Classical music may have a few perceptions to change if it’s to gain a wider audience, especially with younger listeners who might see it as stuffy (and pricey). Enter perception changers yMusic, a sextet of young, classically trained musicians who have collaborated with Annie Clark of St. Vincent (who plays Wednesday), the Dirty Projectors, The National, Bon Iver and Ra Ra Riot. In the spirit of their indie-classical crossovers, tell us what artists (living or dead) you’d most like to hear collaborate; best pairing receives tickets to yMusic’s show this Sunday, March 30.
March 24-March 29
Looking for a literary event that's less academic and more like a party? Then check out APRIL (Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature), Seattle's annual independent literary festival. The week long celebration kicks off with a free opening party at Chop Suey on Monday, March 24 featuring the poetry of Maged Zaher and loud rock tunes from Pony Time. Other events include happy hours, a pizza party at Richard Hugo House on Friday, March 28, and a publishing expo on Saturday, March 29. Most of the events are free and none run more than $10. Various Locations, free-$10.
Monday, March 24
Perfect Pussy with Future Fridays
Hearing Perfect Pussy for the first time, you’d only have a brief moment to consider why they would name themselves this before the music blows you away and you couldn’t care less what they’re called. Shredding, crashing, and shouting pours out of their newly released album Say Yes To Love, and the closing line to their opening track “I can have everything I want before I die” is a perfect fit for their aggressively defiant and powerful sound. The Vera Project, $9.
Tuesday, March 25
The performance group Sister Spit is many things: playwrights, storytellers, performance artists, multimedia expressions, poets—but something it is decidedly not is quiet. This queer-centered artist group swings through Seattle for another rowdy night of their funny, touching, sometimes dark, always interesting performances with their unapologetically radical show. Hugo House, $10.
Wednesday, March 26
Teju Cole doesn’t shy away from experimenting with his intelligent prose. This penchant not only extends to his PEN/Hemingway Award—winning novel Open City, but also to twitter, where he recently composed and published a short story entirely through retweets. Cole comes to town with a revised version of his debut novella, Every Day is for the Thief. Elliott Bay Bookstore, free.
Sunday, March 30
Short Stories Live Northwest Spotlight
This well-loved story series will focus on some of our top regional talent, both the authors who wrote the stories and the local actors who will perform their work. The reading will include Sherman Alexie’s “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” as well as “Helpless Little Things” by Jess Walter and “St. Jude in Persia” by Lucia Perillo. Hear these works performed by John Osebold, Russell Hodgkinson, and Sarah Rudinoff at one of Town Hall’s best events. Town Hall, $10-$15.
Ticket Giveaway: Classical sextet yMusic has collaborated with modern indie acts like St. Vincent and heads to Kirkland Performance Center this Sunday. Let us know which Seattle band or artist you'd most like to see collaborate with a string ensemble to have a chance to win two tickets to the show.