(Jimmy Buffett/AP photo)
You know where the Parrotheads will be on Tuesday — at KeyArena, celebrating Halloween in Tijuana with Jimmy Buffett. Others in the Halloween mood are in luck — Michael Jackson fans can learn “Thriller” for a flash-mob dance, and folks who like to take part in Dia de Muertos traditions can stop by the Seattle Center party. Plus, Camille Paglia is in town, as is Anat Cohen.
But as always, there’s more:
‘How to Survive a Plague’
David France’s affecting documentary on the history of AIDS activism makes the most vivid impression as a carefully researched chronological procession of disaster, beginning with “year 6” (1981). Now playing at the Egyptian.
‘Middle of Nowhere’
Ava DuVernay’s quietly masterful drama of heartbreak — and mending — follows a Los Angeles nurse (Emayatzy Corinealdi) as she faces life alone while her husband (Omari Hardwick) serves an eight-year prison sentence. Now playing at AMC Southcenter.
(Omari Hardwick and Emayatzy Corinealdi in “Middle of Nowhere.”/ African American Film Festival Releasing Movement)
Those fast-talking (and very funny) thirty-something Chicago friends are back. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.
‘Thrill the World’
The annual attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous “Thriller” dance is at noon Saturday in Westlake Park, free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video (www.seattlethrillers.com).
(Sugar skulls by John Lok/The Seattle Times)
Dia de Muertos
In the tradition of Mexico, Dia de Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) celebrates the departed through performances, community altars, sand painting, food and children’s workshops (sugar skulls, paper flowers, skeletons). From noon-8 p.m. Saturday and from noon-6 p.m. Oct. 28. A procession begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. All activities free, at the Armory in Seattle Center House, 305 Harrison St., Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Parrotheads rejoice! After an absence of nearly a decade, the tropical troubadour and his Coral Reefer Band play Seattle on the “Lounging at the Lagoon” tour. 8 p.m. Tuesday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $36-$136 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
This Israeli reed player, who appears in Seattle as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, is one of the freshest new voices in jazz, particularly on clarinet (see her album “Claroscuro”). 8 p.m. Wednesday,10/24 PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College, 710 E. Roy, Seattle; $9-$18 (206-547-6763 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Seattle Symphony launches its second annual salute to local musical innovators with a concert of world-premiere compositions inspired by Alice in Chains, Blue Scholars and Yes. Guests include Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs and Alan White. 8 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$51 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Playwright Robert Koon reworks a Nordic myth in this tree-centric tale, also a West Coast premiere and the first fully staged production by Mirror Stage since 2003. Suzanne M. Cohen directs. Community forums follow all Sunday matinees at 4:30 p.m. through the run. Wednesday-Nov. 11, Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10-$25 (206-686-1280 or www.mirrorstage.org).
The provocative art critic comes to town to discuss her new book “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars.” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
A Who’s Who of local art-scene movers and shakers is behind this 14-week “happening” at the Frye Museum, which encompasses “visual art, performance, production, commissioned artworks, music, dance, literary events, design and arts-engagement programs” both at the museum and off-site. Think of what Jherek Bischoff, The Black Constellation (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes), Samantha Boshnack, Evan Flory-Barnes, The People’s Grand Opera, and zoe | juniper could come up with, and you’ll get an idea. Or maybe you’ll just have to go see for yourself. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 20, 2013, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free (206-622-9250 or www.fryemuseum.org).