Apr 18 & 19
This might be the show of the year. Prince—the man, the myth, the symbol—typically plays arenas, but for his new West Coast tour he's taking over clubs and intimate venues with his new band, the all-female three-piece 3rd Eye Girl. As of today, tickets for all four concerts over two nights at Showbox were still on sale. Showbox at the Market, $250.
KEXP's Hood to Hood 2013
KEXP broadcasts live from the University of Washington's Red Square during Husky Fest as part of the station's yearly Hood to Hood day. The loaded lineup of acts set to play on air includes local veterans such as Damien Jurado and exciting young upstarts Pollens, Kithkin, and Dude York. University of Washington's Red Square, free.
BOOKS & TALKS
Seattleite Urban Waite’s first novel The Terror of Living was a blood-soaked thriller in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy; it drew praise from Stephen King and was named as one of 2011’s "10 Best Books" by Esquire. He goes western noir with his new drug cartel escapade, The Carrion Birds. Elliott Bay Book Company, free.
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge) returns with The Burgess Boys, a drama about two brothers in Brooklyn who rehash long-dormant tensions when a family scandal pulls them back to their hometown in Maine. Seattle Central Library, free.
Collision Theory: The Finale
For months, we’ve had a pen pal named Molly. “Pen pal” isn’t quite accurate, since we never actually replied, but someone named Molly from Lingo Dance, undeterred, continued to write us letters on shiny gold stationery. Part philosophy, part poetry, these notes inspired us to take part in Collision Theory, a year of “immersions” around Seattle—dance and dinner parties, film screenings, fashion shows—orchestrated by choreographer KT Niehoff and musician Ivory Smith. The series reconsidered how art and audiences interact, and for the grand finale, they’ll dance to their own music at On the Boards—and, hopefully, ask us to join. On the Boards, $20.
Apr 19–May 19
In this 1960s farce with a dose of Pan Am glam, a lothario is living the dream—engaged to three stewardesses at once!—until Boeing develops a speedy new jet (the Dreamliner? Oh wait…) that complicates his dating life. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $15–$65.
Thur May 12
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Book-It Rep sends Huck and Jim down the Mississippi just as Mark Twain intended: with the uncensored text from 1885. Repeated use of the n-word puts the harsh reality of racism center stage. Book-It Repertory Theatre, $24–$45.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Apr 19 & 21
Simple Measures’ Rajan Krishnaswami (cello) and Mark Salman (piano) invite Seattle Symphony concertmaster Alexander Velinzon (violin) and clarinetist Sean Osborn to make sweet music in an informal concert; they’ll explore standout harmonies for duos and trios, hitting fever pitch with Beethoven’s Archduke Trio for piano, violin, and cello. Fri at Good Shepherd Chapel, Sun at Town Hall, $15–$30.
Apr 20 & 21
Bemis Spring Art Show
Once a bag factory, the four-story Bemis building has been renovated to house artist studios and commercial/warehouse space, much like the former Immigration and Naturalization Service Building–turned–Inscape Arts. The Bemis building opens its doors this weekend for its annual spring arts show, with some 50 artists—city and regional—showing their work and live acoustic music throughout the day. Bemis Building, free.
Apr 18–May 19
Penn is a preteen environmentalist with a pet turtle—easy pickings for seventh-grade bully Crash. The jock has a lot to learn from the nerd in this SCT production based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli. For ages eight and up. Seattle Children's Theatre, $15–$36.
Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour
There are plenty of happy hours options around town, but how many feature giant Jenga? The third Thursday of every month, Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour turns Seattle Center Armory into a full on party with music, cocktails, food, mini golf, and more. Seattle Center Armory, no cover.
Seattle Opera: Celebrating Our Earth
Seattle Opera premieres the second part of its original Our Earth trilogy as part of Seattle Center’s Earth Day festivities. Backed by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, the family-friendly operas tell stories about a Pacific Northwest river and its surrounding ecosystems. Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, free.