16 top entertainment picks to kick off 2012
A list of the best of what's on offer on Seattle's stages, in museums and on screen, the week of Jan. 1-7, 2012. On the list: The "Doctor Atomic Symphony," "Coriolanus," a newly restored "Metropolis" and more.
Most film buffs have seen Fritz Lang's 1927 expressionist masterpiece — but never like this. Giorgio Moroder, a film composer and pop producer, has released a newly restored version, with a contemporary soundtrack featuring Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Freddie Mercury, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Loverboy and more. It runs through Jan. 5 at SIFF Cinema, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net.
Melancholia — the state of mind — can hide behind seemingly sunny dispositions. So it makes a certain poetic sense that in Lars von Trier's latest movie, a whole planet named Melancholia appears from behind the Sun to threaten happiness on Earth. Part comedy of very bad manners, part doomsday fantasia, "Melancholia" places sweetly smiling but depression-prone Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and her sensible sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in meltdown situations, both familial and cosmic, with outcomes neither one expects. Stunning visuals and wicked support turns by Charlotte Rampling, Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt make this one of von Trier's best. At the Varsity this week.
It's a new year, and that means another round of this dating/rose ceremony drama. This time out the bachelor is former "Bachelorette" reject Ben Flajnik who must choose between 25 ladies. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.
'Project Runway: All Stars'
A group of designers that almost made it in previous seasons of the sartorial series are back, including Austin Scarlett, Gordana Gehlhausen, Mondo Guerra, Rami Kashou and Sweet P. But wait! No Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn, plus new judges? Yep, the "who's out" decisions will be made by host Angela Lindvall, and judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, and Joanna Cole will serve as mentor. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday on Lifetime.
'Tin a Tuna' class
You haven't tasted good tuna until you've learned how to "Tin a Tuna." Slow Food Seattle holds a workshop next Sunday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) on canning tuna in sea salt and olive oil. Class costs $10, but there are additional fees if you want to can the Albacore tuna made available during the class. Held at Gourmondo Catering Company, 309 S. Cloverdale St., Suite B24. (More information at slowfoodseattle.wordpress.com).
Mocktails for 2012
So maybe your New Year's resolution was to cut down on the booze. Seatown doesn't think it has to be painful. The bar hosts a class on how to make "mocktails" or nonalcoholic drinks Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Held at the restaurant at 2010 Western Ave. $25. For more information, go to store.tomdouglas.com under "events."
Festivals & events
Seattle Wedding Show
Say "I do" to flowers and favors; order invitations; sample cakes; view fashion shows; meet ministers and musicians and other wedding vendors, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 8, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $17 (800-505-5900 or www.weddingshow.com).
Artifact ID Day
Like "Antiques Roadshow," without the appraisals: Experts provide information about objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, Asia and the natural world, 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
Seattle's own Django Reinhardt tribute band is one of the world's finest, bringing a lovely blend of authenticity and originality to the music of the great Gypsy jazz guitarist. They are joined by Scottish guitar master Martin Taylor. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (plus 9:30 p.m. show Saturday) at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $24.50 (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).
This zany Seattle Balkan brass-and-drum band makes mayhem mixing tradition and innovation, making stops along the way in klezmerville, Bollywood and the circus. The band is celebrating the release of a new disc. 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Tractor, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $10 (206-789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com).
A warrior finds that politics can be the deadliest game of all in Shakespeare's powerful drama about fifth-century Rome. David Drummond plays the title role under director David Quicksall in this Seattle Shakespeare Company production, previewing Tuesday-Thursday, opening Friday and running through Jan. 29. Center House Theatre, Seattle Center; $15-$40 (206-733-8222 or www.seattleshakespeare.org).
The classic tale of magic, wit and a smart heroine. Friday-Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays, Second Story Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond; $5-$10 (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
John Adams' "Doctor Atomic Symphony" rubs elbows with Weber, Stravinsky and Mozart on a bill conducted by David Robertson. Robertson's wife, pianist Orli Shaham, is guest soloist. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$110 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org). Intermission-free rush-hour concert (no Stravinsky) at 7 p.m. Friday; $15-$79.
The son of "Dune" author Frank Herbert discusses his prequel (written with Kevin J. Anderson), "Sisterhood of Dune." 7 p.m. Tuesday, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or www.ubookstore.com).
The gallery thinks big in the new year with a group show that includes large-scale installations by Evan Blackwell, George Rodriguez and Eva Isaksen. Thursday-Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S. #100, Seattle (206-622-2833 or www.fosterwhite.com).
Greg Kucera Gallery
San Francisco photographer Sean McFarland pokes into the dark recesses of the gardens and forests that persevere as development marches on and comes back with a new way of viewing nature. (And his blog is fun to look at, too: www.sean-mcfarland.com). 10:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Thursday-Feb. 18, Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-0770 or www.gregkucera.com).
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