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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: February 9–12

MoPop shows off 'The Art of Rube Goldberg,' Hilary Hahn returns to Benaroya Hall, and the USA Curling Nationals head to Everett.

By Seattle Met Staff February 9, 2017

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The innovative mind of Rube Goldberg gets its own showcase at MoPop.

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Visual Art

Feb 11–23
The Art of Rube Goldberg
Because of the near-universal popularity of Rube Goldberg machines, which complete simple tasks via ludicrously complex chain reactions, many might not know that Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist in addition to being an inventor. With more than 90 objects, artifacts, and drawings, The Art of Rube Goldberg at MoPop (formerly EMP) presents the first comprehensive exhibit on the man’s seven-decade career, which influenced everything from OK Go to the board game Mouse Trap. Museum of Pop Culture, $25

Thru Feb 18
Images of Hope: Selected Prints by Jacob Lawrence
There’s so much Jacob Lawrence art around town right now. Soak it in. In case the adopted Seattleite’s The Migration Series at Seattle Art Museum wasn’t enough, Woodside/Braseth Gallery displays even more of his work with Images of Hope. The exhibit of Lawrence prints further underscores his ability to convey powerful emotional messages through colorful abstract figurative paintings of disenfranchised African Americans working hard just to scrape by. Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Free

Thru Feb 25
Maija Fiebig, Thuy-Van Vu, and Linda Connor
Variety rules the first couple months of 2017 at G. Gibson Gallery thanks to its three-artist showcase. Whether recreating images of destroyed homes or pristine furniture, Thuy-Van Vu proves especially adept at capturing the aesthetic qualities of wood (and lighting) in her photorealistic oil paintings. Maija Fiebig employs vivid colors, symbols, and line patterns to turn leafy acrylic paintings of vegetation into welcoming jungles of complex imagery. Linda Connor rounds things out with her beautifully desolate and expansive gold toned photographs from world travels to India, Egypt, Ethiopia, and more. G. Gibson Gallery, Free

Classical & More

Feb 9–12
Hilary Hahn: Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Superstar violinist Hilary Hahn makes her second appearance at Seattle Symphony this season to take on virtuoso showcase that is Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, arguably the most popular violin concerto in the world. The symphony rounds out a loaded performance with Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 and Debussy's “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.” Benaroya Hall, $35–$138

The Sporting Life

Feb 11–18
USA Curling Nationals
After winning the 2016 curling national championship, Lynnwood's Brady Clark and his Seattle-based team looks to repeat at the 2017 USA Curling Nationals. And this time, they've got home ice advantage. Catch all the shuffleboard-esque action when top men's and women's teams from across country gather at Everett's Xfinity Arena (which will boast 5 lanes of action) for a week of fierce and frigid competition. Xfinity Arena, $10–$100


Sat & Sun, Feb 11 & 12
Surfer Blood
Hailing from West Palm Beach, Surfer Blood entered the indie rock scene in 2010 with their critically adored DIY debut Astro Coast, which earned them an instant fan base. But things haven’t always been smooth sailing. Last year, Surfer Blood had to cope with the death of it guitarist Thomas Fekete, who had a rare, aggressive form of cancer.  Soldiering on, the group’s latest album Snowdonia (released just last week), harkens back to the band’s modest beginnings with down-to-earth recordings while still feeling like its most ambitious project yet with complex guitar melodies and poetic lyricism. The expect plenty of new tunes mixed in with some old favorites when Surfer Blood make a two-day stop in Seattle. Barboza, $15

Special Events

Sat, Feb 11
Kijiji Fest
Get a taste of Kenyan culture as Seattle Art Museum and local nonprofit One Vibe Africa team up to host Kijiji Fest. Named after the Swahili word for "village," the free evening features traditional music performances, a pop-up African market, a screening of the documentary Madaraka, and a chance to view Piga Picha Project in SAM's Community Gallery. Piga Picha Project features the photographs and paintings of Kenyan student artists from the city of Kisumu that learned while working with Seattle photographer Meg Stacker. Seattle Art Museum, Free (RSVP Requested)


Feb 9–14
The Atomic Bombshells: J'Adore
There's no need to be coy when the Atomic Bombshells take the stage. The Seattle burlesque troupe gets straight to the point with its Valentine's show, J'Adore. The show mixes dance, acrobatics, comedy, camp, striptease, and plenty of pink costuming for an evening of flirtatious fun. The Triple Door, $25–$45


Feb 9–Apr 2
A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast captured a detailed sense of what it was like to be a young, poor creative in 1920s Paris. It’s easy to get caught daydreaming of his accounts of the city and encounters with luminaries like Paul Cézanne and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Book-It Repertory Theatre and Cafe Nordo team up to bring these scenes to life while satiating your literal hunger with a fourcourse meal. Cafe Nordo, Sold out


Feb 9–11
Greg Fitzsimmons

Greg Fitzsimmons is a standup grinder who favors coming up with fresh comedic takes instead of trying to be a force of personality. It's why so many force of personality comedians enjoy his humor. In addition to hosting his own podcast (Fitzdog Radio) and radio show (The Greg Fitzsimmons Show), he's a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show, The Adam Carolla Podcast, and Joe Rogan Experience. Get a taste of Fitzsimmons unfiltered voice when he heads to Tacoma for a weekend of shows. Tacoma Comedy Club, $10–$26

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