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October 7, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Salman Rushdie and Bach: 5 things to do this week

When the going gets tough, the arts and entertainment biz doesn’t
shut down. No sirree. So if that hike through a national park has been delayed,
here are a few things you can do instead.

1 'Gravity'

In wide release. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s four-star review here.

Warner Bros. photo

In space, no one can hear you careen./Warner Bros. photo

Alfonso Cuarón’s compelling drama follows an astronaut (played by Sandra Bullock, in a cosmic tour de force) who gets lost in space after an unexpected shower of debris destroys the shuttle she’s on. With dwindling oxygen, she must desperately figure out how to return to Earth, and to home. George Clooney also stars.

2 Salman Rushdie

7:30 p.m. Monday, Town Hall Seattle, $30, townhallseattle.org

The acclaimed author discusses “Joseph Anton,” a memoir of
his time under threat of TZR_Books_Fall_Preview_2execution by the Ayatollah Khomeini. (The book is named for the pseudonym Rushdie used while in hiding; Anton was for Anton Chekhov, the “poet of loneliness,” and “Joseph” for Joseph Conrad, who penned a motto Rushdie tried to follow: “I must live till I die.” — thanks, AP)

3 Sleigh Bells

9 p.m. Saturday, Showbox at the Market, Seattle; $24-$26, showboxonline.com

Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells

By the time this Brooklyn punk-pop duo — Alexis Krauss (vocals) and Derek Edward Miller (guitar) — hits town, its third album, “Bitter Rivals,” will be on the street. The band’s previous album, “Reign of Terror,” nudged the Top 10 and established the group as indie darlings with legs.

4 Seattle Symphony, Andras Schiff

Guest conductor Andrew Manze and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday; pianist Andras Schiff, 8 p.m. Friday; both at Benaroya Hall, Seattle; seattlesymphony.org

Andrew Manze

Andrew Manze

Two stellar programs in the same week: guest conductor Andrew Manze, conductor of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, and heralded pianist Simone Dinnerstein (who came to attention thanks to her self-financed release of Bach’s Goldberg Variations) will appear Thursday and Saturday. And speaking of Bach, pianist Andras Schiff will appear in recital on Friday, performing the complete Goldbergs in one evening. That’s 80 minutes — a marathon and a sprint, if you will. (For a delightful riff on the GV, go to Jeremy Denk’s video and essay here.)

5 Tyson Grumm

11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, rovzargallery.com

Here at ArtsPage HQ, we have a deep appreciation for humor in all its forms. Overt, subtle, print and visual, our door is always open. That’s one of the reason we like Tyson Grumm’s annual show at the Rovzar Gallery. The backgrounds of his paintings have a studied, antique cast, full of detail and meticulously rendered clouds, trees and bodies of water. Marching (or sailing, or strutting) through the works are animals — rabbits, dogs, ostriches and sheep, to name a few — all intent on their bizarre tasks, with the most serious of expressions.

Tyson Grumm introduces us to a new species in his "Irish Watersheep."

Tyson Grumm introduces us to a new species in his “Irish Watersheep.”

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