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‘Happy People: A Year in the Taiga’

The legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog self-consciously idealizes the hardscrabble life of fur trappers using extraordinary footage of a remote Siberian village culled from a Russian television film. Now playing at the Varsity. For showtimes, see Page H9. For Tom Keogh’s three-star review, go to


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This new show follows an investigative journalist (Matt Davis) whose brother disappears after saying that a certain TV show (also called “Cult”) is out to get him. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday on The CW.

‘The Graham Norton Show’

The impish host keeps bringing the funny in new episodes of his chat show. The guest list this week: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Matt Lucas, Delia Smith and Rita Ora. 7:15 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.


‘East Indian Cooking’

Uma Bangalore shows you how to make quick chicken and vegetarian dishes from different regions of India, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Redmond PCC Store, 11435 Avondale Road N.E.; $40-$45 (425-285-1400 or


Northwest Flower and Garden Show

In its 25th year, the show will feature 350 exhibits and vendors, seminars and gardens with the theme, “The Silver Screen Takes Root: Gardens Go Hollywood.” There will be playgarden activities for kids, too. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 24, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $5-$20; multiday passes available (253-756-2121 or

Langley Mystery Weekend

The town of Langley, on Whidbey Island, celebrates its centennial with a townwide, two-day interactive and improvisational mystery play. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 24; $8-$10 (


Coheed and Cambria

This New York quartet brings together headbangers, guitar geeks and comic-book fans with its metallic fusion of prog rock and science fiction. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Showbox SODO, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $29.50 (888-929-7849 or

Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane

Where does the time go? Onetime young lion Jack DeJohnette, who played on Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” in 1969, is now one of the kit’s grand old men. His appearance with John Coltrane’s increasingly focused son, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, with the dazzling George Colligan on piano and ex-John Coltrane bassist Jimmy Garrison’s son Matt on bass is a no-misser. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $28.50 (206-441-9729 or


Gary Wills

Eminent author and essayist Gary Wills discusses his new book “Why Priests? A Failed Tradition,” followed by a discussion with Seattle author Rebecca Brown (“American Romances”). At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free (206-325-6051 or


‘The Music Man’

Roosevelt High grad Noah Yancey is charming con man Harold Hill in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s staging of the Meredith Willson musical. Laura Griffith, Anne Allgood and Richard Steitzer also star; Bill Berry directs. Through March 10, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $31-$115 (888-584-4849 or

‘Next to Normal’

Honored on Broadway, the show about the toll of mental illness on a family has local roots — it workshopped at Village Theatre and was written by Issaquah native Brian Yorkey. Balagan is staging it this time, with Brandon Ivie directing. Through March 2, Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, 1524 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-329-1050 or


Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Spend your lunch hour with the orchestra for free this Thursday. Assistant conductor Stilian Kirov will lead the symphony in a program including Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances, as well as Brahms’ Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 and 6, Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and the first movement from Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, with 16-year-old soloist Amelia Sie, of Bellevue. Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, 600 Fourth Ave. ( Additional free performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ingraham High School and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Chief Sealth High School.

David Russell

The Grammy-winning classical guitarist returns to Seattle for a program including works by Scarlatti, Granados and Couperin, as well as a selection of Celtic pieces. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$32 (206-215-4747 or


Khambatta Dance Company

The Seattle dance troupe, in a multiyear residency at Kirkland Performance Center, premieres Cyrus Khambatta’s “Truth and Betrayal” on Friday. The piece spins questions of trust and deception into a tangy affair with a lightly cruel edge. Khambatta’s five young dancers, most new to the troupe, bring a lithe, elegant, gymnastic twist to their entanglements. Three older Khambatta works are also on the program. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland; $25 (425-893-9900 or

Black Grace

New Zealand’s leading dance export, which blends Polynesian influences with contemporary-dance experimentation, returns to Meany for the first time in five years. Choreographer Neil leremia’s newest piece, “Vaka,” takes inspiration from “the idea of a raft as a metaphor for hope.” Also on the program: “Pati Pati” and an excerpt from “Amata” (which means “begin” in Samoan). 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Meany Hall, University of Washington; $20-$45 (206-543-4880 or


Washington State History Museum

Interactive exhibits, videos and vintage machines tell the story in “Let’s Ride! Motorcycling the Northwest,” exploring “the past century of motorcycling, its culture and communities.” Of course, Moses Lake native Evel Knievel is included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays (free every third Thursday 2-8 p.m.) through June 23, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50 (888-238-4373 or

Northwest Nikkei Museum

“My Minidoka,” a photo exhibit by Johnny Valdez y Uno, is a personal chronicle of the internment camp where his grandparents were held during World War II, born from a wrenching experience: The photographer became aware of his family’s connection to Minidoka after his grandfather and two other relatives were killed in a car accident after a pilgrimage to the site in 1990. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through July 17, Japanese Cultural Community Center, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle; (206-568-7114 or

‘The Art of Video Games’

This is the opening weekend of Smithsonian American Art Museum traveling exhibit, “The Art of Video Games,” exploring the 40-year history of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on graphics, creative storytelling and player interactivity, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 12, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-770-2700 or

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