‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal bring an uncanny urgency and suspense to a story that has an ending we already know: the raid, at 30 minutes after midnight (the movie’s title is the military term for that time) by U.S. Navy SEALs on May 1, 2011, that resulted in the capture and death of Osama bin Laden. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3 ½-star review, go to


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After the holiday break, your TV is overflowing with new stuff this week. Among the new series premiering this week is this drama about the investigation into the death of an heiress/party girl. It features a great cast (Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Meagan Good) and a great hook to (hopefully) keep you coming back every week. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday on NBC.

‘Cougar Town’

That penny-pitching, wine-guzzling cul-de-sac crew is back for a new season (and on a new network). Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, the leader of this band of neighbors/friends. So glad to have you back, gang. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday on TBS.


Cooking lesson: Gnocchi

Issaquah’s PCC offers a first-hand lesson on how to make those addicting Italian potato dumplings. Experts show you how to shape the dough and cook it with sauces like tomato and basil, brown butter sage and Gorgonzola. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday at 1810 12th Ave N.W., Issaquah; $40-$45 (425-369-1222 or

Cocktail competition

Watch some of the city’s top bartenders throw down, as the Seattle cocktail den Vessel, 624 Olive Way, hosts a cocktail competition from 7-9 p.m. Monday; free (


Seattle Public Library Sunday opening

Starting Sunday, all Seattle Public Library branches will be open 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The new era kicks off with a celebration featuring Mayor Mike McGinn and City Librarian Marcellus Turner, 2 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or

Mochi Tsuki Celebration

Head to Bainbridge Island to celebrate the Japanese New Year tradition of making and eating mochi, the sweet rice treat. Free tickets for each of the three taiko performances available 20 minutes prior on a first-come, first-served basis, and limited to 175 seats per performance. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; free; all ages; parking limited at the site and nearby Blakley Elementary School; carpooling encouraged (

Seattle Home Remodeling Expo

Dreaming of a new kitchen? Bathroom? Get ideas at the Seattle Home Remodeling Expo, which will feature displays, vendors and information on innovations and design trends from experts showcasing everything for the home, including cabinetry, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, and energy-efficient windows. Also, there will be presentations by the Seattle chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) to help individuals and businesses conquer clutter. Noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $6, ages 17 and younger free (800-374-6463 or


Red Molly

If you love three-part female harmonies and country-folk songs with penetrating lyrics, you can’t go wrong with Red Molly, the eight-year-old trio featuring the exquisite vocals and dobro of Abbie Gardner, Laurie MacAllister’s acoustic bass guitar and Molly Venter (guitar). Taking their name from a Richard Thompson song, Red Molly recently toured with Willie Nelson. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $15 (206-838-4333 or

Barry Manilow with Pandora Love on Ice

Could it be magic, Mandy? Well, maybe. Mellow crooner Barry Manilow performs live with an ice-skating show choreographed to his songs. Skaters Nancy Kerrigan, Ben Agosto, Liz Manley and Elvis Stojko will be nailing it. 7 p.m. Friday at the ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $49.50-$125 (253-856-6999 or High end tickets include 6-7 p.m. dinner.


Daniel Pink

One in nine Americans works in sales. But if your work requires persuading anyone to do anything — so do you. At least this is what the author of “To Sell Is Human” argues in a 7:30 p.m. Wednesday discussion at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or


‘The Book of Mormon’

“Hello!” The recipient of nine 2011 Tony Awards, with one for best new musical, this show irreverently lampoons naive but good-hearted young Mormon missionaries sent to a war-torn, AIDS-afflicted African country. Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and continues through Jan. 20 at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; call for ticket availability (877-784-4849 or


Seattle Symphony

Guest conductor Jun Märkl visits the orchestra to lead performances of Stravinsky’s Suite from “Pulcinella,” Thursday through Saturday. On Thursday and Saturday, pianist HJ Lim is also in the house, playing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or


‘Mw [Moment Magnitude]’

Two weeks remain to see the buzzed-about multimedia show at the Frye Art Museum. On the lineup, a Free Thursday evening performance by acclaimed bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes. The show ends Jan. 20, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle (206-622-9250 or