The week of Feb. 28 brings music, art, drama and tradition to our region.
Tobias Lindholm, who made the Oscar-nominated “A Hijacking” in 2012, is back with another Oscar-nominated Danish drama, which begins in Afghanistan, where a Danish commander is forced to make tough decisions. Will it win tonight? Danish films sometimes score in the best foreign-language category (“Babette’s Feast,” “Pelle the Conqueror,” “In a Better World”), and this one is timely, powerful and disturbing in its implications. Now playing at Guild 45th. For showtimes, see Page H9. For John Hartl’s full 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
The 10th edition of this popular singing competition premieres at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, on NBC.
Joan Allen, Zach Gilford and Rupert Graves star in this new drama about a politician’s son who returns home after disappearing for 10 years. 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, on ABC.
Seattle Japanese Garden
The garden opens for the season on Tuesday, March 1, and will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays in March. First Viewing and Official Garden Opening with Shinto blessing ceremony, tea, historic photo display is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-684-4725 or seattlejapanesegarden.org).
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They called her a one-hit wonder after the massive, fun summer of 2012 hit, “Call Me Maybe,” but they were wrong. Jepsen not only continues to score strong singles (“Good Time,” “I Really Like You”), she has become something of a critical darling, placing third in the Village Voice’s critics poll last year. 7:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25-$30 (206-628-3151 or showboxonline.com).
Lake Street Dive
If you are one of the 3,623,199 people who discovered this ridiculously charming band by way of its shot-on-a-sidewalk 2012 YouTube video, “I Want You Back,” you know that its fetching, somewhat whimsical mix of soul and pop is irresistible. With acoustic bass, slightly drawling, sexy lead vocals by Rachael Price (which recall Amy Winehouse, without the excess), well-wrought lyrics and surprise vocal harmonies that pop up like suddenly unshuttered windows, Lake Street Dive is a breath of fresh air. 8 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 3 at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $25 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
The science writer and author of “The Fever” discusses and signs her new book “Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
John Q. Smith and Teri Lazzara play Ulysses and Emma — a former English professor and his ex-wife, who meet for the first time in 20 years at the professor’s rundown trailer in small-town Colorado. Times critic Dusty Somers writes that this production of Sharr White’s script is rueful, but contains some “miniature comic jewels.” Through March 12 at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $18-$25 (206-257-2203 or theatre22.org).
ACT Theatre artistic director John Langs directs Stephen Sondheim’s 1990 musical about Americans who tried to kill the president — some succeeded, some didn’t — including John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and John Hinkley. This coproduction with the 5th Avenue Theatre stars Laura Griffith, Louis Hobson and other well-known, local musical-theater performers. Through May 8 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $20-$74 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
“What could make for better opera than a rivalry over power, religion and love between two dueling, fiery-voiced queens determined to top each other’s highflying insults?” writes Seattle Times critic Jason Victor Serinus. Gaetano Donizetti’s 1835 “Mary Stuart” makes its local debut at Seattle Opera, directed by Kevin Newbury. Through March 12 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $25-$274 (206-389-7676 or seattleopera.org).
‘Agitation and Propaganda: The Soviet Political Poster 1918-1929’
The Frye presents reproductions of early Soviet political posters that were originally created in a time of famine and civil crisis, then issued in the U.S. by Grove Press in 1967. The posters draw on a broad spectrum of aesthetic influences, from familiar Russian iconography to avant-garde artistic movements of the day. Through April 3 at Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free (206-622-9250 or fryemuseum.org).
‘Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture’
Architect Louis Kahn had a deep influence on designers who worked in and around “isms” — minimalism, brutalism, postmodernism — including I.M. Pei; Renzo Piano; Robert Venturi (best known to Seattleites as the creator of Seattle Art Museum’s original downtown home); and Frank Gehry (EMP Museum). A major retrospective, “Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture” is making its U.S. debut at Bellevue Arts Museum. Through May 1 at Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $5-$12 (425-519-0770 or bellevuearts.org).
‘Others Who Were Here’
In “Others Who Were Here,” Seattle artist Cris Bruch reflects on the Dust Bowl disappointments of his Midwest ancestors with a variety of sculptural objects — corrugated metal resembling a cyclone, a maze made from salvaged church windows, small grain silos and barns shrouded in white fabric and more. Through March 27 at Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free (206-622-9250 or fryemuseum.org).