This Week's Critics' Picks

Tavis Smiley, 49 Up, and the Kirov Orchestra top our list.

Wed - Books

You know the plummy voice and the chummy interview style from NPR. Now get to know talk-show host Tavis Smiley in person, when he visits Seattle to recount his upbringing and sign copies of his bio, What I Know for Sure. Kane Hall, UW Campus, 206-628-0888, www.fool proof.org. $10–$12.50. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 11.LYNN JACOBSON

Fri–Thurs - Film

The greatest long-form documentary ever made continues with 49 Up, in which Michael Apted's subjects (including Tony, pictured), perhaps influenced by reality TV, begin to resist him a bit and talk back to the camera. Varsity, 4329 University Way N.E., 206-781-5755, www.land marktheaters.com. $6–$9. Fri., Oct. 13–Thurs., Oct. 19.BRIAN MILLER

Tues - Classical

Powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev and his Kirov Orchestra will be in their explosive element with two Russian blockbusters: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 (Alexander Toradze, soloist) and Shostakovich's bleak, brutal Symphony No. 11. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. $30–$95. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 17. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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