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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 2–5
Start the new year on the right foot with Beethoven, Evita, and cat videos from the Internet.
Thru Jan 5
While she might not want Argentina to cry for her, the story of famed Argentinian First Lady Eva Perón usually ends up with a few misty eyes in the audience. Broadway at the Paramount starts the 2014 theater year with the touring revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s Evita. Paramount Theatre, $25–$75.
Jan 2–Feb 15
Sale of Francine Seders Gallery Inventory Collection
After 47 years, the Francine Seders Gallery closes its doors on Christmas Eve. The 80-year-old Seders plans to continue working with her stable of artists and write a book on Northwest art, but she’ll do so from home, and there’s simply not enough space there for the art she’s amassed. She turns to her friend Greg Kucera to offload the remainder of her collection of paintings that represent almost a half century of Seattle art history. Greg Kucera Gallery, free.
Jan 2–Feb 15
Claude Zervas: Quasicrystals
The latest show by minimalist painter Claude Zervas focuses on, in the artist's own words, the "taxonomy of quasicrystals." In layman's terms, that means the paintings are (mostly) colorful collections of lines that look like something you might see when gazing at a microscope slide in biology class. Greg Kucera Gallery, free.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Thur & Sat, Jan 2 & 4
The term greatest hits gets thrown around liberally. There are plenty of songs that can be added to compilation CDs to be hawked on late-night TV, but Beethoven’s Ninth? Now that’s a greatest hit. Seattle Symphony once again trots out the beloved composition that has been thrilling audiences for nearly 190 years. Benaroya Hall, $44–$128.
The Internet rules our lives and cats rule the Internet. Attend a screening of the work from Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival, because our feline overlords deserve to be displayed on a bigger screen than those of our laptops. Kirkland Arts Center, $25.
Pearl Django with Bucky Pizzarelli
The gypsy jazz of Pearl Django gets a special boost when 87-year-old guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli joins the group for a run of shows at Jazz Alley. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, $25.
Fri, Jan 3
Fly Moon Royalty and Fresh Esspresso
Local electro soul group Fly Moon Royalty marks the release of Unfinished Business, its latest EP, with a headlining gig at Neumos. Those who purchase a ticket in advance receive a free digital copy of the record. Neumos, $10–$12.
Sat, Jan 4
Upbeat sunshiny surf rock is just what Seattle needs, especially this time of year. Help put a positive spin on your 2014 by catching Surfer Blood playing with Wild Ones and Cock and Swan. Occasionally hazy chords, warm melodious lyrics, and driving drums will be the perfect way to officially ease out of the chaotic holiday season. Sunset Tavern, $10.
Sat, Jan 4
King of the Road: A Roger Miller Tribute Night
Over a dozen local musicians come together to sing the songs of country star Roger Miller, best known for his #1 hits "King of the Road," "Dang Me," and "England Swings." Columbia City Theater, $8–$10.