The week of Oct. 25 welcomes pianist Alexander Melnikov, Dia de Muertos, an exhibit of PNW artist Jay Steensma and at Seattle Opera, “The Pearl Fishers.”

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‘Extraordinary Tales’

Just in time for Halloween comes this singular tribute to Edgar Allan Poe from veteran animator Raul Garcia (“Aladdin,” “The Lion King”). This anthology film gathers five shorts, all directed by Garcia and based on Poe’s stories about obsession, guilt, madness and torment. Each is visually inspired by a unique style and each involves vocal work from past and present artists in the horror genre. Now playing at the Grand Illusion.



Another superhero comes to TV screens with the arrival of Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist). 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, on CBS.

‘The Returned’

Season two of this creepy French zombie drama is the perfect choice for Halloween viewing. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, on Sundance.


Dia de Muertos

A Mexican celebration to remember the departed features performances, a community altar, rituals, and a musical procession. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Nov. 1, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar

You can sample from a wide swath or Scandinavian culture through food, gifts and a lecture lecture on holiday traditions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 1; Swedish pancake breakfast available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle (206-283-1090 or


Marina & the Diamonds

With her third album, “Froot,” infectious, sulty-voiced, Welsh-Greek alt-popster Marina Diamandis has turned to brighter themes — “I don’t wanna feel blue anymore,” she declares in the song, “Blue” — without losing her cartoonish sass — and wink. She’s still a serious customer, too, as the song “Savages,” about rape culture, makes clear. This should be an outstanding night, with Christine and the Queens — aka French singer Héloïse Letissier — opening and showcasing her haunting collaboration with Seattle’s Perfume Genius, “Jonathan.” 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $27.50-$30.00 (877-784-4849 or

Florence + The Machine

Lead singer Florence Welch will have no trouble filling the cavernous KeyArena with her warbling flame thrower of a voice and her pop star power surely will fill the seats, as well, with the band’s 2015 album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard album charts. But will she perform “Ship to Wreck” while wading in a pool of water, like she did on “Ellen” on TV? 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at KeyArena, 305 Harriston St., Seattle; $20-$70 (206-684-7200 or


‘Buyer and Cellar’

An unemployed actor scores an underling job with superstar Barbra Streisand, in Jonathan Tolins’ Off Broadway one-man comedy about Hollywood haves and have-nots. Directed at Seattle Rep by David Bennett. Opens Wednesday, Oct. 28 and runs through Nov. 22. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Leo K. Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $16-$57 (206-443-2222 or


Seattle Symphony Orchestra: Alexander Melnikov

The pianist, who has recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin, plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in one program (along with Stravinsky and Mozart) and Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor (which, he told The Seattle Times, was the first piece of music that really moved him as a child) in another. Beethoven performance 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Shostakovich performance 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $21-$121 (206-215-4747 or

‘The Pearl Fishers’

Bizet’s early opera about two close friends in love with the same woman on the island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) features powerful, rich singers in both the “gold” and “silver” casts. Through Saturday, Oct. 31, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $25-$220 (206-389-7676 or

Seattle Symphony Orchestra: ‘Psycho’

For the third time, Seattle Symphony Orchestra will screen “Psycho” and play the score live, including some bits composer Bernard Herrmann had written but Alfred Hitchcock vetoed. 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $31-$112 (206-215-4747 or


Jay Steensma

Northwest School acolyte Steensma populated his paintings and prints with cheerful birds, fish, houses, and also some less-chipper images of snakes and clouds. All capture the allure of work by Mark Tobey and Guy Anderson but in Steensma’s singular style. Sisko Gallery, 3126 Elliott Ave., Seattle; (206-283-2998 or

‘Art AIDS America’

After nearly a decade of work, curator Rock Hushka and queer-studies art scholar Jonathan David Katz have assembled a powerful and moving show of art that traces cultural responses to the AIDS crisis. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $12-$14 (253-272-4258 or

‘Balls Deep: My Year in Florida’

Clyde Petersen, the filmmaker who’s also directed videos for musicians such as Kimya Dawson and the Thermals, has his first solo show — drawings, photographs, and paintings about queer, punk, and youth culture in Florida. By appointment at Martyr Sauce, 122 S. Washington St., Seattle (206-624-0495 or