Emerald City Comicon
As Emerald City Comicon has grown over the past few years, it’s become somewhat of a madhouse scene. Legions of nerds of all shapes, sizes, and manner of elaborate cosplay cram into the Washington State Convention Center. This year’s celebrity guests include Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver), Steven Yuen (The Walking Dead), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who), Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), and many more. Washington State Convention and Trade Center, sold out.
Sun & Mon, Mar 30 & 31
While many know him primarily as Tom Haverford on the NBC's Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari is at his best when performing stand-up. His 2010 special Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening is easily one of the best hours of comedy released this decade, and he'll break down the insanity of trying to find love in the new tech age on his new Modern Romance tour. Moore Theatre, $25–$45.
Mar 28–Apr 14
The Edge of Our Bodies
Washington Ensemble Theatre continues its commitment to bring progressive new plays to Seattle with the Northwest premiere of Adam Rapp’s one-woman show The Edge of Our Bodies. Bernadette, a privileged and pregnant New York teen, embarks on a train trip to see her long distance boyfriend and must face the sobering and sometimes brutal realities of loneliness and adulthood. Washington Ensemble Theatre, $20.
Mar 28–Apr 26
In the Book Of
When lieutenant Naomi Watkins is discharged from the army, she decides to bring her Afghan translator, fast friend, and fellow widow Anisah to live in her home state of Mississippi. But when immigrant deportation becomes a hot button issue in the local elections and Anisah’s visa is contested, the entire town becomes a testing ground for faith, family, friendship, and the American Way. Taproot Theatre, $20–$40.
Mar 29–Sept 1
Spy: The Secret World of Espionage
Pop culture’s fascination with fictional spies in part stems from their amazing gadgets, from James Bond’s jet pack in Thunderball to Agent 86’s shoe phone in Get Smart. Pacific Science Center’s new exhibit Spy: The Secret World of Espionage shows off the real deal, uncovering the history of modern covert intelligence through nearly 300 declassified documents and gizmos used by the CIA and FBI from the 1930s to modern times. And as an added bonus, you’ll learn how to sneak through one of those security laser beam array things. Pacific Science Center, $18.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Sun, Mar 30
If anyone can reshape the classical genre, it’s yMusic, a sextet of young, classically trained musicians who have collaborated with indie artists like St. Vincent, the Dirty Projectors, The National, Bon Iver and Ra Ra Riot. Their crossover classical-indie collaborations have begun to garner much deserved acclaim as they bring classical music outside its traditional structures and stages. Kirkland Performance Center, $15.
FOOD & DRINK
Sat & Sun, Mar 29 & 30
Taste Washington is the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event; we’ve just got so much to offer. This year will be the 17th annual incarnation, and you can experience nearly 200 Washington wineries with food pairings from over 60 Seattle restaurants in this always-extraordinary display of our local food and drink. CenturyLink Field Event Center, $80–$185.
Fri, Mar 28
The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream, the third album by Philadelphia indie rock band The War on Drugs, is aptly titled. It's easy to get lost in the swirling guitar, synth touches, and beats as songs drift dreamily along. It's been heralded as the group's breakout record by everyone from Pitchfork and SPIN to Grantland and Amazon, whose editors declared last week that Lost in the Dream "is the best indie release of 2014 so far." Neptune Theatre, $17–$20.
Fri, Mar 28
In the Mood: 1940s Musical Revue
Transport back to the ’40s and swing the night away to classic Sinatra, Glenn Miller, and the Andrews Sisters songs. In the Mood boasts a classic big band (complete with period costumes) and a troupe of singers/dancers for a show that might get people twirling their partners in the Benaroya Hall aisles. Benaroya Hall, $29–$79.
Sat & Sun, Mar 29 & 30
Seattle Men's Chorus: Totally Wicked
Seattle Men's Chorus brings to life the smash-hits songs of Broadway darling Stephan Schwartz, whose famous musicals include Wicked, Pippen, and Godspell. Bellevue native and Broadway alum Megan Hilty joins SMC in this wickedly fun performance. McCaw Hall, $28–$78.
Seattle’s Zoe | Juniper have always approach their dances with an unparalleled sense of design and visual art composition, but their new piece BeginAgain pushes this strength even further. This time around, the duo inverted their normal process; starting with creation of the production elements (sound, lighting, video, and costumes) and crafting the choreography in response to what was already in place. After working out the show via an On the Boards residency last summer, Zoe | Juniper performs the world premiere BeginAgain for sold out hometown audiences. On the Boards, sold out.
BOOKS & TALKS
Thru Mar 29
Looking for a literary event that's less academic and more like a party? Then check out APRIL (Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature), Seattle's annual independent literary festival. The week long celebration features happy hours, a pizza party at Richard Hugo House on Friday, March 28, and a publishing expo on Saturday, March 29. Various venues, free–$10.