BOOKS & TALKS
In his new book How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, Seattleite Matt Inman of the so-absurd-it’s-brilliant webcomic The Oatmeal has created a comic collection devoted entirely to cats. Clearly, the man understands the Internet. University Book Store, free.
PNB: All Premiere
For his first-ever commission for PNB, Mark Morris sets 12 dancers in motion to Paul Hindemith’s 1925 cello concerto Kammermusik No. 3; Morris’s work is the headlining act in an evening of four world premieres, with new works by PNB soloist Kiyon Gaines and corps dancers Andrew Bartee and Margaret Mullin. Pacific Northwest Ballet, $28–$173.
Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years
Universal Pictures’ hit reel is mighty after 100 years of filmmaking: The Birds. The Sting. The Incredible Shrinking Man. Frankenstein. Dracula. All Quiet on the Western Front. Pillow Talk. Jaws. See all these, and more, at Northwest Film Forum. Northwest Film Forum, $6–$10.
VHS for President
Just in time for election season, Scarecrow Video dives into its vast VHS vault to splice together a freeform, politically themed joyride. Viewers channel-surf from footage of ex-presidents to made-for-TV movies to Eddie Murphy’s “First Black President” stand-up routine. Grand Illusion Cinema, $8.
While Cat Power’s Chan Marshall has a sterling reputation for making soulful indie-pop studio albums—including her latest, Sun—her track record with live shows has been spotty. But by all accounts, she’s conquered the alcohol addiction that once made the band’s concerts wildly unpredictable and emerged a joyful, polished performer. Showbox SoDo, $30–$35.
New Oreleans Night Out with Branford Marsalis
Sax master, Grammy winner, and bandleader Branford Marsalis joins SRJO in celebration of his hometown’s jazz legacy, from early brass bands to Louis Armstrong and “Basin Street Blues.” This concert is part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. Benaroya Hall, $65.
Antony and Cleopatra
Power couple Hans Altwies and Amy Thone bring real-life longing to Seattle Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, directed by John Langs. The married actors have shared the stage in Shakespearean romps (Much Ado About Nothing) and Tony-winning comedies (God of Carnage at Seattle Rep), but they're equally facile doing drama. Seeing Altwies play everyone from Paris to Achilles to Hector in the solo show An Iliad is still one of our favorite local performances in recent memory. Intiman Playhouse, $27–$36.
With an MFA in painting from the University of Washington and a side gig dancing as a taco in performance art band the Bran Flakes, Alpert’s new solo show will likely be a theatrical mix of colorful paper works and installations. The artist enjoys exploring illusion and patterns through large-scale three-dimensional cutouts. Gallery4Culture, free.
Seattle International Comedy Competition
Stand-up comics from across the map battle up and down I-5 to become the funniest of the funny. The winner will place his or her name alongside past champions like Mitch Hedberg and…wait…who cares who else? Mitch Hedberg won this once. Visit website for locations and prices.
20th Annual Oyster New Year Bash
For 20 years, Elliott's Oyster New Year Bash has been a seafoodie's delight. It's easy to see why when there's a 90-foot bar featuring more than 30 varieties of local oysters. Elliott's Oyster House, $95–$125.