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The Top Things to Do This Long Weekend: Jan 17–21
Brush up American history with Bushwick Book Club, roll with the girls of Rat City, or take in a Whim W'Him performance.
Studio Supper: Catherine Cabeen and Co's Fire
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. On the Boards, $25–$100. Performances (no dinner) Jan 17–20, $20.
Whim W'Him: Crave More
Olivier Wevers’s modern dance troupe returns with four short works—including local premieres of The Sofa and More by Wevers and Before/After by guest choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa—plus the debut of new company dancers and a guest appearance by Lucien Postlewaite, on a quick vacation from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Intiman Playhouse, $25.
Thru Jan 27
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Young Seattle actor Jerick Hoffer (known by many as his drag alter ego, Jinkx Monsoon) has been stealing every show he’s in, from 5th Avenue’s Rent to Balagan Theatre’s Spring Awakening. Back with Balagan, he tackles the glam rock–punk role of East German drag queen Hedwig in John Cameron Mitchell’s musical. Moore Theatre, $15–$30.
Thru Feb 28
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. 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. Winston Wächter, free.
Bushwick Book Club: Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States
The Bushwick Book Club—a rotating cast of singer-songwriters that performs original music inspired by a monthly reading assignment—revisits Zinn’s sweeping history of the U.S., from Columbus to 9/11. Bookworms, history buffs, and music geeks unite! Fremont Abbey Arts Center, $10–$15.
Yo La Tengo at Easy Street Records
After 12 years of keeping us in vinyl and CDs, Easy Street Records will close its Queen Anne location this Friday (to make way for a Chase Bank, ugh). But at least they're going out in style. Alt-rockers Yo La Tengo will play the final in-store concert. Easy Street at 20 Mercer St, free, all ages.
Pay It Forward III
Music Aid Northwest puts together a pretty killer rhythm section to raise money for music education in Washington, including drummers Alan White (Yes) and Mike DeRosier (Heart) and bassist Steve Fossen (Heart). Rock out with these seasoned vets so kids can rock out in the classroom. Neptune Theatre, $41–$77.
CLASSICAL & MORE
The Billboard-topping trumpeter from Oregon packs performance halls with his accessible mix of jazz, classical, and pop. He’s joined here by the Seattle Symphony and assistant conductor Stilian Kirov. Benaroya Hall, $41–$112.
Seattle Chamber Music Society: 2013 Winter Festival
Grammy-winning violinist and SCMS artistic director James Ehnes leads the charge in this annual week of chamber music, programming six concerts of Brahms, Beethoven, and Bartók works—that’s just the Bs—and an evening featuring all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Benaroya Hall, $15–$45.
BOOKS & TALKS
Karen Brooks: The Mighty Gastropolis
Karen Brooks, the restaurant critic for our sister magazine Portland Monthy, will read from her new book The Mighty Gastropolis: A Journey Through the Center of America's New Food Revolution, about the rise of Portland as a foodie destination. They'll also be handing out recipe samples from the book; you won't be sorry you came. Book Larder, free.
Rat City Rollergirls
Seattle’s toughest ladies lace up their skates and take to the track for another year of bouts, blockers, black eyes, and bruises. Roller derby might be the only sport where the old adage “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game” rings true. KeyArena, $14.
Bounce for Hope
Unleash the kids in Issaquah’s play land of bounce castles—it’s for a good cause. Tickets to this second annual Hope on the Hill Guild fundraiser include a full day of live music, face painting, balloon animals, and all the bouncing you can stand; proceeds support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Kidz Bounce, Issaquah, $15.
Thru Feb 24
Dot and Ziggy
SCT’s artistic director Linda Hartzell has, once again, forged a new path in children’s theater: plays for infants as young as six months. The Seattle premiere, written and directed by Hartzell, is an interactive story about the unlikely friendship of a skunk and a ladybug, and the lessons they learn from a wise spider. For newborns through age four. Seattle Children's Theatre, $18–$36.
Don't forget: January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as well as Inauguration Day and a Day of Service. Here are five ways to volunteer on MLK Day.