Bookstores are perfect spots to visit on bone-chilling days when the kids are jumping off the walls or on hot summer days when you’re searching for some air conditioning to cool down. Plus, you can kiss goodbye the days where book stores merely sold, well, books.
Film buffs who can hardly wait for SIFF should head to Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. For one week, starting Friday (5/4-5/13), Restless City is returning to Seattle (since its debut at Langston Hughes African American Film Festival) for a local theatrical release, thanks to LHPAC's ongoing affiliation with AAFRM (African-American Film Release Movement).
The Bob Rivers Show introduced Seattle to its "new and improved" super villain this morning: Rex Velvet.
Sporting a bad English accent and vague inclinations to nurture "evil" in the community, Velvet was soon unmasked and revealed to be a professional wedding photographer by day. That might explain his connections to some talented filmmakers. Here's the video he posted on YouTube yesterday:
Remember that scene from Tim Burton’s Batman, in which the Joker orders his bomber-jacket clad henchmen to dump a bunch of money onto the streets of Gotham?
Removing all nefarious intentions, and pretending there are well-meaning nonprofit managers on the street below, not greedy movie extras – that crazy money-distributing mad man or woman could be you on May 2, should you choose to participate in Seattle Foundation’s Give Big day.
Seattle mag got a chance to sit in on the very first rehearsal for the Intiman's upcoming summer festival of shows this morning. Being the type of event at which everyone wears name-tags, we didn't see much in the way of rehearsing. But we did hear a lot about the four plays (directed by Allison Narver, Valerie Curtis-Newton, Dan Savage and Andrew Russell). We also learned who would be acting in them.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you about any of that. It's all very top secret still.
MUST EXPLORENFFTY - National Film Festival for Talented YouthSee more than 200 documentaries, shorts and features by filmmakers ages 22 and younger at this three-day film fest, which showcases work from around the world. Plus, new this year: the Film Expo (4/27-4/28; Seattle Center Exhibition Hall) is an opportunity for budding filmmakers to attend panels and network with film-industry professionals, organized in conjunction with the World’s Fair “Next 50” celebration.
This Friday (April 27), tickets go on sale for the annual Zoo Tunes concert series, always staged on a grassy lawn at Woodland Park Zoo. From a young virtuoso ukelele player to long-time crooner Melissa Etheridge touting a new album, the artists this year (as always) represent a good mix, if you like folk, country, jazz or world music.
This weekend, kicking off as early as 7:30am for some (and 10am for the rest of us), Seattle Center shall spilleth over with installations, exhibits, performances, and food trucks - all assembled to celebrate the much-anticipated 50th Anniversary of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair (you may have heard of it).
Every year, when the first 70 degree day hits, Seattleites go completely bonkers. Swimming, boating and water skiing on Lake Washington, playing beach volleyball on the shores of Alki Beach in skimpy shorts and tank tops, and sunning themselves in patches of ardent green near Green Lake--it's all about to go down. If you're new to these parts, here's a tip: 70 Seattle degrees equals 90 anywhere-else degrees.
MUST SEEKyle Abraham: Live! The Realest MCOpens Thursday (4/19-4/22) - Puppet fever is in the air. As Spectrum Dance Theater concludes its final weekend of the stunning adult puppet drama Petruchska, emerging contemporary NYC dance star Kyle Abraham presents a new piece co-commissioned by Seattle’s On the Boards—in which he explores gender roles, hip hop celebrity and Pinocchio’s classic quest to become a “real boy.”
Stop by Sole Repair in Capitol Hill (1001 East Pike St., solerepairshop.com) for the Off Hours reading series, featuring among others, former Rocket editor Charles Cross and Open Books co-owner Christine Deavel. Doors open at 7:30pm, which gives you plenty of time to order a specialty cocktail (always named after one of the readers) before the show starts at 8pm. Admission is $5 at the door and the atmosphere is usually lively.
A complete lineup from the Off Hours newsletter after the jump:
I don't want to give too much away, because the best parts about Petruchska (plays through April 22) should be stumbled upon – like many of the steps I almost tripped over while wending my way with the rest of opening night audience through the dark passages inside the transformed Madrona Bathhouse studios, where Spectrum Dance Theater has its enviable home.