John Grade: Salvaging the Wawona
Thursday (1/24) — Find out how (and why) local sculptor John Grade built a 56-feet tall sculpture resembling a historic ship’s mast in the middle of MOHAI’s new home. Named “Wawona,” after the disassembled ship from which Grade sourced the wood, the visually arresting spire pierces both the roof and the floor of the building, revealing sky and water. Grade will discuss the original vessel’s history, and the significance behind its new state of being. Tonight's talk is technically sold out, but a little bird tells us there are some walk-up seats available. So get there early! (You can also read more about the sculpture in ARCADE magazine.)
January 24, 7:00 p.m. Free with museum admission. MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N; 206.324.1126; mohai.org
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ongoing (1/15–1/27) — If you liked the rowdy gatherings at Rocky Horror viewings, you’ll love the new wave of cultish love for the live musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Chronicling the troubled life of a German transgender rock singer, this unique show transcends camp and delves into real-life identity struggles we can all relate to. Balagan Theatre is partnering with the Moore Theatre for this production, which features in the lead role local drag queen Jerick Hoffer (who you can also see in season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, debuting on January 28, 6:00 p.m. on LogoTV). Read Brangien Davis’ interview with this Seattle star.
January 15-27, times and prices vary. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 206.682.1414; balagantheatre.org
Drinking Chocolate Tour
Ongoing — Take the Chocolate Box’s new Tour de Haut Chocolate and sip liquid chocolate while expert guides entertain you with fascinating trivia, such as where drinking chocolate fits into Aztec lore. Travel by chocolate van to Seattle chocolate shops around the city to learn about (and taste) oodles more chocolate. It’s a great preview of Seattle’s abundant selection of artisan chocolate and candies, which we explore at length in our February issue.
Tour available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 4pm-6:30pm. The Chocolate Box, 106 Pine St.; 206.443.3900, tour hotline 206.427.2515; sschocolatebox.com
NPR’s Christopher O’Riley
Tuesday (1/27) — Pianos everywhere should thank Christopher O’Riley for bringing the instrument new legions of fans and upping its alternative-music cred. The classical pianist and host of the NPR classical music program From the Top is known for his remarkable piano transcriptions of popular work by indie artists, including Elliott Smith and Nick Drake. For this performance, he’ll tickle the ivories with songs by Nirvana, Arcade Fire and Radiohead.
January 29, 7:30pm. $37–$41 Meany Hall, UW Campus, near NE 41st Street and 15th Avenue NE; 206.543.4880; meany.org
Designer Rain Gear for Cyclists
Uninspired by outerwear she saw on the market, local designer Katrina Hess rolled up her sleeves and made her own coat to fulfill her needs. That was two years ago, and since then, Hess has been crafting Made in Sodo coats with intelligent modifications to help keep cyclists dry. Read Ali Brownrigg’s write-up of this practical and stylish rain gear line.
Available by appointment only. 206.669.6060; madeinsodo.com