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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 30–April 2

'Mamma Mia!' and APRIL Festival say goodbye, the Maldives and Sera Cahoone release new albums, and Northwest Sinfonietta, Spectrum Dance, and the Museum of Glass come together for arts' sake.

By Seattle Met Staff March 30, 2017

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The dancing queens come out for Mamma Mia!'s farewell run.

Theater

Thru Apr 2
Mamma Mia!
After a 14-year run on Broadway, the Abba jukebox musical Mamma Mia! says goodbye to its legion of adoring fans with a proper farewell tour. On the eve of her wedding, a young woman attempts to find out which of her mother’s three former paramours is her actual father, in the colorful romp that includes hits like “Dancing Queen.” Paramount Theatre, $25–$90

Mar 30–June 11
Murder for Two
Comedic chaos reigns in the vaudevillian two-hander Murder for Two. The manic, madcap mystery finds one actor playing an officer who is investigating the murder of a famed author, while another plays the suspects—and there are a lot of them. The pair also provides the soundtrack, taking turns flaunting showy piano chops. ACT Theatre, $59–$89

Classical & More

Fri, Mar 31
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

There’s never enough content to satisfy the massive army of diehard Game of Thrones fans. They’d be all over a GoT theme park, Game of Thrones Go app, or... and I know this is an absurdly unrealistic idea... a new A Song of Ice and Fire book. But for now, a concert will have to do. The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience features a full orchestra and choir (plus soloists) performing the gripping scores of Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi on a set worthy of an arena, while a massive video screen takes concertgoers on a visual tour of Westeros and Essos (via footage from the show and new digital imagery). KeyArena, $36–$96

Fri & Sat, Mar 31 & Apr 1
Art for Arts' Sake
Northwest Sinfonietta, Spectrum Dance Theater, and the Museum of Glass are collaborating on Art for Arts’ Sake. The three entities will merge to form one artistic brain in a show that features glass-inspired musical compositions: Philip Glass’s Glassworks and the premiere of Seattleite Heather Bentley’s Hot Shop. Benaroya Hall and Rialto Theater, $20–$50

Performance

Mar 30–May 21
Cirque du Soleil: Luzia
Two sides of the U.S. border artistically merge when French Canadian circus theater company Cirque du Soleil celebrates the vibrancy of Mexican culture via Luzia. Set against a backdrop designed by Oscar-winning Mexican set designer Eugenio Caballero (Pan’s Labyrinth), Luzia builds a magical world of butterflies, hummingbirds, luchadors, robots, and more. The physical displays of trapeze acrobatics, soccer juggling, contortionists, and hoop performers dazzle while Majo Cornejo’s enchanting Spanish singing helps drive home a sense of Latin vitality. Marymoor Park, $29–$495

Concerts

Sat, Apr 1
The Maldives: Mad Lives Release Show
The Maldives isn’t exactly scrapping the unvarnished alt-country rock sound that’s earned the band a beloved Seattle following over the past 13 years, but there are so many more vast expanses singer-songwriter Jason Dodson yearns to explore. The group’s fifth album Mad Lives offers up a heartily enjoyable new sonic journey by tapping into bright and soaring soundscapes over which Dodson warmly delivers his melancholy musings. The group celebrates the new record with a two-show night at the Triple Door featuring opening support from Naomi Wachira. The Triple Door, $20–$25

Sat, Apr 1
Sera Cahoone: From Where I Started Release Show
Sera Cahoone traces her sound back to its Colorado Americana roots on her new album From Where I Started. While there may be moments of urban sorrow that end up in places like the Redwood, the Seattle singer-songwriter's folk songs radiate the sort of personal warmth that would ideally be sung and strummed under the open sky stars, world's away from any bustling metropolis. Cahoone celebrates the new record's release with a sold out gig at her main haunt, the Tractor Tavern, with opening support from Annie Ford Band and Widower. Tractor Tavern, Sold Out

Sat & Sun, Apr 1 & 2
Born This Way
Seattle Men’s Chorus makes its implicit celebration of the LGBTQ community a focal point in its multimedia concert Born This Way. The program features renditions of pop favorites from Lady Gaga (obviously) and Cyndi Lauper, the world premiere of a composition from transgender composer Mari Esabel Valverde, and more empowering anthems. McCaw Hall, $25–$78

Books & Talks

Thur, Mar 30 
Jess Thomson
Seattle freelance food writer and cookbook author Jess Thomson knows the flavors of the Northwest. She dives into all the fresh ingredients the region has to offer in the culinary memoir, A Year Right Here. The tome’s documented trials and tribulations of Jess and her family include dealing with picky eaters, foraging for dinner, and backyard chicken coop adventures. University Bookstore, Free

Fri, Mar 31
Elizabeth Gilbert
In the 10 years following the release of her empowering memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has continually pushed people to find inner strength though her writing. Her most recent book, 2015’s Big Magic, focuses on unlocking your inherent creativity. Gilbert is sure to dole out plenty of advice when she visits Seattle. Moore Theatre, $33

Sat, Apr 1
APRIL Festival
APRIL—Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature—has manifested each spring since 2012 as a weeklong celebration of all things small press: myriad readings like the literary pub crawl and a storytelling competition titled, “A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen,” all capped off by a Sunday book fair. Alas, 2017 marks APRIL Festival’s final chapter. The party may be ending this year with a send-off event, but it leaves having made its mark on the local literary scene having exposed audiences to a whole new caliber of writers. For the last hurrah, readers, writers, and independent literature appreciators of all kinds will gather to browse the book expo, enjoy performances from Seattle poets like Quenton Baker, Elissa Washuta and Sarah Galvin, watch competitive storytelling events, and revel in one final dance party to celebrate APRIL’s goodbye. Hugo House First Hill, Free

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