The week of Oct. 11 also brings TurkFest, a snowmobile expo and “The Pearl Fishers” at Seattle Opera.
‘He Named Me Malala’
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim’s well-crafted and deeply affecting documentary digs below the iconography surrounding teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Shot in the head and gravely wounded by a Taliban assassin in her native Pakistan in 2012 when she was 15 years old, she not only survived but thrived, becoming a symbol of courage and commitment to the cause of education for girls around the world. Playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H9. For Soren Andersen’s full four-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
The TV adaptation of the theatrical film returns for a second season with a new crime case, set in 1979. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, on FX.
Rachel Bloom stars in this new comedy (with music!) about a New Yorker who moves to California in search of love. Series premiere, 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, on The CW.
Seattle Children’s Festival
A great time for kids 10 and younger — and their families, of course — with a performance by The Not-Its!, as well as other artists. There also will be a square dance with The Tallboys; storytelling and art activities — all of it indoors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Seattle Center; free (206-684-7300 or nwfolklife.org).
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“Trailblazers: The Makers of Modern Turkey” is the theme of this year’s fest, which features a bazaar, music and dance performances, lectures on ancient history, art displays and demonstrations, Turkish cuisine and children’s activities. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
Washington Snowmobile Expo
Everything snowmobile — but the snow — is available here with clothing, trailers, destinations, seminars, a swap meet, and vintage displays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $10, ages 11 and younger free (253-841-5045 or wssa.us).
They’re back, and sounding crisper than ever. That would be Chvrches, the Glasgow techno-pop trio composed of Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry, whose second album, “Every Open Eye,” debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard charts last month. Performing 364 shows in two years — including stops at Bonnaroo, Coachella, Sasquatch! and Lollapalooza, Chvrches continues to expand its audience, performing irresistible single “Clearest Blue,” which showcases the band’s not-so-secret weapons — silvery electronics, a thumping beat and Mayberry’s ingenuous yet haunting soprano. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $29.50 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
At 77, the soulful, spiritually infused saxophonist, flutist and composer, whose stunning 1966 album “Forest Flower” is one of the few jazz recordings to dent the general consciousness in the modern era, is heading into a phase when retrospectives are in order. Last year saw the release of an excellent documentary about his life and music, “Arrows Into Infinity,” which brims with rare black-and-white footage, as well as an amazing retrieval from 1965 New York, “Manhattan Stories.” This year brings a new book by critic Joe Woodard. Musically, however, Lloyd is not looking back. On this year’s “Wild Man Dance,” he improvised with Greek lyra and cimbalom players and will probably play material from that album on his Earshot Jazz Festival show, which features pianist Gerald Clayton, drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Reuben Rogers. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $13-$36 (206-547-6763 or earshot.org).
Robert Michael Pyle
The author of “Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land,” a prizewinning meditation on the natural history of the Willapa Hills of southwest Washington, discusses the 30th anniversary edition in conversation with writer David Guterson. 7 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 14, Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island; free (206-842-5332 or eagleharborbooks.com).
‘Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play’
This post-apocalyptic tale involves a handful of survivors who must use a shared history to rebuild society. That history seems to be centered on “The Simpsons,” more specifically, the “Cape Feare” episode. Is that so different from our pre-apocalyptic life? Oct. 16-Nov. 15, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$68 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
Seattle Opera: ‘The Pearl Fishers’
The basics: Two fishermen fall in love with the same priestess. They get over it, and vow never to let a woman come between them again. Guess what happens? Adding to the tale are fanciful costumes by renowned British designer Zandra Rhodes and the famous duet “Au fond du temple saint” (“At the back of the holy temple”). Oct. 17-31, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; tickets from $25 (206-389.-7676 or seattleopera.org).
NWS launches its new season with a new way of doing business: The orchestra is musician-governed, with a rotating cast of directors. First up is David Lockington, music director with the Modesto and Pasadena symphonies and Grand Rapids Symphony conductor laureate, who will preside over a program of Copland’s “Music for Theater,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, performed by guest Gabriela Martinez. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Nordstrom Recital Hall (Benaroya Hall), 200 University St., Seattle ; $20-$40 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org). A free chamber recital precedes the concert at 6 p.m. Note: Additional performances are Saturday in Tacoma and Sunday in Puyallup.
The eminent pianist presents a program called “The Last Sonatas,” which comprises exactly that: last-but-not-least pieces by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$112 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
“In both subject matter and technique, ‘Voyager’ is as probing and transcendent as its title suggests,” writes reviewer Michael Upchurch of mixed-media artist Eric Zener’s latest show. Zener’s acrobatic swimmers are dunked into seemingly limitless pools, ones that shimmer with a surprisingly natural — yet otherworldly at the same time — light. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 24, Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-622-2833 or fosterwhite.com).