Thru Jan 20
The Book of Mormon
Seattle plays host to the foul-mouthed, warm-hearted, multiple-Tony-winning musical on its first national tour this winter. We already knew its makers—South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez—had a knack for satire, but who knew how emotionally satisfying a musical about Mormon missionaries in Africa could be? This show's entire run is sold out, though you can enter a lottery for $25 tickets two hours before showtime each night. (You have to be at the Paramount in person to win tickets.) Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.
Jan 11–Feb 3
Seattle Rep revisits the “profane poetry” of David Mamet with a new staging of American Buffalo, starring Hans Altwies, Charles Leggett, and Zachary Simonson as minor-league crooks plotting a rare coin heist. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $15–$80.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Symphony Untuxed: Stravinsky and Mozart
Once called the Rush Hour series, Symphony Untuxed is a shorter, no-intermission concert that starts earlier and invites all to join for happy hour. Come at 6 for a drink; stay for Mozart’s Symphony no. 39 and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite. Benaroya Hall, $17–$81.
Seattle Opera: Cinderella (La Cenerentola)
Rossini’s Cinderella doesn’t come with a fairy godmother or pumpkin-fashioned coach, but the Italian adaptation still tells the timeless story of a graceful young woman who endures evil stepsisters and ultimately wins the heart of a prince. It’s a buoyant Italian comedy with colorful sets, costumes, and characters to brighten our dreary winter. McCaw Hall, $25–$215.
Jan 10–Mar 7
Viva Italia: Italian Film From Fellini to Commedia All’ Italiana
Experience the sensual pleasures of classic Italian filmmaking from the 1950s and ’60s at Seattle Art Museum on Thursday nights. January is, unofficially, Federico Fellini month, with screenings of The Nights of Cabiria (Jan 17) and La Dolce Vita (Jan 24), in addition to Pietro Germi’s sharp satire of male chauvinism, Divorce, Italian Style (Jan 31). Seattle Art Museum, $8, series pass $68.
Woody Allen in the '70s: Manhattan
While Woody Allen remains one of the most prolific and acclaimed filmmakers in the business today, it’s hard to argue that his early work in the 1970s wasn’t his finest. Rediscover his brilliant nebbish roots this week with Manhattan. Grand Illusion Cinema, $5–$8.
Opens Jan 11
Rust and Bone
Oscar buzz follows Marion Cotillard wherever she goes (the grocery store, the gym), and her latest role in this French-Belgian drama is no exception. She plays a Marineland whale trainer who loses her legs in a tragic accident and only begins to recover with the help of a gruff nightclub bouncer and single father (Matthias Schoenaerts). In French with English subtitles. Harvard Exit Theatre, $8–$11.
Pleasureboaters, Absolute Monarchs, and Mass Games
After being M.I.A. for four years, the chaotic noise punks Pleasureboaters reunited in late 2012 and have be turning up more and more lately. They're joined on this bill by a righteous pair of hard-rocking local bands: Absolute Monarchs and Mass Games. Sunset Tavern, $8.
Eighteen Individual Eyes
Unnovae Nights, the latest album by Seattle quartet Eighteen Individual Eyes, was one of our favorites of 2012 with its Wild Flag-meets-atmospheric art rock sound and nightmarish imagery. The band kicks of 2013 with an early show at Barboza. Barboza, $8.
Jan 11 & 12
Loudon Wainwright III and Dar Williams
Wainwright and Williams may be separated by generations (Wainwright started his career in 1967, the same year Williams was born), but both singer-songwriters manage to hit the same powerfully emotive folk target. They also share a middle name (Snowden), which is just bizarre. Benaroya Hall, $39.