As Halloween draws near, we are reminded of one of our faves — “The Raven” — and its creator’s certain way with the creepiness. However, unlike Poe’s famous bird, which quoth “Nevermore,” we at ArtsPage HQ say, “bring us more!” Fun, that is. Think of us as your personal raven, perched on your laptop, offering you seasonal treats rather than depressing tricks.
1 'All is Lost'
In wide release. Rated PG-13.
In J.C. Chandor’s one-character movie with almost no dialogue, Robert Redford gives a remarkable performance as a nameless sailor, alone at sea, struggling mightily against the forces of nature, bad luck and exhaustion. Read Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review here.
2 Rufus Wainwright
7:30 p.m. Monday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, $52-$62 edmondscenterforthearts.org
According to the title of his latest record, the plaintive singer/songwriter is “Out of the Game,” but his half-dozen Pacific Northwest dates would suggest otherwise. The first nearby is Monday in Edmonds.
3 Dan Simmons
7 p.m. Wednesday, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, free thirdplacebooks.com
Just in time for Halloween, Simmons, a highly inventive fantasy/horror writer (“The Terror,” “Drood”), has a new novel out. “The Abominable” is about a 1920s expedition to Mount Everest that finds it’s being followed by someone … or something. MWAHAHAHA.
4 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'
8 p.m. Thursday, ABC
The 1966 classic rises again in the ol’ pumpkin patch, with Linus waiting for an apparition, Charlie Brown coping with rocks in his trick-or-treat bag and Lucy being, well, Lucy.
5 MOMIX: 'Botanica'
8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Meany Theater, UW campus, $44-$56, uwworldseries.org
Flora and fauna are the focus of this 90-minute fantasia on the shapes and patterns of nature. The dance-illusionist troupe’s mix of buoyant movement, extravagant props, gigantic puppets, heady music and eye-popping costumes should appeal to young and old alike. (It’s recommended for ages 7 and up.)
6 Local Halloween fun
Find the list here.
Haunted houses, trick-or-treat events, costume contest, parties and more, for all ages.