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Met Picks: ‘Billy Elliot’, Alvin Ailey Dance, Artists for Japan

The top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Laura Dannen March 24, 2011

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to 5th Avenue.

DANCE Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates 50 years of Revelations at 5th Avenue Theatre. Mar 25-27.

PNB’s new program of modern dance, Contemporary 4, is one of my favorite shows they’ve done all season. It even made me cry a little. Thru Mar 27.

THEATER Billy Elliot, the Tony-winning musical about a preteen boxer who braves ridicule to dance ballet, is (finally!) in Seattle. Check back for my thoughts on opening night (which had plenty of men in tutus).Thru Apr 3.

It’s been a rocky winter for Intiman, but the show goes on. In its 2011 season opener, All My Sons, director Valerie Curtis-Newton sets the Arthur Miller drama in Seattle’s Central District, giving new context to the chronicles of Joe Keller. Opening night Mar 25. Thru Apr 17.

Farmworkers Lenny and George are in hot pursuit of the American Dream in Of Mice and Men, now on stage at Seattle Rep. But one wrong move by Lenny, played here by Charles Leggett, jeopardizes everything. Thru Apr 10.

GOOD CAUSE Buy art, help Japan. Nearly 80 artists made donations to this weekend’s Artists for Japan sale of paintings, sculpture, prints, and more in the International District, with proceeds supporting Japan’s relief efforts. The sale goes all weekend. Mar 26 & 27.

BOOKS & TALKS Sam from Cheers has a passion for oceans; hear Ted Danson talk about his new book, Oceana, and his decades-long mission to preserve the seas’ biosystems and commercial fisheries at Town Hall. Then… grab a beer? Mar 24.

FILM For his 2003 video essay Los Angeles Plays Itself, screening at Northwest Film Forum, Thom Andersen splices footage from Blade Runner, Chinatown, and more to show how cinema has (mis)represented his beloved city. The director is scheduled to attend. Mar 27.

CLASSICAL & MORE The American Handel Festival wraps up on March 27, but the biggest final ac is Pacific MusicWorks’s presentation of Handel’s pastoral opera Acis and Galatea on Friday. Thru Mar 27.

CONCERT Dan Bern sounds like Bob Dylan, writes like Adam Sandler, and gained some notoriety for the witty songs he penned for comedy Get Him to the Greek. He’s at Tractor Tavern on Friday. Mar 25.

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