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