Amy O’Neal and Ellie Sandstrom
Thursday – Saturday (3/25- 3/27) – If you haven’t seen local dancers Amy O’Neal and Ellie Sandstrom perform together before, well, you have some ’splaining to do. Two of the city’s most talented dancers (The New York Times has called O’Neal “astounding,” and Sandstrom earned a Seattle magazine Spotlight Award in 2009), they’ve worked together for years in the dance/music company Locust, and are back in tandem for a new piece called too (lowercase intentional), produced for O’Neal’s new company, Tiny Rage. Part of the Live at the Northwest Film Forum series (in which local artists blend live performance and film), too touches on karaoke, Japanese love hotels, modern technology and human communication—all by way of high-powered dance. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. 206.829.7863
Must Nerd Out
Drunken Spelling Bee
Thursday (3/25) – Seven lucky audience members will compete against local indie celebs (including Ben Huh and Scott Porad of Cheezburger) in a spell-off to benefit the King and Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee. Leave it to local radio golden boy, Luke Burbank to make this already adorable event even cuter. Burbank plays the role of host and “pronouncer extraordinaire” at the show which also feature an hour of comedy curated by Kevin Hyder and People’s Republic of Komedy. 8 p.m. $10 The Crocodile Cafe, 2200 2nd Ave. 206. 441.7416, thecrocodile.com
Sounders FC opening game
Thursday (3/25) – The Seattle Sounders’ inaugural season last year boasted countless accomplishments—winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, qualifying for the Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs, setting a league record for average attendance at games (30,943!) and having forward Fredy Montero win the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award. But our favorite achievement was being the first MLS franchise to have its own marching band (allegedly mandated by co-owner and former marching band geek Drew Carey). Sound Wave, the blaring percussion-and-brass ensemble, keeps the fans fired up during games and also leads the traditional March to the Match, in which lime-green-laden fans march from Occidental Park to Qwest Field—chanting and singing all the way. For the second consecutive year, the Sounders’ opening game (against the Philadelphia Union) also serves as the kickoff for the entire MLS season. Time to get your green on and your scarves up. Opening game 6:30 p.m. March to the Match begins in Occidental Park (in Pioneer Square) 90 minutes prior to game time. soundersfc.com.
TASTE Washington's Grand Tasting
Sunday (3/27) - This weekend, join Seattle Magazine at Taste Washington--the city’s premiere wine and food event. Sunday begins with a VIP tasting between 2-4pm (tickets are $125), and general admission between 4-7pm (tickets are $75). This is where ticket holders will get a chance to taste the wines from over 200 Washington wineries, including notables such as Betz, Andrew Will, Col Solare, Dunham, Northstar, Walla Walla Vintners, and Woodward Canyon. VIP wine event at 2 p.m., Open admission at 4 p.m. $75–$125. Qwest Field Event Center - 800 Occidental Ave S, Downtown; tastewashington.org.
SAM’S Annual introductions show
Days vary (Through 4/16) – So you’re thinking that Georgia O’Keeffe painting at the Seattle Art Museum would look awesome in your living room (it m