Noah Gundersen releases his new album Ledges at the Neptune, with a little help from his kin.

CONCERTS

Sat, Feb 15
Noah Gundersen: Ledges Release Show
It can be hard to stand out amongst Seattle’s vast network of singer-songwriters. Noah Gundersen not only stands out, he’s poised for a breakout. With the aid of his sister Abby, who handles violin and harmonizing duties, the 24-year-old Gundersen celebrates the release of his new album Ledges with this hometown show. Neptune Theatre, $14.

Fri, Feb 14
Tacocat: NVM Release Show
The candy stoners of Tacocat know how to craft a fun pop song out of just about any subject: Tonya Harding, cats, Magic Eye images, anarchy, periods, etc. To celebrate its new record NVM, the band hosts a Valentine's Day party at Chop Suey. So take a date and dance along or go stag and let the album fill the hole in your rejected heart with unmitigated bliss. Chop Suey, $5–$8.

Sat & Sun, Feb 15 & 16
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra: Such Sweet Thunder: The Duke Meets the Bard
Even the legends were inspired by legends. Such was the case when Duke Ellington composed the Such Sweet Thunder Suite, his musical tribute to Shakespeare which features movements like The Star-Crossed Lovers and Lady Mac. Local actors reading from the plays and sonnets that served as Ellington’s muses will further bolster SRJO’s theatrical mood. Benaroya Hall & Kirkland Performance Center, $15–$44.

Sat & Sun, Feb 15 & 16
PUSAFest '14
Yes, it’s a bit on the nose, but Presidents’ Day weekend wouldn’t be quite the same without the Seattle rock weirdoes of the Presidents of the United States of America hosting their annual PUSAFest. The band marks release of its new album, Kudos to You!, with an electric set at the Showbox on Saturday and two acoustic shows at the Triple Door on Sunday. Showbox and the Triple Door, $35 (first two shows sold out).

Sun, Feb 16
Band of Horses (Acoustic)
Despite alt-country group Band of Horses packing up and moving from its native Seattle to Charleston, South Carolina, it still occupies a warm place in many Seattle music fans’ hearts. To promote a new live acoustic album, Acoustic at the Ryman, the band is hitting a few select cities for a series of soft acoustic shows. Who says you can’t go home? Moore Theatre, sold out.

DANCE

Feb 13–16
Made in Seattle: Kate Wallich and the YC with Andrew Bartee
Two of Seattle’s hottest young dance talents come together to collaborate on their first evening-length dance program, Super Eagle. Kate Wallich has already established herself as one of the city’s most exciting choreographers since graduating from Cornish in 2010, and Andrew Bartee has been displaying his talents primarily as a dancer for PNB and Whim W’Him. Velocity Dance Center, $20.

Feb 14–16
Mark Morris Dance Group
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, choreographer and Seattle native Mark Morris returns with three of his company’s most sensuous dances. In addition to the passion-filled Love Song Waltzes and New Love Song Waltzes, the performances serve as the Seattle premiere for Socrates, set to Erik Satie’s cantata “Socrate” with lyrics drawn from Plato’s Dialogues. Paramount Theatre, $26–$71.

Sat & Sun, Feb 15 & 16
Chop Shop: Bodies of Work 2014
The Eastside’s annual contemporary dance festival excels at celebrating one of dance’s greatest features: universality that transcends its origin. This year’s edition of Chop Shop mixes area companies like Stone Dance Collective and Spectrum Dance Theater with groups from New York, Michigan, Arkansas, and Spain. Meydenbauer Center, $28.

CLASSICAL & MORE

Sun & Mon, Feb 16 & 17
Icebreaker VII: Open Source
The progress of technology constantly shifts the way artists create music. The Seattle Chamber Players explore this idea in depth with Icebreaker VII: Open Source. The two-day event mashes together classical live performance with Internet references, pop karaoke, Wikipedia style composition editing, and more. On the Boards, $30.

VISUAL ART

Feb 13–May 26
Miró: The Experience of Seeing
While less heralded stateside than some of his contemporaries like Picasso, Spanish artist Joan Miró made a profound impact on abstract European art. Miró: The Experience of Seeing captures the eccentricities of the artist’s final 20 years (1963–83) though drawings, colorful paintings, surreal sculptures. Seattle Art Museum, $20.

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