The week of Nov. 1 brings SpaceFest, OneBeat, free Mighty O doughnuts and Seattle Rock Orchestra’s salute to David Bowie and ELO.
A mother (played by Brie Larson), held captive for seven years in a small room, tries to make a life for her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) — and escape from their sadistic captor — in Lenny Abrahamson’s wondrous, devastating film, adapted from Emma Donoghue’s harrowing 2010 novel. It’s a tough sit, but the performances are transporting. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s full 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
It’s season two for this drama — based on the book by Robert Littell — that stars Sean Bean as an FBI agent. Season premiere, 10 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2, on TNT.
The third season of this comedy about a mother and daughter (Allison Janney and Anna Farris) coping with modern life is here. Season premiere, 9:01 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, on CBS.
Mighty-O grand-opens its new Capitol Hill cafe by giving a free (and organic, GMO-free and vegan) mini-doughnut to everybody who stops by between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. during opening weekend. Also: Super-doughnut-enthusiasts dressed as superheroes will be entered to win a doughnut a day for a year. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1; 1400 12th Ave., Seattle (mightyo.com).
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Experience the cultural roots of the Hmong people as they celebrate the coming new year with performances, visual arts, food, workshops, children’s activities, and a marketplace. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or hmongofwa.org).
Ready to space out? The Museum of Flight’s 2nd Annual SpaceFest begins 5- 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, and continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. Guests include astronauts, artists, astronomers, and experts. The Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Opera will also be involved. Check the website for costs. Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5700 or museumofflight.org).
It’s the perfect time to hit a local museum with free admission: MOHAI; Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum; The Burke; Nordic Heritage Museum; Northwest African American Museum and Living Computer Museum.
This Los Angeles sextet features great guitar, drums, Fender Rhodes keyboard , and blends R&B, soul and lounge-jazz into a retro-futuristic style. A 2011 spinoff from the Odd Future collective, the group was founded by Syd and Matt Martians and this year released its third album, “Ego Death.” 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; sold out (206-709-9442 or neumos.com).
This multicultural initiative brings 25 artists, musicians and producers from 17 countries and territories to Seattle, for the first time. The week’s activities include public performances in five venues — the Columbia City Theatre, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, EMP Museum, the Seattle Art Museum and St. Mark’s Cathedral. Local trumpet player Owuor Arunga, who works with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as Seattle hip-hop artist Draze and singer Naomi Wachira join artists from Nigeria, Russia, Senegal, Venezuela, Kosovo and a multitude of other countries in the citywide celebration. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 4-7; free-$12 (1beat.org/onebeat-seattle).
Benjamin Percy and Tara Conklin
Hugo House presents another installment in its Word Works series. Percy, author of novels “The Dead Lands,” “Red Moon” and “The Wilding” and Conklin, author of novels “The House Girl” and “The Last Romantics,” explore the borderlands between literary writing and genre writing and the mechanics of suspense and momentum to keep your readers engaged. 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 4, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; $5-$12 (strangertickets.com).
Original Broadway “If/Then” star Idina Menzel brings her spectacular pipes to Seattle in the touring edition of the show, which tells the story of divergent parallel lives that could be lived by Liz/Beth, after she moves to New York City to give her stalled life a “fresh start.” Nov. 3-8, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $25-$130.50 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Seattle Baroque Orchestra: Night Music
The strings of Seattle Baroque Orchestra will sonically perambulate along the nighttime sidewalks of Madrid, Salzburg, and Vienna with Boccherini’s “Night Music of the Streets of Madrid,” Biber’s “Nightwatchman’s Call” and Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $20-$39 (206-325-7066 or earlymusicguild.org).
Seattle Rock Orchestra: David Bowie, T. Rex, ELO
In 2008, composer and bassist Scott Teske founded the Seattle Rock Orchestra in an attempt to fuse the energy of live rock ‘n’ roll with the nuance and shading of classical music. SRO found its fan base with a 2009 performance of Arcade Fire’s “Funeral” and has been galvanizing both musicians and fans ever since. SRO will play an evening of arrangements based on glam-rock classics: David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” “Get It On (Bang a Gong)” by T. Rex, and many others. 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 7-8), the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, Seattle; $20-$37.50, not including fees (seattlerockorchestra.org).
Mary Iverson: ‘You and Me in the Aftermath’
The landscape paintings of Mary Iverson — which she overlays with shipwrecks, cargo containers, and sometimes cuts up with knives — create a paradoxical atmosphere of both glee and doom. The tiny humans in her work are dwarfed by their environment and seem oblivious to the fact that there’s something deeply wrong with it. At her artist’s talk at G. Gibson Gallery a few weeks ago, she amiably noted that after the environmental cataclysm she thinks is on its way, “We’re going to walk through the rubble together.” 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Nov. 28, G. Gibson Gallery, 300 S. Washington St., Seattle (206-587-4033 or ggibsongallery.com)