Two of the best things about this time of year: candy corn and caramels. Here at ArtsPage HQ, we put our fillings in danger each year with these treats, but they are so worth it. Years ago in a previous newsroom, a debate broke out over which was better: candy corn, or CC’s relatives, the Mellocremes. Tough choice. Not tough: finding things to do this week. Here are some ideas:
1 Kanye West
8 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena, $33.50-$171, ticketmaster.com
Rap’s genius high priest — and if you doubt that status, just ask him, he’ll confirm it — kicks off his “Yeezus” tour in Seattle, promoting his much-heralded new album of the same name. Might Jimmy Kimmel be there?
2 'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips'
Both in wide release. “Gravity” is rated R; “Captain Phillips” is PG-13.
Buzz aplenty about these films, for good reason. “Gravity,” writes Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald, “is brief, strangely beautiful and deeply moving; far from being the sterile technical exercise it might have been, the film illustrates, better than any other I can think of this year, the aching way in which a heart longs for home.” “Captain Phillips” takes place here on Earth, and is a real nail-biter, thanks to leading men Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi; director Paul Greengrass has filmed the true story “in his now-trademark fashion: utterly real, almost unbearably tense,” Macdonald writes. See both reviews here.
3 Pumpkin patches and more
Regional list of Halloween events here.
Haunted houses (and trails and warehouses and morgues and such) are on the list, as well as places to pick pumpkins and drink cider, to take your dressed-up pets and to show off your costume.
4 Mostly Mozart
7:30 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $19, seattlesymphony.org
Seattle Symphony’s new associate conductor, Stilian Kirov, leads a “Mainly Mozart” program of the Austrian’s Symphony No. 29, Divertimento for Strings in D major, and Exsultate, jubilate K. 165. Spotlighted performers will include SSO musicians Susan Gulkis Assadi (violist) and Jordan Anderson (double bassist), and the local in-demand soprano Maria Mannisto.
5 'Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon'
Thursday-Jan. 5, 2014, Seattle Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org
Seattle Art Museum is the only U.S. venue for this rich exhibit, which traces 3,000 years of Peruvian civilization through its art. More than 300 items will be on display, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, ornaments, masks, photography and textiles, tracing expression through the Early, Colonial and Modern periods.