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The week ahead: Arts and entertainment highlights for the week beginning Oct. 14
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes the "Argo," a Maple Viewing Festival at the Japanese Garden, pizza class, Seattle Music Theatre costume sale, and men in dance, among others.
Based on the true story of how a CIA officer helped rescue six Americans trapped in 1979 Iran, "Argo," directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is an inspiring tale of heroism and a crackling piece of entertainment. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H9. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
'Emily Owens, M.D.'
This new show stars Mamie Gummer (aka Meryl Streep's daughter) as a young medical intern. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday on The CW.
'American Horror Story: Asylum'
Prepare for many sleepless Wednesday nights with the return of this unflinching, mind-bending horror show from creator Ryan Murphy. This season the action takes place at a "haven for the criminally insane" in 1964. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX.
A big portion of our pizza-loving community believes Serious Pie is the best. Now you can learn how they do it. The staff will show how to work the dough and then the apple-wood-burning oven does its magic. The $35 fee includes lunch of pizza and Italian wines. Next class (limited to 12) at 316 Virginia St., from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday (tomdouglas.com).
Maple Viewing Festival
The Japanese Garden is aflame with fall colors, music and a bonsai display, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-684-4725 or seattlejapanesegarden.org).
Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival
Ho, ho, ho! Holiday decorations, arts and crafts vendors, Santa visits, holiday meal demos, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma; $12.50-$13.50, ages 12 and younger free (800-521-7469 or holidaygiftshows.com).
100th Anniversary of Poulsbo Lutefisk Dinner
Marking a century of lutefisk dinners with the sale of pickled herring and lefse, and a gourmet all-you-can-eat lutefisk meal (seating every 20 minutes), from 11:40 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, at the Christian Center at the First Lutheran Church of Poulsbo, 18920 Fourth Ave. N.E., Poulsbo; $23, $5/ages 11 and younger (www.poulsbo-lutefisk.com).
Theater Costume Sale
Just in time for Halloween: Seattle Musical Theatre is selling costumes: vintage, distressed, period, modern, children's clothing, hats, shoes, accessories, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Bldg 47, Magnuson Park, Seattle; cash and checks only. (www.seattlemusicaltheatre.org).
A celebration of the museum's 40th anniversary, with the dedication of new weekend service on vintage Issaquah Valley trolley at 1 p.m. today, rides until 3 p.m., Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., Issaquah; free (425-392-3500 or www.issaquahhistory.org).
City Arts Festival
The insatiably curious former Talking Head David Byrne and Dallas singer-songwriter St. Vincent sing selections from "Love This Giant" as the opener of City Arts Festival, which also features Ghostland Observatory, Joshua Radin, A Fine Frenzy, the Maldives and many others at various Seattle venues Wednesday through Saturday. Individual tickets $10-$27; wristband passes $55-$130; arts event passes $50-100. Byrne and St. Vincent perform at 8:30 p.m. at the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; sold out (888-377-4510 or www.cityartsfest.com).
One of the most precise, compelling and emotionally plausible singers in jazz today, Brazilian powerhouse Luciana Souza recently released two wonderful albums, "Duos III" and "The Book of Chet." Souza appears, with the incomparable Seattle pianist Dave Peck opening, as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival at 7 tonight at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $10-$22 (206-838-4333 or www.thetripledoor.net).
The whimsical performance artist performs "Dirtday!," the third in her series of solo story works, which touches on politics, evolution, family, history and animals but promises, as always, to mix the hyper-real and the surreal. 8 p.m. Saturday at Meany Theater, University of Washington campus, $20-$44 (206-543-4880 or www.meany.org).
'Return to Paradise'
Teatro ZinZanni turns its tent into the Paradise Club, circa 1962, for a re-imagined World's Fair party starring Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee, plus local musicians and favorite veteran performers. Show times vary. Through Jan. 27, 2013, 222 Mercer St., Seattle; tickets start at $106 (206-802-0015 or dreams.zinzanni.org).
'Danny, King of the Basement'
Daniel S. Craig's play tackles the tough subjects of family homelessness and hunger by way of an optimistic boy who finds that friends are among the most valuable possessions. Preview Thursday, opens Friday-Nov. 18, Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; $20-$36 (206-441-3322 or www.sct.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
The coming week is a busy one for the SSO, starting with a Masterworks concert of Beethoven's "Corialan" Overture, Haydn's "Drum Roll" Symphony and a world-premiere work by Dai Fujikura, "Mina." Guest performer is the International Contemporary Ensemble, whose co-founder, Claire Chase, just won a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112. Also up: two nontraditional programs on Friday night: "Untuxed," at 7 p.m., offering a reprise of the "Drum Roll" with ICE, and the inaugural "[untitled]" at 10 p.m., with a program of Cage, Feldman and Ligeti's "Poeme Symphonique" for 100 metronomes (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Prankster-provocateur Amy O'Neal debuts the full-length version of her solo piece "The Most Innovative, Daring and Original Piece of Dance/Performance You Will See This Decade," a droll "nonverbal lecture" (with supertitles) about the charged gender/racial/political import of various dance vocabularies. 8 p.m. Friday through Oct. 21, Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., Seattle; $12-$15 (206-325-8773 or www.velocitydancecenter.org).
Men in Dance
Every two years, male dancers move into the spotlight with this festival that always includes some spectacular work. This year's showcase includes work by Wade Madsen, Jason Ohlberg and a special guest from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, among others. 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $20-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
'Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris'
"Women take over" is the motto at Seattle Art Museum this fall, as SAM hosts the "Elles" show of 130 works — painting, sculpture, drawing, video and installation by pioneering female artists — from Paris and "Elles: SAM," works from the museum and private and public collections that contribute to the broader story of women in art. There's also plenty of related programming at SAM and other sites around town; check the website for details. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Thursday-Jan. 13, 2013, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $23, note that admission to "Elles" is timed. (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Celebrating his most recent book, "Gifts of the Crow," the lauded Northwest wildlife artist is exhibiting etchings from the book, sculptures and lithographs, many showing the trickster nature and stunning adaptability of our constant urban companion, the crow. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 27, Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-622-2833 or www.fosterwhite.com).