(It was the ’80s. Things were different then. Relive them in “Top Gun 3D.”/Paramount Pictures photo)
‘Top Gun 3D’
Feeling the need for speed? Experience the 1986 Tom Cruise Navy flyer romance in an added dimension before its release on 3D Blu-ray Feb. 19. Director Tony Scott completed the task shortly before his death last August. Says co-producer Jerry Bruckheimer: “The planes leaving the carriers, the dogfights — it looks fantastic.” Now playing at several theaters.
The less you know in advance about Steven Soderbergh’s slick thriller, the more you’ll enjoy it. But one of its biggest pleasures is the performance of Rooney Mara, playing a depressed woman who is prescribed a new drug. Now showing at several theaters. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Another edition of the reality competition pits fans versus previous contestants. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Wednesday on CBS.
Seattle Aquarium Octopus Week
Learn about one of the most interesting deep-sea creatures at the Seattle Aquarium with daily octopus feedings, talks and kids’ activities, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily from Feb. 14-24, Seattle Aquarium, www.seattleaquarium.org.
Welcome spring at the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration, with the traditional roaring lion dance, music, food, martial arts demonstrations, fashion show, children’s activities, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, www.seattlecenter.com.
The squad brings its “You Write the Rules” World Tour of exhibition basketball at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, ShoWare Center, Kent; www.showarecenter.com.
The Helio Sequence
Having released their first album since 2009, “Negotiations,” the Portland duo returns with a richer, warmer sound. They bring their show — infused with “[t]ape and analog delays, spring and plate reverbs, tube preamps, ribbon microphones, and analog synths” — to Seattle. 8 p.m. Feb. 17, Neptune Theatre, www.stgpresents.org.
The Presidents of the United States of America
The local favorites bring their good-time alt-rock wares to the Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. Saturday, Showbox at the Market, Seattle; www.showboxpresents.com.
Sherman Alexie and G. Willow Wilson
Meet Sherman Alexie and G. Willow Wilson, two Seattle authors who just won Pacific Northwest Book Awards for their books — Alexie for his short story collection “Blasphemy,” Wilson for her novel “Alif the Unseen.” Both won a PNBA award this year. 7 p.m. Monday, Elliott Bay Book Co., Seattle; free.
‘Dinner at Wotan’s’
Be prepared for big, sweeping sound — from Wagner to Queen — as Nordic gods celebrate the end of the world in Teatro ZinZanni’s newest production. ZinZanni founder Norm Langill and Tobias Larsson codirect. Through May 12, Teatro ZinZanni, Seattle; dreams.zinzanni.org.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra continues its “untraditional” concerts on Feb. 15 with an Untuxed session at 7 p.m., featuring Faure’s “Pelleas et Melisande” Suite and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 (of “Elvira Madigan” fame). Night owls can swing by Untitled, which begins at 10 that night, and has a bill of Schnyder’s Bass Trombone Concerto “subZERO,” Widmann’s String Quartet No. 3 and Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire.” Benaroya Hall, Seattle; www.seattlesymphony.org.
Alexandre Dossin, winner of the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition, will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov in the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle’s annual “Winter Nights” program. Also performing: violinist Kwanbin Park, cellist Kevin Krentz and pianist Natalya Ageyeva. 5 p.m. Feb. 17, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; www.russianchambermusic.org.
The often excellent and always eclectic Eastside dance festival returns with work by local troupes Spectrum Dance Theater, the Stone Dance Collective and Seattle dancers-turned-choreographers Vincent Michael Lopez (of Spectrum) and Andree Bartee and Kiyon Gaines (both of Pacific Northwest Ballet). Festival founder Eva Stone also brings in New York-based companies (Bennyroyce Dance Productions, Joshua Beamish/MOVE) and troupes from Eastern Washington (Mid-Columbia Ballet), Vancouver, B.C. (Heather Dotto) and Utah (Shayla Bott & Company). 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Feb. 17, The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue; www.brownpapertickets.com.
The Everett-born painter, now 83, continues to paint whatever floats his boat, and that boat can sometimes contain cowboys, a mermaid or Morris Graves as passengers. “Influenced by artists like Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, Martin is like a down-home, Pacific Northwest version of Marc Chagall,” wrote a Seattle Times reviewer in 2011. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Feb. 28, Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave S., Seattle.
In the group show “Bleak Beauty,” David Bailin, Sandow Birk, Steve Costie, Iskra Johnson and Dianne Kornberg are billed as “artists who find beauty in the unpromising” — a listing ship, a deceased butterfly, a burned-out urban core test the relationship between content and form. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 9, 3419 E. Denny Way, Seattle.