The week of Feb. 15 brings cultural festivals, and great music and movies.

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2 Oscar nominees

“Leviathan,” a Russian drama loosely based on the Book of Job, and “Timbuktu,” a Mauritanian tale of Islamic militant rebels running roughshod over a Malian city, both received Academy Award nominations for best foreign language film and opened this week at Seattle-area theaters. “Leviathan” (R) is playing at Seven Gables and “Timbuktu” (not rated; for mature audiences) at Sundance Cinemas (21+). For showtimes, see Page H7. For John Hartl’s 3.5-star review of “Leviathan” and David Lewis’ 3.5-star review of “Timbuktu,” go to


‘Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life’

A musical tribute featuring performances by Chris Martin, Janelle Monáe, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran and Usher. 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, on CBS.

‘The Odd Couple’

Neil Simon’s tale of mismatched roommates Oscar Madison and Felix Unger is rebooted with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon in the leads. Series premiere, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, on CBS.


Lunar New Year Celebration

Cultural activities, food, games and entertainment such as lion and dragon dances, drumming, martial arts, and children’s costumes will be on tap, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (

Tet Festival

Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year with dancing, martial arts, visual arts, and education about the country’s history, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22, Seattle Center, (206-684-7200 or

Seattle Home Show

Check out hundreds of home and garden displays, seminars, the newest in building products and materials, arts and crafts and home decorating ideas, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, noon-6 p.m. Feb. 16-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 21-22, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle; $3-$12 (425-467-0960 or


Judy Collins

The inspiration for the Crosby, Stills & Nash masterpiece “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and the angelic voice that put Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on the map (not to mention Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a Wire”), Collins is a pillar of the folksinger-songwriter sensibility. Though her pearly polish never sat quite right with more rough-and-ready folkies, her classical poise and sheer good taste have never commanded anything less than admiration. 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle.; $45 (877-784-4849 or

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

This Birmingham, Ala.-spawned blue-eyed-soul septet features the vocals of Paul Janeway, whose possessed rasp and slow-motion body language uncannily recall Otis Redding, while coming across as utterly convincing. With Stax-style horn sustains (trumpet and trombone), churning Hammond B-3 organ and a rhythm section sweetly in the pocket, St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ first album, “Half the City” has made them a first-line fave on the festival circuit. The Seattle show is part of the Neptune Theatre’s “ Little Big Show” series, which raises money for local arts — in this instance, the Rain City Rock for Girls Camp. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle.; $15 (877-784-4849 or


‘The Explorers Club’

Taproot Theatre opens the 2015 season with Nell Benjamin’s period comedy about London Explorers Club members’ response when a woman is — heaven forbid! — nominated for membership. Through Feb. 28, Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-781-9707 or


Seattle Symphony

Fresh from a performance at Carnegie Hall, British harpsichordist and conductor Richard Egarr will take the stage with Seattle Symphony for two evenings of Bach’s Orchestral Suites 1-4. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $20 (206-215-4747 or

Northwest Sinfonietta

The NWS bids farewell to Christophe Chagnard, stepping down as music director after 24 years, in the same way it welcomed him: with a salute to Mozart. His first NWS concert in 1991 celebrated Mozart’s bicentennial. In this event, “the three divas” Kimberly Giordano, Kristin Vogel and Melina Pyron will perform selections from Mozart’s operas. After each of the weekend’s three performances, patrons are invited to a farewell party; the event will be free in Tacoma, and there will be a $25 charge in Seattle and Puyallup. Concerts are: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Benaroya Hall, Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Rialto Theater, Tacoma; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Pioneer Pavilion, Puyallup; $20-$55 (888-356-6040 or


‘Manga, Music & Japanese Fusions’

Centered on the Seattle Asian Art Museum exhibit “Live On: Mr’s Japanese Neo-Pop,” this art night brings together Shôjo expert Frenchy Lunning, art historian Melanie King and Seattle artist Maki Tamura to discuss “the touchy subject of girl imagery in Mr.’s work.” Seattle architect Rob Hutchison will also be on hand to discuss contemporary Japanese art and architecture. It’s all happening Friday, Feb. 20. Happy hour is 5:30-6:30 p.m.; cash bar all evening; complimentary small bites; Comfort Food will play globally infused music; program lasts until 9 p.m. SAAM, Volunteer Park, Seattle; $15 (206-654-3100 or