(Cirque du Soleil acrobats on the uneven bars./Photo courtesy Cirque du Soleil)
A four-star movie that is nominated for best-picture and best foreign-language Oscars? Yes, please. “Amour” is a love story that critics are loving. Another love fest: one of Cirque du Soleil’s lavish productions, “Amaluna,” is coming to Marymoor Park.
Michael Haneke’s Austrian drama, nominated for five Oscars (including best picture and best foreign-language film), tells the tale of Georges (played by Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), a happily married elderly couple whose lives change in an instant. There’s no happy ending here, as Anne fades, but love is present, in every frame. Now playing at the Egyptian and Lincoln Square. Click here for Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s four-star review.
A new period drama about two KGB spies (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) posing as Americans in the Washington, D.C., area. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX.
‘Do No Harm’
Steven Pasquale (from “Rescue Me”) stars as Jason Cole, a neurosurgeon with dual personalites, in this new drama. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
Gin cocktail class
Gin isn’t just for martinis. Learn how to make gin cocktails at Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie. The $20 price includes three drinks and bites. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2010 Western Ave., Seattle.
Savory pie lesson
Barbara Schwartz shows you how to make savory pie recipes, from Apple-Bacon-Rocquefort Pie to Vegetable Galette. 3-5:30 p.m., Saturday, PCC Natural Market, 11435 Avondale Road N.E., Redmond; $40-$45.
There are so many jokes that don’t “slot” on the “Weekend Update” part of “Saturday Night Live,” but they’re still very funny. You’ll have a chance to find out just how funny when the famously fresh-faced, smirking Seth Meyers brings his stand-up to town. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle.
The glossy throb of this haunting English trio — Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme — struck a chord with Grammy voters this year, who nominated “The 2nd Law” for Best Rock Album and the single, “Madness,” as Best Rock Song. 7 p.m. Friday, at KeyArena, Seattle.
The author of “When the Emperor Was Divine” and “The Buddha in the Attic” appears as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures series. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle.
Last year, Seattle actor Brandon Simmons decided, why just hold readings of the Chekhov classic when he and other similarly talented stage folk could stage it? They formed The Seagull Project, and now the project members, and director John Langs, are presenting the play at ACT Theatre. Through Feb. 10.
Cirque du Soleil: ‘Amaluna’
The highflying, impossibly limber Montreal-based troupe brings a new show, directed by New York theater veteran Diane Paulus, that salutes both “The Tempest” by Shakespeare and the bond of mother-daughter relationships, between humans and between us and our planet. Thursday-March 17, under the Cirque du Soleil big top at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond.
The classical pianist with the alternative-rock twist comes to Seattle for two very different events. First up is “Out of My Hands,” where O’Riley plays tunes by Radiohead, Nirvana, Arcade Fire and others. 8 p.m. Monday, Meany Studio Theatre, University of Washington. The next night, he performs a Liszt-heavy program, including a Liszt transcription of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” as part of the UW President’s Piano Series. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington; www.uwworldseries.org).
Kirkland Arts Center
Six regional artists have taken the game of telephone into the arts realm, passing around a common theme — “Urban Lake” — to create pieces of their own. Appropriately, the project started with the colors of Lake Union and progressed from there, with works referencing natural and human history, changing landscapes, typography and topography. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 23, 620 Market St., Kirkland.
Museum of Glass
What inspires artists? “Northwest Artists Collect” sheds light on that by displaying items from regional artists’ personal collections alongside an original work. Four University of Washington, Tacoma, students worked with museum staff to curate the exhibit, picking the brains and studios of artists Martin Blank, Joseph Gregory Rossano, Richard Royal, Ginny Ruffner, Preston Singletary, Cappy Thompson and Dick Weiss. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays (until 8 p.m. Third Thursdays) and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through October, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma.