The week ahead: ‘Journey to the South Pacific,’ Black History Month begins
A&E highlights for the week beginning Jan. 26: Bill Frisell, Mary Lambert to perform, Year of the Horse celebrated, “Frognostication’’ coming to Snohomish, and the “Following” creeps its way back to Fox.
‘Journey to the South Pacific’ comes to IMAX
This new IMAX movie, which explores the West Papua islands and emphasizes the need for keeping the oceans clean, was mostly shot underwater — with 3D visions of tropical fish, manta rays, whale sharks and sea turtles as the main attraction. Now playing at the Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX Theater. For showtimes, see Page H7. For John Hartl’s three-star movie review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
The grisly crime thriller starring Kevin Bacon is back for a second season. Preview episode at 8 p.m., season premiere at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, on Fox.
‘Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2014’
Viewers voted on their favorite advertising spots that have aired during the Super Bowl and the results are revealed in this special. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, on CBS.
New Mexican brunch
Poquitos, the Capitol Hill restaurant, rolls out a new Mexican brunch menu with expanded hours (10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.) with Huevos Rancheros and biscuits and chorizo gravy and other Mexican-themed brunch items. 1000 East Pike St., Seattle (206-453-4216 or vivapoquitos.com)
Celebrate Year of Horse
Join the Year of the Horse celebration Saturday, Feb. 1. Entertainment includes Lion and Dragon dances, Taiko drumming, martial arts, children’s costume parade; cultural activities, calligraphy, origami, games and activities, vendors, food walk with $2 tasting menu at local restaurants, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (cidbia.org).
On Saturday, Feb. 1, Snohomish Slew the frog, transported by fire engine, arrives to make his “frognostication” on when spring will arrive in the Northwest, with kids’ crafts, jump rope competition, music, dancing, mascots, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; in downtown Snohomish (historicdowntownsnohomish.org).
Bill Frisell’s latest gig
The wizardly guitarist appears in many guises, but with lap steel ace Greg Leisz, expect mellow country twang. With Leisz, Tony Scherr (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums). 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $26.50 (206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com).
Mary Lambert performs
Arguably the voice that makes Macklemore’s “Same Love” credible, Mary Lambert’s soothing plaint now adorns her own EP, “She Keeps Me Warm.” The Seattle singer celebrates her new album, with two harmonizing groups, Lemolo and Pollens, opening the showat 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $15-$18 (888-929-7849 or showboxonline.com).
The British Columbia-based author reads from her critically praised novel, shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize, “A Tale for the Time Being,” new in paperback. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or ubookstore.com). She will also read at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or thirdplacebooks.com).
The accomplished author arrives to discuss his novel, “Orfeo,” in conversation with Nancy Pearl. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org ).
‘Mr. Pim Passes By’
In this rediscovered 1919 comedy by A.A. Milne, a remark by an absent-minded guest turns a household, a marriage and a romance upside-down. Karen Lund directs. Previews Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 29-30, opening Friday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, March 1, Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-781-9707 or taproottheatre.org).
Who couldn’t use a dose of kindness? When Zed, a middle-aged editor, has to return to his hometown for a funeral, he finds it’s the simple things that mean the most in a crisis. Anita Montgomery directs. Through Sunday, Feb. 16, Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Drive N., Seattle; $15-$30 (206-524-1300 or seattlepublictheater.org).
Estonian guest conductor Olari Elts will lead a program of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 and Piano Concerto No. 2, aided on the latter by guest pianist Alexander Melnikov. Rounding out the bill are John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances” and Adams’ orchestral transcription of Liszt’s “The Black Gondola.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org). “Shostakovich Untuxed” (no Adams works performed) is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, $17-$81.
‘Pitch Black: African American Baseball’
The Northwest African American Museum kicks off Black History Month with the story of the state’s black players and teams. It’s a chance to learn about a vital part of the city’s sporting history, one that was largely undocumented in the amateur and semipro leagues. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays; until 7 p.m. Thursdays, show runs Saturday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 9, NAAM, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; $5-$7 (206-518-6000 or naamnw.org).