Here’s what to look out for as this week starts: authors, the symphony, the visual arts and plenty of musicians (including both jazz and Russian punk).

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‘Son of Saul’

This Oscar nominee takes us into the heart of the Holocaust. The story is told through the eyes of inmate Saul Ausländer, played by Géza Röhrig, whose performance is an extraordinary feat of minimalism. Now playing at the Seven Gables. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Soren Andersen’s four-star review, go to


‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’

The former “Daily Show” correspondent takes on the news in her own show. Series premiere, 10:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, on TBS.

‘The Amazing Race’

The 28th season of this reality race is here, featuring 11 new teams. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, on CBS.


Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with traditional dragon and lion dances, Taiko drumming, and other activities, including a children’s parade and costume contest and $3 food at local restaurants. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, Hing Hay Park, Maynard Avenue South and South King Street, Seattle (


Pussy Riot conversation and screening

Maria Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago of the Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, which stood up to Vladimir Putin and got jail time, screen and discuss the film “Pussy v. Putin.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $32.50 (877-784-4849 or

Branford Marsalis

One of the world’s leading tenor and soprano saxophone players visits with his quartet, whose most recent album is “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.” Marsalis and his brother Wynton took the jazz world by storm in the early 1980s when they were still teenagers and Branford went on to host the band on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for many years. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $55-$65 (206-215-4747 or

Brad Paisley

The superstar who has crossed beach-bum hedonism with truck-drivin’ bro country brings his “Crushin’ It” tour to town. A formidable guitar player and songwriter, the three-time Grammy winner has released 10 albums, all of which have gone gold. Eric Paslay and Cam open the show. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $29.75-$65 (800-745-3000 or


Passing the Laurel: Washington State Poet Laureate

Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen will “pass the laurel” to Tod Marshall, the 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate, author of “Bugle.” Marshall, Austen and other Northwest poets will hold readings, and you can count on some surprise guests. It will all be emceed by former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 9, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; free (206-322-7030 or

Dana Simpson

The author and illustrator of the graphic novel “Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure” is presented with a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award by members of Elliott Bay’s Underground Book Club for readers in grades 6-12. 6:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 11, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or



Solo performer Erin Pike has hit on a fascinating, perpetual-motion concept — make a show using only female dialogue from the most-produced plays in America in the past season. The result is a stark, absurdist, tragicomic illustration of how paltry roles for women still are. We haven’t come a long way, baby. 8 p.m. Sunday Feb. 7, Gay City Theater, 517 E Pike St., Seattle; $15 for “dudes,” $20 for “non-dudes” (800-838-3006 or


Seattle Symphony

The orchestra’s next entry in the Masterworks season lives up to its name: The program includes Charles Ives’ “Three Places in New England”; Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major; and Beethoven’s heroic-on-so-many-levels Symphony No. 3, aka “Eroica.” Jean-Efflam Bavouzet will do the piano honors on the Bartok. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $21 (206-215-4747 or


Georgetown Art Attack

This month, the second-Saturday event not only celebrates the neighborhood and its artists, but a new mural behind Northwest Printers Supply, 6521 Fifth Ave. S. The mural, by John Romero (Eastern Shoshone) in collaboration with his son, Joe, shows rivers that used to drain into the Duwamish. The mural party will be 4 p.m. until darkness falls Saturday, Feb. 13, in conjunction with the Art Attack. (