Mar 15–June 16
Zoom. Italian Design and the Photography of Aldo and Marirosa Ballo
During the height of Italy’s Radical Design movement of the 1960s and ’70s—when armchairs looked like baseball gloves and chaise lounges doubled as sculpture—it was practically rite of passage for a designer to spend time in the Milan studio of photographers Aldo and Marirosa Toscani Ballo. Their marketing and magazine photos helped share Italian design with the world; and for this traveling exhibit, roughly 300 images from Studio Ballo along with 70 iconic design works will showcase the beauty of function and form. Bellevue Arts Museum, $7–$10.
MythBusters: Behind the Myths
Hollywood special effects gurus Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage host a stage version of their popular Discovery Channel show where they debunk myths and urban legends. (A November episode examined the question: Do reptiles and birds all taste like chicken?) Fans can expect to witness live experiments and possibly even participate onstage. Paramount Theatre, $35–$200.
Mar 16–May 26
Fifty-two. It’s the number of cats found in Grey Gardens, the decrepit East Hampton home of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie—aunt and cousin, respectively, of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Their story of squandered wealth and Norma Desmond delusions has been a hit documentary, HBO movie, and Broadway musical; this month, ACT and 5th Avenue theaters coproduce Seattle’s own staging of Grey Gardens. (In previews this weekend.) ACT Theatre, $20–$69.
Thru Mar 17
In collaboration with playwright Martyna Majok, the Satori Group has transformed its performance space in the INS building—recently reborn as Inscape Arts studios—into a woodland grove, home to a community of “rewildings.” These wanderers have left their past—and abandoned the use of past tense altogether—to seek a new life in the wild. Audience members are escorted across the dirt floor by cast members and seated within the set: on chairs or benches or pillows in the darkness, beneath the cloth vines. Much of the play reWilding takes place by the light of a kerosene lamp, and the wanderers will share their soup and beer with you. Inscape Arts, sold out (floor seats and wait list availble day of).
Penumbra Beer Bash
Come celebrate the last weekend of winter with music and beer – lots of beer. A new festival at King’s Hall puts equal emphasis on good bands and good Northwest beer. The bash features 30 notable area brewers and the music of Wimps, Tacocat, and more. King's Hall, $25–$35.
Equivox: Hedgebrook Fundraiser Brunch
Hedgebrook, the Whidbey Island sanctuary for women writers, celebrates a quarter century with Equivox, a day of food, friendship, storytelling and fundraising, led by Hedgebrook alumnae Karen Joy Fowler—author of six novels, including The Jane Austen Book Club and Sister Noon—and Ruth Ozeki, novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, author of My Year of Meats, All Over Creation and the newly released A Tale for the Time Being. Herban Feast, $125.
BOOKS & TALKS
An Evening with Sam Lipsyte
Gonzo. Feverish. Manic. "Piss-yourself funny." Those are only a few of the choice descriptors The New York Times has rained down on American novelist Sam Lipsyte, who reads from his new collection of short stories, The Fun Parts, and chats with moderator and fellow gonzo novelist Ryan Boudinot. Richard Hugo House, $5.
In his new book, How Literature Saved My Life, the author of Reality Hunger and UW writer in residence mixes insightful literary criticism with love you/hate myself confessional. Elliott Bay Book Co, free.
National Geographic Live! Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner: K2: Danger and Desire on the Savage Mountain
The perilous peaks of K2 claim the life of almost one out of every four climbers. But that harrowing statistic didn’t stop Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner from becoming the first woman to summit the world’s 14 highest mountains (the “eight-thousanders”) without supplemental oxygen. That’s even after her husband, one of the leaders of the K2 climb, decided halfway up the peak to stop. Benaroya Hall, $12–$37.
Mar 15–May 24
Bach and Balanchine. Arvo Pärt and Ulysses Dove. Philip Glass and Twyla Tharp. In this program of short modern works, PNB stages three repertory pieces by these masterful pairs—Concerto Barocco, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, In the Upper Room—and the world premiere of pas de deux Mozart Pieces by PNB ballet master Paul Gibson. McCaw Hall, $28–$173.
Thru Mar 24
L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema
In the late ’60s, UCLA’s film program became a leader in committing the new black voice to celluloid. L.A. Rebellion chronicles the wide-ranging works by these filmmakers. Northwest Film Forum, $10; series pass $55.
Mar 14 & 16
Bruch's Violin Concerto no. 1
Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman guests with the Seattle Symphony for Bruch’s so-romantic-it’ll-make-you-cry violin concerto; the program also includes Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Tippett’s Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage. Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.