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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: February 23–26

'Rent' squats at the Paramount, Dave Attell delivers comedy club bliss, and Seattle Opera stages the Czech classic 'Katya Kabanova.'

By Seattle Met Staff February 23, 2017

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Rent celebrates its 20th anniversary with a stop at the Paramount.


Thru Feb 26

If you do the “Seasons of Love” math, we’re well past 10.5 million minutes at this point. The 20th-anniversary production of the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical sensation Rent makes its way to the Paramount Theatre with its story of young artists struggling to survive in New York during the height of HIV/AIDS fear. Paramount Theatre, $35–$105

Thru Mar 5
The Pajama Game
When you think of love, one thing springs to mind—labor disputes over pay inequity! Okay, maybe not, but that's what unfolds in the comedic musical The Pajama Game. When the female garment workers in a pajama factory demand a pay raise, it throws a wrench in the blossoming romance between the new superintendent and the passionate union leader. 5th Avenue Theatre, $29–$141

Feb 25–Mar 11
Katya Kabanova

Opera has long excelled as a medium for bleak romantic tragedies, and this Czech drama fits the bill. Trapped in a dreary, rural arranged marriage, Katya longs for true love. When she finally finds that forbidden spark of passion in Boris, her misery momentarily dissipates. But societal anxiety and agitation soon rear their ugly heads with crushing results. McCaw Hall, $25–$272


Feb 24–26
Dave Attell
Comedy clubs can sometimes be a tad uninviting to the casual public, but Dave Attell is the ideal club comedian: a savvy but raunchy veteran who revels in the grime of humor’s drunken and smoky underbelly. He’s like your one inappropriate uncle, only gut-bustingly hilarious. Parlor Live Comedy Club, $35–$40


Feb 23–Mar 19
Into the West
When a mystical white horse named Tír Na nÓg (or “Land of Eternal Youth”) enters the lives of two young Irish siblings, their small world morphs into an imaginative land of Wild West cowboys. Seattle Children’s Theatre’s adaptation of the 1992 Irish film Into the West takes the audience on a journey of magical realism while spreading messages about love and loss. Seattle Children's Theatre, $22–$40


Thru Feb 25
Cinerama’s 2017 Oscar Best Picture Marathon
If you’re accustomed to feeling a bit bewildered while viewing the Academy Awards due to lack of information, Cinerama is here to remedy the situation with its annual Oscars marathon. Over the course of the week before the award show telecast, Cinerama screens all nine Best Picture nominees on its colossal screen. This year’s nominees feature a variety of stories including African American women overcoming challenging odds and discrimination to provide the math needed for NASA’s first space launch (Hidden Figures), the struggles of growing up as a gay black man (Moonlight), overcoming language barriers with extra terrestrials (Arrival), and pretty white people singing and dancing (La La Land). Cinerama, $16


Thur, Feb 23
Dude York: ‘Sincerely’ Release Show
Dude York has been one of Seattle’s best bands for years, but the energetic melodic rock trio really comes into its own on Sincerely. Frontman Peter Richards still doles out wailing vocals and shredding licks over drummer Andrew Hall’s tight fills, but the addition of lead vocals by bassist Claire England on a few tracks (“Tonight” is power pop perfection) gives the group extra sonic pep and depth. The trio shows off Sincerely’s new tunes with a release show at Chop Suey featuring the blissfully unkempt punk shredding of Mommy Long Legs and failed figure skater turned diaristic pop punk solo act Lisa Prank. Dude York also plays a free in-store gig at Sonic Boom on Friday. Chop Suey, $10

Sun, Feb 26
Pickwick and Friends: ACLU Benefit
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything soulful sounds from the Pickwick camp. The Seattle indie R&B band has spent the past couple years readying Love Joys, the followup album to 2013′s Can’t Talk Medicine. Get a taste of the new tunes when Pickwick’s always energetic live act returns to the stage to headline an incredibly loaded ACLU benefit that also features Seattle standouts Beat Connection, Telekinesis, Erik Blood (who produced the new Pickwick album), SassyBlack, Porter Ray, Grand Hallway, and the Maldives’ Jason Dodson. The Crocodile, Sold Out

Special Events

Thru Apr 30
Smash Putt: Last Show Ever
After seven years of mini golf mayhem, Department of Culture—the artist collective behind Smash Putt—has decided this will be the final hole. The pop-up putt-putt experience has always prided itself on innovative, ambitious, and artfully loud holes that often make the kiddie sport feel like a colorful nightclub. Grab a putter (and possibly a drink or two) and bid this quirky Seattle experiment a fond farewell. 1122 Post Ave, $10–$25

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