The week of Jan. 3 features fun for kids as well as great music and art.

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After a car crash, two stories intersect in this pensive meditation on death and grieving from Spain. Flowers become the centerpiece of the drama — objects of beauty and also of mystery for the three main women in the film. Now playing at the Grand Illusion. For Soren Andersen’s full three-star review, go to


‘American Idol’

The final season of this singing competition begins with auditions in Denver and Atlanta. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, on Fox.

‘In Performance at the White House’

This “celebration of art and literature in American music” features performances by Audra McDonald, Smokey Robinson, Trombone Shorty, Brian Stokes Mitchell, James Taylor and Usher. 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, on KCTS.


Magic Season Ice Arena

It’s the last week for this covered, outdoor skating rink so strap on the blades. 3-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday Jan. 4-5, 1-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 3-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 3-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 10, at Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $9-$12 includes skate rental; $3 off if bringing your own skates (


Stuff for kids — musical performances, theater, and arts education workshops. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free, preregister (425-275-9595 or


Patti Smith

Though she did her best to infuriate Seattle fans on her November book tour with rude Q & A replies and an oddly dismissive response about Black Lives Matter, Smith delivered an impromptu performance that reminded folks why they care about her. The book, “M Train” is brilliant. This tour’s revisit to her 40-year-old debut classic, “Horses,” has reportedly been just as inspiring. With Smith are two members of the original group, Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty, plus bassist/keyboardist Tony Shanahan. 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 4-5, 2016, at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $32.50-$52.50 (877-784-4849 or

Jeremy Pelt

Pelt, 39, has risen to the top echelons of jazz trumpetry since his work at the beginning of the century with the Mingus Big Band and early albums as a leader. Deft and poised technically — like one of his mentors, Nicholas Payton — Pelt possesses a bronze, burnished tone, particularly on sighing ballads, and has kept his music fresh by leading several groups and weighing in on social issues. His 2015 album with a two-drummer lineup, “Tales, Musings and Other Reveries,” included a nod to Eric Garner. His new disc, due in January, is titled “Jiveculture.” He appears with his aptly-named Power Quintet: Steve Nelson (vibes), Danny Grissett (piano), Peter Washington (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums). 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 5-6, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $27.50 (206-441-9729 or


‘The Book of Mormon’

“Hello! My name is Elder Young/Did you know that Jesus lived here in the USA?/You can read all about it now/In this nifty book, it’s free!/No, you don’t have to pay. Hello!” The sidesplitting, award-winning, theology-blasting satire by the creators of “South Park” returns. Through Jan. 10, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $58.75-$191.75 (877-784-4849 or

14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival

One of the world’s most venerable quick-turn theater festivals is back — and its always-unpredictable, chance-operation results are half of the fun. A pack of writers, actors, directors, designers and musicians make 14 short plays in 48 hours, then perform them on a high of adrenaline and beer for a raucous crowd. Jan. 8-16, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $20 (206-292-7676 or


Seattle Symphony

Esteemed Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky (formerly of the turmoil-drenched Bolshoi Theater) will lead the orchestra in a two-night program of Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3, with a guest performance by Behzod Abduraimov on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $41 (206-215-4747 or

Monica Huggett and Alexander Weimann

Huggett, conductor of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Weimann, her counterpart at the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, debuted this all-Bach program of works for violin and harpsichord at the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival in 2015. The music was composed while Bach was writing music for a patron, rather than for a church, so his ideas for violin were free to roam. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Town Hall Seattle; $20-$39 (206-325-7066 or


John Bavaro: ‘BrainTree’

John Bavaro’s earlier experiments in iPhone art include the “iPhone Fayum Portraits,” for which he made digital portraits of contemporary people, then printed them and pasted them on old wood with beeswax and gold leaf to look like ancient Roman renderings. After suffering a massive stroke in 2012, Bavaro began making digital images — often involving treelike imagery — based on scans of his brain. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 30, Cloud Gallery, 901 E. Pike St., Seattle (206-720-2054 or

‘The Duchamp Effect’

SAM hosts a small exhibition of works inspired by Duchamp’s infamous “Fountain,” the factory-made urinal he submitted for an art show. The pieces include “Urinal,” a painstakingly handmade, wood-and-plaster replica of a urinal by Robert Gober, a cast-bronze piece of plumbing by Sherrie Levine and “Our Life Here,” a giant, rust-colored canvas with “ready-made” tools — an awl, paintbrushes, a Swiss army knife — hanging from it. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through 9 p.m. Thursdays; Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; suggested donation $14.95-$24.95 (206-654-3100 or