Fri, Apr 11
V. Contreras: Self-Titled Album Release Show
V. Contreras performs modern soulful music with an uncommon forcefulness. The singer doesn't ever try to be delicate lyrically or vocally; there's a thickness to her vocal tone which packs an oomph. She releases her debut self-titled record at the Triple Door with accompaniment by the Andrew Joslyn Orchestra. The Triple Door, $15–$50.
Sat, Apr 12
Kris Orlowski: Believer Release Show
Considering Kris Orlowski has already built up a large, loyal fan base in Seattle with his thoughtful singer-songwriter fare, it’s hard to believe that he’s just now releasing his first full-length album, Believer. The album finds Orlowski focused more on traditional rock and folk sounds instead of sweeping orchestration, but his uplifting and hopeful voice remains. The Showbox, $12–$15.
Sat, Apr 12
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
With his nonsensical lyrics, snotty and apathetic delivery, dry wit, and artfully messy guitar playing, Stephen Malkmus is the patron saint of indie rock. After taking time away from the Jicks to reunite legendary '90s band Pavement, he returns with a new record, Wig Out at Jagbags. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks heads to the Neptune with support from Speedy Ortiz, whose Major Arcana was one of 2013's most critically acclaimed records. Neptune Theatre, $17–$20.
BOOKS & TALKS
National Geographic Live: Carsten Peters
German photographer Carsten Peter has made a career of his two childhood obsessions: nature and photography. Often featured in National Geographic, Peter’s photos have captured volcanic eruptions and tornadoes, in action and up close. And now he’s coming to Benaroya Hall to describe just how far he had to go to get those shots. Benaroya Hall, $21–$38.
Thru Apr 20
When you enter the secretive nightclub of alleged gangster Frank Colacurcio you’ll step into a world of dancing, burlesque performers, live original music, comedy and everything else you could want in a cabaret. Seattle Vice mixes this world around you (as well as plenty of drinks) in a tale of corruption in the Emerald City. Stick around after Friday and Saturday showings for more late-night music and your turn to dance. ACT Theatre, $20–$35.
Apr 11–May 4
The economic crisis has hit Crystal with a metaphorical haymaker in ACT’s production of Bethany. The recently fired saleswoman must resort to desperate actions, including squatting in a foreclosed house already occupied by an emotionally perturbed man, in the hopes of making one big sale that will get things on track and allow her to get her daughter (the titular Bethany) back from foster care. Crystal’s path takes one dark turn after another as she becomes the embodiment of the harrowing repercussions of our economic climate. ACT Theatre, $20–$66.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
There's a spiritual gusto to the works performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. It's part contemporary dance expressiveness, part African American cultural celebration, and part blues and gospel musical outbursts. Paramount Theatre, $25–$71.
A Midsummer's Night Dream
Shakespeare’s tale of romance and magical mischief comes to life on pointed toes via George Balanchine’s master choreography and Felix Mendelssohn’s playful score. The costumes fashioned by Tony winner Martin Pakledinaz help the fairies glimmer and enchant audiences of all ages. McCaw Hall, $33–$179.
Capitol Hill's queer arts festival 'Mo-Wave returns with 30 musical acts, nine artists, and eight performers showcasing a diverse array of creativity. Events include displays at Ture Love Art Gallery, a free Saturday concert at the Pony headlined by S, the performance showcase on April 18 at Velocity Dance Center, and three nights of music at Chop Suey. The Chop Suey concerts mix national acts like electronic trio Hot Fruit, Justin Vivan Bond's pop, and Christeene's dirty rap with a dose of Seattle rock from Tacocat, Dust Moth, and more. Various Capitol Hill venues, Free–$15; 3-day concert pass $40.
Fri, Apr 11
Pinpointing Chelsea Peretti's comedic brilliance can be taxing because it's all over the proverbial map. She can bring over-the-top unbalanced comedic craziness blended with delusional confidence, which she displays as Gina on Brooklyn Nine-Nine or as her characters on Kroll Show. She's a master of the cutting put down, as exhibited when fielding callers on her podcast Call Chelsea Peretti and her appearances on The Pete Holmes Show. Her standup mixes these attributes with a deliciously dark "woe is me" edge. Sunset Tavern, sold out.
Sun, Apr 13
Andy Daly has long been one of comedy’s top “that guys.” It's easy to recognize “that guy” because he’s constantly popping up playing small, but hilarious, characters on Eastbound and Down, Comedy Bang Bang, Modern Family, The Office, and more. Thanks to Comedy Central's new show Review, Daly has finally gotten his turn in the spotlight, and he's making the most of it. Review stars Daly as Forrest MacNeil, an affable, white bread, and slightly dopey TV host who gives star-rated reviews of life experiences: Stealing, going to prom, being a racist, sleeping with a celebrity, eating 15 pancakes, and much more. Daly heads to Seattle on April 13 for one night at the Triple Door where he'll perform a cavalcade of his characters and debut new segments from an upcoming episode of Review.. The Triple Door, $15–$17.
Apr 10–May 18
Look out Underdog, there’ll soon be another superpowered canine on the scene when Seattle Children’s Theatre presents the world premiere of Art Dog. The titular superhero Art Dog can literally paint himself out of any sticky situations and nab villains with only a few strokes of his paintbrush. The show features plenty of fun thrills for kids and music by Heart songwriter Sue Ennis. Seattle Children's Theatre, $15–$36.