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Met Picks: Moisture Festival, PNB’s Contemporary 4, St. Pat’s Day Parties

The top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Laura Dannen March 17, 2011


DANCE Tucked in between cozy classics Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Pacific Northwest Ballet is Contemporary 4, a showcase of four modern works, including a world premiere by Marco Goecke of Mopey fame and the PNB debut of Concerto DSCH by former Bolshoi director and balletic wunderkind Alexei Ratmansky. Mar 18–27.

EXHIBIT Meet R2-D2 and behold Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder in Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, a traveling exhibit of props and costumes from all six Star Wars flicks opening this weekend at Pac Sci. Mar 19–May 8.

VISUAL ART Starting Friday at the Frye, you’ll be able to find oil paintings to the right, and “whimsically disturbing” performance art to the left. It’s the first museum show for Seattle-based troupe Degenerate Art Ensemble, and the topic of our March feature Fantasy Frye-land. Mar 19–June 19.

The Redmond Digital Arts Festival celebrates tech-enhanced design: motion capture, video game graphics, digital graffiti. Lectures and workshops are free, and Saturday’s keynote speaker is Bay Raitt, creator of computer-animated Gollum from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Mar 18 & 19.

THEATER Village Theatre’s new musical Iron Curtain is a Soviet “commie-dy” (groan) about two down-and-out NYC playwrights who are kidnapped and brought to Moscow to fix the worst musical ever written. “Springtime for Stalin,” anyone? Thru May 22.

SPECIAL EVENT Moisture Festival —the citywide showcase of comedy, burlesque, jugglers, strong men, cancan dancers, and dizzying aerial acts—is back for its eighth year. Mar 17–Apr 10.

Cirque du Soleil Quidam is in Everett through March 20.

FILM The AJC Jewish Film Festival at SIFF closes March 20 with 100 Voices: A Journey Home but if you’re looking for something to do tonight (that doesn’t involve green beer), check out The Round Up (La Rafle), starring Jean “Leon the Professional” Reno.

BOOKS & TALKS It’s the start of the second annual Seattle Small Press Festival, which celebrates the local indie book scene with lectures, bookmaking parties, and the requisite schmoozing and boozing. Mar 19–Apr 16.

DRINKING HOLIDAY Green beer, limericks, Pogues cover bands (and March Madness!)…it all happens today. Here’s where to go green for St Patrick’s Day. Mar 17.

And now, how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, complete with that heady shamrock. Happy St. Pat’s Day!

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