Bolshoi Ballet

Also: James Ellroy, Rosemary's Baby, Eduardo Calderón, Halloween parties.




Watching the Bolshoi perform Don Quixote is like eating your grandmother's apple strudel—in both cases, you're getting the specialty of the house. Petipa's choreography, full of bravura moments and flashing theatrics, is tailor-made for the Bolshoi's powerhouse style, where ballerinas rip off multiple turns with a flourish. In a daring move, the company is also touring its new production of Romeo and Juliet, bringing the story into a contemporary setting and eliminating its Renaissance trappings. It opened to great controversy in Europe—come see what the fuss was all about. Romeo and Juliet: 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 27–Thurs., Oct. 28. Don Quixote: 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 29–Sat., Oct. 30; also 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 30–Sun., Oct. 31. $30–$99. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-292-ARTS. SANDRA KURTZ




L.A. native Ellroy is best known for novels like L.A. Confidential and American Tabloid, but he's also been a prolific journalist. His new book, Destination: Morgue!, collects various works from GQ and other mags—many of them autobiographical— and adds three new short crime novellas. Dead celebs, tawdry sex, drug abuse, and family feuds figure prominently in the hard-boiled volume. Throughout, Ellroy makes no bones about his early life as a petty thief and speed freak. However much those experiences may have rewired his (now detoxed) brain, his faithful readers wouldn't want his frenzied, hep-cat prose any other way. Noon Wed., Oct. 27. Free. Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., 206-587-5737. BRIAN MILLER




When Roman Polanski made a slow, seeping thriller about bearing Satan's spawn, his career in America was deservedly launched into the front ranks of film directors. His 1968 adaptation of the Ira Levin best seller harkens back to a pop-culture fascination with the occult that lasted well into the '70s. As Mia Farrow gradually realizes her foul husband (John Cassavetes) has sold their unborn child to a neighboring band of satanists, Polanski pulls the audience along in creepily plausible increments. As Farrow begins to wonder if she's crazy, the viewer wants to shout out that she's the only sane woman in her demon-filled apartment building. (R) Opens Fri., Oct. 29. Runs through Thurs., Nov. 4. $7.50/$6.50 college students with ID/ $5.50 seniors and children. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. BRIAN MILLER




Local photographer Eduardo Calderón's black-and-white street photos have a subtle directness. In a new exhibit, "Fotografías," Calderón wanders the alleyways of Rome, Peru, New York, Mexico, and Seattle, finding little poems of life and freezing them on film. Never one to crop or manipulate his images, there's an honesty to his roving eye, but also a kind of mystical edge that goes beyond mere documentation. Opening reception: 6–8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 29. Noon–9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Tues.–Fri.; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.; noon–5 p.m. Sun. Runs through Nov. 29. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. ANDREW ENGELSON




You didn't drop a week's worth of booze money on that costume to sit on your ass and watch the end of the World Series, did you? Make Friday your dance night, alternating between the EMP Liquid Lounge's "Bump" costume party and the Last Supper Club's Bacardi Bash. Things should get a little more surreal on Devil's Night (Halloween eve), with the Monkey Pub's Spinal Tap/Who/CCR dress-up covers party, the Dawn of the Dead rock-a-thon at Studio Seven, and the Erotica Ball at Medusa (featuring DJ Portia Surreal, pictured). Just don't get too blitzed for the real thing on Sunday, especially the Hollaween Extravaganza at Viceroy. Bump: 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 29. $35 adv./$45. EMP Liquid Lounge, Seattle Center, 206-292-2787. For more information on Halloween parties, see Seven Nights, p. 67. ANDREW BONAZELLI

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