The Black Male Experience at Photo Center NW, ‘A Great Wilderness’ on the Seattle Rep Stage and 'Swamplandia' Author Reads at Town Hall

Jack Taylor and Michael Winters in Seattle Repertory Theatre's A Great Wilderness, 2013.

Must See
Photo Center NW’s Visual Exploration of Being a Black Male

(1/16 to 3/8, times vary) — “What do black men have in common?” In Question Bridge: Black Males, the new video installation at Photo Center Northwest (PCNW), African-American men pose such questions, and African-American men answer, in straight-on, close-up, fascinating video recordings.

Must Watch
A Great Wilderness
at the Seattle Rep

(1/17 to 2/16, times vary) — The Seattle Rep commissioned up-and-coming Idaho playwright Samuel Hunter to create this daring new work, developed in the Rep's New Play Program. The story surrounds a man who counsels teen boys "out of" their homosexual tendencies, and the crises of faith he experiences when one of these boys goes missing.

Must Hear
Swamplandia Author Karen Russell to Read at Town Hall

Friday (1/17, 7:30 p.m.) — Karen Russell’s first novel, the magical realist, Southern gothic Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (her first novel!). And her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, is just as wildly inventive. She’ll share her stunning gift for building weird worlds at Town Hall.

Must Lunch
Leaders at Lunch Series

Wednesday (1/15, 12 to 1 p.m.) — Seattle magazine and Seattle Business magazine invite you to attend a new lunch series featuring local business leaders speaking about innovation, civic responsibility and business growth. The second session features Kim Lowe, editor in chief of Microsoft’s Lifestyle group of online and app experiences, at Daniel’s Broiler in Bellevue.

Must Cheer
Go Seahawks!

Sunday (1/19, 3:30 p.m.) — Our amazing Seahawks will once again face the San Francisco 49ers in what’s certain to be an all out battle. But this time, a victory would crown us NFC champs and secure a spot in the Super Bowl. Get inspired before the game with this heartwarming new commercial featuring the Hawks fullback Derrick Coleman, one of the only legally deaf NFL players.