Out of Town

The average daily temperatures in Leavenworth on January 10 and 11, the days when the town will host the new Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival. The latest creation from Artist Home (the folks behind the wildly popular Doe Bay Festival) combines ski days with indie rock nights featuring Seattle favorites like Hey Marseilles, the Moondoggies, Telekinesis, and the Lonely Forest. Pack a coat. Jan 10 & 11 Leavenworth timbermusicfest.com

 

Theater

The Jerry Springer Show defined trash TV during its late-’90s heyday. Profane, sexually explicit, and prone to violence, it was anything but high art. But that was before Balagan Theatre’s Jerry Springer: The Opera. After getting shot during a taping, Springer must put on a show in hell and judge humankind for God. Jan 10–26 Moore Theatre stgpresents.org

 

Concert

“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. Jan 17 KeyArena keyarena.com

 

 

 

 

 

Books & Talks

“Bioterrorist Bach.” That’s what the media dubs protagonist Peter Els in Orfeo, the latest novel from National Book Award winner Richard Powers (The Echo Maker). Powers joins local librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl to discuss his story of a composer who dabbles in microbiology and unexpectedly finds himself on the run from Homeland Security. Jan 29 Town Hall townhallseattle.org

 



Film

In the CGI era, fantasy and sci-fi moviemaking has become synonymous with Peter Jackson’s big budget Tolkien epics and J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek lens-flare fests. But the upstart filmmakers competing in the annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival prove that smaller scales and smaller budgets don’t correlate with smaller imaginations. Jan 11 Cinerama empmuseum.org

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival Cinerama Jan 11