MUST SEESAM Gallery “Artists’ Choice” OpeningIn celebration of its 40th year playing art matchmaker to its host of art lovers who, for whatever reason, just can’t seem to commit, Seattle Art Museum’s rental and sales outpost SAM Gallery is unveiling Artists Choice. The show will feature a vibrant mix of work by several up-and-coming artists. 5/9, 5-7 p.m. SAM Gallery: Art Sales and Rentals, 1220 Third Ave.; 206.343.1101; seattleartmuseum.org.
MUST WALKEarth Day 5KSaturday (4/20) — Seattle magazine’s first ever 5k run/walk follows a gorgeous route that wends through the Olympic Sculpture Park and skirts Elliott Bay along the Myrtle Edwards Park bike trail. A portion of each registration goes to the Green Seattle Partnership, a nonprofit working to restore our urban forests and parks. An eco-friendly beer garden at Bell Harbor will reward both participants and spectators at the finish line.
A local man is hosting a fundraiser tonight (April 18; 4-11 p.m.) at Spitfire to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. David LeClair describes himself as "a Boston native living in Seattle. He grew up with Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the explosion"
Details below are from the Facebook event page:
The latest music video from Seattle hip hop sensations Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is out. Call of the Wild, intercepted by James Bond, meets The Goonies and an obligatory rooftop party. It's as fun as it is totally insane. Also, the mystery of the black American flag spotted on the Space Needle is solved.
MUST WATCHKafka’s The TrialOngoing (4/5–4/28) — New Century Theatre Company is staging an appropriately claustrophobic new take on Kafka’s classic, The Trial, housed (also appropriately) in Seattle’s former INS building. Audience members are categorized and “processed” as they enter, and sit in a “jury box” to watch the unsettling proceedings. Starring veteran Seattle actors Darragh Keenan and Amy Thone, the play’s spookiest aspect is its modern day relevancy.
A few years ago I heard about an archaeological dig in China that unearthed a Chinese woman in her fifties who was so well preserved by her cypress wood tomb layered with clay and charcoal that she was perfectly intact, including her last meal of honeydew melon, the seeds of which were still in her stomach.
As Swan Lake prepares for takeoff at Pacific Northwest Ballet (4/12-4/21), the company is posting some rehearsal videos that are pretty irresistible—in large part because they offer a peek at backstage ballet fashion, which never fails to mesmerize. How do the dancers end up wearing such a colorful mishmash of leotards, tights, heat wraps, flouncy skirts, shrugs and leg warmer-style knitted garments of varying lengths and locations? And how do they come up with such innovative ways to layer them?
There will be much ado, indeed, at SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) this year. The festival opens with Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, starring Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg. The film was shot in twelve days, uses the original text and apparently was edited on a laptop while Whedon was still in production for The Avengers. It also marks Whedon's debut as a composer, according to the press release.