The new James Bond movie "Skyfall," Ben Gibbard in Seattle and Dance Theatre of Harlem make the list of things to do in the week of Nov. 11, 2012.

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Bond is back, and he’s bad. And that’s good. In the most substantive 007 movie yet, Daniel Craig’s Bond is steely and sardonic but also gaunt and haunted. Amid the astonishing action scenes, the film takes a deep dive into the tormented psyches of Bond, M (Judi Dench) and the villain played by Javier Bardem. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes see Page H6. For Soren Andersen’s 3 1/2-star review, go to


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Daniel Day-Lewis is breathtaking as he disappears into the title role in Steven Spielberg’s majestic history lesson. Now playing at Pacific Place. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3 1/2-star review, go to


‘Top Chef: Seattle’

The delicious culinary competition is back and this time the “cheftestants” are running loose in the Emerald City. 10 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo.


Beaujolais at Bastille

A taste of France: It’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine night at Bastille Café & Bar in Ballard, where an acclaimed collection of Beaujolais wines will go for $3-$6 for a sample or a glass and $20 for a carafe, 4:30-10 p.m. Thursday. Bastille, 5307 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-453-5014 or


Veterans Day, Woodland Park Zoo

Free admission for all active, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel with ID and their spouses and $5 off regular zoo admission for up to four accompanying family members, 9:30 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8.50-$11.75 (206-548-2500 or


Nordic Christmas celebration with craft vendors, Scandinavian musical performances, Nordic treats, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17-18, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $1-$3 (206-789-5707 or

Pop music

Eric Church

Eric Church has been breaking sales records and garnering rave reviews for his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. It can’t hurt that the North Carolina native won the Country Music Association award for Album of the Year earlier this month. Hot ticket. Church appears at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $37.50-$47.50 (866-332-8499 or

Ben Gibbard

The former driver of Death Cab for Cutie tours behind his excellent debut solo album, “Former Lives,” which the brilliant songwriter describes as “a side story, not a new chapter.” Damien Jurado opens. 7 p.m. Friday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; sold out (888-929-7849 or


‘The Glass Menagerie’

Seattle Rep mounts a strident, ghostly revival of the Tennessee Williams play about a Southern family ruled by the mother of all cloying mothers. Through Dec. 2, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Leo K. Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $12-$70 (206-443-2222 or

‘The Silver Cord’

The Endangered Species Project’s latest reading of a forgotten classic features Sidney Howard’s “The Silver Cord,” a 1926 melodrama about the battle between a young scientist determined to Have It All and her controlling mother-in-law. 7 p.m. Monday, North Seattle Community College’s Stage 1 Theatre, 9600 College Way N.; free but donations accepted (

Classical music

Emanuel Ax

The seven-time Grammy-winning pianist joins the Seattle Symphony for Brahms’ grand Second Piano Concerto for three performances in the coming week. Also on the program: Henri Dutilleux’s “The Shadows of Time” and Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or

Seattle Opera Young Artist Program

Young professional opera singers present a chamber version of Verdi’s first comedy, “King for a Day,” a production with all the right comedic elements: matchmaking, impersonation of royalty and the triumph of true love. 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $25 (206-389-7676 or

Music of Remembrance

Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot and a chamber orchestra of SSO players will perform in MOR’s production of “The Emperor of Atlantis.” Composed by Viktor Ullman in 1943 in the Terezin concentration camp, “Emperor” is a mocking allegory of Hitler and his horrific war machine. 8 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $36 (206-215-4747 or Note: The first 100 high-school students who register at will be admitted free.


Cedar Lake Ballet

The 10-year-old New York-based company makes its Seattle debut with an edgy, European-slanted bill. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$43 (206-543-4880 or

Literary events

Anne Lamott

The popular author of writing advice, novels and inspirational essays discusses her new book, “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers” at two Seattle locations: at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or; and 7 p.m.Tuesday, Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606 Fifth Ave. W., Seattle; $25 ( or or 800-838-3006).

Visual arts

Gregory Blackstock

Fans of the self-taught artist will find much to like in this exhibit of drawings at Greg Kucera. His need to organize the world around him has stretched to “The North American Labrador Retriever” and “Colorful Egg Patterns to Go For,” which displays international flag patterns along with eye-catching ones of his own making. Opens Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 22, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle; (206-624-0770 or

‘Equine, Bovine, Canine, Feline … ‘

This group show at Prographica salutes the millennia-old tradition of animal depiction, as artists take a turn with creatures great and small. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 8, 3419 E. Denny Way, Seattle (206-322-3851 or

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