The week of Jan. 17 brings community events, music, art, and drama to the region.
From the mind of Charlie Kaufman comes this strange but affecting stop-motion animated movie about an ordinary guy (voiced by David Thewlis) who finds a soul mate (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The film casts a spell, immersing you in a world of muted sorrow and tentative hope. Now playing at the Guild 45th. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Soren Andersen’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
Hayley Atwell returns for a second season in this 1904s-set Marvel comic book adaptation. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, on ABC.
‘Legends of Tomorrow’
Another comic book adaptation. This one is set in 2166 and features characters from the DC universe. Series premiere, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, on The CW.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
All are invited to celebrate the goals of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of fighting for racial equality, economic justice, and peace. This year’s theme is “We Have the Power to Make Change.” Workshops, including several geared toward youth, will be held 9:30-10:50 a.m.; a rally with speakers, poetry, music, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; a march to Federal Building, downtown Seattle, 12:30 p.m.; outside rally at the Federal Building, about 1:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 (MLKSeattle.org).
Sherlock Seattle Mini-Convention
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A celebration of all things Sherlock Holmes, from the original stories to latest incarnations, with social and gaming spaces, guests, events and screenings, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 24, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle Central College; $20-$30 (sherlock-seattle.org).
Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono
Two giants of the ‘970s Hawaiian music renaissance join forces, two years after their first collaboration in 2014. Beamer published the first method book for Hawaiian slack-key guitar in 1973 and has been instrumental in spreading the word about traditional Hawaiian culture as a teacher and performer. Kapono, once part of the popular duo Cecilio & Kapono, pioneered the island hybrid of Hawaiian music and reggae known as Jawaiian and recorded one of the first protest songs of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, “Broken Promise.” His nostalgic 1978 album “Honolulu City Lights” is the best-selling recording in Hawaiian music history. Each artist will do a solo set then come together at the end. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $25-$35 (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net).
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
After a showstopping appearance at the Deck the Hall Ball last year, singer Nathaniel Rateliff returns to headline his own show at the Neptune Theatre. Rateliff & the Night Sweats deal soulful doses of sanctified, roadhouse rock, drenched with sinful confessions and jubilant triumphs. Riding a wave of popularity that kicked in with the release last August of an eponymous album on the storied Memphis soul label, Stax, Rateliff is sure to electrify the crowd. 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle.; $25 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Taylor, a University of Washington Professor Emeritus of history and authority on black migration to the Pacific Northwest, speaks as part of the UW Department of History Lecture Series. Author of “The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle’s Central District From 1870 through the Civil Rights Era” and “In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1900,” he will speak on “The Peopling of Seattle: Race, Migration and Immigration;” books available for sale. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 20, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; free (206-543-9198 or washington.edu/alumni/history).
Before the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, there was “The Birds” by Daphne du Maurier — a 1952 story about a British farming community under siege from flocks of suicide-bombing birds. In 2009, Irish playwright Conor McPherson (“The Seafarer”) adapted the story for Dublin’s Gate Theater. This production, by Strawberry Theatre Workshop, is directed by Greg Carter and stars Shawn Belyea, Meme Garcia-Cosgrove, Sarah Harlett and Sean Nelson. Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave, Seattle; $27-$36 (800-838-3006 or birds.brownpapertickets.com).
“Even now I curse the day … wherein I did not some notorious ill as kill a man, or else devise his death; ravish a maid, or plot the way to do it; accuse some innocent, and forswear myself; set deadly enmity between two friends; make poor men’s cattle break their necks; set fire on barns and haystacks in the night, and bid the owners quench them with their tears.” David Quicksall directs Shakespeare’s bloodiest, most gothic play, about a Roman general whose family is savaged by some prisoners of war who win the favor of the Emperor and use their unlikely power to wreak revenge. Through Feb. 7, Center Theater, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $35-$45 (206-733-8222 or seattleshakespeare.org).
‘The Marriage of Figaro’
Figaro plans to marry Susanna. Count Almaviva, their boss, has had his eye on her, too. Then Marcellina shows up, wanting Figaro to herself. It gets crazier from there in this delightful Mozart work, which premiered in 1786 and is still one of the most beloved operas of all time. Seattle Opera general director Aidan Lang makes his directorial debut with this production that is new to Seattle; Gary Thor Wedow conducts. Shenyang makes his company debut, alternating in the role of Figaro with Aubrey Allicock, and Nuccia Focile and Laura Tatulescu alternate as Susanna. Through Jan. 30, McCaw Hall, Seattle; tickets from $79 (206-389-7676 or seattleopera.org).
‘The Potato Eaters’
A group show curated by Seattle artists Dawn Cerny and Dan Webb whose title comes from a Van Gogh painting of Dutch peasants eating the humblest of meals. The exhibition includes Sean Johnson’s couch suspended from a wall with twine that looks too frail to hold it, a six-minute video by C. Davida Ingram about gender ambiguity and inkjet archival photos by Gretchen Bennett — who once drew ghostly images of Kurt Cobain based on video stills — that look like deeply faded, corroded memories. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Feb. 20, Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle; (206-624-0770 or gregkucera.com).