‘The Best Man Holiday’
There’s a kind of comforting, old-fashioned feel to this sequel to Malcolm D. Lee’s 1999 romantic dramedy about a group of upper-class African-American friends and lovers. It’s designed to be a crowd pleaser and certainly hits its mark, thanks to the excellent performances of its large cast. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H9. For Soren Andersen’s three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
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‘Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley’
Whoopi Goldberg directs this look at comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley. 9 p.m. Monday on HBO.
‘The Day of the Doctor’
This new special, celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” stars Matt Smith and David Tennant. 11:50 a.m. Saturday on BBC America.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day
The only time of the year you’ll drink Beaujolais wine, but here it is. Bastille Cafe & Bar celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau Day on Thursday by serving this French wine 4:30-10 p.m. $3 for tasting, $6/glass and $20/carafe. 5307 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle: (206-453-5014 or bastilleseattle.com).
Great Train Expo
All aboard! Train fans of all ages will enjoy looking at the model railroads, railway exhibits, demonstrations and workshops; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Nov. 17), Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $9, ages 12 and younger free (253-841-5045 or greattrainexpo.com).
Festivals of Light
Explore winter celebrations from around the world, starting with Diwali (Wednesday-Nov. 26), as well as Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, exhibits open Wednesday-Jan. 5, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).
The mesmerizing Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore is on the road raising awareness of the still-dire situation in her country after it was overrun by radical Islamists, even as she buoys spirits with the gorgeous songs on her new album, “Beautiful Africa” (Nonesuch). Traore performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., $25-$40 (206-838-4333 or tripledoor.com).
Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor and his haunting electro-pop gang knocked out critics and crowds alike with the new album, “Hesitation Marks” (Columbia) and the first leg of the “Tension 2013” tour. Rolling Stone called the band’s performance at this year’s Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco “one of the most memorable” in the festival’s history. Probably best known for its 1999 album “Fragile,” Nine Inch Nails performs at 8 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $35.50-$95 (800-745-300 or ).
Remember when Republicans and Democrats got along? Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” does, and he’s written a book about it. Hear him discuss “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Seattle University’s Campion Ballroom, 914 E. Jefferson St., Seattle. Sponsored by Town Hall Seattle. $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
‘James and the Giant Peach’
The beloved Roald Dahl story about an orphaned boy who finds the true meaning of family — with the help of a little magic — is the Seattle Children’s Theatre’s holiday offering, complete with an “exciting musical score, sophisticated set design, dazzling costumes and remarkable puppetry.” Friday-Jan. 12, SCT, Seattle Center; $25-$39 (206-441-3322 or sct.org).
‘Red Light Winter,’ ‘25 Saints’
Seattle troupe Azeotrope presents two shows in repertory, both riffing on the idea of isolationism and “people who are willfully or carelessly neglected by society.” Joshua Rollins’ “Saints” (through Nov. 24) lays bare the cruelty and misery of methamphetamine in rural America; “Winter,” by Adam Rapp, is a love triangle that haunts college buddies long after the glow of Amsterdam’s famous district has worn off (through Nov. 23). ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; tickets for each start at $30 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
Thalia opens its 65th season with a program including Berlioz and Shostakovich, titled “Struggle and Triumph.” Guest pianist will be Anastasia Solomatina, on Saint-Saëns’ popular Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor. Michael Miropolsky will conduct; 2 p.m. today (Nov. 17), Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $13-$18 (800-838-3006 or thaliasymphony.org).
The dapper, Paris-based foursome has amassed acclaim in its 10 years together, as well as a lot of mileage traveling the globe. MQ will perform Arriaga’s String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major; Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135; and Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 10; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $34-$39 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org).
You have two more weeks to catch the terrific “Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies” on Seattle film lore, curated by local film critic Robert Horton. This information-packed exhibit explores the way that Seattleites have watched movies and how the city has figured on the silver screen since the 1890s; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Dec. 1. Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$14; (206-324-1126 or mohai.org
The Northwest Coast Native artist’s vibrantly colored and highly appreciated works are being celebrated in two venues in Seattle: at Stonington Gallery, through Nov. 26, “Thinking Abstract: A Solo Exhibition”; and at Seattle Art Museum through Feb. 16, “Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse.” Stonington is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 125 South Jackson St.; (866-405-4040 or stoningtongallery.com); SAM is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 1300 First Ave.; $12.50-19.50 (206-654-3100 or ).
Another chance to see a variety of works by a regional master: Woodside/Braseth Gallery presents rare selections of Horiuchi’s watercolors from the 1920s and ’30s as well as his more widely recognized collage paintings, created from 1963-93; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 5, 2101 Ninth Ave. Seattle; (206-622-7243 or woodsidebrasethgallery.com).