Xavier Omär

Jan 25 Neo-soul is in a bit of a revival, with artists like Frank Ocean and Blood Orange. One of the lesser-known but very much audience-worthy newcomers is Xavier Omär. His music can still get dreamy and eclectic, the instrumentation compellingly wobbly, but on his new album, Moments Spent Loving You, the singer can also feel like an excellent throwback, sticking to soul’s central tenets—sincerity and pure-voiced groove. Showbox, $20

The New Pornographers

Jan 30 Supergroups are, if by reputation more than definition, transient. Yet the personnel in the New Pornographers—Neko Case, along with members of Destroyer, Immaculate Machine, and others—have sustained the project since 1997. Their newest record, In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, flies on twin wings, the voices of Case and A.C. Newman, into compelling indie pop territory—touched with darkness yet ready for a dance floor sing-along. Neptune Theatre, $34


Drama Tops, This Is for You

Jan 28–30 In this new dance piece, choreographer Elby Brosch engages in a pair of duets—one companion cis, the other nonbinary. Brosch takes a modernist approach to time, telling his story as a trans man, interrogating masculinity’s current corruption, and exploring its potential for redemption. Washington Hall, $25


Jan 31–Feb 9 Choreographed by founding artistic director Kent Stowell, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Cinderella is a take on a classic that has become, itself, a bit of a local classic. Stowell rejiggered Sergei Prokofiev’s score and created a ballet that’s expectedly dazzling, but a good deal lighter than that of a Russian World War II–era work. McCaw Hall, $30–$190

Books & Talks

EJ Koh

Jan 7 A couple years ago, the local poet EJ Koh began handwriting love letters to strangers, with the aim of eventually reaching thousands. Her new memoir The Magical Language of Others inverts this conceit—responding to long-unanswered letters from her mother, who moved back to Korea when Koh was 15. The resulting book parses how and what language means, across time and continents and generations, in the sort of prose that only poets achieve—lapidary and evocative. Elliott Bay Book Company, Free

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Jan 29 In their new book, She Said, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey delve into the story behind their Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporting on Harvey Weinstein. Expect all the intrigue of a great journalism procedural—Weinstein bursting into the Times offices, an accountant turned informant—but as it unfolds, She Said also investigates the culture that creates and protects predators. Benaroya Hall, $35


True West

Jan 17–Feb 16 In Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer-nominated 1980 comedy, two brothers keep watch in their mom’s California house. One’s an Ivy League–educated screenwriter; the other just spent three months in the desert and swaggers around drinking beer and talking of robbing houses. Obviously, there is a rivalry and eventually the family home is both literally and figuratively ripped apart. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $17–$82

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