Wondering which events to attend on Day 2 of City Arts Fest? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
City Arts Fest
Cat Power with J. Tillman
Crazy to think that Cat Power’s been performing since 1992—the singer-songwriter’s certainly come far since she was high school dropout Chan Marshall. Now she’s the artist who collaborates with Yoko Ono; whose music was featured in the Academy Award-winning film Juno; who was the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize (in 2007 for The Greatest). She brings her soulful vocals and minimalist style to Seattle, with Fleet Foxes drummer and/or solo artist J. Tillman joining. $33. 8pm, 5th Avenue Theatre.
Pat Graney Company’s Faith Triptych
Critics from Boston to Houston rave about Pat Graney, calling her one of the country’s best modern dance choreographers. Tell us something we don’t know. For the last 30 years, Seattle dance master Graney has give local audiences a lesson on innovation, blending dance and visual art, and she’ll take us to school again this weekend. Her company revives three performances originally commissioned by and presented at On the Boards— Faith (1991), Sleep (1995) and Tattoo (2001)—which will run back-to-back for the first time ever, with 12 of the original cast members. $20. 7:30, On the Boards.
Chamber vs. Chamber no. 4 with Paul Rucker and Tilson
Meet Paul Rucker, a cellist/bassist/composer/visual artist (seriously, Paul, save some talent for the rest of us), Earshot Jazz’s Best Emerging Artist of 2004, and Seattle’s Jazz Artist of the Year in 2005. He knows a thing or two about blurring the lines that define traditional chamber music. He’s joined by rapper Tilson in a conversation about the relationship between hip hop, poetry, spoken word, and classical music. $15. 8pm, Sorrento Hotel.
Fireside Chat: Reality vs. Myth, Mental Illness, Absinthe and the Opera
Come discuss how mental illness relates to absinthe and the arts (because apparently it does?), with emphasis on the opera Lucia di Lammermoor—the story of a young woman driven to madness and murder—now onstage at McCaw Hall. Special guests include Seattle Opera director Speight Jenkins and Portland-based absinthe distiller Gwydion Stone. Discussion fueled by samples of Marteau Absinthe, of course. $5. 6pm, Sorrento Hotel.