VISUAL ART & EXHIBITS
June 15–Nov 3
Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Seattle's Floating Homes
We’ve always had a few (deep) questions regarding floating homes: Are water beds redundant? Where do toilets empty out? If a home starts to sink, does the mortgage holder have to go down with it? We’ll take it up with the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) when the exhibit Still Afloat debuts, with oral histories, archival photos, and a scale model home to explore. Museum of History and Industry, $14.
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Grand Opening
It's not hard to find Bainbridge Island's newest cultural hub—simply get off the boat. Located at the first intersection beyond the ferry terminal, the museum boasts an intense focus on Puget Sound artists (and free admission). BIMoA celebrates its grand opening June 14 with a full day of festivities, including art demonstations and a performance by the Bainbridge Symphony Brass. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, free.
Tracy Morgan’s comedic style forces us to examine a tough question: Is this guy even from the same planet as us? The highly condensed ball of unstable comic energy has proved his talents as the outlandish Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock and as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Now that 30 Rock has wrapped, he’s refocusing on his standup career, which is heavily influenced by his upbringing in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Neptune Theatre, $34.
Living legend Tony Bennett can still croon the standards with the best of them. He may be 86, but his performance at last year's Bumbershoot proved he can still get the crowd on its feet for multiple standing ovations. Pantages Theater, Tacoma, $89–$249.
It's been 30 years since Cyndi Lauper burst onto the pop music scene with her quirky style and hits like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Lauper celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of her debut album, She's So Unusual, by playing the album in its entirety. After all, women wanna have a little fun, too. Pantages Theater, Tacoma, $59–$129.
Blow Out: Women Who Rock Opening Concert
In honor of its new exhibit Women Who Rock—a historical and sociological look at the ladies who shaped pop and rock, from Joan Jett to Wanda Jackson to Lady Gaga—EMP hosts a blowout opening concert covering 50 years of music. Slated to perform: Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's, Hole drummer Patty Schemel, Donita Sparks, Dominique Davalos, and Shae Padilla; guest singers Annabella Lwin and Kim Shattuck; and local singers Star Anna, Shelby Earl, and Choklate. EMP, $20–$25.
Seattle International Dance Festival
Performers from around the world take to the streets of South Lake Union and invade Cornish College of the Arts with contemporary dance mania. SIDF opens with an “urban art fiesta” on Terry Avenue—featuring pop-up concerts, free dance classes, a beer and margarita garden, and food by Tom Douglas—followed by shows by contemporary choreographers from Ghana, Israel, and Canada, plus a “spotlight” on locals Amy O’Neal, Tere Mathern, and Kiyon Gaines. Raisbeck Performance Hall, $20–$50.
CLASSICAL & MORE
June 13 & 15
Britten's War Requiem
Not since the 1980s has a Seattle orchestra attempted Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem, which calls for hundreds onstage and evokes the destruction of World War II. This rare performance features the Seattle Symphony led by maestro Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Pro Musica chorus, three soloists, and the Northwest Boychoir. Come an hour early June 13 for a preconcert talk. Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.
Sandbox One-Act Play Festival
Three nights. Four brand-new plays. More Seattle theater talent per square foot than an “Actors Drink Free” night at Solo Bar. The Sandbox Artists Collective presents a weekend of 30-minute one-acts, a mix of drama (Elizabeth Heffron’s …dispose of me…, Emily Conbere’s Knocking Bird), dramedy (Scot Augustson’s Milwaukee), and gun allegory (Paul Mullin’s Openly We Carry). Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, $15.
Thru June 16
NW New Works Festival
Now in its second and final weekend, this annual festival of risk-taking local performances features the debut of theater piece The Land Is Always Known by the Satori Group, hip hop–influenced dance by the New Animals, and whatever actor-director-artist Paul Budraitis has concocted (June 15 & 16). On the Boards hosts two separate programs in its Studio and Mainstage theaters. On the Boards, $14–$30.
BOOKS & TALKS
Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human: Robot and Artificial Intelligence
Seattle Science Festival closes this weekend with a three-day festival of Thought Experiment plays created by scientist-playwright pairs. The question: What does it mean to be human? What role do robots and artificial intelligence play? Following a staged reading, the scientist will lead a Q&A. Town Hall, $5–17.
EAT & DRINK
Washington Brewers' Festival
Psst. Father’s Day is June 16. The Washington Brewers Festival, with 64 breweries pouring 200 types of beers, is also June 16. (You’re welcome.) And on Saturday and Sunday, this beer fest is all ages. Kids can enjoy the root beer garden while Dad samples some suds and watches the keg-tossing competition. The keyword is watch—there isn’t enough Bengay in the world. Marymoor Park, $15.
All-Star Softball Classic
What do Sherman Alexie, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, SuperSonics legend Gary Payton, and chef Ethan Stowell have in common? On Saturday, June 15, they’ll all be playing softball at Safeco Field. The charity event benefiting the United Way also features a concert by local indie pop band the Young Evils. And hey, the celebs can't be that much worse than the Mariners, right? Safeco Field, $10–$125.