The Pacific Northwest has gone comicon crazy. Seattle’s annual comic-book convention now faces a challenger to the south: the new Wizard World con in Portland. “The issue isn’t that Emerald City Comicon has to be the only kid on the block with a lemonade stand,” ECCC press director Joe Parrington told The Oregonian. “Wizard decided to open its lemonade stand on the same week we’re doing it and, essentially, on the same block.” Who has the bigger lightsaber, boys? ECCC gets serious this month by beaming up big guests, name-dropped here by given and geek titles: Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown), Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman and Robin). POW! Take that, Wizard World.
Mar 1–3 • Washington State Convention Center, emeraldcitycomicon.com
52The number of cats found in Grey Gardens, the decrepit East Hampton home of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie—aunt and cousin, respectively, of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Their story of squandered wealth and Norma Desmond delusions has been made into a hit documentary, HBO movie, and Broadway musical; this month, ACT and 5th Avenue theaters coproduce Seattle’s own staging of Grey Gardens.
Mar 16–May 26 • ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org
BOOKS & TALKS
It’s APRIL in March
Don’t think that the irony of APRIL Festival being in March is lost on its organizers.
But what does APRIL* actually stand for? We asked Seattle Met staffers to guess.
*APRIL, a celebration of the weird and wonderful world of independent book presses,
hopes to draw people who wouldn’t usually attend literary events with parties, live music, happy-hour readings, and storytelling competitions. All readers welcome.
Mar 25–31 • Various venues, aprilfestival.wordpress.com
BOOKS & TALKS
“It was like the army: Be careful, find a cool dry place to stash your mind, and hang on until it was over.”
Michael Chabon on misguided notions of parenting in his new novel, Telegraph Avenue. The master of metaphor and Pulitzer-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay shares the stage with Sherman Alexie as the keynote speaker of Seattle U’s Search for Meaning Book Festival.
Mar 9 • Seattle University, seattleu.edu
CLASSICAL & MORE
Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was inspired by the 1,001 bedtime stories Scheherazade spun to keep her murderous husband, the sultan, at bay. For Seattle Symphony’s performance of Scheherazade, visiting conductor Andrey Boreyko leads the orchestra and chorus in a suite that conjures the voyages of Sinbad, as told through the charming violin refrain of a wily young bride.
Mar 28 & 30 • Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org
Published: March 2013