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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 21–24
See what happens when rappers become photographers, comedian Brian Regan goofs around, and a handsome cellist joins the symphony.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Seattle Symphony: Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5
There’s no better way to introduce your teens to classical music than an evening with a handsome young cellist (Frenchman Gautier Capuçon) and Beethoven’s most popular symphony. This Wyckoff Masterworks concert offers free companion tickets for adults with children ages 8 to 18. Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.
Life isn’t shabby when Jerry Seinfeld considers you a good friend, “a straight-up goofball,” and one of the best comics out there. Brian Regan has made a 30-year career out of clean jokes—no profanity, nothing blue—and earned the respect of his peers and fans of comedy alike for his self-deprecating and observational humor. Paramount Theatre, $43–$50.
How to Disappear Completely
When Vancouver lighting designer Itai Erdal heard that his mother had lung cancer, he traveled to his birthplace, Jerusalem, to film her final days. With Vancouver troupe the Chop, Erdal has crafted a poignant film-theater piece that layers a conversation about stage lighting with the fading of his mother’s life—and her request that he end her suffering. On the Boards, $20.
Rappers with Cameras
When Blue Scholars’ Prometheus Brown (aka Geo) and fellow rapper Thig Natural of the Physics discovered a shared love of photography, the Seattle hip-hop artists started hosting parties at their studio to showcase their art across mediums. The party gets bigger and better at Town Hall, where Geo is now an artist in residence. Town Hall, free (reservation required).
Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour
There are plenty of happy hours options around town, but how many feature giant Jenga? The third Thursday of every month, Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour turns Seattle Center Armory into a full-on party with music, cocktails, food, minigolf, and more. Just by showing up, patrons receive a free raffle ticket that could net prizes like premium seats for KeyArena events. Seattle Center Armory, free.
Mar 21–Apr 14
Billed as the world’s largest comedy/variete fest, Moisture Festival brings together the sauciest of dancers, acrobats, comedians, clowns, strong men, and bubble acts (phew) for a month of performances across the city. The Moisture Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with return performances by fest favorites (welcome back, Avner the Eccentric). Various venues, $20–$25.
Former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu has rallied an impressive group of thought leaders—including Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner—for Citizen University (formerly called Guiding Lights weekend). The full-day conference prompts us to share ideas about good citizenship, community engagement, and the power of the arts. Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, $100–$200.
Mirror Unveiling and Street Party
The latest major addition to Seattle Art Museum won’t even require patrons to enter the building. On March 24, SAM debuts Mirror, a permanent video project by Doug Aitken that displays Northwest scenes on giant LED screens on the building’s facade. SAM unveils Mirror with members of Seattle Symphony Orchestra performing works by minimalist composers Terry Riley and Steve Reich that synch up with Mirror visuals. Seattle Art Museum, advanced tickets sold out.
Seattle hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction mashes-up geek-world techno, throwback pop culture, and insider/outsider codes. Kingdom Crumbs, Sax G, and OC Notes round out a formidable bill of local hip-hop artists. Neumos, $12.
After a stint down in Austin for SXSW, "gloomy darkhorse indie folk-punkers" Ravenna Woods returns for a homecoming gig. Tractor Tavern, $10.
Latin jazz legend Arturo Sandoval injects the spirit of his native Cuba into most of his award-winning trumpet compositions, but his latest record, Tango Como Yo Te Siento, sets its sights on Argentina. Sandoval’s take on the tango is more of a slow burn, in contrast to the staccato ballroom tango popular in the states. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, $29.
Seattle Dance Project: Project 6
Seattle-based choreographer Jason Ohlberg conducts an evening of three short modern-dance works inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, Vivaldi’s triumphant Gloria (the entire composition will be featured), and the life and soul of a dancer (a reprisal of last year’s Departure from 5th). ACT Theatre, $25.
Mar 23 & 24
Sample from 50 local restaurants (highlights include RN74 and Toulouse Petit) and more than 225 state wineries at this single-region food and wine festival, one of the nation’s largest. Local chefs will discuss proper pairings as you sip and nibble your way around CenturyLink. CenturyLink Field, $80–$145 single ticket; two-day pass $125–$185.