(Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe in a scene from “Skyfall.” Sony/Eon photo)
Call this the Week of Big Names: Bond (James Bond) and Lincoln are at the movies; Ben Gibbard, Eric Church and Emanuel Ax are performing; and a pretty popular grape is being celebrated at Bastille.
Bond is back, and he’s bad. And that’s good. In the most substantive 007 movie yet, Daniel Craig’s Bond is steely and sardonic but also gaunt and haunted. Amid the astonishing action scenes, the film takes a deep dive into the tormented psyches of Bond, M (Judi Dench) and the villain played by Javier Bardem. Now playing at several theaters. Soren Andersen’s 3 1/2-star review is here.
Daniel Day-Lewis is breathtaking as he disappears into the title role in Steven Spielberg’s majestic history lesson. Now playing at Pacific Place. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3 1/2-star review is here.
‘Top Chef: Seattle’
The delicious culinary competition is back and this time the “cheftestants” are running loose in the Emerald City. 10 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo.
Beaujolais at Bastille
A taste of France: It’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine night at Bastille Café & Bar in Ballard, where an acclaimed collection of Beaujolais wines will go for $3-$6 for a sample or a glass and $20 for a carafe, 4:30-10 p.m. Thursday. Bastille, 5307 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle.
Nordic Christmas celebration with craft vendors, musical performances, Nordic treats, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $1-$3.
Church has been breaking sales records and garnering rave reviews for his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. It can’t hurt that the North Carolina native won the Country Music Association award for Album of the Year earlier this month. Hot ticket. Church appears at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Comcast Arena, Everett.
(In the Just Sayin’ Department: Ben Gibbard’s show at the Showbox this week is sold out.)
‘The Glass Menagerie’
Seattle Rep mounts a strident, ghostly revival of the Tennessee Williams play about a Southern family ruled by the mother of all cloying mothers. Through Dec. 2, Seattle Repertory Theatre.
‘The Silver Cord’
The Endangered Species Project’s latest reading of a forgotten classic features Sidney Howard’s “The Silver Cord,” a 1926 melodrama about the battle between a young scientist determined to Have It All and her controlling mother-in-law. 7 p.m. Monday, North Seattle Community College’s Stage 1 Theatre, 9600 College Way N.; free, but donations accepted.
The seven-time Grammy-winning pianist joins the Seattle Symphony for Brahms’ grand Second Piano Concerto for three performances in the coming week. Also on the program: Henri Dutilleux’s “The Shadows of Time” and Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle.
Seattle Opera Young Artist Program
Young professional opera singers present a chamber version of Verdi’s first comedy, “King for a Day,” a production with all the right comedic elements: matchmaking, impersonation of royalty and the triumph of true love. 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle; ticket info here.
Music of Remembrance
Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot and a chamber orchestra of SSO players will perform in MOR’s production of “The Emperor of Atlantis.” Composed by Viktor Ullman in 1943 in the Terezin concentration camp, “Emperor” is a mocking allegory of Hitler and his horrific war machine. 8 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets here. Note: The first 100 high-school students who register at musicofremembrance.org will be admitted free.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The company returns to Seattle after a dozen years’ absence, bringing “Contested Space” by Seattle’s own Donald Byrd and the world premiere of “Far But Close” by John Alleyne. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Moore Theatre, Seattle. Note: $5 of every ticket sold benefits Red Cross efforts to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.
Cedar Lake Ballet
The 10-year-old New York-based company makes its Seattle debut with an edgy, European-slanted bill. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; tickets here.
The popular author of writing advice, novels and inspirational essays discusses her new book, “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers” at two Seattle events: at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Elliott Bay Book Co., free, and 7 p.m.Tuesday, Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606 Fifth Ave. W., Seattle; $25.
Fans of the self-taught artist will find much to like in this exhibit of drawings at Greg Kucera Gallery. Opens Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 22, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle.
‘Equine, Bovine, Canine, Feline …’
This group show at Prographica salutes the millennia-old tradition of animal depiction, as artists take a turn with creatures great and small. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 8, 3419 E. Denny Way, Seattle.