FIRST LOOK

Seattle Art Museum celebrates the opening of its Kurt Cobain exhibit—titled simply, Kurt —with a lecture by local rock journalist Charles R. Cross. Cross penned The New York Times best-selling Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven in 2001, and has also written critically acclaimed histories of Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen. Tickets are $8 for the 7pm Friday lecture, which includes entry to the multimedia exhibit (click here for our sneak-peek slideshow of Kurt).

Also opening this weekend is Theater Schmeater’s An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein, paying tribute to the poet’s more …sophisticated (read: salacious) works. Don’t expect any wholesome kid favorites like Where the Sidewalk Ends or The Giving Tree in this performance of 10 hilariously lewd vignettes. May 14-June 12

And Tasty, a new Phinney Ridge art gallery featuring local artists and designers, celebrates its May 12 opening in style with a party Friday night from 6-9pm, coinciding with the Greenwood-Phinney ArtWalk and the launch of Tasty’s new exhibit Curi-Oddities. Find out more at shoptastyart.com.

LAST CHANCE

Take a last look at Michael Kenna’s haunting black-and-white photography at G. Gibson Gallery on Saturday. The Brit uses long exposure to lend drama to the Pyramids of Giza, Venetian canals, and other tourist spots across the UK and Europe. Through May 15.

ONLY CHANCE

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Eagles visit Key Arena for a one-night-only performance TONIGHT. Their newest album Long Road Out of Eden topped the charts in 2007, proving that the tempestuous foursome (which was a fivesome before original member Don Felder sued the group and wrote a scathing tell-all about his experience in the band) still has what it takes to “Take It Easy.” UPDATED 2pm 5/13/10 Due to an illness of Eagles bassist/vocalist Tim Schmit, tonight’s concert has been postponed until May 26. Tickets will be honored at the rescheduled concert. Call 206-684-7200 with questions.

Puerto Rican jazz piano legend Eddie Palmieri plays Jazz Alley May 13-16. The 73-year-old plays here with regular collaborator Brian Lynch (trumpet) and a sizzlin’ sextet.

Also TONIGHT, former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove will read from her latest collection, Sonata Mulattica, at Benaroya Hall.

FESTIVAL FEVER

Sample from more than 250 kinds of cheese at the Seattle Cheese Festival at Pike Place market May 15 and 16.

Giant Magnet, the former Seattle International Children’s Festival, runs through May 15 at Seattle Center.

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