Thru July 13
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
A film adaptation of Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay has been trapped in development hell for over a decade, but a stage version becomes reality at Book-It Rep. The titular Jewish cousins Kavalier and Clay make it through World War II and end up working on the Golden Age of comic books. The Center Theatre, $23–$50.
Don’t expect Broadway glitz and glam from Passing Strange. This Tony-winning rock musical about a black musician’s journey of existential discovery takes an unvarnished look at race, sex, and masculinity. Local rocker LeRoy Bell plays the lead role of the Youth, and his powerful and emotive pipes should give the production the gritty edge it requires. ACT Theatre, $29–$40.
Thru June 29
Porgy and Bess
Hear “Summertime” in the summertime, as George Gershwin’s groundbreaking folk opera Porgy and Bess takes the 5th Avenue Theatre stage. The tale of African American plight in 1920s South Carolina follows the beggar Porgy’s attempts to save Bess from the dangerous men in her life. 5th Avenue Theatre, $40–$120.
Thru Sept 8
Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair
There’s a sense of identity one derives from hair, and few styles are as big, bold, and beautiful as the afro. It’s a loud declaration that can be simultaneously powerful and playful. Brooklyn photographer Michael July documents modern incarnations of the ’do—spanning a range of ethnicities and ages—in Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair at the Northwest African American Museum. The exhibit is BYOP: Bring your own pick. Northwest African American Museum, $7.
Thru Nov 9
Ink This! Contemporary Print Arts in the Northwest
While screen print art still might be most closely associated with concert posters and mass production, the art form extends to letterpress and book arts. The Northwest has been at the forefront of the flourishing movement, and Tacoma Art Museum’s Ink This! exhibit displays work by some of the most talented regional artists the medium has to offer. Tacoma Art Museum, $10.
June 14–Sept 21
Curtis R. Barnes: The Unicorn Incorporated
Seattle muralist and artist Curtis R. Barnes might be best known for his now-destroyed Omowale Mural at Medgar Evers Pool, but that’s a small sample of his extensive work that can seem politically charged one moment and oddball the next. The Frye’s Unicorn Incorporated serves as the first museum exhibit chronicling his colorful artistic legacy. Frye Art Museum, free.
Seattle International Dance Festival
If there’s one thing the Seattle International Dance Festival does particularly well, it’s balancing the first two words of its title. The two-weekend festival sandwiches a week of top local dancers in between the visiting performers who’ve traveled from distant locales like Romania and India to share their choreography. Raisbeck Hall, $20.
Sun, June 15
Game of Thrones Season 4 Finale Party at Thronewood Castle
King Pierre-Louis of the Grand House LUCID invites you to partake in the Game of Throne’s Season Finale “The Children” at the amazing 500-year-old Thornewood Castle located in Lakewood, WA. Special features include a Tour of Westerosi Cuisine, showcasing 6 main offerings of various dishes from The North, The South, Dorne, King’s Landing, Across the seas (Pentos, Braavos, etc.) and Dothraki; beer, wine, and various Game of Thrones inspired drinks (both non & alcoholic options are available); lawn games; an opportunity to sit in their version of the Iron Throne; and the screening of the season finale on a 110-inch HD Screen. Thornwood Castle, $75.
Seattle director Megan Griffiths drew rave reviews for her 2012 sex trafficking drama, Eden, and now she’s looking to take the next step in her career with the starkly different Lucky Them. The comedy follows Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), a rock journalist assigned to track down her reclusive musician ex-boyfriend, while her pal and wannabe documentarian Charlie (Thomas Haden Church) films the journey. Northwest Film Forum, $11.
Sun, June 15
Razing the Bar
For years, the Funhouse lurked in the shadows of the Space Needle on Fifth Avenue. And shadowy is just how the venue’s punk patrons liked it. The new documentary Razing the Bar captures the loud debauched glory of the dark and dirty venue and its music before its 2012 closure. Columbia City Theater, $10–$12.
FOOD & DRINK
Washington Brewers Festival
Celebrate Father’s Day in style at one of the only family-friendly beer fests around. Sample over 300 beers from almost 90 of the state’s finest breweries while taking in live music and keg tossing. The wee ones can keep entertained with craft booths and by sipping on cool beverages of their own (just like Mom and Pop!) in the root beer garden. Marymoor Park, $25.
THE SPORTING LIFE
Thur, June 12
Macklemore Bobblehead Night: Mariners vs. Yankees
As the relatively modern cliché goes, every rapper wants to be an professional athlete and every pro athlete wants to be a rapper. Macklemore will come pretty close to sports stardom when the Mariners host Macklemore Bobblehead Night on June 12. The first 30,000 fans through the Safeco Field gates for that night's showdown with the New York Yankees will receive their own mini Macklemore. Safeco Field, $22–$498.