The Week Ahead: Miro show, Miley Cyrus, improv fest
Wreath-laying, Lake Union Civic Orchestra among this week’s highlights.
Director José Padilha’s remake of the 1987 sci-fi thriller stays true to the original’s concept — fatally maimed Detroit policeman Alex Murphy restored to life as a cyborg enforcer — while branching out in all sorts of interesting directions. It stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Abbie Cornish. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H8. For Soren Andersen’s 3.5-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon’
The shake-up begins with Fallon’s first episode as host of the venerable late night talk show. Guests include Will Smith and U2. Midnight late Monday/early Tuesday, Feb. .17-18 on NBC.
‘Sting: The Last Ship’
The musician performs songs from his upcoming album and play of the same name about growing up in a shipbuilding community in England. 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, on KCTS.
Seattle Home Show
From Saturday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 23, browse hundreds of home and garden displays, “Meet the Experts” seminars, wine tasting, model kitchens and bath vignettes, building products and materials, landscape displays, living green, arts and crafts and home decorating ideas, appearances by art and antique appraiser Dr. Lori; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday through Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 23. CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $3-$12 (425-467-0960 or seattlehomeshow.com).
George Washington Wreath Laying
Greater Seattle DAR Chapters will host a program with color guard and speaker at the LDS meeting hall, 10 a.m., 3925 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; then participants will go to the George Washington statue on the UW campus for a traditional wreath-laying ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, University of Washington campus, Seattle; free (206-920-5676).
Her outsize tongue and twerking behind get all the attention, but the fact of the matter is that Miley Cyrus — the grown up edition of Hannah Montana — is one heckuva of a smart and sexy pop singer, as her hit single, “Wrecking Ball,” from the album “Bangerz,” makes abundantly clear; not to mention an able actress, per her hilarious teenage rapster sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $41.50-$91.50 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
Paul Simon, Sting
It will be difficult for Paul Simon to top his extraordinary show three years ago at WaMu Theater, but reviews of the tour opener in Houston suggest you’ll likely enjoy nearly “every breath they take.” This is a real collaboration, with fully a third of the songs done in tandem, including plenty of hits from both sides of the aisle and duo singing from two of the finest lyrical voices in the business. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $40-$250 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
The Head and the Heart
Their recent album, “Let’s Be Still,” has plummeted off the charts, but Seattle’s refreshingly earnest neo-folkies continue to rock the world, with a performance last week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and a recent confirmation for a stage at this year’s Coachella festival. They’re back home for two nights, with Rose Windows and La Luz opening Friday and the Moondoggies and Mikey and Matty kicking off the show Saturday. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $31.25 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Elizabeth Austen & Kathleen Flenniken
Austen, Washington State’s new Poet Laureate, and Flenniken, her predecessor, read and talk about the role of the Laureate. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N. 45th St., Seattle; free (206-633-0811 or www.openpoetrybooks.com).
Anthony Doerr, Natalie Diaz, Karen Finneyfrock
The Richard Hugo House Literary Series continues with readings of new works written on the theme “Must the Gun Always Fire (And Other Rules of Writing)” with novelist Doerr (“The Shell Collector“), poet Diaz (“When My Brother Was an Aztec“) and Seattle poet and young-adult novelist Finneyfrock, with music, bar open, sale of books and CDs. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; $15-$25 (206-322-7030 or www.hugohouse.org).
Seattle Festival of Improv Theater
The festival returns for a 12th year, this time with 26 groups from across the continent, all revved up to do ... whatever comes to mind. Hosted by Jet City Improv, shows are at 8:30 and 10:30 nightly from Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 19-23, rotating between JCI, 5510 University Way N.E., and SFIT Second Stage, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.; $15-$18 (206-352-8291 or seattleimprov.com).
Bach’s 1727 masterpiece St. Matthew Passion is one of the greatest pieces of Western sacred music ever written. Ludovic Morlot will lead the orchestra in two performances of the Passion that will also feature the Seattle Symphony Chorale, NW Boychoir and nine soloists. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22, Benaroya Hall; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Lake Union Civic Orchestra
“Russian Winter” is the theme of LUCO’s next concert, which will feature the rarely performed Second Symphony by the early modern composer Alexander Scriabin, as well as violinist Victoria Parker playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $13-$18 (800-838-3000 or brownpapertickets.com).
Khambatta Dance Company
Anyone who saw Spectrum Dance Theater perform Cyrus Khambatta’s “Truth and Betrayal” last year knows the Seattle choreographer has a knack for infusing treacherous relationship psychology into highly athletic dance. You can see Khambatta’s own troupe perform his sequel to “Truth and Betrayal,” titled “Vice and Virtue,” along with two other works. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $25 (425-893-9900 or kpcenter.org).
‘Experience of Seeing’
Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) crossed a little Surrealism with a lot of Abstractionism and produced wildly, joyously colorful paintings (he also was a printmaker and sculptor) during his long life. A collection of his “late period” paintings, drawings and sculptures, made in the last 20 years of his life, is now on view at Seattle Art Museum, loaned by the renowned Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays through May 26 at SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12.50-$19.50 (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).