Magnolia artist Eric Olson will having a solo show and a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5 in conjunction with the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk at the Gallery IMA at 123 S. Jackson St. 206-625-0055. More information at www.galleryima.com. To see more of Olson's art, visit www.erico-art.com.
Seattle Rep's Book-it Theatre presents Jane Austen's Emma through Nov. 22 at the Center House Theatre. Austen's fourth novel centers on the well-intentioned Emma and her sometimes indiscreet, often misapplied, and always entertaining efforts as matchmaker. Witty, intelligent, and spoiled, Emma takes it upon herself to arrange a suitable marriage for her poor friend Harriet. But despite her advantages, she is oblivious to the true nature of almost everyone around her-including herself-until at last she happily loses her own heart. Austen's deliciously droll descriptions, ironic observations, and generous happy endings are sure to please all audiences. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and matineés begin at 2 p.m. For more information visit www.book-it.org.
Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) presents If You Give a Mouse a Cookie through Nov. 29. Based on the beloved children's book by Laura Numeroff, the story follows a little boy who makes the ill-fated decision of giving a mouse a cookie. Seattle Children's Theatre is located at 201 Thomas St., under the Space Needle at Seattle Center. Tickets are $15 to $34 and may be purchased by calling the SCT Ticket Office at (206) 441-3322 or by visiting www.sct.org.
Leo K. Theatre
also presents Speech and Debate
Jan. 15 through Feb. 21, 2010. An aspiring teen journalist, an awkward wannabe popstar, and the openly gay new kid in town all have secrets. But when their squeaky clean small-town high school refuses to acknowledge the messy parts of being a teenager, this ragtag bunch of misfits starts an after school Speech and Debate team to expose a possible scandal. Recommended for ages 14 and above for mild profanity, teens engaged in discussions of sex, drinking and drug abuse. Visit. www.seattlerep.org for tickets and more information.
Leo K. Theatre
through Dec. 6. In front of an audience they're pitch perfect, but behind the scenes of the Lazara String Quartet, things aren't quite so adagio. Tapped to play at the White House years after in-fighting broke them up, the group reunites-with a new member, a promising young student. As they prepare for the gig of their lives, tempers flare, relationships crumble and new ones bloom. Opus is a passionate, music-filled glimpse into the fascinating world of professional classical musicians. By Michael Hollinger
and directed by Braden Abraham. Recommended for ages 14 and above for mild profanity, some adult situations. Visit www.seattlerep.org. for more information.
Jet City Improv and Wing-It Productions present Seattle's Best Comedy, a night of hijinks and improvisational fun with audience participation. At the Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way N.E. 206-352-8291. Visit www.jetcityimprov.com for more show times and information.
Organist Joseph Adam will perform works by Bach, Liszt and Dupre-2010 Fluke/Gabelein Organ Series. The program will include Liszt's Präludium and Fugue on B.A.C.H., Funèrailles, and Fantasia and Fugue; Bach' s Prelude and Fugue in E minor; and Dupre's Prelude and Fugue in G minor. The performance will take place on Monday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the S. Mark Taper Foundation at Benaroya Hall. Performance does not include Seattle Symphony. Tickets are available from $19 to $29.
The Earshot Jazz Festival runs through Nov. 8. The festival presents more than 50 one-of-a-kind events in concert halls, clubs, and community centers all around the city. Earshot Jazz Film Festival through Nov. 5.
The Triple Door, 7:30 p.m., $24; Nov. 4: Wayne Horvitz: These Hills of Glory, Nordstrom Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., Admission TBA; Nov. 4: Greg Williamson A-Y-P Large Ensemble, The Triple Door, 7 p.m., $18; Nov. 4: Claudia Acuña Quintet, The Triple Door, 9:30 p.m., $20; Nov. 4: Joe Doria, Eric Barber, & Byron Vannoy, Tula's, 8:30 p.m., $20; Nov. 5: Jay Thomas East/West Double Trio, City Hall, noon, free admission, Poncho Hall, Cornish College, 8 p.m., $18; Nov. 5-6: Kris Davis's Stone Trio, Tula's, 8:30 p.m., $14; Nov. 6: John Abercrombie Quartet, The Triple Door, 7 & 9:30 p.m., $24; Nov. 6: Trio 3, Poncho Hall, Cornish College, 8 p.m., $18; Nov. 7: Hans Koch, Paul Kikuchi's Portable Sanctuary Chapel Performance Space, 8 p.m., $15; Nov. 7: Greta Matassa, Northshore Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $15-38; Nov. 7-8: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra w/ Dean Bowman: Tribute to Ray Charles: Genius + Soul = Jazz. Nordstrom Recital Hall, 7:30, Nov. 7, $15-38, Nov. 8 Kirkland Performance Center, 3, $15-38; Nov. 7-8: Ralph Alessi's This Against That, Tula's, 8:30 p.m., $15; Nov. 8: Evan Flory-Barnes: Acknowledgment of a Celebration World Premiere, Town Hall, 8 p.m., $18-24; More information is available at www.earshot.org or by calling (206) 546-6763.
The Magnolia Chorale has begun rehearsals for its 20th annual holiday concert under the direction of Jean-Marie Kent. The concert will include favorites from sacred to secular, from Britten's "...Carols" to Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" and as well as the Chorale's own set of traditional and "traditional-with-a-twist" carols. The concerts will be 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 W. McGraw St. Tickets are available at La Roux Fine Apparel, and Magnolia Bookstore $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. For more information visit www.magnoliachoral.org
New offerings at Seattle Opera. Young Artists in Performance Fall 2009 begins with Mozart's Così fan tutte, 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall at 200 University St. $20. Next spring it's Richard Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" April 1, 3, 9, and 11, Performed at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets: $35 for adults $15 for students. For more information visit www.seattleopera.org.
Skin, Seven Gables; A Christmas Carol 3D, Neptune; The Horse Boy, Varsity; The Box, Metro, etc.; The Fourth Kind, Metro, etc.; The Men Who Stare at Goats, Guild 45th, etc.; An Education, Egyptian; Motherhood, Metro; Gentlemen Broncos, Metro.
We Live in Public, Varsity; Pirate Radio, Metro, etc.; 2012, Pacific Place.
The Wing Luke Asian Museum presents Parallel Lines, 8 Contemporary Seattle Artists. The event features Tram Bui, Mark Takamichi Miller, Jason Huff, Akio Takamori, Patti Warashina, Saya Moriyasu, Thuy-Van Vu and Joseph Park. The work will be on display through Nov. 29. The museum is at 719 S. King St. in Chinatown-International District. Visit www.wingluke.org. for more information.
The Wing Luke presents the wild politically charged collections and paintings of Roger Shimomura. Shimomura has been devoted to issues of ethnic identity as a third-generation Japanese American. His paintings tackle socio-political issues of Asian America. Through April 18. Visit www.wingluke.org.
Open mic at El Diablo coffee house. Poetry readers are encouraged to join the fun the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month The event is co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. This series is getting a trial run every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Show up to listen or bring poetry to read at this all open mic venue that can continue if enough people want to make it happen. ... tell others about it.... always good to have more places to read and help indie business survive in these hard times.... 8 p.m., at El Diablo coffee house 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Queen Anne Books is holding its Monthly Book Club with "Telex from Cuba." Anyone and everyone is welcome to this drop-in, no-guilt book club. Meetings are 7 p.m., on the second Monday and following Wednesday of every month. So pick the day that works best for you and come by, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. 206-283-5624.
The Seattle Veterans Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Also open on military holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day) and by appointment for groups. The museum is also looking for volunteers and board members. The museum is located at Second Avenue between Union and University streets behind the Remembrance Garden. Visit www.seattleveteransmuseum.org or call 425-821-0489 for more information.