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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 4–7
Eric Carle's art transcends The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Nick Cave gets seedy, and local bands go symphonic with Seattle Rock Orchestra.
Local gents Joel Schneider and Andy Lum give the oft-tired notion of blues-rock a kick in the britches with a hint of grunge and some Seattle edge. The Triple Door, $15.
Steep Canyon Rangers
Now that they’ve finally shed the dead weight of banjo player Steve Martin (joke!), the Steep Canyon Rangers take center stage with their award-winning bluegrass licks. The Triple Door, $25–$30.
Jeff Bridges and the Abiders
While his turn as a country singer in Crazy Heart earned Jeff Bridges an Academy Award, it also proved the Dude can sing. Moore Theatre, $37–$65.
Apr 5 & 6
Seattle Rock Orchestra Presents Chamber Rock
Blending classical sounds with the cutting edge is Seattle Rock Orchestra’s forte. The volunteer ensemble lends strings and brass to Bowie and Radiohead covers, but our favorite nights are the annual Chamber Rock concerts. SRO founder and chief composer Scott Teske handpicks an eclectic lineup of buzzy local bands—in April, members of Kithkin, Pollens, and the Lonely Forest join—for an intimate chamber-music show that rocks. Columbia City Theater, $12–$15.
British new wavers OMD pioneered synthpop by creating unabashedly poppy electronic music when many of their peers attempted to suss out a more cold, mechanical sound. After a decade-long break from 1996–2006, the band got right back to turning out fresh music; the latest album, English Electric, is set to drop this month. Showbox at the Market, $29–$31.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
This rock concert’s tickets are will-call only. No bad seeds allowed (other than Nick’s). Paramount Theatre, sold out.
Untitled Feminist Show
Playwright Young Jean Lee can debate gender politics without saying a word; the latest “experiment” by the Spalding Gray Award winner is a practically dialogue-free comedy with women exploring feminism in their birthday suits. On the Boards, $25.
New Century Theatre Company’s adaptation of The Trial, Kafka’s cautionary tale of a man arrested on ambiguous charges who’s powerless in the face of “the Law,” isn’t going to be a standard play. “We want it to be an event,” said Darragh Kennan, who’ll star as Josef K. The stage is set in Inscape Arts, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service building where people used to be sworn in or detained. Don’t be surprised if they throw the book at you, too. Inscape Arts, $10–$30.
August: Osage County
Balagan Theatre continues its season of edgy modern theater—Avenue Q, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Next to Normal—with Tracy Lett's Pulitzer-winning dramedy of midwestern family dysfunction. Veteran local actors Charles Leggett and Shellie Shulkin star. Balagan Theatre (aka Erickson Theatre Off Broadway), $25.
Apr 6–July 7
Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle
Best known as the author and illustrator of children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle’s boundless imagination is on display in his poster art, street photography, glass sculptures, and opera costume design. Tacoma Art Museum, $8–$10.
Apr 6–Sept 29
Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque
Boston artist and architect Paul Laffoley imagines the self-coined “Bauharoque” era—a hybrid of Bauhaus utopia and Baroque extravagance—through brilliantly colored and diagrammed paintings best described as a karmic LSD trip. Henry Art Gallery.
Apr 4–May 18
The New York artist, who makes his debut, has a biography that reads like a Hollywood screenplay: Raised in three foster homes. Shipped to Europe and Asia as a merchant marine in 1945. Attended art school on the G.I. Bill, but worked most of his life as an orderly in the psych ward of a veteran’s hospital in New York. Through it all, he sketched and painted, amassing some 400 artworks that—until now—were a life’s story untold. Greg Kucera Gallery.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Gloria
Dashing young soprano Amanda Forsythe and baritone Douglas Williams lend heat to Handel’s cantata, performed with the Pacific MusicWorks Baroque orchestra. Benaroya Hall, $40.
Early Music Guild: Benjamin Bagby’s Beowulf
Teachers, take note: This is the way to sell Beowulf to your students. Bagby conjures the minstrels of 1,000 years past with this bardic performance of the Old English epic, sung with an Anglo-Saxon harp as accompaniment. Town Hall, $15–$40.
The Shining and Room 237
SIFF pairs Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror-thriller The Shining with the new documentary Room 237, which explores the theorized hidden messages within The Shining. Pop culture guru Chuck Klosterman called it “the best nonfiction film I’ve seen” in 2012. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $6–$11 per film.