Dunhuang silk road asian art aw0eok

Asian Art Museum takes patrons on an artistic tour of the ancient Silk Road caves.

Bodhisattva Holding Peaches, 1958–63 (copy after wall painting, High Tang dynasty—704–781), ink and color on paper, 56.06 x 20.19 in.

Thru June 12
Journey to Dunhuang: Buddhist Art of the Silk Road Caves
For nearly a millennium, the Chinese city of Dunhuang thrived as a hub for the Silk Road, connecting the West with East and Central Asia. In 1943, photojournalists James and Lucy Lo traveled to the former cultural gem to document the stunning ancient artwork found in Dunhuang’s caves. Asian Art Museum’s Journey to Dunhuang: Buddhist Art of the Silk Road Caves brings together their black and white photographs, manuscripts, and colorful artist renditions of the murals to preserve and showcase the spirit of the Silk Road. Asian Art Museum, $9

Mon, Mar 7
Andrea Gibson
Blunt and topical, Andrea Gibson is not one for mincing words with poetry. Touching on sexuality, love, bullying, and white privilege, Gibson won the inaugural Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2008, cementing a spot as one of the most powerful poets in America. With five albums and two records in tow, Gibson heads to Town Hall recite poems with a performance by Jinkx Monsoon. Town Hall, $18 

Thur, Mar 10
Susan Orlean
A handful of people that can claim to be both New York Times Best Sellers and staff writers at The New Yorker staff writer. But only one can also claim to be the subject of an Oscar nominated acting role. That would be Susan Orlean. Meryl Streep played the author in Adapatation, the unusual, well, adaptation of her book The Orchid Thief. Orlean joins Hugo House instructor and memoirist Claire Dederer (Poser) to discuss the intricacies of her writing process. Hugo House, $5–$15

Sat, Mar 12
Displaced from his hometown after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans rapper Pell knows how to scrap. While still far from a household name, in the past few years the rising young MC has earned accolades from Complex as his albums Limbo and Floating While Dreaming tallied millions of streams. Get a glimpse of him before he becomes a sensation. The Vera Project, $10–$12

Sun Mar, 13
After the dreamy bare bones southern songwriter tunes of Cerulean Salt, Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) opened up her sound on 2015's Ivy Tripp. The critically acclaimed album features an expansive pop rock sound that radiates '90s alt rock warmth, sweet melodies, and lyrical savvy. After spending last year touring with a full band, Crutchfield returns Waxahatchee to a solo endeavor on her latest tour. Globelamp and Seattle's own Briana Marela join the bill for an intimate musical evening at Vera Project. The Vera Project, $15