Critics' picks for the week for the week of Jan. 25-Feb. 1


David Bowie: Still hip and contemporary at 57, the longtime rock star will feature songs from his new "Reality" album and other material from throughout his

career at 7:30 p.m. at the

Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Wild and exciting R&B star Macy Gray opens, $48.50-$84.50 (206-628-0888, or; information, 206-467-5510,

"From Fra Angelico to Bonnard": The Portland Art Museum opens a new show this weekend that spans five centuries of Western art and touches on some of the all-time greats: Fra Angelico, Canaletto, El Greco, Cezanne, Monet, Degas, Gainsborough, Fragonard ... the list goes on. It's a selection of works from the collection of German physician Gustav Rau, who will be leaving his entire collection to UNICEF. This is the first time the collection has been shown in the United States. "From Fra Angelico to Bonnard: Masterpieces of the Rau Collection" continues through Aug. 22. At 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. (503-226-2811 or


"Carmen": Seattle Opera added a performance to the originally announced (sold out) run, and your only chance for tickets is Monday — if they haven't sold out already. Stephanie Blythe, a dazzling voice in the title role, sings opposite tenor Paul Charles Clarke. 7:30 p.m. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, $39-$125 (206-389-7676,

Trapt: One of the breakout rock bands of 2003 plays an all-ages show at 8 p.m. at the Showbox, a nightclub at 1426 First Ave., Seattle. Alien Crime Syndicate opens, $12 (800-325-SEAT,; information, 206-628-3151,


Leahy: The eight Leahy brothers and sisters play traditional Irish jigs and reels — including many from their new "In All Things" CD — at 7:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, $21-$39 (206-628-0888,; information, 253-591-5894,


Seattle Symphony Orchestra: Renowned composer/conductor John Adams leads three concerts of his own "Naïve and Sentimental Music" and Sibelius works, with the noted violinist Leila Josefowicz as soloist. At 7:30 p.m., plus 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. next Sunday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, $12-$80 (206-215-4747,

Hank Williams III: Carrying on the family's musical tradition — although more in rock than country — and another wild child to boot, he plays at 9 p.m. at Graceland, a nightclub at 109 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle, $15 (206-628-0888,; information, 206-262-0482).

Red Pine: The noted translator reads from his new translation: "Poems of the Masters: China's Classic Anthology of T'Ang and Sung Dynasty Verse" in a benefit performance for Copper Canyon Press. At 7 p.m., Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle. $25 (206-654-3100 or


Crystal Gayle: The country star known for the 1977 pop hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" sings at 8 p.m. at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2102 Alexander Ave., Tacoma, $20-$40 (206-628-0888,; information, 888-831-7655,

Pat Graney Company: Seattle's most ingenious contemporary-dance choreographer presents her first major new work in four years, "The Vivian Girls." It's a riff on the visionary and disturbing artworks of Henry Darger, with an original score by Amy Denio and Martin Hayes. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $24-$34 (206-292-ARTS or; information,


Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Some consider intimate apparel a fashion statement, others, fantasy material. But at the U.S. Patent Office, the workings of a brassiere are no more glamorous than a telescoping shopping cart or a sewing-machine handle: They all get lumped under the category "industrial design." Seventy-four classic drawings of product designs visit the Museum of History and Industry as part of the show "Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian Institution," a traveling exhibition that looks back at the past 200 years of American inventions. The show opens Saturday and continues through April 11 at 2700 24th Ave. E. Seattle (206-324-1126 or

The Shins: The promising new rock band plays two shows at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle, at 9 p.m., with All Night Radio and Charming Snakes, and 8 p.m. next Sunday (all ages), with All Night Radio and The Vells, $15 (800-325-SEAT,; information, 206-628-3151,


Sweet Honey in the Rock: The a cappella group sings at 8 p.m. at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, $25-$36 (206-628-0888,; information, 206-684-7200,