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Met Picks: Sarah Vowell, Woody Guthrie Project, LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends

The top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Seattle Met Staff March 8, 2012

He’s 60?! LeRoy Bell (right) and His Only Friends

CONCERTS

Mar 8 & 9
LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends
Seattle’s own X Factor finalist—a 60-year-old singer-songwriter who’s penned tracks for Elton John and performed with B. B. King—settles into a two-night stand at his second home. The Triple Door, $30-$40.

Mar 10
Woody Guthrie Project
Alt-country artists Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, Jay Farrar and Anders Parker of Gob Iron, and Will Johnson of Centro-matic showcase their new album of previously unrecorded Guthrie lyrics that honors the folk singer’s legacy. Showbox at the Market, $25–$25.

BOOKS & TALKS

Mar 10
Sarah Vowell
The NPR wit has uncovered the feisty side of Puritans; with her latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes, she takes on Hawaii’s bloody past. Neptune Theatre, $21–$32.50.

THEATER

Mar 10–May 20
First Date
The ghosts of partners past and overzealous matchmakers haunt a Wall Street trader and Soho artist on their first date; see how they fare in the musical comedy’s premiere, coproduced by 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT. ACT Theatre, $15–$69.

Thru Apr 1
Dina Martina: Ample Wattage
Actor Grady West’s alter ego, a surreally untalented chanteuse whose sole gift remains her ability to inspire convulsive laughter, delivers an all-new song-and-dance act. Re-bar, $20.

CLASSICAL & MORE

Mar 11
Emanuel Ax
The virtuosic pianist plays Copland’s Piano Variations—a slight departure for audiences used to his Grammy-winning performances of Beethoven. Not to fear: Ludwig’s Eroica Variations are also on the program. Benaroya Hall, $17–$110.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Mar 9
BAMignite: Meditation Rave
Bellevue Arts Museum celebrates the opening of new exhibit Making Mends with a late-night art party featuring live music by Seattle songwriter Kaylee Cole, guided meditation, art making, and boozy beverages. Bellevue Arts Museum, $10.

Mar 10
Seattle Art Museum Community Day
For those who haven’t seen the Gauguin and Polynesia exhibit yet, SAM will hand out free tickets (typically $18–$23) today; just be one of the first 400 people queued up at the Hammering Man at 10am. The museum will also host Tahitian drumming acts and Polynesian dance classes throughout the day. Seattle Art Museum downtown, free–$23.

Mar 10 & 11
Seattle Bike Expo
It’s the largest consumer bike show in the U.S., with more than 250 booths covering the latest gear. The classic lightweight bike exhibition features hand-built frames from around the globe. Another can’t-miss event: Nick Harden and Wendy Allen on “A Unicycle Built for Two.” Pier 91, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, $10–$12.

GUILTY PLEASURE

Mar 10
Hunger Games National Mall Tour
Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) will be in Seattle to promote the release of the first film, out March 23. A Q&A starts outside the Microsoft Store in University Village at 3:30; beware the teenage hordes. University Village, free.

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