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Arts and entertainment highlights for the week beginning Nov. 4, 2012


'Wreck-It Ralph'

Pixar's latest tale is charmingly told and expertly animated. Set in the colorful world of video games, it follows a gorilla-armed "bad guy" (voiced by John C. Reilly) intent on winning a medal that will make him a hero in his colleagues' eyes. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 1/2-star review, go to


Denzel Washington, in one of the year's finest performances, plays a respected pilot — and substance abuser — involved in a plane crash. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Macdonald's 3 1/2-star review, go to


Election coverage

Most every network and channel has their own coverage. Find your favorite and settle in for the results. Various start times and channels on Tuesday.


Deb Perelman

A morning book reading that comes with free breakfast. Author Deb Perelman will discuss her cookbook "Smitten Kitchen" during a 10 a.m. breakfast event Thursday at University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; RSVP at

Election Eve at Sazerac

Sazerac restaurant downtown plans food specials and election-themed cocktails on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until polls close nationally and a winner is announced. 1101 Fourth Ave., next to Hotel Monaco (


Polish Fall Bazaar

Dig in to pickle soup, borscht, pierogi, Polish sausage and cabbage-roll dinners served all day or packed to go, swing by the deli, bakery or dessert bar, or shop for Polish pottery, crystal, books, crafts and holiday decorations, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle; free admission (206-322-3020 or

Auburn Veterans Day Parade

One of the largest Veterans Day parades west of the Mississippi, the milelong parade includes military flyover, honor guards, veteran units, antique cars; starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, it travels west on Main Street from E Street Southeast to A Street Northwest, Auburn; displays open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in downtown Auburn (253-931-3043 or

Pop music

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Back on tour after an eight-year hiatus, Neil Young and Crazy Horse are coming to town with a new album in tow, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $55-$180 (800-745-3000 or

Leonard Cohen

Singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen brings his Old Ideas world tour to Seattle, 8 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $26.50-$250 (800-745-3000 or


'Demon Dreams'

Playwright Tommy Smith joins traditional Japanese storytelling with hip-hop in this West Coast premiere, depicting immortals and demons that gather to "tell stories and spit rhymes" about the human race. 8 p.m. Monday, and Thursday-Saturday, West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., Seattle; $12-$18 (800-8383006 or

'Fiddler on the Roof'

Tevye the milkman tries to hold on to his daughters, his faith and his way of life in this beloved musical. David Ira Goldstein directs. Opens Wednesday, runs through Dec. 30 at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah; $22-$63 (425-392-2202 or Runs Jan. 4-27, 2013, in Everett at Everett Performing Arts Center.

Classical music

John Adams

The minimalist composer will take the podium in a string of concerts with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, leading a performance of his own "Harmonielehre" and Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto featuring pianist Jonathan Biss. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Nov. 11, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or

Michael Partington

The award-winning, globe-trotting musician who makes his home in Seattle performs in the Seattle Classic Guitar Society's International Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$32 (at the door or call 206-215-4747).

Literary events

Robert Michael Pyle

The Southwest Washington naturalist, author and butterfly expert discusses his essay collection "The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion." 7 p.m. Wednesday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or

Visual arts

SAM Remix

Seattle Art Museum's quarterly party promises its "usual" entertainment — dancing, trivia contests, Highly Opinionated Tours — plus the chance to watch choreographers present "Ten Tiny Dances," which are works confined to 4 by 4 feet of space, and to "officially" register your creativity with artist Erin Shafkind at her Department of Artistic Licensing. Such a deal. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12-$25 (206-654-3121 or Note: In the spirit of the current SAM exhibit, "Elles: Women Artists from the Center Pompidou, Paris," the first 50 partygoers wearing polka dots get in free.

Affordable Art Fair Seattle

Contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs will be available for purchase from $100 to $10,000, with at least half under $5,000. Young, emerging artists and local art stars will be exhibited next to international masters. Noon-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11, Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center; $10-$12 (

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