Thru Apr 17
Jessica-Craig Martin: Answered Prayers
For years Jessica Craig-Martin has had unprecedented access to the invite-only gatherings of the rich and privileged thanks to her role as a photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue. In Answered Prayers, she recasts her photos of glitz and glamor by cropping them to highlight the excess and dehumanize her subjects. These recontextualized pictures—sans the glossy polish—can make one’s skin crawl. Winston Wächter, free.
Mar 7–June 15
Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb
The first solo museum exhibit by master wood carver Dan Webb highlights the Seattle artist’s amazing ability to make wood transcend its own nature and look like other materials. His apt hands can transform redwood into cloth, fir into balloon foil, or maple into sneaker canvas. He truly gives these dead trees a second life. Bellevue Arts Museum, $10.
Sat, Mar 8
Love Story: A Hangout Shop
. Love City Love, free.
Sat & Sun, Mar 8 & 9
Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show
The Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show celebrates its 75th anniversary as over 2,000 pups compete for Best in Show. Join the thousands of canine fans for two days to cheer on favorites from the pack. CenturyLink Field Event Center, $14.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Thur, Mar 6
En Chordais Music Ensemble
While the beaches of the Mediterranean are an ocean away, to hear authentic music from the region, one needs only to travel as far as Third Avenue. Greek ensemble En Chordais plays its homeland’s folk music and highlights its Byzantine heritage. Grab a gyro before the show and make a Mediterranean night of it. Benaroya Hall, $30.
Sat & Sun, Mar 8 & 9
Seattle Pro Musica: Passeo—Light in Darkness
Seattle Pro Musica performs a program of music related to Lent and the deep human emotions the season has inspired composers to explore. Passio: Light in Darkness includes the little match girl passion by David Lang, a Pulitzer prize winning work that just happens to be one of the most haunting and inspired choral compositions by an American composer in recent years. The program also includes a “rediscovered” rarity from the Russian choral rep: Passion Week by Alexander Gretchaninoff and sprinklings of music by Benjamin Britten, Thomas Weelkes, and living composers like Paul Mealor and Kay Rhie. St. James Cathedral, $12–$35.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
203 million grains of rice. That's the estimated number that Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan employs in its production of Songs of the Wanderers. As part of the UW World Series, the group will perform Lin Hwai-min’s contemporary dance, which juxtaposes wild, flowing gesticulations and calm, meditative ponderings on enlightenment (while using three and a half tons of rice). Meany Hall, $43–$48.
Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People
Choreographer Miguel Gutierrez isn’t content having his dances look visually stimulating, he wants them to be deep, fully tapping into the sensorial and philosophical areas of the brain. He and his six-performer troupe the Powerful People perform And Lose the Name of Action, an evening-length piece that draws on body-mind connectivity, séance spiritualism, brain disorders, and linguistic limitations. It’s dense dance. On the Boards, $25.
Young Playwrights Festival
Now in its twelfth year, the Young Playwrights Festival brings together gifted student writers (ages 12 to 18) with professional Seattle actors and directors. The collaborations result in the world premieres of eight new plays on the ACT stage. ACT Theatre, $10.
Mar 6–Apr 6
Boy at the Edge of Everything
In this heartwarming and quirky play, 12-year-old Simon Ives dreams of a place at the end of the universe where he can escape the chaos of everyday life. Meanwhile, a lonely boy—caught in the place between emptiness and everything—dreams of finding a friend. When Simon is unexpectedly rocketed into space, these two boys’ very different worlds collide. Seattle Children's Theatre, $15–$36.
Mar 8–June 15
Little Shop of Horrors
In the delightfully demented musical, a timid floral assistant Seymour and his hapless love interest Audrey staff the failing Mushnik’s Skid Row Flower Shop. When Seymour unwittingly raises a plant with a craving for human flesh, hilarious B-movie horror camp ensues. Sounds like the perfect story for a doo-wop rock and Motown influenced score, right? 5th Avenue Theatre, $49–$74.
Fri, Mar 7
An emotional tension resides in singer-songwriter Angel Olsen’s soft, breathy voice. She sounds constantly on the verge of snapping and breaking down, but steadfastly refuses to give in. Her new album Burn Your Fire for No Witness tears up your insides and leaves you an emotionally vulnerable mess in all the right ways. Barboza, sold out.