The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes the films "How to Survive a Plague" and "Middle of Nowhere"; a Dia de Muertos celebration at Seattle Center; Jimmy Buffet at KeyArena; and the Seattle Butoh Festival.
‘How to Survive a Plague’
David France’s affecting documentary on the history of AIDS activism makes the most vivid impression as a carefully researched chronological procession of disaster, beginning with “year 6″ (1981). Now playing at the Egyptian. For showtimes, see Page H7. For John Hartl’s 3 1/2-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
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Ava DuVernay’s quietly masterful drama of heartbreak — and mending — follows a Los Angeles nurse (Emayatzy Corinealdi) as she faces life alone while her husband (Omari Hardwick) serves an eight-year prison sentence. Now playing at AMC Southcenter. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3 1/2-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Those fast-talking (and very funny) thirty-something Chicago friends are back for more a-mah-zing adventures. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.
Next Fifty Closing Day
Sunday is the final day of the Seattle Center’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, with all sorts of hoopla — and all of it’s free, except food. The highlights: exhibits (many from private collectors), 10.a.m.-5.p.m., International Fountain Pavilion; mobile food trucks and carts, noon-6.p.m.; closing ceremony, 1:30 p.m., Fisher Pavilion; Seattle Symphony Concert, 2-3 p.m., Fisher Pavilion. There’s more on the website (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Thrill the World
The annual attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous “Thriller” dance is at noon Saturday in Westlake Park, free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video (www.seattlethrillers.com).
Parrotheads rejoice! (“Rejoice!” OK, that’s enough.) After an absence of nearly a decade, the tropical troubadour and his Coral Reefer Band play Seattle on the “Lounging at the Lagoon” tour. 8 p.m. Tuesday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $36-$136 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
This Israeli reed player, who appears in Seattle as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, is one of the freshest new voices in jazz, particularly on clarinet (see her album “Claroscuro”). 8 p.m. Wednesday, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College, 710 E. Roy, Seattle; $9-$18 (206-547-6763 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Playwright Robert Koon reworks a Nordic myth in this tree-centric tale, also a West Coast premiere and the first fully staged production by Mirror Stage since 2003. Suzanne M. Cohen directs. Community forums follow all Sunday matinees at 4:30 p.m. through the run. Wednesday-Nov. 11, Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10-$25 (206-686-1280 or www.mirrorstage.org).
Seattle Pro Musica
Current members and alumni team up to celebrate the award-winning group’s 40th year in a concert including works by Hogan, Brahms, Monteverdi and music director/conductor Karen P. Thomas. 3 p.m. today, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 6th Ave, Seattle; $15 (206-781-2766 or seattlepromusica.org).
Seattle Symphony launches its second annual salute to local musical innovators with a concert of world-premiere compositions inspired by Alice in Chains, Blue Scholars and Yes. Guests include Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs and Alan White. 8 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$51 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Seattle Butoh Festival
This celebration of the Japanese postwar dance style that has found adherents around the globe kicks off Monday, with artist talks and workshops during the week, and performances on Friday and Saturday. Guest artists include SU-EN from Sweden and Atsushi Takenouchi from Japan. Local butoh stars taking part include Sheri Brown, Helen Thorsen and Joan Laage. Performances 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., Seattle; $15-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
The provocative art critic comes to town to discuss her new book “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars.” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
A Who’s Who of local art-scene movers and shakers is behind this 14-week “happening” at the Frye Museum, which encompasses “visual art, performance, production, commissioned artworks, music, dance, literary events, design and arts-engagement programs” both at the museum and off-site. Think of what Jherek Bischoff, The Black Constellation (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes), Samantha Boshnack, Evan Flory-Barnes, The People’s Grand Opera, and zoe | juniper could come up with, and you’ll get an idea. Or maybe you’ll just have to go see for yourself. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 20, 2013, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free (206-622-9250 or www.fryemuseum.org).