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October 1, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Madonna’s in town, plus 15 other things to do this week

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(Madonna in Copenhagen, Denmark, in July. AP Photo/Carsten Bundgaard)

From turns as Boy Toy to Material Girl to Madge, Madonna is the queen of reinvention. Fans can see what she’s up to now as she performs Tuesday and Wednesday at KeyArena.

Also up this week:

Movies

‘Looper’

In this zingy thriller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hit man employed by gangsters of the future. Sometimes confusing, yes, but director Rian Johnson keeps things moving along. Now playing at several theaters.

TV

‘Supernatural’

The Winchester brothers (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) are back for an eighth season of, well, see the title. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Wednesday on the CW.

’30 Rock’

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and company return for their final season of funny goings-on backstage at the “TGS” variety show. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.

Food

Three-course soba dinner

Fancy some soba with bacon-curry hot dipping sauce? We’re talking about real soba here, stoned-milled, hand-rolled and hand-cut buckwheat noodles. Try some at a Monday pop-up dinner at Skelly and the Bean, 2359 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $34 per person. (www.brownpapertickets.com).

Festivals

Issaquah Salmon Days

Celebrate the seasonal return of the Northwest’s favorite fish, with arts, crafts and food vendors, entertainment on four stages, hatchery tours and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 7, Issaquah (www.salmondays.org).

Pop music

Madonna

The 53-year-old Queen of Pop, whose visuals- and dance-oriented influence is manifest in everyone from Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga to Katy Perry and Britney Spears, is touring behind a new album, MDNA. Shows at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St. Seattle; $45-$355 (800-745-3000 or www.tickmaster.com).

Carrie Underwood

The sure-footed 2005 “American Idol” winner, early proof the show could produce a real star, has gone on to win Grammy and Country Music Association awards and sell millions of records. Her current album, “Blown Away,” tops the Billboard country chart. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $55-$85 (800-745-3000 or www.tickmaster.com).

Theater

‘Memphis’

The raucous, radio-themed, R&B musical that had a pre-Broadway run in Seattle returns, thanks to the national touring production. Through Oct. 7, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $29-$109 (206-625-1900 or www.5thavenue.org).

‘Disco Pigs’

Sound Theatre Company stages the Enda Walsh drama about a lifelong friendship that morphs into a string of violence and mayhem. Warning: not for the sensitive. Through Saturday, Ballard Underground, 2220 N.W. Market St., Seattle; $10-$15 (800-838-3006 or www.soundtheatrecompany.org).

Classical music

Choral Arts

The program “I Will Lift Mine Eyes: A Cappella Masterworks” kicks off the choral group’s 20th year, as does a new feature: artistic director Robert Bode will lead the audience in a singalong 15 minutes before each Choral Arts concert this season. 7:30 p.m. Friday, St. Joseph Parish, 732 18th Ave. E., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 E. Day Road, Bainbridge Island; $18-$20 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).

Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers

The OSSCS is searching for a new music director, and has narrowed the field to six candidates. Each will be put through his paces leading a concert this season; audiences will be asked to contribute their 2 cents to the search committee after each event. The first “tryout” concert, featuring candidate Jeremy Briggs-Roberts, music director of Washington Idaho Symphony, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., Seattle; $10-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Principal cellist Efe Baltacigil will undoubtedly shine in his turn as soloist on Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme in this Masterworks program. Also on the bill: Symphony No. 1 by the Tchaikovsky-influenced Sibelius, and Mussorgsky’s hair-raising “Night on Bald Mountain.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Dance

Paul Taylor Dance Company

The great Paul Taylor and his troupe return to Seattle with the West Coast premiere of Taylor’s latest work, “The Uncommitted,” a meditation on “the impermanence of many relationships in the 21st century” in which attraction and rejection unfold so swiftly they practically trip each other up. Seattle Modern Orchestra plays the melancholy score. Two late-1980s Taylor works, “Kith and Kin” and “Brandenburgs,” are also on the program. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$49 (206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org).

Literary events

Washington State Book Awards party

Come meet a whole stable of prizewinning authors at this celebration of the winners of the 2012 Washington State Book Awards. Winners include Peter Mountford, Erik Larson, Christine Deavel and others. 7.p.m. Wednesday, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; free (206-322-7030 or www.spl.org ).

Visual arts

David Hockney

Once upon a time, an artist named David Hockney made 39 etchings for a lovely book of six Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The images range from the terrifying (“Black Cat Leaping”) to the serene (“The Lake”). You may not be familiar with the selected tales, but you’ll recognize the artist’s genius in seeing what lurks in the old stories. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Nov. 15, Maryhill Museum, 35 Maryhill Drive, Goldendale; $3-$9 (509-773-3733 or www.maryhillmuseum.org).

Gail Grinnell

Seattle artist Grinnell’s “Ruffle” is not so much an artwork as an entity that has blossomed all over the gallery space at Suyama. A three-dimensional mass of line drawings, the undulating, rippling installation of interfacing fabric is homage to the loving care Grinnell’s mother took in collecting patterns and making clothing for her daughter. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Dec. 7, 2324 Second Ave., Seattle (206-256-0809 or www.suyamaspace.org).

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