Pacific Northwest Ballet “Her Story” showcases women choreographers, including the U.S. premiere of Crystal Pite’s Plot Point, set to music from Psycho, and work by Twyla Tharp and Jessica Lang. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, pnb.org. $37–$187. Opens Fri., Nov. 3. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. plus 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 4 and 1 p.m. Sun., Nov. 12. Ends Nov. 12.
Kronos Quartet From this indispensable Seattle-founded contemporary-music ensemble, a miscellany, including Odds and Ends by Seattle composer Ken Benshoof and works by Abel Meeropol, Laurie Anderson, and others. Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way, fwpaec.org. $44–$79. 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 4.
BOOKS & SPEAKERS
Ta-Nehisi Coates Seattle Arts & Lectures presents the preeminent commentator on race and American society today, discussing his forthcoming book We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (which includes an interview with Barack Obama) with Ruth Dickey. (Sold out, but standby tickets may be available.) Benaroya Hall, Third Ave. & Union St., lectures.org. $40. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 5.
Hope and Activism in a Political Landscape Marcus Harrison Green (South Seattle Emerald) celebrates the launch of his essay anthology Fly to the Assemblies! Voices of Dissent from the Pacific Northwest. Contributors include Sharon H. Chang, David Kroman, Kristin Leong, and Reagan Jackson. Sponsored by Town Hall Seattle. Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., townhallseattle.org. $5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 2.
Far Out Films: Donnie Darko Headlight Cannabis sponsors this series (and provides free popcorn) of films that go particularly well with herbal enhancement. (For this 2001 cult classic, they suggest Granddaddy Purple.) Enter Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Mad World” and watch him hallucinate a creepy kind-of-rabbit and get picked on by Seth Rogen. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., siff.net. $9–$14. 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 8.
Terrore Giallo! Blood and Black Lace, Mario Bava’s 1964 shocker about fashion-model murders, opens NWFF’s eight-film “Terrore Giallo!” series, spotlighting the ultra-gory, hyper-stylized Italian horror subgenre. In the second week, Death Laid an Egg, in which Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a chicken farmer who may or may not be a serial prostitute killer. (We are not making this up.) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., nwfilmforum.org. $7–$12. 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 1 & 8.
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