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Weekend What to Do February 21–23

MoPOP celebrates Black comedy, Seattleites take a Polar Plunge, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong bend genres.

By Ryan Phelan February 21, 2020

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings genre-crossing funk to the Neptune on Saturday.

Fri, Feb 21
Through the Eyes of Art: A Salute to Black Comedy
In the seventh year of the Museum of Pop Culture’s Black History Month celebration, comedy takes center stage. Emmy-nominated comedian Darryl Littleton leads a talk and answers questions on the history of Black comedy, while stand-up Nate Jackson headlines, along with Tawanna Buchanan and Felisha Barnes. MoPOP, $15

Fri, Feb 21
Science of Spirits
Pacific Science Center offers eight tastings from distilleries like Hood River, Temple, Black Rock, and Copperworks, along with special insight into the distilling process and an after-hours chance to explore exhibits like the planetarium and tropical butterfly house. Sizzle Dogs will provide sustenance, with Bothell Baking handling dessert. Pacific Science Center, $45

Sat, Feb 22
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are about as genre-bending as it gets, crossing instrumental expectations and changing styles mid-song all while finding a way to be more enthralling than disruptive. “Horizon,” for instance, slides funk rhythm in with soft vocals, before flipping to electric guitar shredding. Neptune Theatre, $20

Sat, Feb 22
Seattle Polar Plunge
Appearing on our listing of 2020 Polar Plunges back in December, Special Olympics Washington’s rendition of the classic dunk into freezing water offers a late morning brew festival featuring Elysian, Big Time, and Georgetown, with the added benefit of supporting a good cause. Ezell’s Express, Off the Rez, and eight other food trucks bring out a comfort food array. Alki Beach Park, $50 in donations

Sun, Feb 23
Combo Chimbita, Y La Bamba, Sávila
Y La Bamba is on an extremely prolific and excellent streak. Last year, the band followed up 2016's Ojos Del Sol, with the equally good Mujeres and Entre Los Dos. The Portland quartet might best be described as broadly American, meaning it whirls together influences from Central and North America into something that sounds both new and old—a little indie, a little folk, a little Americana—all galvanized by lead singer Luz Elena Mendoza. Also playing: Sávila, also from Portland, also smartly blending Cumbian and Mexican influences into indie, and Combo Chimbita, who do something similar but bend it toward psych dance and funk. Here all three provide live soundtrack to a laser show. Pacific Science Center, $18 –Stefan Milne

All weekend
Solo: A Festival of Dance
On the Boards hosts a weekend-long ode to solo performance, with an evening length program featuring Jade Solomon Curtis, Allie Hankins, Adrienne Truscott, Mariana Valencia, and Jumatatu M. Poe. There will also be seven architecturally informed performances throughout the building curated by choreographer Dani Tirrell, whose acclaimed show Black Bois just made a comeback at the Moore. On the Boards, $28–$75

All weekend
The New Colossus
Tim Robbins directs his ensemble, the Actors’ Gang, as members share interconnected narratives of their ancestors’ journeys to Ellis Island while fleeing oppressive regimes, told through 12 different languages and time periods. Moore Theatre, $23–$43

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