Thru Apr 27
Crafting a Continuum
Bellevue Arts Museum continues to stump for giving crafts an artistic value that goes beyond any hobby project or flea market find. The museum’s spring exhibit includes more than 60 pieces that showcase the breadth of crafts over the past 50 years. Pieces range from an elegant painted wood carving of a rabbit from Japan to a kitschy fabric cactus made from a New Mexico border patrol uniform. Bellevue Arts Museum, $10.
Thru May 25
A Punch of Color: Fifty Years of Painting by Camille Patha
Seattleite Camille Patha has been a vital part of the city’s visual art scene since she began painting her abstract works in the 1960s. Tacoma Art Museum’s retrospective on her career is chock full of her vibrant explorations that explode in loud bursts of color and surrealist geometry. Tacoma Art Museum, $10.
Thru Feb 10
The “illustrated” man is not merely tattooed as he may first seem. In Ray Bradbury’s classic collection of 18 dark stories, this man’s brilliant illustrations come to life at night and move across his body to tell their tales. A pretty perfect theme for an art showing in a tattoo studio. Stop in before Sunday to see these works, and get any ink you may be thinking of. Hopefully yours will stay put. True Love Art Gallery and Tattoo, free.
Fri, Feb 7
What’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld? This guy has been at it forever, and he’s still just as funny as his heyday in the '90s. Observational humor never goes out of style, and Seinfeld’s universal gripes have been and will be funny for years; senior citizens still flock to Florida and men to construction sites, and air travel still sucks (and don’t get him started on the food). Paramount Theatre, sold out.
Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Back for a second year (at a new Columbia City location), the Seattle Asian American Film Festival highlights the diverse offerings of the often underrepresented filmmaking contingent. The movies on this year’s docket range from a documentary on NBA phenom Jeremy Lin (Linsanity) to a tense LA crime thriller (Innocent Blood) to a showcase of LGBTQ films. Ark Lodge Cinemas, $11–$13; festival pass $75.
Brian Stokes Mitchell with Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Seattle native Brian Stokes Mitchell found plenty of success in New York—as a Tony winning musical theater actor—and fake Seattle, playing Frasier Crane’s rival upstairs neighbor in Frasier. He returns to real Seattle to sing romantic songs with SSO in a pre-Valentine’s Day weekend series of concerts. Benaroya Hall, $19–$91.
Fri, Feb 7
Seattle has always been kind to Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson. When the two were part of the wildly underrated Brooklyn indie band Pela, Seattle was one of the few places that really embraced the band. So after a few years playing in their new band, Augustines, they decided to uproot and actually move to our fair city. Led by McCarthy's heavy, emotive bass baritone, Ausustines just released its new self-titled album on February 4 and the show at Neumos kicks off a national tour. Neumos, $18–$20.
Sat, Feb 8
Tractor's 20th Anniversary: Sera Cahoone
The Tractor Tavern is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with an ongoing series of special concerts. Sera Cahoone brings her full band arrangement to Ballard for a night of songs about love, loss, and her Colorado roots. Tractor Tavern, $15.
Feb 7–Mar 9
Venus in Fur
In David Ives’ Venus in Fur, an audition for an adaption of Venus in Furs unexpectedly escalates into an electrifying and uncertain sadomasochistic game of cat and mouse between actress and playwright. It's Valentine's season fare for the not faint of heart. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $15–$60.
2014 Winter Olympics
There's plenty of controversy surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, but there's also a lot to celebrate. Eight Washingtonians will compete in this year's Games: Speed Skater J.R. Celski, freestyle mogul skier Patrick Deneen, doubles luger Christian Niccum, freestyle halfpipe skier Angeli Vanlaanen, and cross-country skiers Erik and Sadie Bjornstien, Torin Koos, and Brain Gregg. Cheer them on to victory (even if it happens to be tape delayed victory thanks to NBC). Televised on NBC networks.