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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 13–16
Agnes Obel serenades the congregation at St. Mark's Cathedral, PNB Director's Choice offers can't miss dance, and The Lion King roars.
Sat, Mar 15
Cathedrals VII: Agnes Obel
Since its inception in 2011, there’s been no finer concert series in Seattle than Fremont Abbey’s Cathedrals, which invites local favorites such as Damien Jurado and Sera Cahoone to St. Mark’s Cathedral, where their music reverberates beautifully in the church’s cavernous space. This month the Abbey breaks its local mold and imports Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel and her calm, sweeping grand piano arrangements (with cello and violin accompaniment) for the seventh edition of Cathedrals. Local singer-songwritter Bryan John Appleby opens. St. Mark's Cathedral, $18.
Thur, Mar 13
Iska Dhaaf: Even the Sun Will Burn Release Show
There's been no hotter band in Seattle over the past half year than Iska Dhaaf, and all that has been sans a proper release. The group's dual vocal approach and restrained guitar and drum rock buzzes with heady melodies. The duo, consisting of Nathan Quiroga (Buffalo Madonna) and Benjamin Verdoes (Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band), unveils its full length debut album Even the Sun Will Burn with a Nuemos show featuring Don’t Talk to the Cops and Stickers. Neumos, $8.
Fri, Mar 14
Naomi Wachira: Self-Titled Album Release Show
Kenyan native Naomi Wachira brings a truly unique voice to Seattle's singer-songwriter scene. Her songs mix percussive African rhythms, folk soulfulness, tales of heartbreak, and uplifting messages of female empowerment. While she soft-released her new Damien Jurado-produced self-titled album when opening up for Jurado at the Neptune in January, the record gets its proper debut with a headlining gig at Columbia City Theater. Columbia City Theater, $8–$10.
PNB Director's Choice
New and contemporary works by modern choreographers and composers make Director’s Choice a highlight of the dance calendar. This year’s incarnation features a world premiere by Spanish born choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, the Dave Brubeck scored Take Five…More or Less, the aerial ballet of Susan Stroman’s Kiss, and State of Darkness by choreographer Molissa Fenley set to the music of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. McCaw Hall, $24–$174.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Mozart's Prague Symphony
With accompaniment by virtuoso violinist James Ehnes, the Seattle Symphony performs works by Dvořák, Bartók, and concludes with Mozart’s Prague Symphony (No. 38). The Mozart work is notable for its heavy reliance on wind instruments and three-movement structure. Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.
Sat, Mar 15
Soundbridge Presents: Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Of all the Dr. Seuss classics, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! has the most universal appeal with its message encouraging an active life full of discovery. WindSync woodwind quartet mixes Seuss’s story with playful music for short Saturday morning concerts designed for children three to six years old. Benaroya Hall, $12.
Thru May 25
Mark Tobey and Teng Baiye: Seattle/Shanghai
The modest exhibit running in tandem with Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 at the Frye attempts to break new ground in considering cross-cultural connections shared between artists. Three decades before Life magazine published its famous article hailing four “mystic painters of the Northwest,” which cemented Tobey’s image as a leading figure of the so-called “Northwest School,” the painter learned Chinese calligraphy from his friend Teng Baiye. That early friendship provides a glimpse into Tobey’s mature work and raises intriguing connections including the role the friendship may have played in the evolution of Tobey’s characteristic “white writing” style. Frye Art Museum, free.
BOOKS & TALKS
Fri, Mar 14
Hugo Literary Series: Family Ties
They say you can’t choose your family, but you can certainly pour your thoughts about them on the page. The latest edition of Hugo House’s Literary Series is all about family connections, and features novelist David Guterson (PEN/Faulkner winner for Snow Falling on Cedars), progressive poet Matthew Dickman (whose twin brother Michael is also an award-winning poet), and nonfiction author Wendy Call. Richard Hugo House, $25.
Thru Apr 6
The Lion King
Disney's The Lion King is the fourth-longest running and highest grossing show on Broadway — and for good reason. Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life the well-know story and Oscar-winning classics "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life" from the animated film with a visual feast of stunning costumes, intricate puppeteering sequences, and impressive choreography. Flocks of kites fly above the stage to recreate a scene of birds over the African savanna, stilt walkers travel on all fours as giraffes, and a few dancers transform into a whole herd of gazelle in this memorable musical production. Paramount Theatre, $42–$175.
Mar 6–Apr 6
House of Thee Unholy
Explore all the decadence of the ‘70s (or relive it) with the return of the sexy rock burlesque show House of Thee Unholy. The Triple Door is really the perfect venue for burlesque, and the psychedelic culture of the ‘70s is the perfect decade for a such a mind-blowing show featuring over a dozen dancers, multiple singer and musicians, druids, Vikings, and Hindu goddesses. And (do we even need to mention?) sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. The Triple Door, $20–$45.