David Garrett attacks the strings with virtuosic vigor at the Paramount.

CLASSICAL & MORE

Sun, Jan 19
David Garrett
If there’s such a thing as shredding on a violin, then David Garrett is the premier shredder (he’s got the long locks for the part). As the Guinness World Record holder as the fastest violinist, he can play “Flight of the Bumblebee” in just over a minute and five seconds. The virtuosic talent also embraces technology and crafts dense layers of sound using looping pedals. Paramount Theatre, $31–$81.

Thur, Jan 16
A Far Cry
When 17 Boston musicians got together to form the orchestra a Far Cry back in 2007, they decided to do away with any notions of hierarchy. The self--conducted group put in place a model for rotating leadership so that it would remain a collective of equals. This united stance carries over into a Far Cry’s performances, which at UW will feature Gershwin, Ives, Dvořák, and more. Meany Hall, $34–$39.

Thur & Fri, Jan 16 & 17
TchaikFest!
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, performs a two-night TchaikFest! for a rare crash course on Tchaikovsky’s three piano concertos and the famous, and famously difficult, Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35. Benaroya Hall, $31–$112.

Sat, Jan 18
Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
The Seattle Philharmonic’s Wondrous Land of Tales concert spins a program of musical stories inspired by The Arabian Nights. The collection of exotic works—Johann Strauss II’s Thousand and One Nights, Ravel’s Shéhérazade song cycle with soprano Natalie Lerch, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade underscores the widespread cultural impact of the ancient tales. Benaroya Hall, $30.

Sun, Jan 19
Metropolitan Opera Northwest Regional Auditions
Is there an operatic superstar in our midst? The public is invited to find out live as a dozen local vocalists compete for a spot on the stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The event will also feature a special performance from previous Northwest winner and now Metropolitan star, Angela Meade. Benaroya Hall, $20.

DANCE

Jan 17–19
Whim W'Him: Instantly Bound
Seattle dance company Whim W’Him has been around since 2009, but recently under the artistic direction of founder Olivier Wevers they’ve begun gaining much of the acclaim they deserve. Whim W’Him will start their fifth season with two provocative new works by Wevers including the piece “Instantly Bound” inspired by the numerous school shootings of late and the ensuing gun control debate. Spanish guest choreographer Juanjo Arques will also make his U.S. debut in this exciting kick off to the season. Cornish Playhouse, $30.

CONCERTS

Fri, Jan 17
Damien Jurado
Before Ben Gibbard, Father John Misty, or the Head and the Heart, Damien Jurado all but created Seattle’s indie singer-songwriter scene. The lauded elder statesman heads to the Neptune to give locals a first listen to songs from Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, before the record hits stores on January 21. Neptune Theatre, $15–$18.

Fri, Jan 17
Justin Timberlake

“I try to talk to people about how much acting goes into music…How much of a character goes into what you put on stage.” —Justin Timberlake to T Magazine. The multitalented performer hasn’t brought sexy back to a local stage since 2007, but he takes a break from acting and heads to KeyArena to focus on the music career that made him a star. KeyArena, sold out.

COMEDY

Sat, Jan 18
David Koechner
Comedy and idiocy go hand in hand, and no one plays the confident and brash idiot better than David Koechner. Best known for his role as sportscaster Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies, Koechner first got noticed in the LA comedy scene with his wild improvised stage shows, and he’ll revive the outlandish characters he’s created over the years on his new Together Again tour. Neptune Theatre, $25.

FILM

Jan 16–Mar 13
The Golden Age of Italian Cinema
Revisit the timeless works of Italy’s finest filmmakers or discover these gems for the first time. Over three months, SAM offers up classics like Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief and Umberto D., Federico Fellini’s 8½ and Amarcord, and Ermanno Olmi’s Il posto. Seattle Art Museum, series pass $68.

Jan 17–19
Nordic Lights Film Festival
With an expansive array of topics, from political sex scandals to transgendered love stories to coming of age on the tundra, the Nordic Lights Film Festival offers one of the few opportunity to see screenings of award-winning films from this part of the world. A director from Greenland and the producer of a Norwegian film will make appearances for their respective works adding to the experience of these unique cinematic traditions. SIFF Film Center, series pass $55; single tickets $10.

SPORTING LIFE

Sun, Jan 19
NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
It's the game fans have been waiting for all year. The Seahawks are one win away from the Super Bowl, but need to go through their hated rivals the San Francisco 49ers to get there. The 12th Man should be louder than ever, which is good, because the Hawks will need all the help they can get. CenturyLink Field, sold out. Televised on FOX.

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