The Must List: An Epic Plant Sale, Double Bill at the Opera and the Sunniest Opening Day Ever
Tilth Plant Sale
Dust off your pruning shears, shovels and gardening clogs in preparation for Seattle Tilth’s huge Edible Plant Sale at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Shoppers will find plants of all kinds available for purchase, including over 50 varieties of tomatoes, 20 types of peppers, edible flowers and other warm season crops like corn and berries. Read more about this weekend's sale in fashion editor Ali Brownrigg's blog post.
One-time Seattleite Mike Daisey, the provocative monologist known for his, er, creative fusion of art and journalism, is back in town with the West Coast debuts of two new shows: American Utopias and F***ing F***ing F***ing Ayn Rand. For the first piece (running this week only), the master storyteller weaves hilarious personal narratives about Burning Man and Disneyland with expansive philosophical commentary about corporatism. Next week: he eviscerates writer Ayn Rand with uproarious wit. 5/1–5/11, 7:30pm. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St.; 206.443.2222; seattlerep.org.
The Cave Singers
Seattle’s beloved neo-folk rockers The Cave Singers perform songs from their brand new album Naomi, which features new band member Morgan Henderson (formerly of The Fleet Foxes). Get to know Henderson a bit better before the show by reading Nancy Guppy’s interview with him, in her debut column for Seattle magazine—and find out who wins their arm wrestling contest. 5/4, 9pm. The Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave.; 888.929.7849; showboxpresents.com.
Voix Humaine and Suor Angelica
Only one person appears on stage in Francis Poulenc’s 1959 monodrama Voix Humaine, but the woman’s desperate intensity is as mesmerizing as a cast of hundreds. Jilted by phone, she attempts to keep her lover on the line as long as possible, despite countless interruptions. Also on this Seattle Opera double bill is Suor Angelica, Giacomo Puccini’s 1918 opera about a pious woman who chooses death over rejection by her family. 5/4-5/18. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.389.7676; seattleopera.org.
Opening Day for Boating Season
By land or by sea, you absolutely must have a sunny adventure this weekend—weather forecasts predict highs in the mid-70s and 0 percent chance of rain! If by land, lace up your hiking boots and find serenity and soaring views via one of our “Best Northwest Hikes and Walks.” If by sea, hop on anything that floats in celebration of Opening Day (5/4), the official start of Seattle’s boating season. Don’t forget the sunglasses. Visit the Seattle Yacht Club for all the details on Opening Day.