Critics' picks for the week of Jan. 15-22
Among the highlights this week:
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute
Share the Dream
Today: "Share the Dream — A Musical Tribute to Dr. King," including performances from the Black Nativity and Total Experience Gospel choirs, will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at 3:30 p.m. today at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle. There's no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted for the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County (206-329-0300).
Today: Six Seattle-area artists — Marsha Burns, Rebecca Cummins, Kai Yamada, Claude Zervas, Laurel Schultz and Steve Davis — join others from Vancouver, B.C., and Portland in the exhibition "Contrasting Objectives: Fifteen Pacific Northwest Photographers" curated by Scott Wallin. The show spotlights the diversity of styles in the Northwest and continues through Sept. 10 at the Whatcom Museum of History & Art, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham. Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays. (360-676-6981 or www.whatcommuseum.org). Free.
"Enron: The Smartest Guys
in the Room"
Tuesday: Perhaps soon to be in the Room With Bars. Even if you never balance your checkbook and economics make your eyes blur, don't miss this fascinating/sickening documentary about the epic corporate scandal before founder "Kenny Boy" Lay and ex-CEO Jeffrey Skilling go to trial Jan. 30. Based on the book by the Fortune reporters who pieced it all together, the film engrossingly lays out the Smarties' hubris, greed, ties to the Bush family and the way their stunning dishonesty did serious harm to countless thousands of real people. (Magnolia, R, $26.98).
Emerson String Quartet
Tuesday: The Emerson String Quartet, considered one of the world's finest, returns to Meany Theater for an unusual all-Scandinavian program. A must for quartet fans. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Meany Theater, University of Washington campus, $34 (206-543-4880).
Wednesday: With some 300 pieces of glass and related drawings, "Czech Glass, 1945-1980: Design in an Age of Adversity" is billed as the largest exhibit of post-World War II Czech glass ever to appear in the U.S. Although Czechoslovakia has a long history of glassmaking, glass grew as an expressive medium during the Soviet occupation, led by such groundbreaking artists as Jaroslava Brychtová and the late Stanislav Libenský. The exhibition continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, extended hours to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, through June 18 at the Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma, $4-$10 (1-866-4MUSEUM or www.museumofglass.org).
Seattle Symphony Mozart Festival
Thursday: A two-week tribute to Mozart on his 250th birthday year starts with this concert featuring renowned Vladimir Feltsman as piano soloist and conductor, with Mozart's final piano concerto on the program (as well as the D Major Rondo and the Symphony No. 25). 7:30 p.m. Thursday, repeated 8 p.m. Saturday, in Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, $15-$62 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Thursday: Smartly using the reality-TV phenomenon, the Aussie band, washed-up since lead singer Michael Hutchence died in 1997, resuscitated its career by holding an "American Idol"-style contest and choosing a sexy, young, former Elvis impersonator, J.D. Fortune, as new lead singer. Voilà! A hit album and sold-out tour, which plays 8 p.m. at the Moore Seattle, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $35-$65, 206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com; information, 206-467-5510, www.themoore.com, www.inxs.com
Richard Alston Dance Co.
Thursday-Saturday: Britain's largest independent modern-dance company makes its way to Seattle for the first time this week, part of the UW World Series at Meany Theater. For nearly four decades Alston has been choreographing and teaching contemporary dance in the United Kingdom and around the world, and on the current tour, his company brings its trademark style: new choreography with a healthy dose of influence from the past. The program includes "Fever," danced to madrigals and sinfonias from Claudio Monteverdi; "Gypsy Mixture," with sounds from the mixed-artists CD "Electric Gypsyland"; and "Shimmer," to worldly and fantastical music of Maurice Ravel. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Meany, University of Washington campus, Seattle; $38 (206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org).
Sam and Sara Lucchese create handmade pasta out of their kitchen-garage adjacent to their Ballard home. Here, they illustrate the final steps in making pappardelle pasta.