Thru Jan 27
A Doll's House
Seattle Shakespeare Company veers off the Bardian path to tackle the 133-year-old play A Doll’s House, the second Ibsen play at Seattle Center since Intiman revived Hedda Gabler in July. Jennifer Sue Johnson plays Nora, a housewife caught in a lie and a stifling marriage to Michael Patten’s Torvald. Center House Theatre, $22–$45.
14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival
Twice a year, Seattle’s theater community indulges in a bit of organized chaos: Fifty artists write, direct, perform, score, or design 14 original plays in 48 hours. The ceremonial keg is tapped on a Thursday night, the writing begins shortly after, and the finished product is revealed Friday night. ACT Theatre, $10–$25; series pass $40.
Jan 5–Feb 3
Seattle Rep's New Play Festival
Seattle Repertory Theatre unveils some of its latest commissions by regional playwrights in its first new play festival. On the program: Justin Huertas’s Lizard Boy, about a young concert cellist with superpowers, and All the Way, part one of a two-part Lyndon B. Johnson biopic cocommissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $15–$101.
Jan 3 & 5
Rachmaninov Festivals 1 & 2
Ludovic Morlot leads a two-night celebration of the past and future of classical music, featuring award-winning piano prodigies Yeol Eum Son and Benjamin Grosvenor on Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos nos. 1 and 2 (Jan 3) and Denis Kozhukhin and Alexander Lubyantsev on Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos nos. 3 and 4 (Jan 5). Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.
Elvis Alive with Vince Mira
Just because Vince Mira’s days of being a freakishly accurate Johnny Cash cover artist are behind him, it doesn’t mean he’s given up playing other people’s tunes altogether. The Seattle singer-songwriter takes a crack at the King’s hit-laden catalog for three nights at the Triple Door. The Triple Door, $10–$20.
KEXP Audioasis Benefit: Don't Talk To the Cops, Stephanie, Dude York
KEXP raises money for Food Lifeline with the far-out hip-hop of Don't Talk To the Cops, the synth-infused pseudo-Brit rock sounds of Stephanie, the pop-rock of Dude York, and more. Sunset Tavern, $7–$8.
BOOKS & TALKS
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and geography professor spent years in the Pacific Islands studying traditional cultures that avoided technology’s grasp. In his 2012 release, The World Until Yesterday, Diamond looks at traditional cultural practices that industrial and postindustrial societies could learn from, including conflict resolution, diet and lifestyle, and child rearing. Town Hall, sold out.
Jan 3–Feb 9
The local photographer uses ironic realities to critique man’s interaction with his environment. “His work captures the odd and unintended intersections of common, forgotten objects with the natural environment,” says gallery owner Stephen Lyons. In Leaning Trees with Power Lines, a tree seems to be trying to uproot itself—“struggling mightily to maintain its dignity” as it shares space with an electrical pole. Platform Gallery.
Jan 3–Feb 16
Jeffrey Simmons: Works on Paper 2000-Present
With a steady hand and “the accuracy and focus of a diamond cutter” (per the Seattle P-I), Seattle artist Jeffrey Simmons creates paintings that look like HD images: concentric colors and geometric patterns in all shades of neon that seem ripped from a computer screen. Greg Kucera Gallery.