(Neil Young, Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, Calif./Barry Brecheisen photo)
Some distinguished visitors will swing through town this historic election week: Neil Young and Crazy Horse; composer/conductor John Adams, author Robert Michael Pyle; and, this isn’t a person, but it is a “happening”: the first Affordable Art Fair Seattle.
Pixar’s latest tale is charmingly told and expertly animated. Set in the colorful world of video games, it follows a gorilla-armed “bad guy” (voiced by John C. Reilly) intent on winning a medal that will make him a hero in his colleagues’ eyes. Now playing at several theaters.
Denzel Washington, in one of the year’s finest performances, plays a respected pilot — and substance abuser — involved in a plane crash. Now playing at several theaters.
A morning book reading that comes with free breakfast. Author Deb Perelman will discuss her cookbook “Smitten Kitchen” during a 10 a.m. breakfast event Thursday at University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Election Eve at Sazerac
Sazerac restaurant downtown plans food specials and election-themed cocktails on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until polls close and a winner is announced. 1101 Fourth Ave., next to Hotel Monaco. Speaking of parties, if you’re planning one, check out the Nov. 4 issue of the Seattle Times’ NWArts&Life for fun ideas.
Auburn Veterans Day Parade
One of the largest Veterans Day parades west of the Mississippi, the milelong parade includes military flyover, honor guards, veteran units, antique cars; starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, it travels west on Main Street from E Street Southeast to A Street Northwest, Auburn; displays open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in downtown Auburn.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Back on tour after an eight-year hiatus, Neil Young and Crazy Horse are coming to town with a new album in tow, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena, Seattle Center.
Singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen brings his Old Ideas world tour to Seattle, 8 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, Seattle Center.
Playwright Tommy Smith joins traditional Japanese storytelling with hip-hop in this West Coast premiere, depicting immortals and demons that gather to “tell stories and spit rhymes” about the human race. 8 p.m. Monday, and Thursday-Saturday, West of Lenin, Seattle; ticket info here.
‘Fiddler on the Roof’
Tevye the milkman tries to hold on to his daughters, his faith and his way of life in this beloved musical. David Ira Goldstein directs. Opens Wednesday, runs through Dec. 30 at Village Theatre, Issaquah. Runs Jan. 4-27, 2013, in Everett at Everett Performing Arts Center.
The minimalist composer will take the podium in a string of concerts with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, leading a performance of his own “Harmonielehre” and Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto featuring pianist Jonathan Biss. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 11, Benaroya Hall, Seattle. Info here.
The award-winning, globe-trotting musician who makes his home in Seattle performs in the Seattle Classic Guitar Society’s International Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $25-$32 at the door.
Robert Michael Pyle
The Southwest Washington naturalist, author and butterfly expert discusses his essay collection “The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion.” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free.
Seattle Art Museum’s quarterly party promises its “usual” entertainment –dancing, trivia contests, Highly Opinionated Tours — plus the chance to watch choreographers present “Ten Tiny Dances,” which are works confined to 4 by 4 feet of space, and to “officially” register your creativity with artist Erin Shafkind at her Department of Artistic Licensing. Such a deal. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12-$25. Tickets go fast; info here. Note: The first 50 partygoers wearing polka dots get in free.
Affordable Art Fair Seattle
Contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs will be available for purchase from $100 to $10,000, with at least half under $5,000. Young, emerging artists and local art stars will be exhibited next to international masters. Noon-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11, Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center; $10-$12.