Boats of Bond, Chamber Music, NWAFF, Darfur Stories, and Jazz at EMP

ClassicalSeattle Chamber Music SocietyThe society's Winter Interlude, the downtown cold-weather (but no less convivial) spin-off of their bucolic July festival at Lakeside School, opens tonight and runs through Sunday. Highlights include Mussorgsky's peerlessly vivid Pictures at an Exhibition (with pianist Adam Neiman, tonight); all five of Beethoven's cello sonatas (Amit Peled and Alon Goldstein, Saturday); and Schubert's Piano Trio in B-flat (Sunday). In a welcome nod to offbeat repertory, they've unearthed and programmed four works for the uncommon ensemble of string octet, by Bruch, Spohr, Shostakovich, and the really obscure Woldemar Bargiel (1828–1897). Speaking of offbeat choices: The writer of the capsule description in their season brochure decided, perplexingly, on "masterful," "expressive," and "poetic" as the three most apropos adjectives for Shostakovich's Two Pieces, one of the young composer's edgiest, crunchiest, most willfully avant-garde works (heard Friday). True, it is masterful—and expressive and poetic, I guess, in the same sense that, say, Un Chien Andalou or Nude Descending a Staircase is. As usual, each concert is preceded by a 45- (or so) minute recital. Benaroya Recital Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 283-8808, Single tickets $10–$38. 6:30 p.m. (recital) and 7:30 p.m. (concert) tonight, Fri., and Sat.; 2 and 3 p.m. Sun. (sold out at press time). GAVIN BORCHERTFilmNWAAFF Closer and cheaper than Sundance, this year's Northwest Asian American Film Festival opens with two titles screened at Park City last year: Julia Kwan is expected to introduce her Eve and the Fire Horse, about two young sisters assimilating to Vancouver, Canada, during the '70s much faster than their Chinese immigrant family is. Sent to Catholic school, the girls also begin receiving regular visitations from Jesus. Later in the evening, director Ham Tran will discuss his Journey From the Fall, about a family separated by the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. While the father is subsequently forced to live within the Communist regime he once resisted, his wife and son struggle to adjust to life in Marin County (where Tran also grew up). Six more features will be screened through Sunday at the Theatre Off Jackson, along with some short-film programs (notably highlighting Northwest filmmakers at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27). The festival ends Sunday with a party downtown at O'Asian for future Wong Kar-wai types who want to network like mad. See the NWAAFF Web site for full schedule and details. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-340-1049, $7–$10. Eve and the Fire Horse at 7 p.m.; Journey From the Fall at 9:15 p.m. BRIAN MILLERTheaterDarfur StoriesBook-It Repertory Theater is going beyond the classics tonight to present a more contemporary, more harrowing kind of words-to-stage adaptation: a dramatization of firsthand accounts of the armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Darfur, as told by journalists, aide workers, and the region's residents and refugees themselves. The proceeds from this premiere performance—conceived and researched by Barbara Mackoff, adapted by Reginald Andre Jackson, and directed by Susanna Burney—will go to relief organizations. Roosevelt High School, 1410 N.E. 66th St., $5. 7 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERTExhibitionBoats of Bond!Sailboats, kayaks, fishing boats, cruisers, yachts of the filthy rich—yawn. At the 60th annual Seattle Boat Show, what's really going to rev your motor is a batch of authentic, high-concept vessels used in Bond films like The World Is Not Enough (Major Boothroyd's "Q" jet boat) and Diamonds Are Forever (the stealthy, sexy "Bath-O-Sub"). Even the villain's chase boat from Live and Let Die is on display, as are a handful of Sunseeker motor yachts, which were featured in Casino Royale. Too bad Daniel Craig won't be emerging from Lake Union to climb into one—it might get a few more ladies out to the fest, which does let the fairer sex in for free on opening day. Once inside, they can attend seminars like "Dressing for Northwest Sailing" and "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" while their other halves drool over high-tech toys and dream of dying another day. Two venues: Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S. Noon–8 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. Chandler's Cove on South Lake Union, 901 Fairview Ave. N., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun. $5–$10. Ends Feb. 3. RACHEL SHIMPMusic Jazz in JanuaryEMP offers a chance to catch up in a single evening with three of the smartest, most essential young jazz groups in town. Dawn Clement, a Cornish grad now teaching where she learned, is a wonderfully fluid and compelling pianist whose melodic energy grabs you immediately. She'll be leading her regular quartet. Frieze of Life is woodwind pro Greg Sinibaldi's thoughtful, layered, inside-outside sextet that's been one of the strongest creative forces in new Seattle jazz for several years. Also on hand: Industrial Revelation, a reliably unpredictable quartet fronted by trumpeter (and aspiring cut-up) Ahamefule J. Oluo that integrates hard bop and hard-edged late Miles. All three groups astutely work that seam between open and composed, free and grooving, and do it with an intelligence that's never too heady. EMP, Level 3 of the Science Fiction Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 770-2702, $15 ($7 for EMP members). 7:30 p.m. MARK D. FEFER

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