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Frye Art Museum celebrates young artistic spirit while mourning the loss of it with Young Blood.

Kahlil Joseph, Streetlight, 2014, motion picture still.


April 16–June 19
Young Blood
Death needn’t be the end of an artistic conversation. Such is the case with brothers and Seattle natives turned LA artists Noah Davis and Kahlil Joseph. When Davis died in 2015 at the age of 32, the paintings and installation pieces he left behind still had a lot to say about access in the art world for African Americans. The story continues in Young Blood where Davis’s creations pair with films from Joseph, who has made stunning music videos for Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, and Shabazz Palaces. Frye Art Museum, Free


Sat, Apr 16
KEXP New Home Grand Opening
While the station has operated in its Seattle Center digs for months, KEXP officially opens its new home to the public with grand opening celebration featuring a fantastic live music lineup that includes Bob Mould, Strand of Oaks, Hey Marseilles, David Bazan, Sera Cahoone, and Deep Sea Diver. Microsoft will also unveil Inside the Music of KEXP, an interactive experience that uses its Xbox motion sensor Kinect technology to allow patrons to remix songs by some KEXP favs. KEXP, Free


Thur, Apr 14
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

The heartbeat of American music comes from the South, and few artists carry on that legacy better than Sharon Jones and Trombone Shorty. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings might be the tightest soul band on the planet. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue bases its sound on the jazz of the Big Easy but throws in fresh elements of rock and hip-hop. Catching both acts in one show? Now that’s an aural treat. Moore Theatre, $48–$68

Fri, Apr 15
Sol: The Headspace Traveler Release Show
On his first LP since 2012's Yours Truly, Seattle rapper Sol takes an introspective and personal look at the creative process. The Headspace Traveler finds the MC displaying his globetrotting style, infectious energy, and effortless swagger. While the record dropped in March, Sol finally gets a chance to show it off live (with a little help from Brothers From Another and Otieno Terry) when he heads to the Showbox. The Showbox, Sold out

Apr 15–17
Bill Holman: The Composer's Composer
A National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master, Bill Holman earned his reputation as an arranger and composer for the legendary bands including those led by Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. (Oddly enough, he arranged the strings and horns for the 5th Dimension's classic pop hit "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.") Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra takes a crack at Holman's impressive repertoire with a weekend of shows in Seattle, Edmonds, and Kirkland. Various venues, $35–$48

Sun, Apr 17
Paul McCartney
Beatles fans were in mourning after the group's producer (nicknamed the Fifth Beatle) Sir George Martin died in March. But what better way to honor the man's life than by celebrating with the music he helped create? So when Paul McCartney comes KeyArena as part of his One on One Tour, think of it as a joyous memorial service for Martin. You've got to appreciate the legends while they're still around. KeyArena, $170–$250


Apr 15–17
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
New York’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to carry on its namesake’s pioneering achievements in opening the world of modern dance to African Americans. This summer the company teams up with STG for the inaugural Seattle Theatre Group AileyCamp for aspiring sixth through eighth grade dancers, but first AAADT travels to Seattle for three performances. Each night features a different program of dances, but all three evenings include the Ailey-choreographed masterpiece Revelations. Paramount Theatre, $31–$91

Apr 15–24
The classic comedic ballet Coppélia has one of those stories that's family friendly, but also kind of disturbing and twisted when you really think about it. While Franz and Swanilda pending nuptials hit a snag when Franz becomes smitten with Coppélia, a mysterious woman sitting on the balcony of Dr. Coppelius's workshop. When Franz attempts to sneak into the workshop to learn more about Coppélia, it's revealed she's actually one of Dr. Coppelius's mechanical dolls. The doctor then realizes he might be able to drain Franz's spirit to bring his prized doll to life, and only Swanilda posing as Coppélia can save the day. So for those scoring at home, core tenets of the story are falling in love with a real doll and attempted human sacrifice. But hey, the Pacific Northwest dancers are great, the tone is light, and George Balanchine's choreography is worth the price of admission. So just don't overthink it. McCaw Hall, $30–$187


Fri, Apr 15
Hugo Literary Series: All's Fair in Love and War
A great poet once said, "Love is a battlefield" (then proceeded to aggressively shimmy). In the latest installment of Hugo Literary Series,  authors Andrew Sean Greer (The Confessions of Max Tivoli) and Claire Vaye Watkins, West Seattle poet Roberto Ascalon, and local electronic music artist DJAO ponder if all truly is fair in love and war. Hugo House, $25

Sat, Apr 16
Chester Brown: ‘Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus’ Book Release
Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown has been known to push boundaries. In 2011 he published the graphic memoir Paying for It, which dealt embracing prostitution and explores giving up romance for the life of a john. He returns to the topic of prostitution—but focusing on Biblical scholarship—with Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus. Brown lays out own his theological analysis in the comic form (pointing out how the closest women to Jesus were prostitutes), and he'll discuss his views at Hugo House with journalist Sara Lerner and sex worker and activist Maggie McNeill. Hugo House, Free


Fri, Apr 15
Sync Music Video Festival
SIFF once again celebrates the art of music video making in the Pacific Northwest with the third annual Sync Music Video Festival. From colorful clip to deeply touching short films, the 2016 edition of Sync spans the gamut with videos set to the tunes of Eric Blood, Deep Sea Diver, Gazebos, La Luz, Hey Marseilles, and more. We imagine singing along with the screen is frowned upon, but we’re willing to look the other way. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $15

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