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The Weekly Must List: April 22 - 28, 2010
4/22-4/24 - Amelia Reeber is one of Seattle’s shining modern dance stars—an artist who combines serious choreography cred with a wicked sense of humor and mad dance skills—yet she remains humble! She recently wowed audiences at On the Boards’ A.W.A.R.D Show with a seriously funny performance that blended intense physicality with audio from home improvement shows (trust us, it was genius) and earned her the top prize ($10,000—and she’s still humble!). If her success increases further thanks to this brand-new work, "This Is a Forgery," she may well turn into an egomaniacal jerk. But we’ll still adore her. 8 p.m. $12¬–$15. Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, 1524 Harvard Ave.; tickets: 800.838.3006; brownpapertickets.com; info: ameliareeber.com
4/22-4/25 - Local nerd-pop band “Awesome” is known for its unique mix of instrumentation—from mandolins and melodicas to clarinets and glockenspiels—with plenty of room for the strange theremin in between. For their latest project the band teamed up with director Matthew Richter to create, West, a music theater performance inspired by the journey of Lewis and Clark that explores themes of westward expansion. 8 p.m. $18. On The Boards, 100 West Roy St. 206.217.9888. awesometheband.com
Ballard Jazz Walk
4/23 - Slip on some comfy shoes for the Ballard Jazz Walk. Part of the Ballard Jazz Festival which goes thru Sunday, a ticket to Jazz Walk gets you in to see 16 different bands in 12 venues. Shimmy your way around the heart of Ballard and bebop to music from bands like Fu Kun Wu Trio and John Moulder Quartet. Different venues start between 7-9 p.m. $25. New York Fashion Academy; 5201 Ballard Ave. NW.
Tuesday – Saturday – A product of chef Scott Carsberg’s secret construction project, Bisato is a new cicchetti bar serving affordable fare in the old Belltown Lampreia space (2400 First Ave.; 206.443.3301; bisato.com). Gone are many of the linened tables Lampreia was known for. The room now boasts an enormous J-shaped bar and a gleaming, red meat slicer (part showpiece, part workhorse). A set of 100-year-old barn doors gives the room a rustic warmth. The food is decidedly simpler than one would have encountered at Lampreia, though Carsberg insists the quality remains the same. The name is essentially unchanged, too: Lampreia is Portuguese for “eel”; Bisato means the same thing in the Venetian dialect. Everything on the menu costs $14 or less, including dishes such as branzino with black trumpet mushrooms and thinly sliced mango salad with prawns. But be advised: The portions can be small indeed.
Edited by Karen Johnson
Eran Afner and Lorna Yee contributed to this post