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Cheap Week Seattle: February 2–8

Seattle Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven, Jen Wood's piano ballads and giant paper art installations: The best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Darren Davis February 2, 2015

Andreas Knocks takes paper craft to the extreme with these giant installations at Winston Wachter. Photo via WW

Thru Feb 25
Andreas Kocks: The First Round

The large-scale paper creations of German artist Andreas Kocks are overwhelming, wall-covering, three-dimensional bursts of action. The walls almost seem to be violently tearing themselves apart at a molecular level. Employing lines reminiscent of paintbrush strokes, the layered pieces in his exhibit the First Round capture both a sense of structured architectural dimensionality and freeform chaos. Winston Wachter, free.

Feb 5–8
Beethoven's Violin Concerto
German violinist Christian Tetzlaff has become one of the world’s premier players of the classical canon, bringing a creative zest to the centuries-old masterpieces. In tandem with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Tetzlaff takes on Beethoven’s epic Violin Concerto in a program that also features pieces from Debussy, Ravel, and Berlioz. Benaroya Hall, tickets start at $20.

Fri, Feb 6
Jen Wood

Jen Wood's voice may be best known as the counter point to Ben Gibbard on the Postal Service track "Nothing Better," but her range extends beyond light, conversational singing. The Seattle singer-songwriter has put together a substantial discography as a solo artist. Her 2014 release Wilderness is full of sincere songwriting, with tracks like "Fell In Love" showing off Wood's flair for the piano-driven power ballad. She is joined by Tangerine and Ruler at Columbia City Theater for a KEXP Audioasis benefit show. Columbia City Theater, $5–$7.

Fri, Feb 6
Sisters with the Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet

Local indie pop duo Sisters mines a lot of sound out of Emily Westman and Andrew Vait’s electronic keys, playful drumbeats, and vocal harmonies, but there’s always room to flesh things out further. The Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet joins the fray for an evening of tracks from Sisters’ 2014 debut EP, Diamonds of Gold. Neumos, $12.

Feb 7–May 31
A Place at the Table
The story of Greek restaurateurs in the Northwest at the start of the 1900s is one of assimilation and community. Their diners were the reliable neighborhood gathering spots that typically served American food staples instead of Mediterranean cuisine. MOHAI’s a Place at the Table looks at how these joints built community by serving up warm food that thawed the Seattle freeze. Museum of History and Industry$17.
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