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Must List: April 11-17

Jim Gaffigan, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Sampha

By Seattle Mag April 11, 2024

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Spring is officially here — the flannel sheets are packed away, and the sunglasses are back in action. As we welcome the warmer days, our community’s stories are blooming. There’s the flea market hiding the best Mexican food around, unexpected emotions at a middle school dance, and a drama unfolding around a historic Cornish College building up for sale, sparking hopes that McMenamins transforms it into our new favorite spot.

And this week don’t miss Jim Gaffigan turning everyday quirks into comedy gold, Seattle’s Cherry Blossom and Japanese Culture Festival, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s comedic genius, The Black Crowes on their comeback tour, and Sampha at The Showbox.



April 11-14

4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., The Paramount Theatre, $39.50

Known for his takes on everyday life, from fatherhood to his love for Hot Pockets, Jim Gaffigan’s earned seven Grammy nods, penned bestselling books, and even scored Emmys and platinum records. Get ready to laugh at normal, everyday things you never realized were so funny.



Woman in traditional Japanese attire with cherry blossoms, promoting the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, scheduled for April 11-17.


April 12-14  

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Seattle Center, Free

This is the first and oldest ethnic festival in the Festál series, held annually at Seattle Center. The festival highlights the friendship between Seattle and Japan, celebrating with cherry blossoms, Taiko drum performances, contemporary Japanese arts, traditional tea ceremonies, and more.




Saturday, April 13

8:30 p.m., The Showbox, $36.50

From south London to global fame, Sampha creates era-defining tunes. Stars like Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, and Drake seek him out as a top collaborator in the music scene. His strikingly beautiful voice elevates songs to new levels. Don’t miss seeing him live.



Two women smiling below the text "Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Restless Leg Tour, April 11-17 Must List.


Saturday, April 13  

3 p.m.,6 p.m., WaMu Theater, $111.50

Two of comedy’s most beloved figures team up for an afternoon filled with laughs, clever quips, and those classically hilarious moments only they can deliver. 



Two men in black attire and sunglasses posing with one holding a guitar, listed as a must-see for April 11-17.


Monday, April 15  

8 p.m., McCaw Hall, $60+

They’re back. The Black Crowes are shaking off the drama with their Happiness Bastards Tour ‘24 and dropping their first new album in 15 years. They’re stripping down to basics with raw rhythm and blues, showcasing their legendary sound.


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