These Brits crank out anthem-ready arena rock with unwavering efficiency. The band’s most recent album, The 2nd Law, received a 2013 Grammy nomination for best rock album and another for best rock song “Madness.” KeyArena, $32–$62.
Feb 1 & 2
Spark and Shine Showcase
The tiny but formidable Seattle record label Spark and Shine puts its best talent on display for two nights at the Tractor. The always-reliable Maldives and indie pop stalwart (and Posies founder) Ken Stringfellow take turns headlining, while power popper’s Curtains for You and rock chick Star Anna (borrowed from Local 638 Records) fill the opening slot on separate nights. Tractor Tavern, $15–$17.
The 64-year-old satirist is best known for volcanic Daily Show rants about his latest pet peeve (imbecilic politicians, iPhones). For his new stand-up tour, The Rant Is Due, Black gets fired up about the presidential election and fiscal cliffs: “Fiscal cliff? Sounds like an event from the X Games.” Paramount Theatre, $36–$62.
The Bridge Project 2013
Rising choreographers Amy Johnson, Britt Karhoff, Chris McCallister, and Elia Mrak hunker down with Velocity mentor Mark Haim to create brand-new dance performances in just three weeks. Witness the finished product, along with a new short film by Joyce Liao, over a celebratory weekend. Velocity Dance Center, $12–$18.
Roméo et Juliette
Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette premiered at Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 1996 and arrived at McCaw Hall in 2008, rich with pain and passion. PNB dancers James Moore and Kaori Nakamura carry the torch in this month’s revival, now with new sets and costumes. MaCaw Hall, $28–$183.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Jan 31 & Feb 2
Morlot Conducts Messiaen
Under the direction of maestro Ludovic Morlot, the SSO tackles Messiaen’s massive Turangalîla-Symphony for the first time, with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Cynthia Millar on the ondes martenot (an early electronic keyboard often used in sci-fi scores). The 10-movement, 80-minute composition “oscillates between music that is lyrical and harsh,” says the symphony, but to Messiaen, it was simply a “song of love.” Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.
Suzi Eszterhas: Living the Wild Life
Two words: Baby. Animals. Conservation photographer Suzi Eszterhas discusses her new series of books for children ages four to seven. Eye on the Wild follows gorillas, cheetahs, lions, sea otters, brown bears, and orangutans from infancy to adulthood, which means lots of close-ups of adorable fuzzy creatures. Town Hall, $5.
Bands on the Big Screen
Local music videos play large in this one-night-only event, a fundraiser for Northwest Folklife. The lineup includes music videos by some creative pairings: Jon Jon Augustavo with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tyler Kalberg with indie-soul act Pickwick, Brad Curran with singer-songwriter Kaylee Cole, Hayley Young with Portland chamber-pop band Loch Lomond, and Stephen Gray with hip-hop duo Dark Time Sunshine. Augustavo's video for Allen Stone's "Celebrate Tonight" will also make its world premiere; the director will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $15.
Warm Bodies Benefit Party
Guy loves girl. Girl fears her brain will be eaten by guy. It's just your typical zombie-human love story. Isaac Marion's debut novel, Warm Bodies, is a deceptively thoughtful examination of what it means to be alive…that just happens to be set in a world overrun by the recently animated. The film adaptation of his novel opens nationwide February 1. To celebrate, Fremont Abbey Arts Center hosts Marion at its Warm Bodies opening-night party and fundraiser, with proceeds supporting Abbey Arts and arts nonprofits that work with children in the U.S. and Haiti. Fremont Abbey Arts Center, donations accepted at the door.
Langston Birthday Bash
Celebrate the start of Black History Month and the 111th birthday of the late jazz poet and activist Langston Hughes with a night of Motown and dancing to the soulful sound of Seattleite Josephine Howell. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, $15.
Lunar New Year: Opening Celebration
Wing Luke begins its Lunar New Year celebration—it's the Year of the Snake—with family-friendly festivities that include a traditional lion dance, firecrackers, drums, a coloring contest, a stuffed zodiac animal petting zoo, and more. Wing Luke Asian Museum, $13.
FOOD & DRINK
It’s been said that more women attend Belgianfest than any other Washington beer festival. So guys? You might be wise to hightail it over to the Bell Harbor International Conference Center between noon and 4, or 5:30 to 9:30 to taste the 60-plus Belgian tripels, dubbles, saisons, wits, and abbeys featured by 30 of Washington’s breweries. Pier 66, Bell Harbor International Conference Center, $35–$40.