Seattle Opera gives Charlie Parker's discography the laser treatment at Pacific Science Center this Saturday.

Fri, Jan 31
Oscar Preview
The 92nd Academy Awards doesn’t call action until February 9, but local film historian Lance Rhoades is previewing the festivities by running down the history and highlights of Hollywood’s hallowed night at Scarecrow Video this weekend. Rhoades offers his insight and predictions for who will take home the top honors. Scarecrow Video, Free

Sat, Feb 1
Exploring Modern History: The Burke Museum
Back in October, the new Burke opened after an extended construction and a three-year hiatus. Now project architect Edward Lalonde is returning to Washington’s oldest public museum to dish on the creation of the new building and the complexity of housing 16 million artifacts. If you want to check out some of those artifacts up close, the ticket includes museum admission. Burke Museum, $35

Sat, Feb 1
Laser Opera
Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, a jazz-infused opera, doesn’t hit Seattle until late February. But as a preview, Seattle Opera is holding a night for bebop and bent light at the laser dome, choreographed to hits from Parker’s catalogue and his influences in jazz, opera, and classical. Pacific Science Center, $10

Sat, Feb 1
Bohemian Rhapsody
Neumos winds back to Freddie Mercury’s signature vocals for a Queen-inspired DJ dance party, adding in hits from Prince, Journey, New Order, and Fleetwood Mac to round out a who’s who of pop rock icons. Neumos, $5

All weekend
War is back on the road with its latest seven-member roster, including original lead singer Lonnie Jordan. In a decade dominated by rock, War’s biggest hits, “Cisco Kid” and “Low Rider,” carved out the band’s own signature sound rooted in funk and instrumental experimentation. Cowbell, anyone? Jazz Alley, $61

All weekend
Opening its month-long run this weekend, Joshua Harmon’s Admissions tackles a conflict of parenthood and liberal white politics. As a prep school admissions head, Sherri attempts to diversify a New England prep school while encountering new challenges as her ambitious son pursues the Ivy League. Seattle Public Theater, $34

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