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September 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Weekend preview: 4 hot tickets in the cool season

The fall arts season is underway in earnest. Good thing, too, since it’s looking like we’ll need all the indoor entertainment we can get in the next few weeks. (Let the rainy season begin!)

Here are a few things to put on your weekend calendar. For hundreds more, see our Fall Arts Guide. And feel free to make your recommendations to other readers on the comments thread.

 

1 'Jewels'

Sept. 26-Oct. 5, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center (pnb.org).

Former PNB principal Ariana Lallone in the "Rubies" section of "Jewels." Photo by Angela Sterling.

Former PNB principal Ariana Lallone in the “Rubies” section of “Jewels.” Photo by Angela Sterling.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2014-15 season gets underway with one of the masterworks of choreographer George Balanchine, a giant (the giant?) of 20th-century dance. It’s “Jewels,” a three-part ballet whose movements pay homage to the great historical eras of ballet: Romantic, Russian Imperial and American in the jazz age. Be sure to check the casting before you decide which night to attend;  principal dancer Carla Korbes is soon to retire, and you want to see her while you can.

2 'The Invisible Hand'

Through Sept. 28, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle (acttheatre.org).

Elijah Alexander and Connor Toms in "The Invisible Hand." Photo by Chris Bennion.

Elijah Alexander and Connor Toms in “The Invisible Hand.” Photo by Chris Bennion.

 

One of the best-reviewed plays of the fall so far closes this weekend at ACT. It’s about terrorism and high-finance — a subject so topical it’s hard to believe writer Ayad Akhtar completed it before we ever learned of the Islamic State. And the acting is about as good as you’re likely to see in this great theater town.

3 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

Andre Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in "Jimi: All Is By My Side."

Andre Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in “Jimi: All Is By My Side.”

The movie that opened the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival is back for a regular run in Jimi Hendrix’s hometown. It follows a brief period in the guitarist’s life, when he went from being a talented kid to being a star. Director John Ridley also wrote “12 Years a Slave,” but the movies are nothing like each other — while “12 Years” was tense and controlled, “Jimi” is impressionistic and at times almost psychedelic, reflecting the free-wheeling London of the ’60s, in which it is set. The movie is somewhat controversial, both for its fictionalizations and its music (Ridley did not have rights to Hendrix’s own music), but for any Seattleite interested in the city’s musical history, it’s a must-see. Read Tom Keogh’s review and see a trailer here.

4 Seattle Symphony

8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle (seattlesymphony.org).

Julia Wesely

Khatia Buniatishvili by Julia Wesely.

The orchestra’s salute to Dvorak continues through the weekend with a program reviewer Philippa Kiraly calls “sensational.” She adds that the soloist, young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, gives a “deeply musical” performance.

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