The Must List: Bridget Everett, Urban Craft Uprising and Gary Gulman

By Seattle Magazine Staff

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December 1, 2016

Must See
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(Through December 11, times vary) The first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Suzan-Lori Parks has energized audiences with the award-winning Topdog/Underdog and now adapts Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, which adroitly fuses her unique theatrical language with music and dance. artsuw.org/venue/meany-studio-theater

Must Laugh
Gary Gulman
(December 1, 8 p.m.) Why see Gary Gulman? Let us count the ways: He’s one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every single late-night comedy program and with Amy Schumer, and The New York Times says, “He’s finally being recognized as one of the country’s strongest comedians.” We could give you more reasons, but you could have been there by now. Sjcc.org

Must Hear
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
(December 2, 9 p.m.) Five years after his initial triumph with Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, Leftwich has partnered with producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Money) on a new album, After the Rain, written during some of the most challenging times in the artist’s life, that displays his deepening craft as a singer-songwriter. sunsettavern.com

Must Attend
Bridget Everett
(December 3, 8 p.m.) The Village Voice calls her “the most exciting performer in New York City.” She calls herself an “alt-cabaret provocateur.” You’ve seen her in Trainwreck and on Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, Sex and The City, Netflix’s Lady Dynamite and her Comedy Central show Bridget Everett – Gynecological Wonder. stgpresents.org

Must Craft
Urban Craft Uprising
(December 3-4, times vary) If you have any last-minute Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or I-don’t-need-an-excuse shopping to do, you could kill your gift list with one visit. The 150 vendors under one roof display handcrafted jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, accessories, children’s goods, toys, house wares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, art, and more. urbancraftuprising.com

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Delicate Dance for the Pacific Northwest Ballet

At PNB, the pandemic has brought on Zoom fittings and tight turnarounds.

It’s no secret that the pandemic has devastated arts organizations. A recent study by Seattle-based ArtsFund found that 73% of arts organizations throughout the region had laid off or furloughed employees because of Covid-19. Arts groups pivoted quickly, with 100% of respondents transitioning to digital programming. Pacific Northwest Ballet quickly shifted to a six-performance digital season….

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Spectrum Dance Theater Explores an Imagined Future

The Race and Climate Change Festival is "rooted in a belief that human beings will find a way to survive."

Spectrum's upcoming festival includes a site-specific work at Madrona Beach, choreographed by Donald Byrd

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Stories from Seattle: Dance Artist Kaitlin McCarthy on Coping with Coronavirus while Pregnant

"Dancing my way through the crowd, a spontaneous clapping and stomping erupted on the beat. One perfect moment of togetherness that, it turns out, may have been our last for a long while."

Kaitlin McCarthy dances with the audience of her show 'Gender Reveal Party: a dance show,' at Velocity Dance Center

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This Week in Seattle Shows: Sara Porkalob’s Café Nordo Thriller, Solo Dance at On the Boards and More

I want to see satisfying comeuppance, dystopian satire and more dance than one heart can handle

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This Week in Seattle Shows: Sarah Galvin, Elby Brosch and More

Gear up for a week full of experimental craziness and journalistic excellence

Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor

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This Week in Seattle Shows: ‘She Loves Me’ at Village Theatre, Natasha Marin’s Book Launch and More

Four standout local arts events you shouldn’t miss

Allison Standley in 'She Loves Me' at Village Theatre