Some big names anchor ArtsPage’s entertainment suggestions this week, from stand-up comic Margaret Cho to Canadian crooner Michael Buble to the most famous (fictional) resident of London’s Baker Street. But we’ve thrown in a few more obscure pursuits as well.
As usual, we invite you to tell us who (or what) you’re excited to see this weekend, whether it’s on our list or not. And wherever you go, whatever you do … have fun out there.
1 Margaret Cho
8 p.m. Saturday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave. Seattle; $29.50-$49.50 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated comic hits town Saturday with her unfiltered take on sex, politics, drugs, guns, identity and madness. Not for the kids, but a kick.
2 Michael Buble
8 p.m. Friday, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle Center; $54.50-$110 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
If Cho is too racy for your taste, consider Michael Buble instead. As Seattle Times jazz critic Paul de Barros writes, “Mixing finger-popping Sinatra gems like ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ with 12-to-the-bar slow-dance classics … Bublé tracks the emotional continuity between swing and rock, once considered a ‘generation gap’ apart.” The Canadian star should gather a good crowd at the Key Friday night.
3 'Hound of the Baskervilles'
Previews Friday-Tuesday, plays Wednesday-Dec. 15 at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center; $15-$65 (206-443-2222or www.seattlerep.org).
Some solid Seattle talent is behind this new stage adaptation of one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most indelible Sherlock Holmes mysteries. As Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes, the story is considered to be “the spookiest and scariest mystery ever tackled by the legendary master sleuth. It unfolds in Holmes’ London lair, then at the remote Baskerville Hall in rural Devon, at the edge of a steep cliff, in pea-soup fog on a desolate moor.” Sounds like chilly run.
4 Kronos Quartet with Degenerate Art Ensemble
8 p.m. Saturday, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $44 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Experimental music plus experimental dance/theater equals … well, you won’t know until you get there. But Kronos — a 40-year-old string quartet — and Degenerate Art Ensemble — a butoh-inspired performance troupe — are two outfits worth taking a risk on. They perform together at the Neptune on Saturday night.
5 'The Best Man Holiday'
Now playing at several theaters. Rated R for language, sexual content and brief nudity. For showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
Movie reviewer Soren Andersen writes, “It’s shamelessly manipulative. It’s about 15 minutes too long, having, by my count, three separate endings. And yet despite all that, ‘The Best Man Holiday’ is disarmingly heartwarming.” Give in and go.
6 SAM Community Day
10 a.m. Saturday. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle, free (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
Finally, if the parents out there in Readerland are still with me, here’s something you can do with the kids on Saturday. Seattle Art Museum offers free admission, with art making, tours, performances and workshops inspired by the exhibitions “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon” and “Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse.”