Paul Taylor Dance Company soars at Meany. (photo courtesy Lois Greenfield)

THEATER
Rumor has it playwright Scot Augustson, usually a font of deliriously filthy humor, injected some genuine sweetness into Teensploitation, a shadow puppet play which spoofs the pangs of puberty. But the notorious whore hen Chicken Jenny returns as a prominent character so expect a little cheek to the proceedings.

Tom Stoppard’s challenging Rock ‘n’ Roll demands that you think right along with it—not an easy task considering the playwright’s a genius and Czech politics aren’t everyone’s bag. But it’s an immensely rewarding, life-affirming play—following several characters through the conflicting emotions of cultural and political revolution—that leaves your head spinning and heart full. And it loves rock ‘n’ roll.

“Challenging” is not a word I’d use to describe Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat but it’s the most affable and easy-to-swallow of Andrew Lloyd Wanker’s often strident musicals. And American Idol fans should check out 2005 finalist Anthony Fedorov in the lead.

CLASSICAL & MORE
Northwest Sinfonietta offers The 8 Seasons this weekend, which means Vivaldi’s classic four and an extra, less-familiar quartet from Astor Piazzolla—his sensuous The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires should not be missed.

Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 brings its Bohemian charms to Benaroya Hall in the hands of the Seattle Symphony.

DANCE
Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the nation’s finest troupes, returns to UW World Series at Meany Hall.

If you find attractive, undulating abdomens of interest—and, really, who doesn’t?—you might want a front row seat for Bellydance Superstars.

CONCERTS
The Dutchess and the Duke tout their new album Sunset/Sunrise at the Crocodile on Friday and, I’m proud to say, Seattle Met’s been touting them from the beginning.

Lord knows what condition front man Shane MacGowan will be in when The Pogues play Showbox Sodo on Saturday but the man can still wail the punk out of Irish folk.

FILM
Director Sam Raimi sort of lost me with the three bloated Spider-Man flicks but his mischievous talent for magnificently cheap thrills are in abundant display in Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn and Army of Darkness at the Grand Illusion.

SIFF Cinema salutes Alfred Hitchcock, Master of Suspense with six flicks, including one of my favorites, The 39 Steps. The Master and his fetish for blondes are always worth a big screen viewing.

VISUAL ART
Allen Sekula: Waiting for Tear Gas at the Henry captures when the WTO conference unwisely descended on a decidedly sleepless Seattle—the city has perhaps never been more awake than it was from November 29 to December 3, 1999.

BOOKS & TALKS
Christos Papadimitriou cowrote Logicomix, a new graphic novel whose hero is philosopher Bertrand Russell. Papdimitriou is no slouch himself: He’s a computer science professor at UC Berkeley who authored one of the most renown books on (get ready) computational complexity theory. It all sounds Greek to me. (Get it? Greek? Papadimitriou? Ah, hell.)

SPECIAL EVENTS
If you love books, the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is a must. Beautiful editions of rare finds.

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