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

Patton Oswalt and Marc Maron bring their standup humor to town, Taste Washington overtakes CenturyLink Event Center, and the Seattle Symphony winds down its Beethoven cycle in style.

By Seattle Met Staff March 23, 2017

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After a year of personal tragedy, Patton Oswalt continues to helpfully cope with grief through comedy.

Image via Patton Oswalt's Facebook.


Fri, Mar 24
Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt is teaching a master class on dealing with grief. Pay attention. Since the unexpected death of his wife, Michelle McNamara, at the age of 46 last April, the comedian has been sorting out how to continue on as a single father in a very public, touching, often painful, but funny way. Embrace him with the hug of laughter when he visits the Paramount—just don’t expect the jokes to be light. Paramount Theatre, Sold Out

Sat, Mar 25
Marc Maron
A dose of comedic cynicism can do wonders for an angry soul, so there may be no better time than the present to see Marc Maron perform standup. Pent-up frustration seeps from the WTF podcast host’s pores, and more than a few of us could use some rage-laughs these days. Moore Theatre, $27–$33

Classical & More

Thur & Sat, Mar 23 & 25
Beethoven Symphony No. 5

After two years of playing every Beethoven symphony and concerto, the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot will put a bow on the celebration with perhaps the most popular work in the classical canon— Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. From the instantly recognizable four-note motif to the boisterous closing crescendo, the piece energizes in a way that few others can match. Benaroya Hall, $52–$137


Mar 25–Apr 2
Seattle’s Jewish Film Festival
Over its 22-year history, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival has become a cultural touchstone for the local Semitic community. This year’s lineup might give you emotional whiplash. The slate includes a retelling of the Book of Genesis story of Abraham and Sarah set in the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra (Harmonia), an adaptation of The Zookeeper’s Wife (a true story about a zookeeper  that worked with the Resistance to help save those in the Warsaw ghetto) starring Jessica Chastain, a documentary featuring comedians, Holocaust survivors, and Jewish leaders discussing whether or not the Holocaust can be funny (The Last Laugh),and a documentary about a vibrant elderly Holocaust survivor’s tailor shop by local filmmaker Leah Warshawski (Big Sonia). Tissues recommended. Various venues, $10–$20; Festival pass $125–225

Visual Art

Thru June 11
The Contact: Quilts of the Sierra Nevada by Ann Johnston
When gazing at the Sierra Nevadas, one can dream of wrapping themselves up in all the warm natural beauty. Ann Johnston found a way to make that intangible idea a reality. Bellevue Arts Museum’s The Contact features more than 30 of Johnston’s large quilts—made from her own hand-dyed cloth—depicting the serenity of the California mountain range via abstract depictions of sunset landscapes, bands of sediment, and jagged peaks. Bellevue Arts Museum, $12


Mar 23–Apr 1
Seattle Fringe Festival
Artists of all sorts play with the boundaries of the imagination at the annual Seattle Fringe Festival. Featuring 33 productions over nine days, the event brings in art nerds, performance junkies, and eager explorers to check out the latest outside-the-box creative adventures from realms like dance, improv, narrative burlesque, theater, clowning, and more. Eclectic Theater, $10–$18


Thur, Mar 23
In an era when people are calling on artists to help by a voice of resistance, Los Angeles rapper Bambu isn’t afraid to rhyme on the front line. As the LA Weekly put it, “Filipino-American rapper Bambu de Pistola makes some of today’s favorite artists look like Republicans with rich-rapper problems.” His lyrical musings on race, politics, police, and gangs don’t pull any punches. Bambu heads to the Crocodile to deliver his unfiltered worldview with a show that also features Gifted Gab and Tef Poe. The Crocodile, $10-$18

Sat, Mar 25
Rocky Votolato: Live at the Black Belt Release Show
There's undeniably a humorous sense of redundancy in a release show for a live album, but Seattle singer-songwritter Rocky Votolato house show style concerts are always so warm and vibrant that we're willing to look past it. Recorded at one such house show, Live at the Black Belt captures the intimate feeling of Votolato's solo shows with favorite tunes from Makers and a new song "Little Charger" about the Standing Rock Movement. Expect the concert at Fremont Abbey's basically-a-house-show-venue Ballard Homestead to be very similar to the album itself. No complaints about that. Ballard Homestead, $17-$20

Food & Drink

Mar 23–26
Taste Washington
Taste Washington week is upon us, with the main event—the Grand Tasting—coming up this Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26. With over 225 Washington wineries and 65 top regional restaurants presenting some of their most delicious offerings it can be an overwhelming barrage of flavor. Discover a new favorite vineyard, but remember to drink responsibly (spit buckets recommended!). CenturyLink Event Center, $48–$175

Books & Talks

Sun, Mar 26
Geoffrey Nutter
Award-winning poet Geoffrey Nutter writes with a casual yet confident sense of description in collections like A Summer Evening, Christopher Sunset and The Rose of January. Hugo House brings Nutter to town to read from Cities at Dawn, his latest selection of poems that reach into everyday life and pull out the bits of the extraordinary. Hotel Sorrento's Fireside Room, Free

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