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February 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM

A happy musical, video games and 15 other things to do this week

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(The cast of “The Music Man”/Mark Kitaoka photo)

Is it spring yet? You can dream of it at the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show, or at least lighten your heart with an outing to see “The Music Man” at the 5th Avenue Theatre. That, and more here:


‘Happy People: A Year in the Taiga’

The legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog self-consciously idealizes the hardscrabble life of fur trappers using extraordinary footage of a remote Siberian village culled from a Russian television film. Now playing at the Varsity. For Tom Keogh’s three-star review, go to



This new show follows an investigative journalist (Matt Davis) whose brother disappears after saying that a certain TV show (also called “Cult”) is out to get him. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday on The CW.

‘The Graham Norton Show’

The impish host keeps bringing the funny in new episodes of his chat show. The guest list this week: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Matt Lucas, Delia Smith and Rita Ora. 7:15 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.


‘East Indian Cooking’

Uma Bangalore shows you how to make quick chicken and vegetarian dishes from different regions of India, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Redmond PCC Store, $40-$45,


Northwest Flower and Garden Show

In its 25th year, the show will feature 350 exhibits and vendors, seminars and gardens with the theme, “The Silver Screen Takes Root: Gardens Go Hollywood.” There will be playgarden activities for kids, too. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 24, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $5-$20;


Coheed and Cambria

This New York quartet brings together headbangers, guitar geeks and comic-book fans with its metallic fusion of prog rock and science fiction. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Showbox SODO, Seattle; $29.50,

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane

Where does the time go? Onetime young lion Jack DeJohnette, who played on Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” in 1969, is now one of the kit’s grand old men. His appearance with John Coltrane’s increasingly focused son, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, with the dazzling George Colligan on piano and ex-John Coltrane bassist Jimmy Garrison’s son Matt on bass is a no-misser. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jazz Alley, Seattle; $28.50,


Gary Wills

Eminent author and essayist Gary Wills discusses his new book “Why Priests? A Failed Tradition,” followed by a discussion with Seattle author Rebecca Brown (“American Romances”). 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free,


‘The Music Man’

Roosevelt High grad Noah Yancey is charming con man Harold Hill in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s staging of the Meredith Willson musical. Laura Griffith, Anne Allgood and Richard Steitzer also star; Bill Berry directs. Through March 10; $31-$115, Read Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson’s review here.

‘Next to Normal’

Honored on Broadway, the show about the toll of mental illness on a family has local roots — it workshopped at Village Theatre and was written by Issaquah native Brian Yorkey. Balagan is staging it this time, with Brandon Ivie directing. Through March 2, Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, Seattle; $20-$25,


Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Spend your lunch hour with the orchestra for free this Thursday. Assistant conductor Stilian Kirov will lead the symphony in a program including Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances, as well as Brahms’ Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 and 6, Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and the first movement from Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, with 16-year-old soloist Amelia Sie, of Bellevue. Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, 600 Fourth Ave. Additional free performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ingraham High School and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Chief Sealth High School.

David Russell

The Grammy-winning classical guitarist returns to Seattle for a program including works by Scarlatti, Granados and Couperin, as well as a selection of Celtic pieces. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle; $25-$32,


Khambatta Dance Company

The Seattle dance troupe, in a multiyear residency at Kirkland Performance Center, premieres Cyrus Khambatta’s “Truth and Betrayal” on Friday. Khambatta’s five young dancers, most new to the troupe, bring a lithe, elegant, gymnastic twist to their entanglements. Three older Khambatta works are also on the program. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Kirkland Performance Center; $25,

Black Grace

New Zealand’s leading dance export, which blends Polynesian influences with contemporary-dance experimentation, returns to Meany for the first time in five years. Choreographer Neil leremia’s newest piece, “Vaka,” takes inspiration from “the idea of a raft as a metaphor for hope.” Also on the program: “Pati Pati” and an excerpt from “Amata” (which means “begin” in Samoan). 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Meany Hall, University of Washington; $20-$45,


Washington State History Museum

Interactive exhibits, videos and vintage machines tell the story in “Let’s Ride! Motorcycling the Northwest,” exploring “the past century of motorcycling, its culture and communities.” Of course, Moses Lake native Evel Knievel is included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays (free every third Thursday 2-8 p.m.) through June 23, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50,

Northwest Nikkei Museum

“My Minidoka,” a photo exhibit by Johnny Valdez y Uno, is a personal chronicle of the internment camp where his grandparents were held during World War II, born from a wrenching experience: The photographer became aware of his family’s connection to Minidoka after his grandfather and two other relatives were killed in a car accident after a pilgrimage to the site in 1990. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through July 17, Japanese Cultural Community Center, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle;

‘The Art of Video Games’

Plug into the Smithsonian American Art Museum traveling exhibit, “The Art of Video Games,” exploring the 40-year history of video games as an artistic medium. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 12, EMP Museum, Seattle; $12-$20,



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