Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Queen of the avant-garde. Enfant terrible. Bad girl. For more than 30 years, Montreal dancer Marie Chouinard has been making a statement with wildly provocative choreography—dropping raw eggs onstage, or undulating and growling while wearing animal horns. Her company’s partially nude Le sacre du printemps, to be performed at Meany Hall, is a fitting companion to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which caused a riot when it premiered in 1913. Meany Hall, $20–$42.
Roméo et Juliette Preview
Artistic director Peter Boal hosts a one-hour preview of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, which premiered at Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 1996 and arrived at McCaw Hall in 2008, rich with pain and passion. Despite losing a star Roméo (Lucien Postlewaite) to Monte Carlo, PNB dancers carry the torch in these excerpts before the ballet’s February run. Pacific Northwest Ballet, $10.
Jan 25–Feb 3
Lizard Boy is the story of a young man who's been covered in green scaly skin his whole life...but apart from that he's a normal guy. He works at a Starbucks, plays the cello, and dreams of becoming a rock star. Feeling desperately alone, he decides to seek companionship with the help of Grindr. When he makes a new friend, it sends Lizard Boy on a late-night adventure that may change his life—and skin—forever. Justin Huertas makes his playwriting debut with this weekend reading, part of Seattle Rep's New Play Festival. PONCHO Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, $15.
Thru Feb 10
Seattle’s Seagull Project, an ensemble of Chekhov-lovin’ actors, pays tribute to its namesake with a production of Anton’s first major play. The troupe takes nine months to workshop each play—researching, dissecting, debating, and rehearsing—so they can wear the characters like a second skin. ACT Theatre, $35.
Jan 26 & 27
Seattle artists Susan Robb and Sierra Stinson, with art critic Jim Demetre, launched Onn/Of last year at the Ballard Sweater Factory as a "light festival," meant to ward off the gloom of the season with art, music, and good energy. Now back for its second round of light therapy, the festival brings together more than two dozen artists in an old Capitol Hill car dealership for a weekend of visual art, performance, installation, projection, music, food and drink, and workshops "that in some way use or conjure 'light.'" Our own Laura Cassidy will co-host a workshop on how to handcraft your own "Possession Triangles" (Sat at 5); we're also looking forward to the shaddow puppet film noir, Northwest Sunburn Company, and the homemade waffles on Sunday. Old BMW Dealership, 715 E Pine St (entrance at Boylston Ave, through Diamond Parking Lot, behind Linda's Tavern), free–$10.
Opens Jan 25
This year's Oscar wild card is up for best picture and best foreign film, though it may never be a commercial success because the premise is such a bummer: Georges and Anne, a retired couple in their eighties, face harsh realities when Anne has an attack and Georges must care for her as she slips away. Still, like working out and eating green leafy things, you'll be happy you added this to your day. Egyptian Theatre, $8–$11. Lincoln Square Cinemas, Bellevue, $9–$11.
Seattle Asian American Film Festival
After a six-year absence, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival returns with three days of features, shorts, and documentaries at the Wing Luke Museum. The films touch on a variety of topics including the first Vietnamese American elected to Congress (Mr. Cao Goes to Washington), Asian American film pioneers (Keye Luke), and the bombing of Hiroshima (Hibakusha). Wing Luke Museum, $7–$75.
Thru Jan 27
Women in Cinema
SIFF has long felt that women should be seen and heard. After taking several years off, it’s reviving the popular mini festival—which once featured early screenings of Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know and Alice Wu’s Saving Face—with new short films and features by female filmmakers from around the world. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $7–$60.
School of Rock Presents: Stop Making Sense by the Talking Heads
In 1984, new-wave icons the Talking Heads released one of the greatest concert films of all time, Stop Making Sense. Now the School of Rock kids take a crack at recreating the lauded live performances despite the fact that none of them were born until a decade after the movie’s release. The Triple Door, $12–$15.
Little Big Show Featuring the Walkmen and Father John Misty
The Little Big Show fundraiser enters its second year with its most formidable lineup yet. New York’s the Walkmen have been making impeccably polished indie rock since 2000, but vamping showman and Seattle expat Father John Misty will likely steal the show. Neptune Theatre, sold out.
BOOKS & TALKS
Greenwood Lit Crawl
Five Alarms’ third annual literature, food, and music crawl begins at Greenwood Chocolati Cafe at 5. From there, the group will head to Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, then to Bherd Studios, and finally Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, listening to great local authors, slam poets, and musicians along the way. Begins at Greenwood Chocolati Cafe, free.
Jan 24–Feb 3
Children's Film Festival
Now in its eighth year, Film Forum’s annual family-friendly bonanza boasts 120 films from around the world, a pajama party with Caspar Babypants, hands-on animation workshops, and the don’t-miss-it-unless-you-hate-happiness pancake breakfast. Northwest Film Forum, $6–$10.