This Week's Critics' Picks

A Pedro Almodóvar retrospective, a Caryl Churchill play, and a moon viewing in the Japanese Garden top our list.

Fri - Film

Get ready for Volver (Nov. 22) by watching eight classic titles in this Pedro Almodóvar retrospective. First up is his ridiculously colorful, enjoyable farce Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), which made his name in the U.S. and certainly lives up to its name. Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., 206-781-5755, $6–$9. Fri., Sept. 1–Thurs., Sept. 7. BRIAN MILLER

Fri - Theater

A father, a son (or sons), and a secret add up to A Number, Caryl Churchill's spare, hour-long meditation on identity and bioethics. Directed by New City Theater powerhouse John Kazanjian. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676, $10–$54. Fri., Sept. 1–Sun., Oct. 1. GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat - Gathering

Tsukimi no Kai, or Moon Viewing, will include noh, traditional dance, poetry, and music on koto and shakuhachi by Elizabeth (pictured) and John Falconer. Telescopes provided by the Seattle Astronomical Society. Seattle Japanese Garden, Washington Park Arboretum, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., 206-233-7133. $10 ($20 includes tea ceremony). 7–10:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 2. GAVIN BORCHERT

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