thursday-Jan. 5, Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah; $33-$68 (425-392-2202 or villagetheatre.org).

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Seattle Symphony

Ludovic Morlot will lead Mahler’s weighty, much-analyzed-but-not-often-heard Sixth Symphony, as well as Boulez’s “Notations” in this Masterworks concert. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).

The Met: Live in HD: ‘Tosca’

The Metropolitan Opera continues its highly successful broadcasts of productions to movie theaters around the world with Puccini’s verismo masterpiece. Patricia Racette sings the lead; Roberto Alagna is Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze is Scarpia. 9:55 a.m. Saturday (repeats in select theaters 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13), in theaters including Pacific Place, Lincoln Square and Thornton Place; $18-$24. Full schedule available at fathomevents.com.

VISUAL ARTS

Ross Sawyers: ‘This Is the Place’

The Seattle photographer who, in an earlier phase, liked to create “impossible” architectural spaces for the eye to ponder, veers into a curious but captivating abstract vein. The starting points for most of the works in his new show at Platform Gallery, “This Is the Place,” are hobo symbols marked on house exteriors to indicate whether handouts or trouble might come from knocking on the door. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 23. Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-323-2808 or platformgallery.com).



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