The Weekend Starts... Now.
The Top Things to Do This Weekend: April 17–20
Break it down with Massive Monkeys, take a new journey with Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, and imbibe at the Hop Scotch Festival.
Sat, Apr 19
Massive Monkees: 15 Year Anniversary Party
Seattle's premiere breakdancing crew celebrates a decade and a half of excellence with a b-boy/b-girl blowout at the Showbox. Massive Monkees hosts its yearly competition night, packed with 3 on 3 crew battles, DJs, a footwork master competition, top American b-boys like Roxrite, and more. Get hyped by the pageantry of fleet feet and dropped beats. The Showbox, $20.
Apr 18–May 3
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
The fantasy of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is a devilishly modern creation. Frazzled single mom and video game composer Valerie Vigoda gets whisked away on a cross-time romantic adventure when her video blog is contacted by famed roguish explorer Ernest Shackleton. What’s not a fantasy is the combination of local theatrical forces behind this world premiere: Seattle Rep, ACT Theatre, and Balagan Theatre all team up to put on this workshop performance before it heads off-Broadway. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $45.
Apr 18–May 18
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Many running themes permeate Edward Albee’s modern theatrical classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: marital unrest, repressed feelings, manipulation, and whisky. Seattle Rep plans to highlight the last of the bunch, by offering up whisky tie-ins for patrons looking for a stiff drink to match the show’s downtrodden tone. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $15–$72.
FOOD & DRINK
Fri & Sat, Apr 18 & 19
Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival
Most of Seattle’s imbibing festivals focus on a narrow scope of drinks: regional wines, seasonal beers, etc. The Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival thinks that’s hogwash. Think of it as an ultimate popup bar featuring craft brews, aged scotch and whiskey, and wine. Free yourself from single palate conformity. Fremont Studios, $40–$60.
BOOKS & TALKS
Thur, Apr 17
Eat Read Hugo
Bookworms can have a social life too. Eat Read Hugo, Richard Hugo House’s annual fundraiser, offers the bookish a gala featuring food by Tom Douglas, auctions with items ranging from writers retreats to sports tickets, and, most importantly, literary discussion. Nancy Pearl, Seattle’s star librarian, headlines this year’s edition. Palace Ballroom, $175–$250.
Thur, Apr 17
New York Times bestselling suspense author Gillian Flynn is coming to thrill Seattle. Before the David Fincher-helmed adaptation of her novel Gone Girl hits theaters this fall, she heads to Town Hall for a Q&A moderated by Maria Semple. Town Hall, sold out (standby tickets $15).
Fri, Apr 18
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Backstage Bash: Midsummer Mischief
The playful humor of Pacific Northwest Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream is mischievous enough on its own, but PNB's Young Patrons Circle ups the ante with this year's Backstage Bash. The after-performance party offers patrons a chance to let loose and mingle with some of the dancers in the wings of McCaw Hall. Get things started at the bar with unlimited free drinks (beer, wine, and a vodka cocktail), hors d’oeuvres, and a selection of desserts, then check out all the night's diversions. The festivities include an on stage dance party with music from DJ Skiddle, acrobatic performances, face painting by PNB's makeup artists, and more. McCaw Hall, $25–$30 (does not include ballet performance).
Sat, Apr 19
Record Store Day
Fans of tangible media rejoice, it's time once again for Record Store Day, and there are plenty of RSD exclusives with Seattle ties this year. Pick up limited edition copies of live albums by Death Cab for Cutie (with Magik*Magik Orchestra), Jake Bugg (recorded at local record shop Silver Platters), Mudhoney (recorded on top of the frickin' Space Needle), and more. The days festivites also include in-store performance around town by groups like Rose Windows, Posse, and Hobosexual. Various record stores, free.
Fri, Apr 18
For most, acting the lush and ragging on celebrates would make for a wild weekend. Comedian Chelsea Handler turned it into a career. The Chelsea Lately and bestselling author of books like Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea returns to the Seattle stage to promote her new book of outlandish stories and tongue in cheek travel advice, Uganda Be Kidding Me. Paramount Theatre, $87.
OUT OF TOWN
Thru Apr 30
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
“April showers bring May flowers.” This rhyme may hold true in some parts of the country, but here in Seattle we had showers in March (and February and January and…) so ours are ready to pop up now. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival offers the most spectacular showing, and it’s certainly worth the trek North to see hundreds of acres of brightly bursting tulip fields on a free self-guided tour. You'll want to bring your camera for their photo contest. Skagit Valley, free.