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Don't be fooled by Rabbit Wilde relaxing in the sun; they're firing up to release their new LP. 

Image: Lindsey Bowen

Feb 17–21
Seattle Festival of Improv Theater
Got a hankering for laughs reminiscent of Whose Line is it Anyway?, but need something fresh? The Seattle Festival of Improv Theater is here to satisfy that craving. Featuring 28 comedy groups (106 total performers) from eleven cities around the world, the five-day festival packs in more spontaneous laughs than any normal gut can handle without busting. Come ready with suggestions (though maybe something other than Trump... I’m sure they all get that one a lot). Jet City Improv Theater and SFIT Second Stage Theater, $18; Festival pass $60

Fri, Feb 19
Gazebos: ‘Die Alone’ Release Show
When it comes to exuberant oddballs, Gazebos reigns supreme in the Seattle rock scene. Fronted by local tattoo art star Shannon Perry, the group creates a mussy musical collage of bug-eyed punk energy, thrift store glam, weirdo art rock, and tripped out '80s dance parties. Gazebos heads to Chop Suey to release its first Hardly Art LP Die Alone with help from Midday Veil and Wild Powwers. Chop Suey, $10–$12

Feb 19–Feb 26
Eight Days of Oscars
The Academy Awards are mere weeks away (February 28), so you’re running out of time to catch up on any movies you missed before the statues are handed out. Thankfully, Cinerama is once again here to help. The theater hosts Eight Days of Oscar, a cinematic celebration where each Best Picture nominee (Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianBridge of SpiesRoomBrooklynSpotlightThe Big Short, and The Revenant) will be screened for a day. If you missed it last summer, don’t miss the chance to see Mad Max: Fury Road on the big screen (the way the masterpiece is meant to be seen). Seattle Cinerama, $15

Sat, Feb 20
Rabbit Wilde: ‘The Heartland’ Release Show
Bellingham folk pop quartet Rabbit Wilde specialize in sweet harmonic tunes with a rural feel-good spirit that feel like more sincere version of the Lumineers. The group heads to Nectar Lounge to unveil its fresh collection of upbeat toe-tappers from the new LP The Heartland. With a lineup that also includes the Warren G. Hardings and Crow and the Canyon, the show doubles as the kickoff party for this year’s Wintergrass festival. The Nectar Lounge, $10–$15

Sat & Sun, Feb 20 & 21
Bill Evans  
Bill Evans put Seattle dance on the national stage in the late 1970s with Bill Evans Dance Company’s electrifying combination of tap and modern styles. All these decades later he’s still at it, and to mark his 75th birthday the ever-spry Guggenheim Fellow returns to Velocity Dance Center for a pair of solo performances. Velocity Dance Center, $20–$25

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