The fall arts season rolls on, with tantalizing events every night of the week. Here are 12 highlights for the week beginning Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.
City Arts Festival: The insatiably curious former Talking Head David Byrne and Dallas singer-songwriter St. Vincent sing selections from “Love This Giant” as the opener of City Arts Festival, which also features Ghostland Observatory, Joshua Radin, A Fine Frenzy, the Maldives and many others at various Seattle venues Wednesday through Saturday. Art and performing arts are also on the lineup. Individual tickets $10-$27; wristband passes $55-$130; arts event passes $50-100. Byrne and St. Vincent perform at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; sold out (888-377-4510 or www.cityartsfest.com).
Laurie Anderson: The whimsical performance artist (pictured) performs “Dirtday!,” the third in her series of solo story works, which touches on politics, evolution, family, history and animals but promises, as always, to mix the hyper-real and the surreal. 8 p.m. Saturday at Meany Theater, University of Washington campus, $20-$44 (206-543-4880 or www.meany.org).
‘Return to Paradise’: Teatro ZinZanni turns its tent into the Paradise Club, circa 1962, for a re-imagined World’s Fair party starring Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee, plus local musicians and favorite veteran performers. Show times vary. Through Jan. 27, 2013, 222 Mercer St., Seattle; tickets start at $106 (206-802-0015 or dreams.zinzanni.org).
‘Danny, King of the Basement’: Daniel S. Craig’s play tackles the tough subjects of family homelessness and hunger by way of an optimistic boy who finds that friends are among the most valuable possessions. Preview Thursday, opens Friday-Nov. 18, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; $20-$36 (206-441-3322 or www.sct.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra: The coming week is a busy one for SSO, starting with a Masterworks concert of Beethoven’s “Corialan” Overture, Haydn’s “Drum Roll” Symphony and a world-premiere work by Dai Fujikura, “Mina.” Guest performer is the International Contemporary Ensemble, whose co-founder, Claire Chase, just won a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Thursday-Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112. Also up: two nontraditional programs on Friday night: “Untuxed,” at 7 p.m., offering a reprise of the “Drum Roll” with ICE, and the inaugural “[untitled]” at 10 p.m., with a program of Cage, Feldman and Ligeti’s “Poeme Symphonique” for 100 metronomes (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Amy O/tinyrage: Prankster-provocateur Amy O’Neal debuts the full-length version of her solo piece “The Most Innovative, Daring and Original Piece of Dance/Performance You Will See This Decade,” a droll “nonverbal lecture” (with supertitles) about the charged gender/racial/political import of various dance vocabularies. 8 p.m. Friday through Oct. 21, Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., Seattle; $12-$15 (206-325-8773 or www.velocitydancecenter.org).
Men in Dance: Every two years, male dancers move into the spotlight with this festival that always includes some spectacular work. This year’s showcase includes work by Wade Madsen, Jason Ohlberg and a special guest from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, among others. 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $20-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
‘Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris’: “Women take over” is the motto at Seattle Art Museum this fall, as SAM hosts the “Elles” show of 130 works — painting, sculpture, drawing, video and installation by pioneering female artists — from Paris and “Elles: SAM,” works from the museum and private and public collections that contribute to the broader story of women in art. There’s also plenty of related programming at SAM and other sites around town; check the website for details. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Thursday-Jan. 13, 2013, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $23, note that admission to “Elles” is timed. (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Tony Angell: Celebrating his most recent book, “Gifts of the Crow,” the lauded Northwest wildlife artist is exhibiting etchings from the book, sculptures and lithographs, many showing the trickster nature and stunning adaptability of our constant urban companion, the crow. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 27, Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-622-2833 or www.fosterwhite.com).
‘Argo’: Based on the true story of how a CIA officer helped rescue six Americans trapped in 1979 Iran, “Argo,” directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is an inspiring tale of heroism and a crackling piece of entertainment. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H9.For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 31/2-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Emily Owens, M.D.’: This new show stars Mamie Gummer (aka Meryl Streep’s daughter) as a young medical intern. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday on The CW.
‘American Horror Story: Asylum’: Prepare for many sleepless Wednesday nights with the return of this unflinching, mind-bending horror show from creator Ryan Murphy. This season the action takes place at a “haven for the criminally insane” in 1964. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX.
(Photo: Laurie Anderson by Tim Knox.)