‘Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film’
Longtime experimental filmmaker Pip Chodorov guides us through this history lesson, beginning with the first abstract films in the years following World War I. We’re left with an appreciation for those who toil in an art form that exists somewhere between commercial film and visual art, and who use film as the floor on which their imaginations dance. Now playing at the Grand Illusion. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
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FOOD & DRINK
Seattle Boat Show Uncorked
Sip a cab while you stroll though the annual boat show. For the first time, the show will host a wine-tasting on opening night with pours from 10 wineries. 5-9 p.m. Friday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $27, includes souvenir glass and tasting tokens (www.seattleboatshow.com).
Share the Dream Celebration
Celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and the Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney, local civil-rights leader and King classmate at Morehouse College. 3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, but donations accepted to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and County (206-329-0300 or www.emergencyfeeding.org).
Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March
“Let Freedom Ring” is the theme for Monday’s slate of activities, including workshops, with several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Monday; rally with speakers, poetry and music, 11 a.m.; march to the Jackson Federal Building starts at 12:30 p.m. for brief outdoor rally. Meet at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle (www.MLKseattle.org).
Seattle Boat Show
The annual display and sale of boats and accessories runs Friday-Feb. 3 at CenturyLink Field and South Lake Union, free shuttle continuously between locations; splash aerial-acrobatic performances and Kids’ Aqua Paddlers daily at CenturyLink; $5-$12 (www.seattleboatshow.com).
Seattle Mariners FanFest
Baseball carnival with player appearances and autographs, run around the bases, zip line, clubhouse tours, Kids Zone, pop fly challenge, Taste of Safeco Field, season ticket select-a-seat, Mariner Moose, speed pitch, batting cage, Mariners Care garage sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 27, Safeco Field, Seattle; $10, ages 14 and younger free (seattle.mariners.mlb.com).
Classic songsmith Jackson Browne is on the road, not exactly “Running On Empty,” but presenting an all acoustic set, playing piano and guitar, that will range through his entire oeuvre. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appears at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; sold out (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour
The Monterey Jazz Festival, the West Coast’s most important annual jazz event, celebrates its 55th anniversary with a road show featuring several festival favorites: vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonist Chris Potter and new trumpet star Ambrose Akinmusire. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $38-$58 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
The Seattle author/fisherman discusses his memoir of fishing in Alaska, “Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska.” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-684-4089 or www.spl.org).
The Seattle sketch-comedy troupe has fun bits on YouTube about competitive sociopaths trying to be “Casual” and strenuously nongay dudes celebrating their “Manaversary.” Right now, they have a live show, “Ubiquitous They: Half Time” directed by the ubiquitous Mark Siano, that deals with slumber-party math problems, the dangers of pantyhose and other concerns. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Jan. 26, Seattle Creative Arts Center, 2601 N.W. Market St., Seattle; $12 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
The Village Theatre polishes the Agatha Christie classic with a diamond-anniversary staging of the mystery with a cast of local favorites, including David Pichette, Hana Lass, Jennifer Lee Taylor and R. Hamilton Wright. Through Feb. 24, Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah; $28-$63 (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org). Plays March 1-24 at Everett Performing Arts Center.
‘Number 2 Quebecois Robot Detective Agency’
As you might guess from the title, there’s fun in store for all ages in the latest Washington Ensemble Theatre production. Families are invited to follow two French Canadian detectives on the hunt for robots in what the theater describes as a “live cartoon.” Saturday-Feb. 10, 608 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $5-$10 (www.washingtonensemble.org).
The high-flying Grammy Award-winning sextet lands in Kirkland for a night of energetic musical performance. In addition to Steve Reich’s “Double Sextet,” the contemporary-music ensemble will perform Derek Bermel’s “Tied Shifts,” “Knee Play 2” from “Einstein on the Beach” and Ligeti’s Etudes. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kirkland Performance Center, 30 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $40 (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org).
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra kicks off its tour of the American West in Seattle with music director Bramwell Tovey and pianist Jon Kimura Parker, who is familiar to local chamber-music fans in his role as artistic director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. He’ll perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor; also on the bill: the U.S. premiere of “Totem” by VSO composer-in-residence Edward Top. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
The Seattle artist’s new exhibit of landscape paintings is called “A Beautiful Day in Paradise,” but what that title doesn’t tell you is that this is a “paradise” explored with a heavy foot on the gas pedal. Holcomb’s oils on canvas capture familiar Puget Sound sights at high speeds. Sights in the background may be in focus, but the foreground is a roadside automotive blur. You can check out his images at www.fredholcomb.net. The exhibit is up 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Feb. 1, Shoreline Community College Art Gallery, Administration Building 1000, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206 546-4101, ext. 4433, or www.shoreline.edu/gallery).