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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 11–14
From ballet to b-boys, it's a weekend of top-notch dance performances.
A Cruel New World / The New Normal
Choreographer Donald Byrd has been at the helm of Spectrum Dance for 10 years. On this anniversary, they reprise his debut work for the company, A Cruel New World/The New Normal, an emotionally charged response to 9/11. (Byrd lived four blocks from the World Trade Center at the time.) Emerald City Trapeze Arts, $25.
Trey McIntyre Project
As Boise’s first-ever Cultural Ambassador, inventive modern-dance choreographer Trey McIntyre and his troupe tour Arrantza, a piece on the Basque people, and Queen of the Goths, his take on Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy Titus Andronicus. Meany Hall, $39–$43.
Former PNB star Casey Herd, now a principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet, returns to play the prince for a night in this reprisal of Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake, elegantly in union with the Tchaikovsky score. That creepy Black Swan will be a distant memory. McCaw Hall, $28–$178.
Massive Monkees Day
There’s a whole lot of spinning going on in the International District these days, where Seattle’s 2012 world-champion breakdancing troupe, Massive Monkees, has opened a temporary studio. Inside the Beacon, they teach the next generation of b-boys and b-girls to spin, flip, and float. And over at the Showbox this Saturday, breakdancers will compete in an all-day blowout—the 14th anniversary of Massive Monkees Day—with event proceeds supporting youth dance programs. Break for a cause. Showbox at the Market, $20.
Much like Seattle Art Museum’s late-night Remix, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts its own after-hours party with DJs, dancing, live performances, and admission to the chic spring exhibit of midcentury Italian design, Zoom. Italian Design and the Photography of Aldo and Marirosa Ballo. Bellevue Arts Museum, $10–$14.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Gerard Schwarz Conducts Mozart
Schwarz, the symphony’s conductor laureate, returns to lead the orchestra in Mozart’s spirited Jeunehomme Concerto—“Mozart’s Eroica,” per Albert Einstein; pianist Garrick Ohlsson guests. Benaroya Hall, $31–$112.
Acerbic comedians love Seattle. The gloom suits them. Alt-comedy pioneer Janeane Garofalo will fit in perfectly. Neptune Theatre, $21–$25.
Eat. Run. Hope.
Eat: Small bites by local chefs from Poppy, Canlis, Terra Plata, and more, washed down with mimosas and microbrews. Run: A 5k around Seward Park. Come early for the bacon relay. Hope: For fetal health. After Ethan Stowell and his wife lost their unborn twin sons to the rare Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome in 2011, they launched the first Eat. Run. Hope. fundraiser for the Fetal Hope Foundation. It’s back for round two. Seward Park, $25–$100.
Portland Cello Project
In December, Beck released a book of sheet music called Song Reader for other artists to interpret. It’s the type of work tailor-made for the indie-leaning cello ensemble. They’ll sample from Song Reader with the help of singer-songwriter Laura Gibson. The Triple Door, $15–$25.
Shane Carruth's mindbending, low budget time travel film Primer blew audiences away at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize. Then the inigmatic director, writer, and actor seemingly disappeared. He finally returned to this year's Sundance with his second, equally indecipherable feature Upstream Color, which led Time to ask, "Did one of the best movies ever made just debut in Park City?" SIFF Cinema Uptown, $11.
National Theatre Live: People
SIFF broadcasts the debut run of People, the latest comedy by British playwright Alan Bennett (The History Boys), staged at the National Theatre of Great Britain. The play follows two elderly sisters as they butt heads over whether to sell their decaying house or give it up to the government’s National Trust. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $20.
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
The LHAAFF celebrates its 10th anniversary in a big way, starting with an opening-night screening of the 1984 sci-fi satire The Brother from Another Planet. Actor Joe Morton—the titular brother who crash-lands in Harlem—will call in via Skype for a Q&A. The fest continues all week in the newly renovated Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute with a showcase of over 50 feature-length and short films, including many shot locally or by Northwest filmmakers.