The Must List, featuring Gauguin, Vintage Fashion and Men in Kilts

Gauguin & Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise
Paul Gauguin is known the world over for the vibrant paintings he produced while living on Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. But the “primitive” objects that inspired him, which he sometimes referenced visually, are often glossed over in discussions of his work. 66 elaborately carved wooden bowls, figurines cut from wood and stone, woven fans and head ornaments are on display at Seattle Art Museum’s anticipated event, opening today! The artistry that went into creating these objects is in full evidence and deepens the context for the 50 gorgeous works by the Post-impressionist master. Seattle is the only U.S. stop on Gauguin’s grand tour, so don’t miss it.
2/9–4/29. Times and prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100;

Smokestack Arias
Local composer/musician Wayne Horvitz presents an original musical work inspired by the infamous “Everett Massacre” of 1916.  When IWW labor organizers, known as the “Wobblies,” traveled by boat from Seattle to Everett to support a workers' strike, they were greeted at the Everett dock by armed local police and vigilante forces who opened fire. Horvitz composed the piece as a song cylce for soprance voice, piano and electronic. It tells the story of the bloody day from the perspective of women, performed by Cristina Valdes and Maria Mannisto, and directed by Dayna Hanson.
2/9-2/12. Times and prices vary. A Contemporary Theatre (ACT). 700 Union;

Please note: we made an error in the Must List e-newsletter. The Smokestack Arias run 2/9-2/12 - not through April 29 as previously published. We apologize for the confusion.

Masters of Scottish Arts
Benaroya Hall goes plaid with Mt. Vernon-based Celtic Arts Foundation’s annual “Men in Kilts” event, which features top-notch Scotch musicians jamming on bagpipes, fiddles and drums, plus dancers from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. performing traditional Celtic choreography. Not a Scot? Break out that Utilikilt in solidarity.
2/10, 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;

Best Barrel-aged Cocktails
When local bartender Andrew Friedman (Liberty Bar) started aging cocktails in charred oak barrels over a year ago, he discovered some surprising and tasty results. Now several Seattle bars are following his lead, serving up specialty aged spirits. Here are some of our faves.

Kaleidoscope Vision
The former home of Atlas Clothing (sniff) on Capitol Hill is destined to remain a vintage-lover’s hub: Kaleidoscope Vision is opening in the space this week. Proprietors Ria Rabut, Mackenzie Garfield and Sophia Phillips - who already maintain a gorgeous online vintage boutique - will offer a revolving collection of men’s and women’s vintage wear (often curated by theme, which will change monthly) as well as books, perfumes and other accessories.
Tues-Fri 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat-Sun 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. 1419 10th Ave.; 206.432.9689;