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Your best entertainment bets Jan. 29-31.

By Laura Dannen January 29, 2010

South Pacific comes to town January 29. Photo courtesy Joan Marcus.

FRIDAY

THEATER: Finally! South Pacific opens this weekend at 5th Avenue Theatre, and we got the inside scoop on the Tony-winning musical from its director, former Seattleite Bart Sher. Apparently, the song “Happy Talk” is racier than you ever imagined.

FILM: Though the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival isn’t until tomorrow, SIFF will screen classic sci-fi thrillers all weekend. We’re kind of geeking out about seeing a Blu-Ray edition of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey at Cinerama at 7:30pm. Wonder what HAL would think of the iPad…

DANCE: Three veteran dancers—former NYC Ballet soloist Edwaard Liang, PNB cofounder Kent Stowell, and international performer Mark Haim—debut brand-new choreography for Seattle Dance Projects’ Project 3 at ACT Theatre. The Seattle Times sat in on a rehearsal and called Liang’s latest—with a sextet of dancers pushing off each other, taking solos, then reconnecting—his “most intricate, dynamic work yet.” Check out the video preview.

SATURDAY

COMEDY: Emmy winner Kathy Griffin can make a waterboarding joke and get away with it. That’s skill. See the self-proclaimed “D-list” comedian riff on Sarah Palin and Oprah at the Paramount Friday and Saturday before rushing back to LA for the Grammys on Sunday (she’s nominated for best comedy album for her holiday disc Suckin’ It for the Holidays).

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Seattle Chamber Music’s 2010 Winter Festival runs all weekend at Benaroya, with everything from solo to sextet performances of classical and contemporary composers. Tonight’s top billing goes to Adam Neiman and William Wolfram in a duo piano recital of Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major—a key reserved for his happiest pieces—and works by Shostakovich, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

CONCERT: Local orchestral folk band Hey Marseilles lug an organ, cello, and accordion to the Crocodile. We still stand by our earlier review of HM, courtesy of Wilson Diehl: "Melancholy cello and viola harmonies underscoring poetic meanderings about love and loneliness, God and Dostoyevsky make these guys worth keeping an eye on.”

SUNDAY

VISUAL ART: A Henry Art exhibit of personal Polaroids by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is in its final weekend, along with several other art shows. Don’t miss out.

AWARDS CEREMONY: The Grammys air at 5pm PT, with performances by Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, the Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, the Zac Brown Band (the list goes on) … plus a special 3-D tribute to Michael Jackson.

After the awards, Grammy nominee Shawn Colvin (remember “Sunny Came Home”?) swings up to Seattle for three nights at the Triple Door, starting Tuesday.

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