Culture Fix

Weekend What to Do February 28–March 1

Pacific Science Center discusses climate anxiety, Northwest Film Forum hosts children’s films, and a Tony-winner hits Seattle Rep.

By Ryan Phelan February 28, 2020

Amari Cheatom, Harvy Blanks, and Brian D. Coats perform in August Wilson's Jitney at Seattle Rep this weekend.

Fri, Feb 28
Climate Depression: Confronting Eco-Anxiety in the Age of Crisis
In the face of the environmental crisis, anxiety and depression are becoming increasingly salient. Jennifer Atkinson brings strategies from her UW Bothell seminar, “Eco-Grief and Climate Anxiety,” to address the growing emotional impacts of ecological change in the pursuit of climate activism. Pacific Science Center, $5

Fri, Feb 28
Star Brews Festival
Still a bit bummed by The Rise of Skywalker? Well, beer and Star Wars fanatics can head to a galaxy far, far away (cue title crawl). There are 20 brews ready for tasting if you venture into the Rebel’s Beer Base or the Darth Lair of Ciders, as well as photo opportunities with your favorite characters. For live music, get ready for R2-DJ2 and the Storm Rockers. WithinSodo, $40

Feb 28 & 29
Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos
Pianists Ryan Wigglesworth and Marc-André Hamelin showcase the works of Mozart, offering the contrasting tempo of his Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, which is equal parts playful, serene, and tense. Wigglesworth also performs the American debut of Mozart Variations, his composition for piano and orchestra. Benaroya Hall, $24–$134

Sun, Mar 1
This sibling trio smashed onto the scene in 2013 with “Cool Kids,” a mid-aughts pop rock throwback of catchy lyrical melody, dreamy vocals, and a nonstop percussion-led pace. Now, seven years removed from its debut album, Echosmith’s latest release Lonely Generation poses a setlist primed for singalongs, whether it’s the pain-filled “Everyone Cries,” or the title track’s pop anthem sensibilities. Neptune Theatre, $24

All weekend (thru March 8)
Children’s Film Festival
Hosted by Northwest Film Forum, this festival puts the experience of childhood center screen, with a special emphasis on the stories from those of marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds. In addition to features from South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany, and Australia, this year’s festival partners with Longhouse Media to showcase shorts from indigenous filmmakers. Northwest Film Forum, $13 per screening

All weekend (thru March 29)
August Wilson’s Jitney
Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Tony Award–winning revival of August Wilson’s 1977 play centers generational conflict and workplace drama. In Jitney, racism from Pittsburgh’s licensed cab drivers leads Jim Becker to create a rideshare service for his district’s Black community. But the success is short-lived, as backlash from the city puts Becker’s business and drivers in peril. Seattle Rep, $17–$87

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