‘A Place at the Table’
Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s moving documentary about hunger in the U.S. will haunt you long after the film is over. While using shocking statistics and facts, it wisely focuses on people, leaving you angry at how a country so rich could let so many fall through the cracks. Now playing at the Varsity. For showtimes, go to H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdconald’s 3½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
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This new reality show follows a “life consultant,” a psychologist and a “relationship therapist” in the Los Angeles area. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday on Bravo.
This competition series featuring mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, and host Louise Roe, is back for a second season. 8 p.m. Friday on NBC.
Pyramid Alehouse sampler
Pyramid Alehouse offers unlimited samples of 10 new beers for $20. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association. 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, 1201 First Ave. S., Seattle (www.pyramidheartmonth.eventbrite.com).
Toss Like a Boss
Who’s the best pizza tosser in town? Ballard Pizza Company holds a pizza-dough tossing contest to coronate the master tosser. Competitors will be judged on speed, style, height of their toss and best looking pie. Proceeds go to charity of winner’s choice. Noon-3 p.m. March 10, 5107 Ballard Ave. NW., Seattle; $20 suggested donation for pizza/salad (206-659-6033 or www.ballardpizzacompany.com).
Seattle Japanese Garden First Viewing
Celebrate the seasonal opening of the 3.5-acre formal garden today (March 3) with traditional Shinto blessing at noon, drop-in calligraphy workshop, 1-3 p.m.; garden open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., admission $5-$10. Hours through March are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-684-4725 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show
Competition in conformation, agility, rally and obedience, performance events, plus vendors, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and March 10, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $7-$14 (www.seattlekennelclub.org).
Seattle Bike Expo
Cascade Bicycle Club event featuring 250 exhibits, activities and vendors, food court, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Seattle; $10, ages 16 and younger free (shop.cascade.org/content/events/expo).
Some folks have compared Alabama Shakes lead vocalist Brittany Howard to Janis Joplin. She’s certainly a powerhouse. Part rock, part punk and part soul, but with none of the traditional Southern guitar rock one might expect, the band started out as the Shakes, but added Alabama when they found out the name was taken. 7 p.m. Sunday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $28.75 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
What’s left, after you sing your hit at the presidential inauguration and the national anthem at the Super Bowl? Well, there’s always the rest of the world, says R&B star Alicia Keys, who brings her “Set the World On Fire” show to Seattle this month. Celebrating the November release of her album, “Girl on Fire,” with its explosive title track, Keys is on the road with up-and-coming soul singer Miguel. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $46.50-$107 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
Author discusses his 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” and “Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $5-$70 (206-621-2230 or www.lectures.org).
Seattle Repertory Theatre
David Saint directs David Lindsay-Abaire’s much-produced “Good People,” about a single mother trying to claw her way up in our hard economic times. Friday-March 31, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $12-$65 (206-443-2222 or www.seattlerep.org).
The 25-year-old Georgian pianist makes her Seattle debut with a program that will include Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 (“Funeral March”), Ravel’s La Valse and the Schubert/Liszt Three Lieder. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$39 (206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org).
Seattle Choral Company
The company marks the Lenten season with “Quaresima Italiana: An Italian Lent.” The program will “take the audience on a journey through Italian musical history,” beginning with a 13th-century Gregorian chant and concluding with a 20th-century requiem Mass. The Saturday concert has been canceled, but there’s another chance at 8 p.m. March 16, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $10-$27 (800-838-3006 or www.seattlechoralcompany.org).
The Tudor Choir
Candlelight and contemplation are the themes of the choir’s “The Tudors: A Lenten Musical Journey through 16th-century England,” which will include works by Robert White, Thomas Tallis and John Sheppard, and a setting of Stabat mater dolorosa by John Browne. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $20-$30 (206-323-9415 or www.tudorchoir.org).
Seattle Art Museum’s standing-room-only quarterly party returns to celebrate the current exhibitions, “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” and “European Masters: The Treasures of Seattle.” This time around, expect dancing and DJs; performances by The Atomic Bombshells, Seattle Shakespeare Company and Baroque musicians Linda Tsatsanis and Nathan Whittaker; Highly Opinionated Tours; and crafting, including drawing live models, designing wigs and fashioning a “pictorial pin.” 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle, $12-$25; first 50 at the door wearing feathers get in free (206-654-3121 or www.seattleartmuseum.org/remix).
Museum of Flight
Paintings and drawings depicting the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots, are now on view at Museum of Flight through May 12. “Red Tails, Silver Wings: Paintings of Tuskegee Airmen” comprises 28 paintings and 15 drawings by Chris Hopkins, a commercial illustrator and artist based in the Northwest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).