Seattle Weekender: Chick Corea, hadron colliders, and beer, beer, beer

Crosscut's guide to a culturally enriching weekend in the city. Or at least some fun.

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Chick Corea will perform this weekend at Jazz Alley.

Crosscut's guide to a culturally enriching weekend in the city. Or at least some fun.

Chick Corea Trio: Sixteen-time Grammy Award winner and keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea has been playing at an unparalleled level for the past four decades. More impressive than his award count is the sheer creativity he has brought to the scene, contributing to bebop, fusion, avant-garde, and, yes, even children’s songs. Playing alongside him will be two well-respected musicians, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Hans Glawishnig. A must see.

If you go: Dimitrou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave, Dec. 1-4, sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, $40,

Frank Close: Inside the Large Hadron Collider: Join renowned Oxford physicist Frank Close as he talks about the past and the possibilities of the Large Hadron Collider. Built in 2008, the multi-billion dollar machine was designed to probe the mysteries of the universe and to discover the elusive Higgs boson, a particle thought to be responsible for the universe's expansion. For those curious about the unknown, this should be worth going to.

If you go: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Dec. 2, 7:30, $5,

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within: With 18 awards under its belt, Brazil’s official entry for the Academy Awards has made its way to Seattle. The second of director Jose Padilha’s series, the film follows Captain Nascimento of the Special Police Operations Batallion, who oversees the dangerous slums of Rio de Janeiro. As the film unfolds, however, the protagonist finds the real enemy isn’t so much the gangs roaming the streets, but rather the corrupt politicians and cops whose side he is on.

If you go: SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Nov. 30, $10 - $5 for SIFF Members,

2011 Winter Beer Fest: If you are a beer connoisseur, be prepared. The Washington Beer Commission will be bringing to Seattle a variety of seasonal brews from over 30 local breweries, along with pairings from Theo’s Chocolate. Whether you prefer dark stouts or golden ales, this event should be sure to warm you up for the season.

If you go: Hale’s Palladium, 4301 Leary Way NW, Dec. 2-3, $23 advance/$25 at the door,

zoe|juniper: A Crack in Everything:  After traveling all over the world, doing residencies in New Zealand and Hungary, local choreographer Zoe Scofield and artist Juniper Shuey are back in their hometown of Seattle. This weekend, they present the culmination of all their work, “A Crack in Everything,” which examines the gap between cause and effect through dramatic video and costumes, atmospheric installations and lighting. A Crosscut review is coming soon.

If you go: On the Boards, 100 West Roy St Dec. 1-4, $20,

Watershed Opera presents Femmes Fatale: The New York City transplant Watershed Opera debuts at Town Hall this Saturday with its new opera “Femmes Fatale.” The performance is full of rich characters and focuses “on women who defied societal expectation.” While costumes are not required, you may come dressed as your favorite dangerous man or woman, with the chance to win a prize. A Crosscut review is coming soon.

If you go: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Dec. 3, 7:00pm, $10,


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