Sat, Feb 21
Alton Brown: The Edible Inevitable Tour
The celebrity chef Alton Brown's Edible Inevitable Tour is so odd—it includes standup comedy and live music—Seattle wanted seconds: Yep, he’s playing two shows. Paramount Theatre, $36–$66.
Sat, Feb 21
Seattle Wine and Food Experience
Think of the Seattle Wine and Food Experience as a tour for the taste buds: You can take a gustatorial stroll through global vineyards or focus on the featured Woodinville wines. Peruse the kitchens of Seattle with gourmet bits from top restaurateurs. Wander through Washington orchards by sampling regional ciders. Or just take a break from the culinary highbrow and grab a Top Pot doughnut and coffee. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, $55–$125.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Feb 21–Mar 7
Mythological gods can be so jealous and catty. Drawing from Roman myths, Seattle Opera’s production of Handel’s Semele tells the tale of the titular mortal princess whose love affair with Jupiter, king of the gods, turns tragic when his wife, Juno, plots revenge. McCaw Hall, $42–$495.
Sat & Sun, Feb 21 & 22
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with Anat Cohen
When you think of jazz, the first place you think of is Israel. Okay, maybe not, but don’t tell Israeli jazz clarinet virtuoso Anat Cohen. DownBeat’s 2014 Best Clarinetist joins the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra for two nights of music inspired by her homeland and more traditional jazz hot spots like New Orleans and Latin America. Benaroya Hall, sold out. Kirkland Performance Center, $15–$47.
It’s unclear in which circle of hell dive bars technically reside, but the characters in The Evening, the latest by acclaimed New York minimalist director and playwright Richard Maxwell, end up there just the same. The play finds a down-on-his-luck martial artist and his manager as lone patrons of a bar with little more than a bartender and a live band. But not everything is as it seems, and things begin to take a turn in this Dante’s Inferno–inspired journey of misery and morality. On the Boards, $25.
Seattle Festival of Improv Theater
Every improv show is a one-time-only event, and that impermanence lends the medium its thrill. At the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater, each twist and turn is spontaneous and unexpected (even for the performers). More than 30 top troupes from around the country (and... Italy?) create comedy out of thin air for 12 electrifying and wholly unique performances over five nights. Jet City Improv Theater, $18; festival pass $60.
Thur, Feb 19
While still a stoner rock queen at heart, Colleen Green gets more introspective on her latest Hardly Art album I Want to Grow Up. Her infectious guitar and drum machine pop rock shifts its focus from the love songs of the fabulous Sock It to Me to catchy self-reflections on adulthood. Growing up can be a bummer, but Green helps it go down smooth (with a little attitude). She heads to Sonic Boom for a free in-store performance before moseying the short distance over to Sunset Tavern for a concert with Sonny and the Sunsets and Wimps. Sonic Boom, free. Sunset Tavern, $12.
Fri, Feb 20
"Shhhhhh! Brandi's singing. Absolutely no talking." At this special "Pin Drop" show (and KEXP fundraiser), beloved Seattle songwriter Brandi Carlile will play the cavernous confines of the Moore Theatre only using acoustic instruments without the aid of any amplification. The concert also gives fans a chance to hear new tunes from Carlile's upcoming album The Firewatcher's Daughter, which arrives on March 3. Moore Theatre, sold out.
Sat, Feb 21
The Grizzled Mighty: Closed Knuckle Jaw Release Show
The blues rock answer to power duos like Sleigh Bells, Cults, and Sylvan Esso, the Grizzled Mighty's primary conceit is powerful electric guitar, heavy drums, and wailing vocals. While calling their new album Closed Knuckle Jaw polished would accurately describe Ryan Granger's clean, confident riffing, their music still feels greasy in the best possible way. Neumos, $12.
BOOKS & TALKS
National Geographic Live: Coral, Fire, and Ice - Exploring Secret Underwater Worlds
Sharks, monsoons, melting sea ice—they can all muck up the undersea shots captured by National Geographic shooters David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes. But so can a bright strobe light that renders them little more than “underwater paparazzi,” Doubilet says. This month at Benaroya the photogs share what Hayes calls “the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hideous” tales about the watery depths. Benaroya Hall, $21–$38.