The Sounders take the pitch on Sunday to begin the 2015 season.

THE SPORTING LIFE

Sun, Mar 8
Seattle Sounders Home Opener vs. New England Revolution
Is this the year the Sounders finally break through to capture their first MLS Cup? It’ll be a tricky proposition now that young star DeAndre Yedlin has transferred to the English Premier League. One thing’s for certain: MLS’s best fans will be out in droves to watch the team kick off the season against the New England Revolution. CenturyLink Field, $30–$225

CONCERTS

Sat, Mar 7
Seattle Rock Orchestra Performs Beck
The subdued, lush beauty of Beck’s latest album, the Grammy Award–winning Morning Phase, seems perfectly tailored for a Seattle Rock Orchestra performance. Actually, it almost seems too easy—which is why it’ll be even more interesting to see how SRO will (presumably) tackle Beck’s old, weirdo singles like “Loser” and “Where It’s At.” Moore Theatre, $23

DANCE

Thru Mar 5
Abraham.In.Motion
A spirit of positivity inspired by racial progress radiates from the modern dance compositions of MacArthur Fellow and rising choreography star Kyle Abraham. After a development residency at On the Boards last year, his small ensemble Abraham.In.Motion returns to Seattle to show off three new dances inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20th anniversary of Apartheid’s end. Moore Theatre, $33–$53

BOOKS & TALKS

Thur, Mar 5
Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed is the literal embodiment of Lao Tzu’s adage, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Her life spiraled out of control after her mother’s death, eventually leading to heroin use and the collapse of her marriage. To escape her own destructive ways, she embarked on a solo hike of the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail despite having no backpacking experience. She recounted the trek in the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which climbed to the top of the bestsellers list and was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film, Wild. Strayed travels to Benaroya Hall to deliver a unique speech tailored to the Seattle Arts and Lectures audience. Benaroya Hall, Sold Out

VISUAL ART

Thru Apr 15
Betsy Eby: Southern Spirituals
Betsy Eby’s encaustic (hot wax) paintings capture a momentary murmur of life in the quiet humid air. In Southern Spirituals, Eby—originally from the Pacific Northwest but now a resident of Georgia—creates flutters of color that dart across her calm, muted canvases like pollen or fireflies drifting in the stillness. Winston Wächter, Free

Thru June 7
Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico
The harshness of the New Mexico desert begets an appreciation for fleeting flourishes of life and color that dot the landscape. Led by Georgia O’Keeffe’s painted floral masterworks, generations of artists have captured the vitality of the American Southwest. Come to think of it, it’s not so different from the isolation-bred creativity of the Northwest. Tacoma Art Museum, $14

CLASSICAL & MORE

Mar 6–8
Seattle Pops: Rodgers and Hammerstein
The timeless songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musicals never seem to go stale, but hearing them performed live by the Seattle Symphony offers a new feel. The orchestra’s lush arrangements of songs from shows like Oklahoma! and South Pacific emphasize their emotional impact. Benaroya Hall, $41–$102

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sat, Mar 7
Ballard Homestead Grand Opening
Abbey Arts, which has long booked some of the city’s finest intimate art and music events at the Fremont Abbey, expands its reach with the Ballard Homestead. The renovated structure officially opens its doors with a free afternoon of family art activities followed by an evening of acoustic performance by some of the Abbey’s favorite local singer-songwriters including Courtney Marie Andrews and Jon Pontrello of the Moondoggies. Ballard Homestead, Free

THEATER

Mar 7–May 17
Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Few moments are as rewarding for music fans as discovering hidden gems. It’s why people freak out at the unearthing of each unheard Kurt Cobain demo and what made Searching for Sugar Man so exciting. The hit musical revue Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris has lit that feeling of discovery in audiences for decades by giving the songs of the titular Belgian singer-songwriter—who influenced artists like David Bowie and Leonard Cohen—a proper moment in the spotlight. 5th Avenue Theatre, $29–$79

FAMILY

Mar 5–Apr 26
Goodnight Moon

The classic children’s book Goodnight Moon consists of 131 words, 20 of which are “goodnight.” Needless to say, it doesn’t exactly scream, “Adapt me into a full-length musical!” But in 2007, Seattle Children’s Theatre worked its magic to bring to the stage the story of a bunny as he prepares to drift away to dreamland. And now it returns to entertain a new batch of young ’uns. Seattle Children's Theatre, $20–$36

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