This Week's Critics' Picks

Peking acrobats, Emerson String Quartet, SIFF's Global Lens series.


The folks behind SIFF offer a midwinter menu of eight international titles with the Global Lens series. Iranian widows, Beirut teens, and Chinese orphans are on the itinerary. No passport required. Fri., Jan. 13–Thurs., Jan. 19. $8–$10 (individual ticket), $60 (pass). Varsity Theater, 4329 University Way N.E., 206-464-5830, BRIAN MILLER


Even the descriptions raise eyebrows: Unicycle Bowl Balancing? Pagoda of Chairs? Human Pyramid/Bicycle Act? Prepare to be incredulous at the lighter-than-air circus skills of the Peking Acrobats, electrifying audiences since 1952. 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14. $20–$33. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4880, GAVIN BORCHERT


Energy, clarity, and, above all, daring mark performances by the Emerson String Quartet, presenting an all-Scandinavian (!) program of music by Nielsen, Sibelius, and Grieg (his sonorous and haunting Quartet in G Minor). 8 p.m. Tues., Jan. 17. $34. Meany Hall, UW campus, 206-543-4880, GAVIN BORCHERT

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