The Top Things to Do in January
Seattle Rep goes mad for Mamet, Trimpin makes sweet music, and Jared Diamond dissects The World Until Yesterday.
BOOKS & TALKS
The World Until Yesterday
For nearly 6million years Humans used stone tools, had little clothing, and no writing.
In the last 7,000 years Humans created governments, armies, and a written language.
In the last 9 years there was Facebook.
In his new book The World Until Yesterday, Pulitzer-winning author Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel) tells us what we can learn from primitive cultures.
Jan 3 • Town Hall, townhallseattle.org
Anytime Seattle sound artist Trimpin unveils new work, we stop to listen: to the eerie duck call of the Fire Organ, or the mechanized plucking of guitars at EMP. His kinetic sculptures are the stuff of genius—he is, after all, MacArthur certified—and for his latest installation, he deconstructs pianos to play sweet music on their own.
Jan 15–Feb 28 • Winston Wächter Fine Art, winstonwachter.com
Seattle Rep revisits the profane poetry of David Mamet with a new staging of American Buffalo, starring Hans Altwies, Charles Leggett, and Zachary Simonson as minor-league crooks plotting a rare-coin heist.
Jan 11–Feb 3 • Seattle Repertory Theatre, seattlerep.org
Experience the sensual pleasures of classic Italian filmmaking from the 1950s and ’60s during SAM’s Viva Italia film festival.
Jan 10–Mar 7 • Seattle Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org
EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY
Given our hectic schedules, “dinner and a show” can sound like a prehistoric notion—like we’re pining for the days of rotary phones and two-martini lunches. But with its new Studio Supper series, On the Boards has reinvigorated the preshow meal, inviting patrons to come early for a family-style dinner prepared by a big-deal local chef: Cormac Mahoney. Maria Hines. Ethan Stowell. Perfect strangers gather around two tables that seat 25 each, drinking wine and talking culture as OtB staffers spoon chicken sausage and perfectly poached sturgeon onto plates. You pay what you can afford on a sliding scale from $25–$100, with a portion of proceeds supporting local charities.
For the next Studio Supper, Hines cooks up an appetizer to the world premiere of Fire, a multimedia performance by Catherine Cabeen and Company. The local choreographer and former Bill T. Jones dancer derives inspiration from visual art—her latest evokes the mosaic installations of New Realist artist Niki de Saint Phalle—and in tandem with Hines’s creation, fills body, mind, and soul.
Jan 17–20 (dinner Jan 17) • On the Boards, ontheboards.org
Published: January 2013