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

Dance Theatre of Harlem gets a boost from Seattle Symphony, top authors convene for McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and KT Niehoff's latest choreographic creation takes flight.

By Seattle Met Staff March 9, 2017

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Prepare to be immersed in an otherworldly visual realm of movement with KT Niehoff's latest choreographic creation, Before We Flew Like Birds, We Flew Like Clouds.


Mar 9–Apr 1
Before We Flew Like Birds, We Flew Like Clouds
Seattle choreographer KT Niehoff always strives to create enthralling worlds with her dances, but Before We Flew Like Birds, We Flew Like Clouds pushes immersion to new heights. As audience members sit in swivel chairs, dancers convey stories of extreme physical experiences—from floating in space to speed skating—while surrounded by an installation of balloon sculptures and virtual reality films projected planetarium style. 12th Avenue Arts, $20–$25

Sat & Sun, Mar 11 & 12
Dance Theatre of Harlem
When founded in 1969, the Dance Theatre of Harlem was the first predominantly black professional ballet academy, and it still thrives all these years later. With accompanying support from a Seattle Symphony string quartet, the company’s Seattle visit features the graceful neoclassical ballet New Bach, the dynamic and physically relentless Coming Together, Francesca Harper’s System, and José Limón’s Bach-backed solo Chaconne. Paramount Theatre, $24–$64


Sat, Mar 11
Gibraltar: Let's Get Beautiful Release Show
Gibraltar’s musical vocabulary lacks any frills, instead getting right to the point in bouts of distortion-drenched glory. Since forming in 2011, the Seattle postpunk outfit has excelled at crafting driving, no-nonsense melodic rock songs that cut like knives. The band fully displays this aesthetic on is new album, Let’s Get Beautiful. The group celebrates the record’s release with a show at Barboza featuring Head Like a Kite and Wiscon. Barboza, $10

Sat, Mar 11
Sound Off! 2017 Finals
After weeks of battle of the bands action, MoPop’s annual Sound Off! competition is ready to crown the best under-21 musical act in the Pacific Northwest. The four finalists span the sonic landscape. Jason McCue makes weird, warbly solo alternative folk. Falon Sierra crafts her own exuberant electronic R&B. Torpoise is a one-man EDM band in the same vein as Sound Off! alum Manatee Commune (but with way more live saxophone playing). The Good Weird, the only full band that made the finals, play the type of melodic alternative rock that could easily feel at home on a Warped Tour stage. They all hope to take home the top prize—a spot on the Bumbershoot lineup—and add their name to the list of past champions like Sol, Brothers From Another, and the Lonely Forest. MoPop, $14

Books & Talks

Thur, Mar 9
Pop-Up Magazine

Seattle Met hot take: Magazines are cool. (We’re in no way biased or anything...) The touring production Pop-Up Magazine takes things off the page and lets an audience experience the majesty of storytelling in the flesh. Set to a live score by Magik*Magik Orchestra, award-winning writers, photographers, and filmmakers come together to share fascinating glimpses of the world around us. Added bonus: Pop-Up Magazine is devoid of annoying junk mail asking you to renew your subscription. Town Hall, Sold Out

Sun, Mar 12
Stories from McSweeney's Quarterly Concern
As one of America’s top literary journals, Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern strives to showcase a diverse mix of essays, short stories, and other bookish bliss. Town Hall brings in three top McSweeney’s contributors— Washington’s own Jess Walter, acclaimed British novelist Zadie Smith, and Sudanese fiction writer Nyuol Lueth Tong— to share their featured stories live. Town Hall, $13

Special Events

Sat, Mar 11
Holi Hai

Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is traditionally a multi-day event celebrated in India the day after the full moon. It represents the victory of good over evil, and is a time to love, laugh, forgive, and rid yourself of any negative feelings you might be lugging around. Seems like a decent idea these days. Holi Hai, hosted by DJ Prashant, features six hours packed with Bollywood dance lessons, Henna, a Holi dance performance, and large amounts of powdered color (included with a ticket purchase) being thrown around (outside because who would want to clean that up inside?). The day of Holi is about pure fun and joy, and the color fight embodies just that. Nectar Lounge, $17–$28

Sat & Sun, Mar 11 & 12
Seattle Irish Festival
Right around March 17th, everybody and their mothers begin claiming some degree of Irish heritage. And why wouldn’t you? Celtic music, Riverdancing, and, of course, Guinness, make for a beautiful and lively culture. Get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day (while celebrating your possible 1/16 Irish heritage) at the Irish Festival with a parade, cultural displays, music, dancing, and lots of chances to buy Celtic goods. Sláinte! Seattle Center Armory, Free


Mar 9–24 
A Tribe Called Yes
Most improv shows don’t being with a DJ scratching records to set a mood, but there’s plenty that’s atypical about Jet City Improv’s new hip-hop themed show, A Tribe Called Yes. Each night, the cast creates a fresh comedic improvised play about the world of rising rappers, feuding MCs, and fame. It’s not just the songs’ rhymes, everything here is freestyled. Jet City Improv, $12-18


Thru Mar 25
Milk Like Sugar
Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar opens with three teenage girls celebrating a 16th birthday at a tattoo parlor and making a pact to all get pregnant (one of whom already is) in order to be pampered with baby showers. Shockingly, there may be a flaw or two with this plan. As comedic drama unfolds, the girls continually struggle and grown in this coming-of-age story about people looking for acceptance, escape, faith, family, love, and a place in a world that doesn’t value them. ArtsWest, $38

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