Kyle Abraham: Live! The Realest MC
Opens 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.”
8 p.m. Prices vary. On the Boards, 100 W Roy; 206.217.9888; ontheboards.org
Science Fiction Film Festival
Opens Thursday (4/19-5/2) - Cinerama’s first Science Fiction Film Festival features two weeks’ worth of classic films presenting stunning parallel universes, outlandish creatures and out-of-this-world adventure. Headlining the festival is a screening of Fritz Lang’s incredibly prescient Metropolis (1927), with the Alloy Orchestra providing the live musical score. The remaining lineup offers an exciting mix (2001: A Space Odyssey; War of the Worlds; Close Encounters; Tron) that should appeal to just about any sci-fi fan wanting to revisit old favorites on the big screen.
Times and prices vary. Belltown, 2100 4th Ave.; 206.448.6680 ; cinerama.com
World’s Fair 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday (4/21) - On April 21, 1962, visitors from all over streamed through the gates of the Seattle World’s Fair to witness a future they’d never before imagined. Fifty years later, Seattle Center celebrates that occasion to the day with a community celebration, featuring myriad activities including a reading by Tom Skerrit, a zip line (?!) across the International fountain lawn and, of course, a mobile food truck extravaganza. The celebration continues through October and Seattle mag has all the best events picked out here. Make sure to snap a picture of yourself in front of the Space Needle, it’s returning to its original paint job (“Galaxy Gold”) just for the occasion.
10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the Seattle Center Grounds; seattlecenter.com
Two Seattle Farmers Markets Opening
Saturday and Sunday - Neighborhood farmers markets are on the verge of starting their 2012 seasons; in fact, two very popular markets get re-going this weekend: The Issaquah farmers market (Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) starts selling produce, baked goods and crafts this Saturday, April 21, and Capitol Hill's Broadway market (Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) returns this Sunday, April 22nd. Get the full schedule here.
Sunday (4/22) - There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than pressing “pause” on our daily consumer-driven habits and going for a plain old nature walk. We recommend the Washington Park Arboretum’s guided weekend walks every Sunday in spring—one-and-a-half-hour tours through the branches and blooms that will have you marveling at Mother Nature. Feel like getting out of town? Try one of these two simple hikes.
1 p.m. Free. No registration necessary. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E; 206.543.8800; depts.washington.edu/uwbg/gardens/wpa.shtml