‘The Selfish Giant’
Clio Barnard’s tragic drama depicts a world inhospitable to children. It’s a sad, tough sit — but worth seeing for its gritty honesty and strong cast, particularly Conner Chapman as a boy in his early teens who begins collecting metal for a local scrap dealer (Sean Gilder), the selfish giant of the title. Now playing at Northwest Film Forum, through Thursday, Jan. 23. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star movie review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
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The Discovery channel’s first scripted miniseries, based on Charlotte Gray’s novel “Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike,” follows two childhood friends as they try to survive in the 1890s Yukon Territory. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, on Discovery.
This new comedy, from producer Amy Poehler, stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as two twenty-something friends in New York City. Series premiere, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, on Comedy Central.
A new comedy/drama, based on an Australian series, follows the life of a criminal defense lawyer (played by Greg Kinnear). Series premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, on Fox.
Murray Stenson farewell
Come check out legendary barman Murray Stenson at Il Bistro before he leaves this historic bar. Stenson, the city’s most famous bartender, will work his last shifts the next two Sunday and Monday nights — Jan. 19, 20, and 26, 27, at Il Bistro, 93 Pike St., Seattle; (206-682-3049 or ilbistro.net).
It’s time to start thinking about baseball! Meet Mariners players and staff, tour the clubhouse, ride the Safeco Field zip line, throw a pitch in the bullpen, run around the bases, shop at the Mariners Care garage sale and get the lowdown on new Mariners superstar Robinson Cano, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle; $10, ages 10 and younger free (seattle.mariners.mlb.com).
Seattle Boat Show
There will be more than 1,000 recreational watercraft at the annual show. There’ll be seminars and vendors indoors at CenturyLink Field and afloat on South Lake Union Friday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 2. CenturyLink hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 2; outdoor hours are 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Chandlers Cove, South Lake Union, Seattle; $5-$12, ages 10 and younger free (seattleboatshow.com).
Author, lead singer of the Decemberists, cover artist with the good sense to sing songs by Sam Cooke and the Kinks, the full-throated polymath Colin Meloy appears solo, accompanying himself on guitar at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $30 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Metal meets electronic dance music in the person of Kelowna, B.C., DJ Jeff Abel, better known as Excision. His current tour features his “Executioner” video and light production and a mind-numbing, 150,000-watt bass system. 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $35-$40 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
William Stafford Centenial Poetry Reading
Several Seattle-based poets, including Kathleen Flenniken, Elizabeth Austen, Rebecca Hoogs and David Wheeler, celebrate the work of the late William Stafford. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
Village Theatre stages Larry Shue’s comedy about the discoveries one man, in search of a quiet vacation, makes when he pretends to be unable to speak English. Brian Yorkey directs. Thursday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, March 2, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah; $30-$65 (425-392-2202 or villagetheatre.org). (Opens Friday, March 7, in Everett.)
Seattle Symphony: ‘Prokofiev, Haydn & Mozart’
The highlight of this program may be Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a work of marvelous rhythmic vigor and madcap invention in its outer movements. But there are other goodies on offer too: Prokofiev’s popular Classical Symphony, Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”). Marcelo Lehninger is guest conductor and French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is the soloist. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Auburn Symphony Orchestra
The ASO’s chamber series continues with “A Tale of Two Composers,” featuring The Suite from “A Soldier’s Tale” by Stravinsky and Bartok’s “Contrasts” (commissioned by Benny Goodman). Playing the works will be ASO concertmaster Brittany Boulding, violin; Denise Lum, clarinet; and Tanya Stambuk, piano. 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn; $10-$17 (253-887-7777 or auburnsymphony.org).
‘Usually Beauty Fails’
Montreal choreographer Frédérick Gravel and his new dance troupe/rock band ensemble, Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup, come to On the Boards with a show that’s being billed as “an old-school OtB performance featuring nudity, a great band, hot dancers and a genuine energy exchange between performers and audience.” 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 26, On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., Seattle; $12-$25 (206-217-9888 or ontheboards.org).
George Kinkade’s day job during the 1930s and ’40s was typesetting for the Auburn Globe newspaper. On his off hours, he was a wilderness photographer, hiking to ice caves, glaciers and other remote places — many no longer open to visitors. The White River Valley Museum received Kinkade’s archive of nearly 400 images and is displaying the ones Kinkade selected himself for display in contests and exhibits, and others that were published in the Photographic Society of America Journal. See them in person noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through Sunday, June 1, 918 H St., Auburn; $2-$5 (253-288-7433 or wrvmuseum.org).