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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 21–24
Misery breeds romance when La bohème opens at McCaw Hall.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Seattle Symphony: Marvin Hamlisch Tribute
Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Choral Company honor the late pops conductor with a concert of his hits—expect more than a few Chorus Line numbers. Benaroya Hall, $19–$91.
Feb 23–Mar 10
Seattle Opera: La bohème
Ill-fated partners Rodolfo and Mimi battle consumption in the name of love in Puccini’s cherished opera. Tenor Francesco Demuro (a standout as Alfredo in 2009’s La Traviata) will sing opposite soprano Elizabeth Caballero as the bohemian sweethearts, while Israeli director Tomer Zvulun (who impressed with a ghostly Lucia di Lammermoor in 2010) supervises. McCaw Hall, $14–$237.
Annie Dorsen: The False Peach
From Annie Dorsen, the Obie-winning director and cocreator of Passing Strange, and actor Scott Shepherd comes this digital recreation of Hamlet. With the use of artificial intelligence software, they create “algorithmic theater” as computers mine the language of Shakespeare’s tragedy and project new scenes, songs, and visuals nightly. On the Boards, $25.
Feb 21–Mar 10
The women of grunge get their due in this hard-rocking new play by Stranger Genius/actress Sarah Rudinoff and guitarist Gretta Harley, who conducted 40-plus interviews to create a gritty, realistic story of five Seattle musicians sharing a house (and the pleasures and pain of newfound fame) in the early ’90s. Each night the show’s characters (backed by a live band) will play a ’90s punk-rock soundtrack, featuring songs by 66 Saints, 7 Year Bitch, Hammerbox, and more. ACT Theatre, $20–$30.
Feb 21–Mar 30
Akio Takamori: Ground
Celebrated Seattle artist Akio Takamori shows new work at James Harris Gallery. The range of emotion in Squatting Girl in Striped Dress is common across his 30-plus years of figurative ceramics. They’ve been exhibited under stately and sexually charged titles alike, from “Enduring Clay” to “Give Me Head” (a collection of busts). Yet they always bear a painterly touch, recalling his childhood in Japan, and the innovations of a master at work. James Harris Gallery.
Feb 22–May 26
Love Me Tender
Note: This is not an Elvis exhibit. It’s punnier than that. Bellevue Arts Museum curates the work of 20-plus contemporary artists from five countries—including Banksy, Barton Lidicé Benes, Máximo González, and Mark Wagner—who use actual currency to explore greed and growth, with colorful tapestries, paintings, and sculptures on display. Bellevue Arts Museum, $7–$10.
UW World Series: Black Grace
This electrifying contemporary dance company from New Zealand got its start in 1995 as an all-male troupe of Pacific Islanders and Maori men—the “mates” of founder and artistic director Neil Ieremia, as the story goes. They’ve since added women to the mix and continue to blend ceremonial Samoan dance with modern choreography for performances known for their physicality, energy, and artistry. Meany Hall, $20–$45.
Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Stock up on all the latest supplies to help make your garden the envy of the neighborhood. Even if you lack a green thumb, check out the show gardens with themes ranging from The Hobbit to extraterrestrials on vacation (really). Washington State Convention Center. $10 half-day pass; $16–$20 single pass; $29–$69 multiday pass.
Hardcore cyclists don’t let a little thing like “the weather” stop them. Hop the ferry to Bainbridge for Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual ride around the island. The Chilly Hilly’s 33-mile route can be challenging, but at least there’s a food stop along the way with baked goods and hot apple cider. Bainbridge Island, $23–$35.
Kindiependent: The Board of Education
With an affinity for Schoolhouse Rock!, this indie rockin’ band (started by an elementary school science teacher) sings smart tunes that don’t talk down to kids. Ever hear about “The Lonely Tomato”? Poor guy can’t figure out if he’s a fruit or a vegetable. Mount Baker Community Club, $15.
Feb 22 & 23
Hop Scotch Beer and Scotch Festival
Fremont Studios hosts the annual beer, Scotch, wine and whiskey-tasting experience. Don’t miss the swanky beverage-tasting lounge featuring more than 80 libations. As an event sponsor, Seattle Met will be in the front hall with The Met Pages photo booth—swing by to have your picture taken. Fremont Studios, $45–$50.