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Met Picks: The A.W.A.R.D. Show, Ra Ra Riot, Lunar New Year in the ID

Top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Laura Dannen January 27, 2011

Zoe Juniper, a competitor in this weekend’s A.W.A.R.D. Show, performs The Devil You Know Is Better Than the Devil You Don’t in 2008. Photo: courtesy Zoe Juniper.

DANCE Northwest choreographers vie for $10k and major bragging rights in the A.W.A.R.D. Show, a weekend-long dance-off at On the Boards. Jan 27-30.

THEATER Who needs a cast when you have Renata Friedman? The 30-year-old chameleon plays 16 characters in Seattle Rep’s latest, The K of D: an urban legend, a ghost story about a young girl with a lethal kiss. Thru Feb 20.

CONCERTS Chamber pop phenoms Ra Ra Riot bounce around Neumos; Interpol delivers post-punk to Showbox SoDo; and Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, aka the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, play sweet ’60s-style folk-pop at the Crocodile. (Bonus: How can we ignore Jersey Shore ambassador DJ Pauly D at Showbox at the Market?) Jan 27-29.

FAMILY Plenty of PG fun to be had at NW Film Forum: The 10-day Children’s Film Festival Seattle opens with a performance by kiddie rocker Caspar Babypants and a sneak peek of the fest’s animated films. Don’t forget to book your tickets now for Saturday’s pancake breakfast. (Read on: A mom offers her top picks.) Jan 28-Feb 6.

LUNAR NEW YEAR Seattle’s International District kicks off the Year of the Rabbit on Saturday with taiko drumming, dragon dances, and 10 restaurants serving $2 bites and beverages. Jan 29.

CLASSICAL & MORE Like the kid sneaking cigarettes behind school, modern chamber music has the unfortunate reputation of being a little stinker. But the Seattle Modern Orchestra is out to demystify the music. The new orchestra performs Friday at Cornish. Jan 28.

It’s chamber music mania… The Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival takes over Benaroya Hall this weekend. Highlights include a tribute to Brahms and pianist Adam Neiman tackling Franz Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Etudes over three recitals. Jan 27-30.

SPECIAL EVENT Lily Tomlin revisits classic characters (Edith Ann! Ernestine! Sister Boogie Woogie!) in her one-woman show at 5th Avenue Theatre. “One ringy-dingy…” Jan 29 & 30.

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