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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 23–26
Grupo Corpo dances to a Brazilian beat, A Great Wilderness examines conversion therapy, and Knights of Badassdom slays mythical beasts.
Brazilian contemporary dance company Grupo Corpo encapsulates its home country’s diverse and vibrant dance spirit. Mixing ballet, jazz, and Afro-Brazilian styles, the group balances power with playfulness. Two Seattle premieres draw inspiration from the human body and medieval Portuguese songs. Meany Hall, $47–$52.
Thru Feb 16
A Great Wilderness
Rising playwright Samuel D. Hunter’s latest work A Great Wilderness focuses on Walter, a Christian gay conversion therapy counselor who runs a camp in Idaho. When a new patient arrives and then disappears, Walter’s world begins to fall apart. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $30–$50.
Jan 23–Feb 2
Children's Film Festival Seattle
Sure, your kids would accept staying at home streaming the same mindless kids’ movie on Netflix for the 3,000th time, but why not open their worlds to new cinematic horizons? Now in its ninth year, Children’s Film Festival Seattle brings in over 100 children’s movies from around the world to Northwest Film Forum to entertain the little cinephiles with some fresh material. Northwest Film Forum, $11–$12.
Fri & Sat, Feb 24 & 25
Knights of Badassdom
Three best friends take to the woods for a weekend of LARPing (Live Action Role Playing, if you're not up on that kind of thing): dragons, swords, magic, and demons. But when the players accidentally conjure up some seriously evil juju from Hell, their weekend turns into a real life, totally badass battle. Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage stars in this fantasy comedy that was shot outside Spokane. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $11.
BOOKS & TALKS
Thur, Jan 23
Cheap Wine and Poetry
Even if you're a wine sommelier, Charles Shaw pairs equisitely with poetry from Matt Gano, Amber Nelson, Rauan Klassnik, and Chelsea Kurnick. Join them for a night of libations and alliteration. Richard Hugo House, free.
Jan 25–Apr 20
Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture
Architectural minds have to start somewhere, and for many it involves the childhood thrill of snapping together blocks of plastic. The Block by Block exhibit features detailed Lego recreations of world-famous skyscrapers—from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to our beloved Space Needle—constructed by Lego Certified Professional builders. EMP, $20.
Sat, Jan 25
Shelby Earl: Swift Arrows Vinyl Release Show
While Shelby Earl's Swift Arrows was one of the best local records of 2013 (and a Seattle Met Album of the Month), the album sadly wasn't released on vinyl. Until now. The singer-songwriter celebrates the first pressing of Swift Arrows vinyls with a show at the Tractor. Tractor Tavern, $10.
Sat, Jan 25
Vaudeville Etiquette Presents: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
If you could see Rumours by Fleetwood Mac covered in its entirety, naturally certain questions should arise. First, “Will they do it justice and will they live up to the legacy of Stevie Nicks and the band?” Luckily yes, the talented folk, rock, country, and blues band Vaudeville Etiquette should give a worthy performance with its floor-stomping energy and vibrant stage presence. Sunset Tavern, $8.
Sat, Jan 25
Volcano Choir's first album Unmap was a experiment in playful pieces: passed emails, audio sent from opposite ends of Wisconsin, lyrics written long before the group was an actual band. The side project of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon heads to the Neptune with new songs, layered with electronic and acoustic instruments and threaded with looping vocals, from its sophomore album, Repave. Neptune Theatre, sold out.
Sun, Jan 26
56th Grammy Awards
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have a chance to cap off their unbelievable run of success at this years Grammy Awards. The duo is nominated in seven categories (including Album of the Year for The Heist and Song of the Year for "Same Love") and are favored to take home most of the trophies. Even if they come up empty, Seattle fans can still have incentive to tune in as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will also perform as part of the night's festivities. Televised on CBS.