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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 12–15

Jess Walter writes about parenthood, Pacific Northwest Ballet gets "anarchistic," and local pro wrestling star Daniel Bryan returns home.

By Seattle Met Staff March 12, 2015

The challenging and dramatic works of choreographer William Forsythe are on display in PNB's program titled the Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe.

DANCE

Mar 13–22
The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe
Once called “the Antichrist of ballet” by a British critic, famed choreographer William Forsythe approaches dance with a rule-breaking, postmodern zeal that has drawn its fair share of admirers and detesters. His choreography eschews smooth movement for frantic energy. Pacific Northwest Ballet presents three of Forsythe’s pieces, including the company premieres of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and New SuiteMcCaw Hall, $30–$184

BOOKS & TALKS

Fri, Mar 13
Hugo Literary Series: The Parent Trap
Becoming a parent can be the most life-affirming, world-destroying thing a person might do. Parents love their kids slightly more than they love complaining about the trials the wonderful little monsters put them through. Authors Jess Walter, Tiphanie Yanique, and Megan Snyder-Camp attempt to tackle the modern parent-child relationship in the latest edition of the Hugo Literary Series. Hugo House, $25

CONCERTS

Thur, Mar 12
Tweedy
Sometimes there’s an upside to nepotism. When Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy was demoing songs for a solo record, he decided to bring in his son Spencer on drums, and the songs quickly started to fill out. The resulting double album, Sukierae, finds Spencer’s drumming adding a young man’s zest to the mix and pushing dad’s folk rock sound forward. Neptune Theatre, Sold Out

Sat, Mar 14
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea
Living piano legends Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are hardly strangers, having collaborated on multiple live jazz rock albums in their late-'70s heyday, but it's been 37 years since the two last toured together. Their innovative fusion styles pushed the genre in ways previously unimagined, somehow making other jazz players seem slightly straitlaced. Don't think time has dulled their ability to wow audiences. Paramount Theatre, $41–$71

THEATER

Thru Mar 29
The Comparables
When breaking the glass ceiling, must women shower those left behind with cutting shards? Seattle Rep tackles the topic of professional female cruelty with the world premiere of Laura Schellhardt’s dark comedy The Comparables. The feminist satire follows three upscale real estate agents and their battles to get ahead in the workplace while taking a probing look at the potentially destructive ways in which women compete with each other. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $17–$72

SPECIAL EVENTS

Fri, Mar 13
SAM Remix

Seattle Art Museum stays open late for its ever-popular night soiree. Check out the new Indigenous Beauty exhibit, gaze at dance performances, drink cocktails, and become a creator at outdoor art making stations. Tickets are sold out, but, as a celebration of the second anniversary of Doug Aitken's Mirror video displays on the building's exterior, the first 50 people who show up dressed in head-to-toe silver clothing get in for free (plus, a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door). Seattle Art Museum, Sold Out

MUSEUMS

Thru May 3
Funky Turns 40
For better or worse, kids learn a lot from cartoons. It was certainly for the better when, in the 1970s, cartoons finally started including positive portrayals of black characters. Funky Turns 40 takes a look at how animated characters from Fat Albert to Valerie on Josie and the Pussycats helped instill black children with pride and self-esteem while changing the way children of other races perceived African Americans. Northwest African American Museum, $7

Thru May 25
Pompeii: The Exhibition
Pompeii: The Exhibition offers a chance to see exquisite objects rarely let out of Italy as well as a very thorough look at the history of the town and its devastating end. The opulent objects on display are absolutely stunning and the body casts give history an undeniable human connection. Pacific Science Center, $29–$32

FILM

Mar 14–22
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Now in its 20th year, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival offers a glimpse at the spirit and the struggles of Jewish and Israeli people. This year’s lineup features an exploration of Israeli-German relations in Hanna’s Journey, the Golden Globe–nominated drama Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, and a Matzoh Momma brunch screening of the baseball documentary Havana CurveballVarious venues, single tickets $12–$20, festival pass $100–$250

THE SPORTING LIFE

Sat, Mar 14
WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania
Professional wrestling's biggest night—Wrestlemania—is mere weeks away, and the sports entertainers of the WWE are getting revved up for the event with a stop at KeyArena. Aberdeen's own Daniel Bryan (a former WWE Heavyweight Champion) headlines the event with a "Seattle Street Fight" match (which we imagine involves a lot of subtle passive-aggressiveness) against Kane. The card also features superstars Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, and Big Show. KeyArena, $20–$100

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