The Top Things to Do in February 2013

Is it 2013 or 1988? Patti Smith, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and the Sonics rock Seattle this month.

By Laura Dannen January 23, 2013 Published in the February 2013 issue of Seattle Met

Whoa, Boy 
The real stars of Tony-winning play War Horse? Magnificent equine puppets weighing as much as 88 pounds, designed by the Handspring Puppet Company. Find out what it takes to create a life-size steed.

Feb 13–24  Paramount Theatre,


“I’d brag that I was going to be an artist’s mistress one day. … I imagined myself as Frida to Diego, both muse and maker.” 

Patti Smith in her memoir Just Kids. The rock poet—who at 66 is so much more than an artist’s mistress—showcases her new studio album, Banga, in an intimate performance at the Neptune. 

Feb 27 Neptune Theatre,


Been Away Too Long
Sixteen years after Soundgarden’s last studio album, Seattle’s hard-rock heroes have picked up right where they left off with King Animal and two nights at the Paramount. In the same week, the grunge godfathers of Mudhoney share a bill with the ’60s Tacoma garage rockers who started it all, the Sonics. What, you thought it was 2013?

The Sonics and Mudhoney, Feb 2 Showbox at the Market,
Soundgarden, Feb 7 & 8 Paramount Theatre,



Fast Pitch
If a typical night of lectures is like a leisurely romantic dinner, then Ignite Seattle! is like speed dating. Speakers have five minutes and 20 slides to make their point; the most recent installment covered how to build a standing desk (trendy!) and how being deaf is a superpower.

 Feb 20 • Town Hall,



Star-Cross’d Kisses
Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette premiered at Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 1996 and arrived at McCaw Hall in 2008, rich with pain and passion. PNB dancers James Moore and Kaori Nakamura (pictured) carry the torch in this month’s revival, now with new sets and costumes. 

Feb 1–10 McCaw Hall,


Published: February 2013 

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