THE SPORTING LIFE
Sun, Feb 1
Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs. New England Patriots
After an NFC Championship Game comeback for the ages, the Seahawks look for back-to-back Super Bowl titles. Standing in their way? The last team to win back-to-back titles - the New England Patriots. Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski have been torching defenses all season and Belichick's defense is the best it's been in a decade. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch need to be on their game from the opening snap, because the Patriots won't take their foot off the gas pedal. Televised on NBC.
Jan 29–Feb 1
Argentine Mariano Pensotti’s Cineastas is a meta-movie on stage. Or stages. The production is physically split between two levels: one that tells the story of four film crews and their respective productions, while actors on the other level simultaneously act out those movies. Cinematic techniques—such as flashbacks and montages—are also woven in to make this unique theatrical experience even more self-referential. On the Boards, $12–$23.
FOOD & DRINK
Sat, Jan 31
As one of the most anticipated imbibing events of the year, Washington Beer Commission’s Belgianfest provides the perfect sampling showcase for the winter season. Washington brewers show off more than 80 of their best wits, abbeys, saisons, tripels, dubbels, and lambics. Belgianfest should be a learning experience. Bell Harbor International Conference Center, $35.
Jan 30–Feb 8
After making its American premiere on the Pacific Northwest Ballet stage in 2012, Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote returns to McCaw Hall. The Man of La Mancha’s tale of chivalry in the face of a faltering grip on reality comes to life with bright, colorful costumes and vibrant comedic flair. McCaw Hall, $30–$177.
Jan 31–Oct 4
Star Wars and the Power of Costume
Jedi robes. Han’s vest. Leia’s slave bikini. Vader’s cape and helmet. Stormtrooper armor. C-3PO’s golden exterior. Star Wars provided the most diverse set of iconic outfits in pop culture history (just think of all the Halloween costumes), and now you can get an up-close look at it. The otherworldly garb and concept designs from George Lucas’s galaxy far, far way will be on display at EMP in Star Wars and the Power of the Costume. Experience Music Project, $18.
Thur, Jan 29
After moving from Seattle to New York City in 2014, rock duo Iska Dhaaf returns home for a night of sweet noise at the Crocodile. Like its name, a rough translation of the Somali word for "let it go," Iska Dhaaf's music pulls from a number of different influences, including (but in no way limited to) Sufism, the restraint of formal poetry, and the duo's individual examined lives. The group's sound too inhabits a sort of amalgamated space: guitar that invokes British post-punk, with catchy, contemporary melody. The Crocodile, $10.
Fri, Jan 30
The Nile Project
Music has long been a tool for unity. As Egypt and Ethiopia quarrel over hydroelectric plants and potential damming on the Nile River, Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero and Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis have teamed up to create the Nile Project. Together with a collective of musicians from the 11 countries in the Nile Basin, they address the issues through music and show the collaborative similarities of their cultures with music from the NPR-acclaimed album Aswan. Meany Hall, $35–$40.
Sat, Jan 31
Guitar virtuosity isn't about speed; it's about feel. Few can match the way Bill Frisell makes each of the six strings sing with masterful precision. While the Seattle resident is known as one of the best jazz guitarists on the planet, Frisell's playing really transcends simple genre classification. For his latest album, Guitar in the Space Age!, he takes a look back at the formative surf and rock music that he grew up playing—including classics like "Pipeline," the Byrds via Pete Seeger's "Turn! Turn! Turn!," and "Tired of Waiting for You" by the Kinks—and reimagines them with his in his own expressive instrumental arrangements. The Showbox, $25–$30.
Sat, Jan 31
Seattle Rock Orchestra Social Club Performs Arcade Fire
The Seattle Rock Orchestra began in the humble halls of the Fremont Abbey before expanding to cavernous venues like the Moore and Paramount Theatres to play orchestral versions of the Beatles, Radiohead, and more. This month the volunteer orchestra scales back to the old days for the first performance of the SRO Social Club, which offers a more communal vibe than the flagship ensemble. First on the slate: Arcade Fire's soaring emotional chamber rock. Fremont Abbey, $12–$15.
COMEDY + BOOKS & TALKS
Fri & Sat, Jan 30 & 31
The last time comedian Patton Oswalt headlined in our neck of the woods was in October 2012 at Tulalip Resort Casino. Everything about that gig went bad in such a spectacular fashion that he devoted a good chunk of his last standup special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time to telling the story. Things will be decidedly less rowdy when Oswalt returns in January for two distinctly different events. On January 30, he'll perform his signature brand of nerd culture-infused standup in Tacoma at the Pantages Theatre. The following night he'll head up to Seattle to his new book Silver Screen Fiend at Town Hall in conversation with The Simpsons producer/writer George Meyer. The book focuses on his his obsessive love of old and obscure cinema and early days in the Los Angeles comedy scene. Pantages Theatre and Town Hall, sold out.