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Met Picks: Edward Norton, Cirque du Soleil, School of Rock

Your best entertainment bets June 3-6.

By Laura Dannen June 3, 2010


Washington Ensemble Theatre closes out its season with Cancer: The Musical, a solo show (with absolutely no music) written/directed by and starring WET co-artistic director Montana von Fliss. “The show is based on my experience of being the sole caretaker for my dad when he was diagnosed with liver cancer,” von Fliss told us recently. “But it’s a comedy! My family always finds the funny in every situation.” We’ll see you there on opening night. June 4-21.

Cirque du Soleil returns to its roots with Kooza, opening tonight under the big top at Marymoor Park. The mayor of Cirque City says you’ll love the Wheel of Death. (Read our full preview here.) June 3-July 11.

Pacific Northwest Ballet gives a fresh coat of paint to Balanchine’s comic story ballet Coppelia, with new sets and costumes by renowned Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno. June 3-13.

Some of Seattle’s most innovative choreographers—Amy O’Neal, Mark Haim, and KT Niehoff, to name a few—show off their new moves at NW New Works Festival at On the Boards. June 4-13.


Home is where your annoying daughter-in-law isn’t. Stage veteran Marianne Owen stars as an enterprising elderly woman staging a great escape in Horton Foote’s endearing drama The Trip to Bountiful, now in its closing weekend at ACT Theatre. Through June 6.

Only a few days left to see a restrospective of more than 100 shoes-as-art by pioneering footwear designer Beth Levine at BAM. Our slideshow gives you a taste. Through June 6.


Former SNL-er Tracy Morgan has come into his own since joining Tina Fey’s crew on 30 Rock. But his stand-up is still sharp—just watch this Daily Show clip. He’s at Showbox at the Market tonight.

Screening as part of a SIFF Tribute to Edward Norton is his latest movie, Leaves of Grass, a “Southern-fried farce” where he plays identical twins—an Ivy League professor and a bumbling pot dealer. Norton is expected to be in attendance to receive an award from SIFF and do a Q&A. June 4, limited tickets remain. (Find more SIFF picks here.)
UPDATED 6/4/10 Edward Norton is also scheduled to introduce a screening of his film Fight Club at midnight, June 4, at the Egyptian, and a 10pm screening of 25th Hour on June 5 at Neptune Theater. Tickets are still available.

SAM Remix returns! Show up early (or in a wig) to enjoy the drinks, dancing, fashion show, silkscreening, Seattle Art Museum exhibits, and more. Read on here. June 4.

And finally, the insanely entertaining School of Rock plays Radiohead at the Crocodile on Saturday.

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