Thru Mar 16
Cavalia's Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, acrobatics, and high-tech theatrical effects in a magical two hour special show with 66 horses and 52 performers, all under the largest touring big top tent in the world. In addition the the equine cast and performers, the massive tent will be home to a real life carousel, an 80 thousand gallon lake, and a video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens. Marymoor Park, $50–$260.
Fri, Feb 21
Seattle Art Museum celebrates the opening of Miró: The Experience of Seeing with a loaded night of festivities featuring postcard creation with artist Romson Bustillo, special tours, a performance by 3rd Shift Dance, music from OC Notes, and much more. Seattle Art Museum, $25.
Sat, Feb 22
Party in the Wings: Venus in Fur
Join Seattle Rep's Club 20/30 and Seattle Met for a theatrical soiree featuring preshow cocktails, a performance of the risqué Venus in Fur, and a backstage afterparty with hors d’oeuvres, more cocktails, and music. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $60 (open 20- and 30-year-olds).
FOOD & DRINK
Sun, Feb 23
Seattle Wine and Food Experience
With more than a thousand wines from around the world just a sip away, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience creates the perfect opportunity to uncork your inner sommelier. On the off chance that one would sour on the great grapes, there is also plenty of beer, cider, and locally prepared cuisine. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, $55.
The Minstrel Show Revisited
Donald Byrd’s sharp satirical reimagining of minstrelsy made waves throughout the country when it debuted in the early ’90s. While the culture has shifted in the following decades, his modern look at the minstrel show still packs the racially charged punch that few (if any) dance performances can match. Cornish Playhouse, $25–$40.
Thru July 6
From an underground society in the 60s to a powerful and vocal group that recently influenced the passing of Washington’s marriage equality law, MOHAI examines the history of the regional LGBT community. Working with the organization Queering the Museum, the exhibit features photos, documents, and artifacts all displayed with input from LGBT individuals. MOHAI, $14.
Thur, Feb 20
After winning NBC’s The Sing-Off and going viral last holiday season with its rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” (over 20 million YouTube views and counting), Pentatonix has firmly established itself as one of the premiere a cappella groups in the country. The group’s live show spans a broad range of tastes; from classical harmonizing to Daft Punk covers. Paramount Theatre, sold out.
Fri, Feb 21
While the bratty punks of Dude York released the best local album of January 2014 in Dehumanize, the band has yet to play a show since the record's release. The situation is finally remedied nearly a month later as the band heads to Capitol Hill to rock the vintage shop walls of Cairo. Cairo, $5.
Fri & Sat, Feb 21 & 22
The Head and the Heart
Coming off a top-notch performance at Deck the Hall Ball 2013, the Seattle folk rock heroes of the Head and the Heart announced a headlining show at Paramount Theatre... and it sold out. Fast. So to meet its city's demand for more massive heartfelt harmonies, the band has added a second concert (which, not suprisingly, sold out). Those who nagged a ticket can expect a mix of tunes from the group's latest album—Let’s Be Still—and older favorites like “Rivers and Roads.” Paramount Theatre, sold out.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Feb 22–Mar 7
Bureaucratic paperwork isn’t typically fodder for gripping drama, but The Consul isn’t a typical opera. The story focuses on a mother trying in vain to get exit visas for her family in a totalitarian state. The 1950 opera may be a bleak tale, but Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize winner provides a melodic score and contemporary relevance in this Seattle Opera premier. McCaw Hall, $25–$216 .
BOOKS & TALKS
Fri, Feb 21
Hugo Literary Series: Must the Gun Always Fire? (And Other Rules of Writing)
Chekhov’s gun always fires, punctuation has its specific places, and certain words can’t start or end sentences according to rulebook writers. But rules were meant to be broken. Poet Natalie Diaz, short story writer Anthony Doerr, young adult novelist Karen Finneyfrock, and musician and The Monarch Review editor Jake Utti come together to discuss (and perhaps takedown) some of writings most hallowed principles. Richard Hugo House, $25.