Mark Calderon: Show of Hands
Mark Calderon’s brilliance comes from his eye for the simplicity of form, which snaps into instant focus when viewing his striking wall sculptures. Whether the delicate, interweaving mineral hands of his Manus series or the crisp, bold, dyed felt boxers of Fighter, he manages to pack a punch with mere figure outlines. Catch these stunners and other new works (like a turtle stitched together from pieces of mica) in Calderon’s latest exhibit.
Nov 3–Dec 23 Greg Kucera Gallery, gregkucera.com
Temple of the Dog
Out of all the bands to emerge from Seattle’s grunge scene in the ’90s, none possess the mythic aura of the Soundgarden–Pearl Jam supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Scarcity does that. Intended as a small tribute project to Mother Love Bone front man Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990, Temple of the Dog unexpectedly found commercial success despite only playing a few Seattle shows and never touring. To mark the 25th anniversary of its lone, self-titled album, the band reforms to finally give legions of hardcore fans their first chance to see “Hunger Strike” performed live.
Nov 20 & 21 Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org
“What is a date really, but a job interview that lasts all night? The only difference is that in not many job interviews is there a chance you’ll wind up naked.”
The standup legend and namesake of TV’s most revered sitcom has kept his skills sharp in 2016 with a monthly residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre. See the master at work when he makes a rare visit to Seattle.
Nov 4 Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org
Speakeasy Series: Mary Sheldon Scott
With her visual art roots, Seattleite Mary Sheldon Scott features streamlined physicality and kinetic efficiency in her choreography. Expect that trend to hold when Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle series world premieres Scott’s The Solo(s) Project, a collection of seven dances for single performers set to new compositions by Jarrad Powell.
Nov 3–6 Velocity Dance Center, velocitydancecenter.org
King Charles III
All hail the king! Mike Bartlett’s 2015 Olivier Award–winning play imagines a near future where Prince Charles of Wales finally ascends the throne and bucks the crown’s figurehead status by refusing to sign a Parliament-passed bill restricting the press. Written in blank verse, King Charles III manages cutting contemporary social commentary while paralleling Shakespeare’s classic nobility plays.
Nov 11–Dec 18 Seattle Repertory Theatre, seattlerep.org
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