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‘Captain Phillips’

This gripping thriller, featuring a stellar performance by Tom Hanks, recreates those terrible days at sea when Somali pirates hijacked a container ship in 2009. Director Paul Greengrass films it in his now-trademark fashion: utterly real, almost unbearably tense. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H8. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3 ½-star review, go to


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‘The Biggest Loser’

The weight-loss competition series returns for a 15th season with singer Ruben Studdard and weight lifter Holley Mangold as contestants. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.

‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’

Season two of this parody reality series starring Kevin Hart comes to BET at 10 p.m. Tuesday.


This new series follows a teenage Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane) as she arrives in France and her rise to power. Series premiere, 8 p.m. Thursday on the CW.


Mixologists at Liberty

Some of the best mixologists from L.A. will compete at Liberty on Thursday in the “Battle of the Sexes,” mixing cocktails behind the bar from 7 p.m. to closing. Drink specials $5 and up during the competition. 517 15th Ave. E., Seattle; (

3 Howls launch party

The new Seattle distillery 3 Howls throws a launch party Thursday to introduce its line of gin and vodka. Expect lots of discounted cocktails; 6:30 p.m. to close. It’ll be at The Upstairs bar in Belltown, 2209 Second Ave. (


Wild Mushroom Show

The Puget Sound Mycological Society’s annual gathering salutes the fungus among us with displays, cooking demos and tastings, lectures, bring mushrooms to be identified; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 13), Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5-$10 (

Best of the Northwest

The huge annual arts-and-crafts show and sale features work by 100 artists. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Oct. 20, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $6 (206-525-5926 or


Bonnie Raitt

With her 2012 Grammy-winning album “Slipstream” behind her and a recently released career retrospective, “Now and Then,” full-throated blues-plus singer Raitt stops in Seattle as part of a 40-date tour. 8 p.m. Sunday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $50.50-$104.50 (206-215-4747 or

Kanye West

Rap’s genius high priest — and if you doubt that status, just ask him, he’ll confirm it — kicks off his “Yeezus” tour in Seattle, promoting his much-heralded new album of the same name. 8 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $33.50-$171 (800-745-3000 or

Seattle Women’s Chorus

The chorus will dish out spooky songs and eerie atmosphere in “Hallows in the Cathedral,” featuring such seasonal numbers as “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “Monster Mash” and Bach’s “Come Soothing Death.” 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 25; and 2 p.m. Oct. 26, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle; $25-$45 (206-388-1400 or


Graeme Simsion

This Australian author has a hit on his hands with “The Rosie Project,” the story of a genetics professor with Asperger’s syndrome who decides to use scientific methods to find the perfect wife. Rights have been sold in 38 countries, and The Washington Post called it “a classic romantic comedy.” 7 p.m. Monday, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or


‘The Walworth Farce’

Enda Walsh’s play is set in a London apartment populated by two brothers and their overbearing father, who spend each day acting out a bizarre play — until a stranger arrives and upends it all. Through Oct. 27, a New Century Theatre Company production at New City Theater, 1404 18th Ave., Seattle; $20-$30 (206-661-8223 or

‘Carrie, the musical’

The tale of a telekinetically gifted girl and her crazed, abusive mother is now a musical, being staged by adventurous Balagan Theatre. Broadway veteran Alice Ripley stars. Through Oct. 26, the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $17.50-$50 (877-784-4849 or


Auburn Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky’s emotional, surging Fourth Symphony is the linchpin of the ASO program “The Triumph of Tchaikovsky.” There’s a set of Beethoven, too: the Piano Concerto No. 4, with guest soloist Mark Salman and the Coriolan Overture. 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 13), Auburn Performing Arts Center, 206 E. St. NE, Auburn; $10-$34 (253-887-7777 or

Seattle Symphony

New associate conductor Stilian Kirov leads a “Mainly Mozart” program of the Austrian’s Symphony No. 29, Divertimento for Strings in D major, and Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165. Spotlighted performers will be violist Susan Gulkis Assadi, double bassist Jordan Anderson and soprano Maria Mannisto. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or


‘Leonardo’s Notebooks’

Popular art historian Rebecca Albiani presents a new season of lectures, exploring masterpieces in world art. Her next talk investigates da Vinci’s notebooks, in which the artist/inventor displayed his incredible curiosity and intellect with both writings and drawings. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday, reception follows Thursday night talk, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; $10-$16 (206-622-9250 or

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