Sat, Mar 1
Hootenanny! A Town Hall Tribute to Pete Seeger
Recently deceased folk legend Pete Seeger helped to popularize hootenannies—old-fashioned variety shows with music and audience participation—back in the '40s, but Seeger's spirit is alive and well in this musical, all-ages sing-along tribute concert. All proceeds will go to support EarthCorps. Town Hall, $5 (free for children 12 and under).
Feb 27–Mar 2
Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival
Whether you've got classic bluegrass in your blood or are more interested in the progressive newgrass sounds, there's something for everyone at Belevue's annual Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival. This year's lineup is loaded with top talent like mandolin wizards Mike Marshall and Chris Thile, the purist style of Dailey and Vincent, and the indie-inflected Elephant Revival. Bellevue might not be fully prepared for this beard and banjo influx. Hyatt Regency Bellevue Place, $30–$75; festival pass $140.
Sat, Mar 1
Seattle Rock Orchestra: Michael Jackson
The King of Pop may be dead, but long live his eminently danceable hits. Seattle Rock Orchestra pared back its 2013–14 season to focus on the heavy hitters with deep back catalogues (the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Jackson), so the volunteer orchestra should be at the top of its game tackling “Smooth Criminal,” “Man in the Mirror,” “ABC,” and more with the help of local vocalists like The Voice competitors Phillip Lomax and Jennifer Newberry. Moore Theatre, $23.
Sat, Mar 1
Sound Off! Battle of the Bands Finals
Sound Off! at the EMP museum is an annual 21 and under battle of the bands showdown, now in it’s 13th year. Bands from the surrounding area have faced off, so come see the finalists, synth pop group Laser Fox (Seattle), garage rock Thee Samedi (Bellevue), R&B artist Otieno Terry (Seattle), and the indie band Fauna Shade (Everett), compete for a chance to be crowned winner and play at Bumbershoot this year. EMP, $12.
Sun, Mar 2
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
If the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis isn’t the most talented jazz collective on the planet, it’s pretty darn close. Composed of 15 musicians, all aces in their field, the orchestra plays both new works and jazz standards by Ellington, Coltrane, and more. Marsalis also adds his diverse compositions—which span all jazz styles—and expert trumpeting to the mix. Paramount Theatre, $31–$81.
Thru May 25
Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930
When Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese American artist most famous for his sculptures, spent half a year studying calligraphy and ink painting with the Chinese expert Qi Baishi he picked up a thing or two. By working outside of his regular medium Noguchi was able to take his art to a new realm while still bringing in certain elements of his own expertise, which the Frye will display through May. Frye Art Museum, free.
Mar 1–June 15
The Brink: Anne Fenton
While Anne Fenton has largely been off the radar as a creator the past handful of years, the woman behind the now defunct artist collective Crawl Space looks to reemerge in a big way after winning Henry Art Gallery’s Brink award, which includes this solo showcase at the gallery. Henry Art Gallery, $10.
Sat & Sun, Mar 1 & 2
Seattle Bike Expo
For two days, Seattle Bike Expo takes over the massive Smith Cove Cruise Terminal and turns it into a biking wonderland. Whether you’re an every day commuter, casual Tour de France fan, or elite rider (who thinks you’re in the Tour de France), Seattle Bike Expo has something for everyone, including appearances by pro cyclists, presentations from industry experts, gear outfitters, biking manufacturers, writers, tour groups, and more. Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, $10–$12.
Thur, Feb 27
As a stand-up and star of FX’s Legit, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies isn’t afraid to cross lines, offend, and generally be bawdy. But behind all the crass layers, his jokes have the faintest tinge of good-natured heart and thought-provoking bent that separates him from his peers who are just shocking for shocking’s
Fri, Feb 28
Sync Music Video Festival
Reality TV killed the video star. Or so it seems on MTV. But hopefully Beyoncé has set a trend that may revitalize the lost art of the music video. SIFF understands the impact of creating an entire package presentation, and they will celebrate the most exciting and significant works with their first Sync Music Video Festival. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $15.
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
The annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival provides a cinematic tour of global Jewish and Israeli life—the ups, the downs, and plenty of laughs. The festival opens with The Zig Zag Kid, a coming-of-age film starring Isabella Rossellini, and includes a screening of When Comedy Went to School, which documents the generation of comedians that included Jerry Lewis and Lenny Bruce who all spent the summers of their youth at Upstate New York summer camps. Visit website for venues, $12–$25; festival passes $100–$250.
BOOKS & TALKS
Thru Mar 1
2014 AWP Conference and Bookfair
Presenters: 1,900. Bookfair exhibitors: 650. Literary events: 550. Days: 4. The 2014 AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference and Bookfair isn’t for casual book lovers. The intensive yearly conference crams as much as possible into four days of literary frenzy. Washington State Convention Center, $120–$285.