The week of Feb. 8 brings musicians, authors, theater to region.

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‘Oscar-nominated Short Documentaries 2015’

All five films are worthy of the Academy Award nomination — and even worthy of being expanded to feature-length. Because of their longer running times, they’ve been divided into two programs requiring separate admission.

Program A includes “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” which focuses on suicide-prevention counselors; and “Joanna,” about a dying woman who urgently needs to leave a legacy to her precocious son. Program B is made up of the family drama “Our Curse”; “The Reaper,” about a sad-eyed executioner; and “White Earth,” set on the oil fields of North Dakota. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas (21+). For showtimes, see Page H6. For John Hartl’s 3.5-star review, go to


‘The Slap’

A eight-part “event series” that stars Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman and Zachary Quinto. Series premiere, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, on NBC.

‘The Graham Norton Show’

A great Valentine gift for fans of this British chat show, a new episode with guests Julianne Moore and Cuba Gooding Jr. 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, on BBC America.



Speed Rack, one of the winter’s biggest cocktail events, returns to the Century Ballroom on Sunday, Feb. 8, as 20 of the region’s top female bartenders compete for charity. Lots of cheap drinks and food; $20 in advance. $25 at the door. 2-6 p.m. 500 E. Pine St. 2-6 p.m. (search under Speed Rack).


Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Go smell the flowers, browse display gardens, and attend seminars, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 11-14 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 15, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $17-$22, $5 for ages 13-17, ages 12 and younger free; adult $10 half-day admission after 3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (253-756-2121 or

Seattle Home Show

See hundreds of home and garden displays, hear experts, and learn about the latest in building products and materials, and home decorating ideas. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 14-15, 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


Lucinda Williams

The hardscrabble queen of American blues/folk/rock, Williams is playing to support her latest record, the characteristically titled “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th Street, Seattle; $37.50 advance/ $40 day of show (877-784-4849 or

Meghan Trainor

The “All About That Bass” singer brings her brand of bubbly sass out on tour. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th Street, Seattle; $25/ $75 V. I. P (877-784-4849 or


Sheri Fink

Physician and journalist Sheri Fink is the author of the prizewinning book “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death at a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” a harrowing nonfiction account of what happened at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina. She discusses her book as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $15-$50 (206-621-2230 or

Matt Zoller Seitz

Seitz, a writer for New York magazine, got the best gig ever — writing about the making of the film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” He comes to Seattle to discuss his book, “The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a lushly illustrated book that combines interviews with Anderson and lead actor Ralph Fiennes, critical essays on the film and background on the sources that inspired it. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or


‘The Dog of the South’

Book-It presents its world-premiere adaptation of Charles Portis’ comic road-trip novel. It’s about a down-at-the-heels Southerner on the hunt for his missing wife and her lover, and for his blue Torino. Through March 8, Center House Theatre, lower level, Seattle Center; $25 (206-216-0833 or

Letters Aloud

Are you in need of some last-minute inspiration for Valentine’s Day? This live reading series might be able to help. In “With or Without You: Letters of Loving, Longing and Leaving,” local actors will read missives from Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Mozart, Virginia Woolf — even Slash. Paul Morgan Stetler is the curator/creator. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 12th Ave Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $20-$30 (800-838-3006 or


Northwest Baroque Masterworks

Early Music Guild, Early Music Vancouver and Early Music Society of the Islands present their first joint production: Handel’s “Theodora,” about the tragic love between a Christian martyr, Theodora, and Didymus, a Roman. A preconcert conversation is at 7 p.m. with EMG executive director Gus Denhard and conductor Alexander Weimann. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $20-$45 (206-325-7066 or

Seattle Symphony

Romeo and Juliet died young, but their story is timeless. The SSO will perform Berlioz’s “Romeo and Juliet,” with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and guest vocalists Kenneth Tarver, Patrick Bolleire and Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo just in time for Valentine’s Day. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets start at $20 (206-215-4747 or


Artifact Gallery

Newly established in Pioneer Square, Artifact’s first show includes works by Joe Shlichta, Hickory Mertsching, Robert Parks, and the pop artist Mr. Brainwash. Artifact isn’t just art — the mission statement declares that it “operates in harmony with American artisan movements to provide an accessible collective of bold visual arts and skillfully crafted utilitarian goods.” Noon-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 313 First Ave. S., Seattle (206-619-2122 or