Not since 2001’s “Black Hawk Down” has the bloody chaos of war been so graphically portrayed in a Hollywood feature as it is in filmmaker Peter Berg’s account of a doomed mission carried out in Afghanistan by four Navy SEALs (played by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster). Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Soren Andersen’s three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
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This funny animated spy comedy begins its fifth season at 10 p.m. Monday on FX.
Another great sitcom (this one about the weirdness of suburbia) returns for a new season at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.
A Novo Fogo cocktail throwdown featuring mixologists from Bellevue and Seattle will be held at Café Cesura, 1015 108th Ave. N.E., in Bellevue, Sunday at 6 p.m., follow by an after-party across the street at Bar Code, 1020 108th Ave N.E., from 8-10 p.m. Expect lots of cheap cocktails. More info at Bar Code (425-455-4278 or barcodebellevue.com).
NPR correspondent Michele Norris discusses “The Race Card Project” — people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one six-word sentence — from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle. The free event, hosted by Seattle Community Colleges (seattlecolleges.edu/mlk), also features local broadcast journalist Tonya Mosley (NPR’s “Black in Seattle”).
Not exactly a sweep for the ex-Mouseketeer, but hey, when you turn in an impressive performance in a Coen Brothers film (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), snag seven Grammy nominations (in various categories, for “Mirrors,” “Suit & Tie,” “The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience,” “Pusher Love Girl” and “Holy Grail”) and produce a No. 1, platinum follow-up album (“The 20/20 Experience”), even a so-so year for JT is a monumental one for a normal human being. 8 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle Center; $45-$175 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Hard to believe these East L.A. Latino roots rockers have been around 40 years, but they slogged it out for a decade before hitting in 1984 with “How Will the Wolf Survive?” The band, which includes Portland sax man Steve Berlin, celebrates its 40th anniversary with three Seattle shows. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $65-$80 (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net).
Russell, one of the most innovative writers working today, now has a MacArthur “genius” grant to help her on her way. Hear her discuss her short-story collection, “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” just out in paperback. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
The author of numerous hilarious/tragic novels (“Absurdistan,” “Super Sad True Love Story”) discusses his new memoir “Little Failure.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $30 admission for two people includes one book (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
This English author has published a compelling study of several great American writers — John Cheever, Raymond Carver and F. Scott Fitzgerald among them — and their relationship with alcohol. She discusses “The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com). Reviewed in Monday’s Seattle Times.
Jet City Improv heralds the return of the wildly popular television show “Downton Abbey” with its own tribute, “Upside Downton.” Just eight actors play every role above and below stairs, weaving together stories based on suggestions from the audience. Would the Dowager Countess approve? Through Feb. 14, 5510 University Way N.E., Seattle; $12-$15 (206-352-8291 or jetcityimprov.com).
‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’
This hit British musical inspired by the long-running American TV talk show hosted by Springer is reportedly profanity-laced and wildly audacious, but has also been praised for its inventive theatricality, score and its daring in co-opting an aspect of the American cultural sensibility that most “serious” stage artists wouldn’t touch. Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group are introducing it to Seattle. Through Jan. 26, Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $35 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org)
Seattle Symphony: Tchaikfest!
The SSO and guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto present all four of Tchaikovsky’s concertos (and his Polonaise from Act 3 of “Eugene Onegin” on Night Two) over two nights, with help from guest pianists Boris Giltburg and Alexander Lubyantsev and violinist Mayuko Kamio. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
A Far Cry
This Boston-based self-conducted orchestra of 17 string musicians makes its Seattle debut with a program that includes a string-orchestra transcription of Dvořák’s String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, plus works by Ives, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and Kip Jones. Jones’ “Three Views of a Mountain,” a brisk lyrical-minimalist suite for strings featuring violinist Jones and double-bass player Karl Doty as guest soloists, promises to be a highlight. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $34-$39 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org
Seattle audiences snap to attention when Ohlsson comes to town, and this, his 15th appearance in the UW President’s Piano Series, with be snapworthy: He plans a program of Beethoven’s Sonata in E Major; Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major; Chopin’s Sonata in B Minor; and selections from American composer Charles Griffes. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $41-$46 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org).
Olivier Wevers’ dance troupe’s latest program, “Instantly Bound,” includes two premieres: Wevers’ “Les Sylphides” (described as a “subversive take on the first non-narrative ballet”) and Spanish choreographer Juanjo Arques’ “Crossroad.”
Also on the program: an expanded version of Wevers’ “Instantly Bound,” a piece addressing school shootings and gun-control debate. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St., Seattle; $25-$30 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/528357
For anyone who missed “Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom” last summer at Bellevue Arts Museum, the ceramic artist’s new show, “Scrutiny,” at Davidson Galleries is a must-see. It includes many pieces from the BAM exhibit, plus a couple of playful new cats that look poised to create mayhem. Their titles: “Nekkos Catbox 13C” and “Nekkos Catbox 13E” (Warashina is nothing if not well organized). 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Feb. 1, Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-7684 or www.davidsongalleries.com).
Greg Kucera Gallery
Greg Kucera pays tribute to his mentor Francine Seders (whose Phinney Ridge gallery closed Dec. 24 after nearly 50 years in business) by hosting a sale of 42 works by the artists she represented. They include Jacob Lawrence, Michael Dailey, George Tsutakawa and more than two dozen other talents. All sales revenue goes to Seders, who will continue her work on a private basis. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Feb. 15, Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-0770 or www.gregkucera.com