Children’s Film Festival Begins, Dance Performances Galore

The Zigzag Kid plays at the Children's Film Festival

Must Marvel
Children’s Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum

(1/23 to 2/2, times vary) — A popular event for film-o-philes of all ages, the ninth installment of Children’s Film Festival Seattle boasts its biggest program yet. This year’s event features more than 130 films from 32 countries—including Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Morocco, Indonesia and Iran—which means kids in attendance will gain instant film cred.

Must See
Raw, Rock-Fueled Performance Art at On the Boards

(1/23 to 1/26, 8 p.m.) — A high-energy synthesis of contemporary dance moves, nudity, theatrics and live rock ’n’ roll, Usually Beauty Fails reveals Montreal-based artist (dancer/guitarist/singer/lighting designer) Frédérick Gravel at his raw, intense best. The subject of all these gorgeous gyrations is sex and love, as is so often the case.

Must Listen
Richard Powers Discusses his new book ‘Orfeo’ with Nancy Pearl

Wednesday (1/29, 7:30 p.m.) — Richard Powers, whose novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, talks with Seattle bookworm extraordinaire Nancy Pearl about his brand-new book, Orfeo, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.

Must Lunch
Leaders at Lunch Series

Wednesday (1/29, 12 to 1 p.m.) — Seattle magazine and Seattle Business magazine invite you to attend a new lunch series featuring local business leaders speaking about innovation, civic responsibility and business growth. This third session features John Connors, managing partner at venture capital firm Ignition Ventures, at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Bellevue.

Must See
Grupo Corpo Performs Two Seattle Premieres

(1/23 to 1/25, 8 p.m.) — If you’re interested in how bendy the human body can be, don’t miss acclaimed Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo, whose performances never fail to amaze—by taking physicality to the limit. Combining Afro-Brazilian, jazz and ballet movement, the group will perform two pieces never before seen in Seattle.