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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: April 3–6
Grand Illusion Cinemas celebrates its 10th anniversary, pianos strew the Benaroya Hall stage for Ten Grands, and more.
Fri, Apr 4
Instruments alone rarely conjure feelings of splendor, but there’s something special about the sight of 10 grand pianos strewn across the Benaroya Hall stage. Take in the majesty at the yearly Ten Grands concert, a program which features 10 pianists playing classical, jazz, and R&B and raises money for musical education. Benaroya Hall, $42–$120.
Tails of Wasps
Power is sexy, but sex is often power’s undoing. New Century Theatre Company’s world premiere production of Stephanie Timm’s Tails of Wasps captures one such downfall in vivid, intimate detail. In the private walls of a luxury hotel room a politician comes apart as he must face the reality of his lustful desires and sexual transgressions. ACT Theatre, $30.
Grand Illusion Cinema's 10th Anniversary
The U-District’s Grand Illusion Cinema celebrates its 10th anniversary the only way it knows how—by mixing classics, quirk, and forgotten gems. The highlight of the celebration is the screening of Orson Welles’s masterpiece Citizen Kane and his follow-up picture The Magnificent Ambersons, but there’s also 1930s mystery comedy The Thin Man and its sequel After the Thin Man, plus a Terminator double feature. No, not Terminator and Terminator 2; Terminator and Indonesia’s Lady Terminator. Grand Illusion Cinema, $8–$12.
Thur, Apr 3
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Soul queen Sharon Jones has the mentality of a fighter; she pounds the audience into submission with the power of her voice. So it’s no surprise her fighting spirit prevailed when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. She and the Dap-Kings proved they can whip a packed KeyArena into a frenzy when they played Bumbershoot 2012, so these Showbox concerts should be raucous. The Showbox, sold out.
Fri, Apr 4
Neutral Milk Hotel
Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea wasn’t supposed to be anything more than a niche album. The band’s label, Merge Records, only ordered just over 7,000 copies in its initial pressing in 1998. The warble vocals and lo-fi baroque indie rock was just too weird to catch on. Now it’s one of the most beloved records in indie rock history. After a 15-year hiatus, Neutral Milk Hotel has reunited and heads to the Neptune for an intimate indie sing-along. Neptune Theatre, sold out.
Sat, Apr 5
Dum Dum Girls
The sometimes-dreamy sometimes-noisy pop of Dum Dum Girls has been gaining notoriety since the L.A. group first started in 2008. Lead singer and bandleader Dee Dee Penny has a Seattle connection having just released her latest album Too True with Sub Pop in January. They play Neumos with openers Grave Babies and Blouse. Neumos, $15.
Sat and Sun, Apr 5 & 6
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra: The Art of the Jitterbug
In a way, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s The Art of the Jitterbug almost seems unfair. How can SRJO expect patrons to jive to Count Basie and Benny Goodman’s swinging jazz compositions when seated in performance halls? While there’s not space to bust out a jitterbug, there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be garnered from the popular big band arrangements that packed dance halls in the 1930s. See website for venue details. Benaroya Hall and Kirkland Performance Center, $15–$44.
Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
There's nothing neutral about Switzerland's century-old ballet company that employs classically honed skills to attack bold new dance works, On its first trip to Seattle, the ensemble performs Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat's Preludes et Fugues, which when set to a solo piano playing Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, at times feels like trained fight choreography. Meany Hall, $39–$44.
BOOKS & TALKS
Fri, Apr 4
Charles R. Cross with John Richards: Kurt Cobain’s Eternal Legacy
Twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s passing, he still remains one of the most central and influential figures in music today. Bestselling author Charles R. Cross examines Cobain’s lasting legacy with a new book of interviews with those who knew the famously troubled genius Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain. KEXP’s John Richards will also join the conversation so come as you are, but early enough to grab a seat. Town Hall, $5.
Fri, Apr 4
As is the case with many sitcom stars, George Lopez excelled as a standup well before finding a home on television. But the comfort of starring on The George Lopez Show and the new FXX sitcom Saint George, hasn't made Lopez's love for standup wane. It's still an itch that needs scratching. Moore Theatre, $33–$53.
Apr 3–May 17
Anne Siems and Terry Turrell
After 24 years as one of Seattle’s premiere art spaces, Grover/Thurston Gallery will cease operations on May 17. Before it bids farewell, the gallery goes out in style with exhibits by local artists Anne Siems and Terry Turrell. Siems presents tree portrait paintings inspired by rustic 1850s fashion and the majestic nurse logs and old stump growths she came across while on Northwest nature hikes, and Turrell showcases new sculptures. Grover/Thurston Gallery, free.
Apr 3–May 17
Warning: Staring long enough at one of Darren Waterston’s rag paper watercolor paintings may lead to mentally drifting away and getting lost in vivid daydreams. The works on display at Greg Kucera Gallery touch on floral imagery, classic Japanese influence, and things you might expect to see looking at alien blood under a microscope. It’s a color-blasted Ambien trip for the conscious. Greg Kucera Gallery, free.