The (costumed) gorilla in the room: Halloween is on Wednesday. All kinds of fun, for all ages, here. Speaking of big, scary things, Hurricane Sandy has caused at least one event to be postponed: Monday’s appearance at Town Hall by Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson. If you’re planning to attend events this week featuring touring speakers or performers, it’s probably a good idea to call or check the presenter’s website before you go in case the storm fouls up East Coast travel connections.
Meanwhile: A couple of dynamic duos will hit Seattle this week — the Brooklyn-based hipsters Matt & Kim will visit the Neptune on Tuesday, and those empire-building scenery chewers Antony and Cleopatra will take the stage at Seattle Shakespeare Company starting Friday (to note if you go: this one’s in the Intiman Theatre building).
And there’s more:
‘Wake in Fright’
A gorgeous digital restoration has rescued Ted Kotcheff’s 1971 drama from almost-certain disintegration. Several decades later, the film — starring Gary Bond as a schoolteacher stuck in the outback — still chills. Now playing at SIFF Cinema at the Film Center.
Food & Drink
Hard Cider Tasting for City Fruit
Alpenfire Organic Hard Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Snowdrift Cider Co. and Tieton Cider Works will be pour their products to benefit City Fruit’s produce-harvest program for the needy. 5-8p.m. Thursday, Olson Kundig Architects, 406 Occidental Ave., Seattle; $25 for five pours (cityfruit.org).
Matt & Kim
The Brooklyn-based indie-dance duo bring their DIY attitude to town at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $22-$25 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
‘Antony and Cleopatra’
Revisit the ultimate political power couple in Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by John Langs and featuring Hans Altwies (did anyone catch him on the Oct. 19 episode of NBC’s “Grimm”?) and Amy Thone in the lead roles. Friday-Nov. 18, Seattle Center Playhouse, 201 Mercer St., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-733-8222 or www.seattleshakespeare.org).
Local writers Yussef El Guindi and Stephanie Timm bring the sacred Hindu epic of love, familial duty and adventure to the stage. Through Nov. 11 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$55 (206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org).
Hélène GrimaudThe charismatic French pianist brings a glowing program to town: Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 8; Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor; Berg’s Sonata No. 1 and Bartok’s Romanian Dances. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$44 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Guest conductor Neeme Järvi will lead the orchestra and guest violinist Arabella Steinbacher in an all-Russian program of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Suite from “The Snow Maiden” and Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
“Uneasy Landscapes” is a 25-year survey of prints, drawings and sculptures by the Seattle artist, who uses “landscapes, skinscapes, bedscapes and star maps” to show how the body is the primary maker of identity, and how illness, aging and disability affects that view of the self. Opens Friday. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 15, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., Kirkland; (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org).
Columbia City Gallery
The gallery is hosting its seventh annual exhibit, featuring the work of 39 regional artists selected from more than 400 submissions. Sculpture, mixed media, photography, painting — it’s all here. Noon-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Nov. 11, 4864 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; (206-760-9843 or www.columbiacitygallery.com).