M.I.A is MIA
Italian and Senegalese artist Maïmouna Guerresi kicks off a new era for the M.I.A. Gallery, which has been rebranded as the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Guerresi’s exhibit Light Bodies explores religion and iconography through photographs and mixed-media installations inspired by the Sufi women she encountered in her travels to Africa. The luminous works express the spiritual balance of the female soul and a quiet sense of dignity.
Mar 20–May 1 Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, marianeibrahim.com
“Pack up again, head to the next place / Where we’ll make the same mistakes.”
—Modest Mouse on “Lampshades on Fire”
The Issaquah-formed indie powerhouse hasn’t put out an album since 2007, but Isaac Brock is back for more bleak musings on humanity with Modest Mouse’s new record, Strangers to Ourselves.
Out Mar 17, modestmouse.com
Do Androids Dance to Electric Caribou?
In a world loaded with cold, unfeeling electronic dance music, Caribou (Dan Snaith) brings a warm soul and human touch to electronic music. His songs—which he recreates live with a four-piece band—pulse with percussive life and a swirling, relaxed, tidal flow. After releasing the masterful Swim in 2010, he returned in 2014 with the electro emotions of Our Love.
Mar 4 Showbox SoDo, showboxpresents.com
Leave HR Out of This
When breaking the glass ceiling, must women shower those left behind with cutting shards? Seattle Rep tackles the topic of professional female cruelty with the world premiere of Laura Schellhardt’s dark comedy The Comparables. The feminist satire follows three upscale real estate agents and their battles to get ahead in the workplace while taking a probing look at the potentially destructive ways in which women compete with each other.
Mar 6–29 Seattle Repertory Theatre, seattlerep.org
Location, Location, Location
The Seattle Chamber Players didn’t get a typical response when they asked composer Juan Pampin for a new commission. Pampin dreamt up …That Language Is Shaped Air…, a site-specific piece to be played at Henry Art Gallery in conjunction with (and inspired by) Ann Hamilton’s exhibit the Common Sense, a collection of original work influenced by pieces from the Burke Museum and UW Libraries. Members of the UW faculty—including trombonist Stuart Dempster and trumpeter Cuong Vu—join SCP for this one-of-a-kind performance.
Mar 20 Henry Art Gallery, henryart.org
Over the course of two days, Taste Washington plays host to 225 wineries and 70 restaurants from around the state. With single-day tickets running $90, that’s only 30 cents per exhibitor—and that does not factor in the 50 additional booths that sell food- and wine-related goods. Bonus: Running about frantically to check them all out will burn off those calories.
Mar 28 & 29 CenturyLink Field Event Center, tastewashington.org
This feature appeared in the March 2015 issue of Seattle Met magazine.