Jan 31–Feb 9
The Sleeping Beauty
If it’s difficult to flip the switch in the middle of February and go into full Valentine’s Day mode, why not prime the romantic mood with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rendition of The Sleeping Beauty? The dancers’ grace and the classic love story are enough to make any Princess Aurora or Prince Florimund swoon. McCaw Hall, $28–$144.
Jan 31–Feb 2
The Bridge Project 2014
Velocity’s annual Bridge Project injects fresh blood into Seattle’s dance community in a way that few (if any) other events can. Four choreographers who are either new to Seattle or haven’t created work in over three years are given full support from Velocity to produce a new work, including free rehearsal space, dancers, and a weekend to showcase the results on stage. Velocity Dance Center, $18–$20.
Jan 31–Feb 24
What if our memories could literally be shared with our loved ones forever? Washington Ensemble Theatre’s ambitious mix of comedy and drama, Ed, Downloaded, digs into the murky implications of this (not so distant) future. Selene downloads 10 memories of her terminally ill boyfriend, Edward, only to discover through them that he has another lover. Washington Ensemble Theatre, $20.
Opens Fri, Jan 31
Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014
Catching up on the films up for Academy Awards before the ceremony can be a hassle, but Harvard Exit Theatre's presentations of this year's Oscar nominated short films makes it easy to knock ten films of this year's list of award hopefuls. The contenders for Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film each get their own screening and provide a quick encapsulation of some of 2013's best filmmaking. Harvard Exit Theatre, $8–$11.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Fri, Jan 31
[Untitled] Series: Black Angels
This installment of Seattle Symphony’s informal late-night lobby shows centers around avant-garde composer George Crumb’s Black Angels. The manic string quartet piece requires gongs, vocal interjections, and crystal glasses. It’s the type of piece with an electricity that grabs listeners by the collar and won’t let go. Though, considering this series is un-titled, collars aren’t necessarily mandatory. Benaroya Hall, $20.
Fri, Jan 31
Little Big Show 8: Washed Out
The lush, dreamy soundscapes that songwriter Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) creates evoke starry skies on warm nights. Fittingly the Sub Pop artist brought a nighttime outdoor crowd to a captivated hush at last year’s Bumbershoot with his soft cooing. Washed Out headlines the eighth Little Big Show fundraiser; proceeds go to the local nonprofit film group Reel Grrls. Neptune Theatre, sold out.
Sat, Feb 1
While Seattle singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis didn't walk away with the Grammy for Song of the Year for “Same Love” at last weeks ceremonies, her performance with the duo, Madonna, and 33 couples getting married still drew headlines. Now back home, the emotionally powerful vocalist headlines her first Showbox concert, where she’ll be joined by a new look Lemolo and Pollens. Showbox, $15–$18.
Feb 1–May 4
Katinka Bock: A and I
The installations that German sculptor Katinka Bock creates out of found materials and clay emphasize a stark sense of space. It’s a minimalist aesthetic where scattered black tiles can seemingly fill an entire room despite their size. She’ll have plenty of room to explore when she takes over the Henry’s north galleries for her first major U.S. exhibit, A and I. Henry Art Gallery, free.
FOOD & DRINK
Sat, Feb 1
Typically relegated to seasonal status at Washington breweries, the sweet, malty, and strong (with alcohol levels often around 10 percent) flavors of Belgian-style beers get their day in the spotlight at Washington Beer Commission’s ever-popular Belgianfest. Bell Harbor International Conference Center, $35.
Sun, Feb 2
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
It all comes down to this. The Seahawks look to win the first championship in franchise history as Richard Sherman and the top ranked Hawks defense matches up with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos record breaking offense. The NFL's two best teams square off in what could be a title game for the ages. Televised on FOX.