The week of Jan. 31 brings music, mythic worlds, eagles and a lot more.
‘Kung Fu Panda 3’
One-liners fly as fast as kung fu fisticuffs in this gloriously colorful, very funny and, better yet, genuinely moving latest entry in the animated saga of the tubby panda Po. Now playing at several theaters. For more, catch Soren Andersen’s full 3.5-star review.
This beautifully acted drama follows a retired British couple (Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay), happily anticipating a party for their 45th anniversary until unexpected news arrives. “Writer/director Andrew Haigh knows that he has gold with the pairing of Rampling (who’s been nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film) and Courtenay, and his camera calmly watches as they tear our hearts in two,” says Moira Macdonald, who gave the film 4 stars. Screening at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’
This “limited series” looks back at the O.J. Simpson trial. It stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer and Courtney B. Vance. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, on FX.
Richard Dreyfuss portrays former investment adviser Bernie Madoff in this two-part TV movie. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, on ABC.
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Myth-inspired vendors, artists, authors and designers from a variety of mediums will gather for workshops on international folklore and legends, writing and art-making, traditional music and discussion of ancient-wisdom philosophies and practices. Costumes welcome. Noon-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7; Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport, SeaTac; $15/Feb. 5, $20/day Feb. 6-7, ages 12 and younger free; $95/passport for all events; $35-$45/Masquerade events (mythicworlds.net).
Arlington Stillaguamish Eagle Festival
With winter comes the return of eagles to the Stillaguamish River. To celebrate these special winter residents, Arlington hosts an annual Eagle Festival. The event includes guided tours, art and photography shows, speakers, demonstrations, live music, wagon rides, and other fun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 5-6, Arlington (360-403-3448 or arlingtonwa.gov).
Touring behind its 17th studio album, “Rock or Bust,” the durable Australian heavy metal band still has — ahem, the mettle — to brings fans to their feet. The group no longer features co-founder Malcolm Young, who left in 2014 after developing dementia. But his brother, lead guitarist Angus Young, will be on hand as will raspy-voiced lead singer Brian Johnson, Cliff William, Chris Salde and Steve Young, Malcolm Young’s nephew. AC/DC is one of rock’s most successful bands, with worldwide sales of more than 200 million records. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $75-$140 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
A dazzling star in the world-music firmament, guitarist/vocalist Aurelio Martinez hails from the north coast of Honduras, where he grew up in the Garifuna culture, an Afro-Caribbean cross that flourished when the Garifuna people were deported en masse by the British in 1896 from the island of St. Vincent. Heavily inflected by West African rhythms, Martinez’s paranda music has the buoyancy of highlife and the vocal repetitions of Cuban son. A disarmingly charming performer with a smile as big as his voice, Martinez has performed with Youssou N’Dour, served as the first black representative in the Honduras legislature and worked tirelessly to preserve his endangered culture from extinction. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 2-3, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $10 (206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com).
James N. Gregory
The University of Washington history professor and author of “The Southern Diaspora” discusses “Left Coast City: The History of a Political Reputation” as part of the UW history department’s lecture series. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 3, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $5-$12 depts.washington.edu/history/events/history-lecture-series).
A few years ago, Fumiko Ishioka, coordinator of a Holocaust museum in Tokyo, went on a quest to find the story behind a suitcase that belonged to a young girl named Hana. She eventually found her sad answer — Hana was sent to the death chambers in Auschwitz in 1944. Emil Sher’s play, originally written for Young People’s Theatre of Toronto, focuses on two young girls on a similar mission, searching to find out what happened to a girl like them during World War II. Through Feb. 7 at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Center; $22-$40 (206-441-3322 or sct.org).
Before Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 movie “The Birds,” there was the 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier of the same title, about an agricultural community attacked by flocks of suicidal seagulls and other winged creatures. In 2009, Irish playwright Conor McPherson wrote a stage adaptation of the story for four actors, now produced by Strawberry Theatre Workshop and starring Sarah Harlett, Shawn Belyea, Meme Garcia and Sean Nelson. Through Feb. 20, Strawberry Theatre Workshop at 12th Ave Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $36 (800-838-3006 or strawshop.org).
Two programs of interest coming up on the orchestra’s schedule: The annual “Celebrate Asia” concert, which this year will feature guest conductor Jindong Cai, pianist Charlie Albright and Xiaogang Ye’s “Starry Sky” for piano and orchestra, which premiered at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Post-concert, there will be taiko drumming and Bollywood dancers. It’s 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Also: The terrific pianist Yefim Bronfman will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Just as terrific: Grammy-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth will perform Berio’s kaleidoscopic “Sinfonia.” Tickets and info for both: 206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org.
Cris Bruch: ‘Others Who Were Here’
Sculptor and multimedia artist Cris Bruch visually investigates his Great Plains heritage with a series of sculptures based on objects the filled his ancestors’ lives, as well as photographs of what the region looks like now — a wooden harrow, a picture of a crumbling building, a small barn covered in a white shroud and other objects come together in a constellation of both marvel and mourning for farm communities of the past. Through March 27 at Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle; free (206-622-9250 or fryemuseum.org).