It’s a good week for music, thanks to a Dave Grohl-narrated documentary (above), concerts by Hey Marseilles, Ana Moura and “I Sing Beijing,” “La Boheme” at Seattle Opera and a Seattle Symphony performance featuring the orchestra’s terrific principal flutist, Demarre McGill (recently named with his brother, Anthony, the principal clarinetist in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, to NBC-affiliated thegrio.com‘s list of 100 influential African Americans).
Rock drummer, guitarist and band leader Dave Grohl directs and narrates this documentary about Sound City, the unassuming Los Angeles recording studio where Nirvana recorded “Nevermind” and Fleetwood Mac did “Rumours.” It’s a joyous ode to a lost era of music making. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas. For Charles R. Cross’ three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
A new drama about a cop (Theo James) who becomes the New York City police commissioner. It also stars Chi McBride and Kevin Alejandro. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday on CBS.
This new reality series follows the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Wednesday on TNT.
FOOD & DRINK
Washington Wine Mixer
Celebrate Washington wines with a mixer at Cast Iron Studios, featuring six local wineries. 6-9 p.m., Friday, 10650 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $30, includes wine tasting, appetizers, a goodie bag and wines sold at a discount. RSVP at 206-838-3853 (www.washingtonwine.com).
With their dense orchestral arrangements and haunting, English-choir-boy-meets-Ben-Gibbard lead vocals by Matt Bishop, Seattle band Hey Marseilles has earned a special place in the hearts of Northwesterners. The sextet celebrates the March 5 release of its new album, “Lines We Trace,” at 7 p.m. Friday at Showbox at the Market, Seattle; $15 (www.showboxonline.com).
One of the finest of Portugal’s new fado singers, Ana Moura branches out to non-fado material on her latest album, “Desfado,” including Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” (sung in English) and a politely rocked-up “Quando o Sol Espreitar de Novo,” by Manel Cruz. Moura appears at 8 p.m. Saturday at Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$38 (www.meany.org).
The acclaimed poet discusses poems in his new book, “The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics” (Muldoon also plays in a rock band, Wayward Shrines.) 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (www.townhallseattle.org).
Leo Tolstoy’s tragic love story comes to the stage via an adaptation by Kevin McKeon. Through March 3, Book-It Repertory Theatre at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center; $23-$37 (www.book-it.org).
Rosalind Franklin (played by Kirsten Potter), the unsung player in the discovery of the double helix mechanism of DNA, is the topic of Anna Ziegler’s thoughtful work now on stage at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Extended through March 10, $12-$65 (www.seattlerep.org).
Impoverished artists never looked so good thanks to Puccini’s lush, romantic tale of love in the garrets of Paris. This production stars Elizabeth Caballero as Mimi (Jennifer Black in the silver cast) and Francesco Demuro as Rodolfo (Michael Fabiano in the silver). Through March 10, McCaw Hall, Seattle; $15-$261 (www.seattleopera.org).
SSO principal flutist Demarre McGill is the soloist on the Concerto for Flute No. 1 in an all-Mozart program with guest conductor Douglas Boyd. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $19-$76 (www.seattlesymphony.org).
‘I Sing Beijing’
Young vocalists from around the world gathered in China to train with Metropolitan Opera bass Hao Jiang Tian and other opera experts, working on singing classical selections in Mandarin and fostering mutual understanding among cultures. They’ve been showing off their prowess with a tour, and the group’s only West Coast stop is in Seattle. 7 p.m. Tuesday, HUB Lyceum Theatre, University of Washington, Seattle; $15 suggested donation (http://confucius.washington.edu/event/i-sing-beijing).
Bellevue Arts Museum
A herd of beckoning cats? What luck! “Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats — From Talisman to Pop Icon” features 155 of the good-fortune felines made in the 19th and 20th centuries from a private collection, plus interpretations from Northwest artists. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays (Free First Fridays until 8 p.m.), 510 Bellevue Way N.W., Bellevue; $7-$10 (www.bellevuearts.org).
James Harris Gallery
Seattle ceramic sculptor Akio Takamori’s third solo show at the gallery features his signature large-scale sculptures (five vibrant “Sleeping Women” and one girl) as well as a woodblock print. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through March 30, 312 Second Ave. S., Seattle (www.jamesharrisgallery.com).