‘A Touch of Sin’
A tale of lives rocked by violence in China, Jia Zhang-ke’s “A Touch of Sin” has the urgency of a screaming headline, but one inscribed with visual lyricism, emotional weight and a belief in individual rights. Now playing at Northwest Film Forum. In Mandarin, with English subtitles. For showtimes, see Page H7. For a New York Times review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
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The great drama starring Timothy Olyphant as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens begins its fifth season at 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX.
This new police drama from executive producer Dick Wolf (the man behind the many incarnations of “Law & Order”) stars Jason Beghe. It premieres 10 p.m. Wednesday on NBC.
Tini Bigs’ big day
Rain or shine or snowstorm, Tini Bigs stays open. This Queen Anne bar celebrates 6,247 consecutive days of business on Thursday by offering discounts — $6.24 on all food and drinks — from 4 to 10 p.m. At 100 Denny Way (206-284-0931 or tinibigs.com).
Telegraph at Brouwer’s
The beer mecca Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont will feature a special lineup of craft beer from Santa Barbara’s Telegraph Brewing Co. Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. 400 N. 35th St. (206 267-2437 or brouwerscafe.com).
Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena
The open-air ice rink in Bellevue Downtown Park stays open through Jan. 12 for budding Olympians and wintertime fun-seekers. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 5; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 6-7; 1-9 p.m. Jan. 8; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 9; 3-11 p.m. Jan. 10; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 11; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 12, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St.; The $12 admission (or $8 for ages 6 and younger) includes skate rental; $9 if you bring your own skates (magicseason.com).
Snoqualmie Pass snowshoe walks
Learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife and safety on a 90-minute, one-mile snowshoe trek through old-growth forest. Walks begin at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; extended half-day hikes go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through March. At the U.S. Forest Service Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center; reservations required; suggested donation $15 for adults, $10 for ages 16 and younger; $25 for the half-day hikes (425-434-6111 or fs.usda.gov/mbs).
The burly, bearded singer/guitarist who exited NBC’s “The Voice” back in November is still busy — he’s spreading his folk-rock sound on a West Coast tour. See him at 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $12-$25 (
The award-winning Latin American scholar will read from the volume he edited of Pablo Neruda’s work, “All the Odes,” a bilingual compendium of 225 of the Chilean poet’s odes. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.com).
‘14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival’
Good thing Seattle is Coffee City — “14/48” participants are going to need lots of joe. In this two-weekend festival, Seattle theater artists write, design, score, rehearse and perform 14 world-premiere plays in a mere 48 hours, with casts and musicians selected at random. Friday-Saturday and Jan. 17-18, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $10-$25 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
Seattle Shakespeare Company artistic director George Mount plays the title role and Rosa Joshi directs the Bard’s historical drama tracing the arrogant rise and fatal fall of the doomed monarch. Previews Tuesday-Thursday, runs Friday-Feb. 2, Center Theatre at Seattle Center; $25-$48 (206-733-8222 or seattleshakespeare.org).
‘Igudesman & Joo: BIG Nightmare Music’
Fresh off their appearance with the New York Philharmonic, classical cutups Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo make their debut with the Seattle Symphony this week. (They appeared at Town Hall Seattle last year.) Expect Riverdancing violinists and a high-speed mashup of classics from bewildered players, among other non-stuffy fun. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Hubbell is an artist, author and sculptor, but many local bird-lovers know him from his nature blog, Union Bay Watch. He has introduced readers to Eddie the Eagle, Elvis the woodpecker and the heron known as The Dragon Master — reminding us all the while that our relationship with birds is a two-way affair. His first solo exhibition of photographs, “Birds Watching,” runs through Feb. 15 at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, in the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, until 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, until 3 p.m. Saturdays. (206-543-0415 or http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib).