Fri, Jan 16
Points! Host extraordinaire Chris Hardwick (@Midnight, The Talking Dead, Nerdist podcast, etc.) brings his Funcomfortable Tour to town for two shows at the Neptune Theatre. The comedian has also been finding his voice as a standup in recent years, branching beyond a simple focus on nerdy referential humor and turning his own personal pain into fodder for some great jokes. (The Nerdist crew is also taping a podcast with Bill Gates while up in Seattle, so keep a lookout for that in the coming weeks.) Neptune Theatre, $35.
Thur, Jan 15
Within three months in 2012, Tig Notaro lost her mother, went through a bad breakup, and was diagnosed with breast cancer. So, naturally, Notaro went on stage in front of a bunch of strangers that August and joked about it. The performance—both crushingly sad and brazenly hilarious—instantly became legendary, thanks in part to Louis C.K., who helped release a live recording of the set (Live). Two years and a successful double mastectomy later, Notaro is healthy and still putting audiences in stitches. Neptune Theatre, sold out.
Dame Edna Everage's Glorious Goodbye
“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself. After all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.” —Dame Edna Everage. after nearly 60 years, the famed female comedic alter ego of Aussie Barry Humphries makes her final Seattle appearances as part of a farewell tour. Moore Theatre, $38–$83.
Fri, Jan 16
Girls That Shred
Vera Project’s annual Girls That at Shred benefit brings together some of the most ferociously fun females in the city on one bill to raise money for Skate Like a Girl, which encourages self-empowerment through skateboarding. This year’s concert features Katie Kate’s quick rhymes, Thunderpussy’s smoldering rock, Tangerine’s sunny pop melodies, and Peeping Tomboys’ off-kilter postpunk. Vera Project, $10–$15.
Sat, Jan 17
School of Rock: Dead Kennedys
The thought of a prepubescent pack of tiny Jello Biafras running around is mildly terrifying, but seeing the youthful energy of the School of Rock kids channeled into the tunes of legendary East Bay hardcore punks Dead Kennedys should be a riot. Chop Suey, $12–$15.
Sun, Jan 18
Another One Bites the Dust!
Chop Suey's end is nigh. A fixture in the local music and performance scene, the Capitol Hill venue shuts down operations (at least for now) on January 20. But it just wouldn't be right for a place that's housed so much noise to go out with a whimper, and Chop Suey has no intention of doing so. The venue says goodbye with one final local music hurrah in the form of an impromptu mini-festival entitled Another One Bites the Dust!. The lineup includes a collection of Seattle's finest rabblerousers: Tacocat, Kithkin, Chastity Belt, Wimps, Pony Time, Childbirth, Universe People, Deep Creep, Sashay, and more. Chop Suey, $10.
Whim W'Him: Threefold
Contemporary dance company Whim W’Him opens 2015 with three fresh blasts of dance. Acclaimed young choreographers Loni Landon (New York City) and Penny Saunders (Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance) make their Seattle debuts alongside a piece from Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers. Cornish Playhouse, $25–$30.
Jan 16–Feb 2
Washington Ensemble Theatre kicks off its 2015 slate in its new 12th Avenue Arts home with the end of the world. Things get underway with Sprawl, a dark comedy about a suburban book club that gets derailed by the apocalypse. (CliffNotes not available.) 12th Avenue Arts, $25.
Jan 16–Feb 8
The Piano Lesson
Legacy is a loaded word. While it can carry great achievements, it also harbors the scars of history. August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Piano Lesson is an exploration of legacy, as two siblings quarrel over whether to keep their antique piano in the family or sell it to buy the land that their ancestors once worked on as slaves. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $16–$62.
BOOKS & TALKS
Sun, Jan 18
Carolyn Kizer Celebration
Poet Carolyn Kizer’s prose is woven into the fabric of literary feminism in the Pacific Northwest. The Spokane native and UW grad won a Pulitzer Prize for 1985’s Yin and helped nurture other female voices in the region. The Hugo House honors the recently deceased author with a special, free night of readings. Hugo House, free.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Thur & Fri, Jan 15 & 16
Few classical musicians are as beloved as Itzhak Perlman. The violinist entered the American consciousness back in 1958 with multiple performances on The Ed Sullivan Show and never left. Perlman joins Seattle Symphony to wow audiences with two nights of Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven. Benaroya Hall, $60–$155.
Sat, Jan 17
Refreshment of the Soul
Behold the metaphysical cleansing power of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. The ensemble hopes its latest performance, Refreshment of the Soul, can enrich audience members’ overall being through an afternoon presentation of ultraexpressive works from Bach, Dvořák, and Hector Berlioz. Benaroya Hall, $30.
THE SPORTING LIFE
Sun, Jan 18
NFC Championship: Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
It's crazy how things come full circle. After opening the 2014-15 season with a win against the Packers at CenturyLink, the Seahawks are one game away from a return trip to the Super Bowl... and need a win against the Packers at CenturyLink. Standing in the Hawks way is Aaron Rodgers. Despite being gimpy with a calf injury, he's still the presumptive NFL MVP. The Hawks should be able to score against the Packers defense, but the Legion of Boom needs to step up one more time to reach a second straight Super Bowl. CenturyLink Field, sold out. Televised on FOX.