Seattle-based nonprofit The Art of Alzheimer’s seeks to shed light on the creativity that still shines in the minds of seniors dealing with the memory loss and dementia that the horrid disease brings. After touring its first exhibit for two years, the organization returns with The Artist Within, a colorful new collection of 50 paintings by seven artists with Alzheimer’s, which will hang on the walls of City Hall’s lobby and the Anne Focke Galleries for all the public to enjoy. SETH SOMMERFELD Seattle City Hall, theartofalzheimers.org. Free. Opening reception 4–6 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 10. Ends March 6.
Dylan Eakin grapples with the philosophical challenges of photorealistic drawing in The Machines Are Taking Our Jobs, So I’ll Take One of Theirs; plus Inclinations and Explorations features paintings and sculpture by RK Burk and Meg Murch. GAVIN BORCHERT Gage Academy of Art, gageacademy.org. Opening reception 6 p.m. Fri., Jan. 11. Ends Feb. 1.
Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well could be subtitled “She Rises to Conquer,” as a young woman goes to great and shrewd lengths to win an indifferent man’s heart. GB Center Theatre at the Armory. $30–$55. Previews Jan. 9 & 10, opens Jan. 11. 7:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat. plus some Sundays and matinees; see seattleshakespeare.org for exact schedule. Ends (well) Feb. 3.
To bomb or not to bomb? Guillermo Calderón’s play B makes his activist characters confront this question. GB 12th Avenue Arts, washingtonensemble.org. $15–$25. Preview Jan. 10. Opens Jan. 11. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Mon. plus 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 27. Ends Jan. 28.
Jet City Improv turns the aesthetic of the director of The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums into off-the-dome comedy in the perfectly named Yes Anderson. GB Jet City Improv, jetcityimprov.org. $17–$18. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Fri. Jan. 10–Feb. 15.
For Scrape Meets Oluo, the string orchestra Scape plays Ahamefule J. Oluo’s score for the film Thin Skin. GB Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, waywardmusic.org. $5–$20. 8 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10.
New-music pianist Jesse Myers will add light projections to his performance of Philip Glass’ mesmeric Etudes. Bring a mat or a pillow for the floor if you’re not in a chair mood; it’ll be that kind of concert. GB Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, waywardmusic.org. $10–$15. 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 11.
Whose baby is it anyway? Seattle Opera’s production of Verdi’s swashbuckling, and notoriously implausible, melodrama Il trovatore answers the question with hooky choruses and trumpeting high Cs. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. GB McCaw Hall, seattle opera.org. $71–$250. Opens Jan. 12. 7:30 p.m. Wed. & Sat. plus Fri., Jan 25; 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Jan. 26.
Remember Seattle composer Bern Herbolsheimer with an evening of his ear-grabbing, everimaginative chamber music, from solo cello to wind quintet. GB PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish College of the Arts. Free. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 13.
“Park and Bark” is not only a snarky name for unimaginative opera stagings, it’s also a clever name for Opera on Tap’s evening of favorite arias (with dinner) to benefit Emerald City Pet Rescue. GB Lagunitas Brewery, operaontap.org. $25. 6 p.m. Mon., Jan. 14.
Testlessly curious writer/pianist Jeremy Denk plays music by John Adams, Bizet, and others. GB Meany Center, UW campus, meanycenter.org. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 15.
BOOKS & TALKS
Join Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna for some mid-week poetry and conversation. GB Seattle Public Library, Southwest Branch, spl.org. Free. 6 p.m. Thur., Jan. 10.
The Tasveer South Asian LitFest presents 10 packed days of poetry, novels, screenplays, nonfiction, and experimental writing hosted by, among others, the Seattle Art Museum, Elliott Bay Book Company, and Hugo House. GB Jan. 11–20. See tsal.tasveer.org/2018 for schedule and lineup.
Seattle music chronicler Gillian G. Gaar examines the city’s most famous label in World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story. GB Elliott Bay Book Company, elliottbaybook.com. Free. 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 14.
The trend in 3D over the past decade was by and large pure garbage. But three cinematic Ds I can get behind? Cinerama’s Destruction, Disaster, and Dystopia mini-film fest. It turns out some of the best films ever come from those three destinations: sci-fi masterpieces including Brazil and A Clockwork Orange, the satirical black-comedy classic Dr. Strangelove, action thrillers like Jurassic Park and Die Hard, and even soaring epics like Titanic. There is also (*heavy sigh*) Dredd 3D. SS Cinerama. Jan. 11–16. See cinerama.com for lineup and showtimes.
Animaniacs voice actor Rob Paulsen and songwriter Randy Rogel, bring the Saturday morning animated classic’s music to life in Animaniacs in Concert. GB Fremont Abbey Arts Center, fremontabbey.org. $45–$50. 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 11.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s latest work, Figures of Speech, is set to a collection of Native peoples’ poetry and music. GB Meany Center, UW campus, meanycenter.org. $48–$68. 8 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 10–Sat., Jan. 12.