JANUARY 3–FEBRUARY 16ART
1. Anthony White: Smoke and Mirrors
White is 24 years old and his work is maximalist to the highest degree. It has been causing waves in the Seattle art scene, and for good reason—it's really fucking cool, and it seemingly came out of nowhere. He makes his giant, vibrant paintings on handmade wooden panels, although calling them paintings is almost a disservice to them. They occupy a unique middle ground between painting and sculpture. His work is very much of this century: blisteringly bright and loud, distinctly American, inspired by (and commenting on) technology.JASMYNE KEIMIG
2. 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival
True to its name, the 14/48 Festival turns around 14 brand-new, theme-based, 10-minute plays in two days. The high-pressure nature of the event produces an evening of surprising theater for audience members, who arrive in their seats charged with expectation and anxiety for the performers. Though there are always a few experiments that don't quite come together, it's endlessly fascinating to see the way one theme filters through the minds of several very different theater artists. Expect shit to get weird. RICH SMITH
3. Young Dolph
Special in that he is probably one of the few people with a similar first name to that German dictator born in the last half century, Adolph Thornton Jr., aka Young Dolph, is major, bringing his syrup-drenched rhymes and Southern swagger to our rainy, gray corner of the country. Having been the target of not one but two shootings in 2017, and dropping several chart-topping albums, the Memphis rapper has experienced both the bitter and the sweet sides of life—and this comes out in his music. Dolph’s songs are catchy, and there’s really nothing like seeing an artist on the come-up. JASMYNE KEIMIG
4. Mick Jenkins, Kari Faux
Gil Scott-Heron emerged in 1971 with Pieces of a Man, a casually revolutionary debut that blended poetry, jazz, and soul with black revolutionary thought. Mick Jenkins isn’t the first rapper to pay homage to Scott-Heron, an influential figure in hiphop, but few do so as extensively as Jenkins does on his latest album, which shares a name with Scott-Heron’s debut. Sonically, Jenkins isn’t shaking up the status quo like Scott-Heron did—this is subdued, inward-looking rap that should sound familiar to fans of Earl Sweatshirt or Freddie Gibbs—but his tireless self-examination and dense wordplay is worthy of one of modern music’s underappreciated visionaries. ANDREW GOSPE
JANUARY 6-17FOOD & DRINK
5. Shellfish Showcase
Shellfish Showcase is the seafood counterpart to Restaurant Week, organized by Dine Around Seattle. The organization has rounded up a host of restaurants to devise exclusive menus with four items highlighting fresh local shellfish, at least two of them entrées. It’s a great opportunity to slurp some briny bivalves and scope out some hidden gems you wouldn’t otherwise try.
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6. Los Lobos
Fun fact: The Ritchie Valens music you hear in 1987 film biopic La Bamba are covers of his tunes as recorded by Los Lobos. It wasn’t just the film’s title track, which jetted East LA’s most prodigious Chicano rock band to the top of the charts in both the US and the UK. It’s why the music sound so vibrant and alive and… present, lacking that 1950s vintage gossamer. Los Lobos formed in 1973 and have released upwards of 20 albums in their venerable career. They mix elements of Tex-Mex and traditional Latin music with rock, country, folk, R&B, blues, and soul, as driven by multi-instrumental frontman David Hidalgo (his main instrument is ax, but he also juggles accordion, fiddle, bajo sexto, and requinto jarocho, among others) and singer-guitarist dark-sunglasses-wearing Cesar Rosas. Live, they’ve been known to cover artists ranging from Grateful Dead to Howlin’ Wolf to the obligatory Valens nod. You’re bound to hear aplenty during their four-night Seattle run. LEILANI POLK
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7. David Shields: Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump
What the hell is wrong with Donald Trump? Did his nanny not hold him enough as a child? Did he choke on that silver spoon in his mouth? Or does the man simply not possess any sort of inner life as we know it? UW professor and best-selling author David Shields tries to get to the bottom of this terrible mystery with his latest book, Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump, as well as the biggest and most terrible mystery of all: Why the hell did the American electorate choose him? KATIE HERZOG
8. Jane with the Seattle Symphony
Brett Morgen's 2017 documentary Jane is a remarkable portrait of primatologist Jane Goodall. It chronicles her early studies and field work on chimpanzees in Tanzania, but it is as much a vivid historical document as it is a profile of Goodall, made using a treasure trove of more than 100 hours of never-before-seen 16 mm footage. The gorgeous footage looks as fresh and vibrant as the day it was shot, and it is edited together so seamlessly by Morgen that it nearly feels like one stunning mosaic made even more spectacular by Philip Glass's original score. "A lot of directors feel that nothing is more powerful to affect the emotional landscape of a movie than music," says arranger/film composer William Ross, who led the orchestra that performed at the Jane film premiere at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017. He's excited to reprise his role with Seattle Symphony, which will provide live accompaniment during the screening event at Benaroya Hall. And if you're worried the symphony will drown out the audio of the film, don't. You are about to see Jane in an exquisite aural format, definitely a superior way to experience it than originally intended, and leaps and bounds better than watching a stream of it in your underwear while loafing around on the couch. Put on some pants already and go be awed.LEILANI POLK
JANUARY 8-FEBRUARY 3PERFORMANCE
9. All's Well That Ends Well
This Shakespeare play may have the spoiler-iest title, but it's a bit of a hybrid. It also boasts a conniving heroine that later shocked the Victorians and pleased George Bernard Shaw with her sexy machinations. Victor Pappas will direct.
10. Greta Van Fleet, IDA MAE
Frankenmuth, Michigan, if my childhood memories hold true, is a town whose primary attribute is evoking a kitsch, antiquey vibe of a Bavarian village. My suburban Detroit family used to go there during the holidays when my parents wanted to give us a “special” treat. Now Frankenmuth is most famous for spawning the hugely popular and fabulously young Led Zeppelin superfans Greta Van Fleet. Their special talent is making classic rock sound as kitsch as their hometown looks and feels to people from the Motor City. Greta Van Fleet’s 2018 debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, got yoked with a 1.6 rating on Pitchfork—and while that must sting, Greta Van Fleet can dab their tears with Benjamins. They’ve freakin’ sold out their opening night at the Paramount on their first national tour and had to add a second show. DAVE SEGAL
11. Sovereign: Black Queer One Womyn Show Festival
Sovereign is back for another round! This year, the multidisciplinary festival of solo performances features hot burlesque from Briq House, equally hot music from Patience Sings—one half of the Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat—and challenging and humorous and kinda sad performance art from Tyisha Nedd. Hopefully Aishe Keita, who impressed Brendan Kiley at the Seattle Times with her portrayal of "young Maya" in Book-It's production of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, will show off her classical chops with a powerful monologue. And while I do not normally endorse "healing sound artists," I can testify to the recuperative qualities of Naa Akua's performances. Akua will likely offer up some suggestions on healing a queer black soul from her new solo show, Akwaaba. And if there's a god in heaven, she'll rap a few bars from her album Odd(s) Balance. RICH SMITH
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12. Fay Jones and Robert C. Jones: In Tandem
Fay Jones is known for her monumental Westlake Station mural, for her Joan Mitchell Grant in 2013, and for her evasion of overt symbolism in favor of playful figurative allusions. Her husband Robert C. Jones, who passed away on December 23, was another titan of the Seattle art scene: His colorful gestural abstractions are embedded with Matissean black lines, and are a pleasure to look at.
13. Alonzo King LINES Ballet: Figures of Speech
Alonzo King's latest creation meditates on extinct and vanishing languages. With the help of slam poet and linguistic preservation activist Bob Holman, King's flawlessly graceful dancers will respond physically to the sounds of indigenous poetry.
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14. The Magic Lantern of Ingmar Bergman
Swedish visionary film director Ingmar Bergman would have been 100 this year. His deeply introspective, unabashedly emotional, despairing yet strangely life-affirming oeuvre will once again be on-screen at Seattle Art Museum (in association with the Nordic Museum). Oh, hey, and they’re showing one of the most traumatizing movies about relationships ever made, Cries and Whispers, on Valentine’s Day. Happy coincidence? Also on tap in the next few weeks: Sawdust and Tinsel (Jan 10) and Winter Light (Jan 17). JOULE ZELMAN
15. Bert Kreischer: Body Shots
Former party boy Kreischer, the inspiration for National Lampoon's Van Wilder, went on to host a travel show, Bert the Conqueror, and now has a podcast, the Bertcast. He'll appear live in Seattle to tell some jokes.
16. The Animaniacs in Concert
Blending clever but sometimes ridiculous humor, slapstick, and pop-culture references in an animated comedy show that often seemed aimed at adults (and those of us who were teens but felt as if we were adults during its peak in the mid-’90s), Animaniacs featured a large rotating cast of characters led by the havoc-wreaking Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and sister Dot. Live, it’s apparently a sort of musical variety show starring lead voice actor Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky from Pinky & the Brain) and Emmy-winning Randy Rogel (behind much of the Animaniacs music and writing) on vocals and piano, performing some of their favorite numbers from the series, and sharing stories and video clips throughout. LEILANI POLK
17. Shelby Earl, Matty Gervais
There’s something ethereal yet earthy about the vocals of Seattle singer-songwriter Shelby Earl—they can be delicate and sultry or given to powerfully piping serenades. Her sound is easygoing, melodious folk-rock flavored with elements of dusty Old West Americana, urgent driving indie-rock, and even a bit of gospel-tinged soul. I’m reminded of Carole King, not because they sound anything alike, but because they have a similar effortlessness to their music while infusing it with something indescribably their own. This “Songs for Singing 2” performance by Earl finds her performing a stripped-down set list in American Songbook style, accompanied by Matty Gervais of the Head and the Heart. LEILANI POLK
18. Destruction, Disaster & Dystopia Film Series
As the viaduct comes down and a traffic disaster looms over our quailing metropolis, the cinema will lighten the mood with some of the best dystopian and disaster movies ever made, like Robocop, Die Hard, Twelve Monkeys, Children of Men, and more. Embrace the chaos!
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19. Tasveer South Asian Litfest
Earlier this year, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods gave a $60,000 matching grant to Tasveer, a local org focused on celebrating and disseminating South Asian art around Seattle—and now we have all these great writers coming to town for a whole bunch of readings and workshops! Amitava Kumar, author of a terrific collection of essays called Lunch with a Bigot, but more recently a lovelorn and witty novel called Immigrant, Montana, will be visiting from New York. Harvard University Press editor Sharmila Sen will read from Not Quite Not White, about the relationship between race and American-ness that press materials describe as "part memoir, part manifesto." Some local favorites will be featured as well. Sonora Jha, former prose writer-in-residence at the Hugo House, will read from her upcoming novel. And Shankar Narayan will have the room laughing and thinking hard about "proximity, intimacy, identity, violence, and diaspora." RICH SMITH
20. Lewis Black: The Joke's on Us Tour
The old, white, alpha-male ranter is a familiar figure in comedy, stated Captain Obvious. But Lewis Black might be the paragon of this tradition, perhaps the last such über-curmudgeon we’ll ever need (although probably not, seeing as how the world’s going). Looking like a more brutish Al Franken, Black bellows in a baritone a litany of insults and outrages to his sensibilities. From the most minuscule mundanities to the horror show of politics to the most cosmic injustices, Black pinpoints their infuriating truths—laced with a powerful arsenal of profanity. Incredible catharsis ensues. DAVE SEGAL
21. Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry Tour
Sebastian Maniscalco has been doing stand-up since 2005, and he’s pretty good at it. His observations cover a range of topics, from the people who shop at Whole Foods to the bizarre trusting culture of using Uber (“It’s like hitchhiking with your phone”) and Craigslist (“Strangers are going to come to your home to look at your stuff? What are you, nuts? This is an invitation to get murdered.”). Though he was born in a Chicago suburb and currently lives in Los Angeles, his perspective is straight-up cynical New Yorker. LEILANI POLK
Said it before, will say it again: You should view any major-label rock band in the 2010s with utmost skepticism. Yes, there are some good ones toiling with the corporate behemoths, but not many. Most are direly uninspiring. So what about KONGOS? The four members have the good fortune to be sired by South African rock star John Kongos, who wrote “He’s Gonna Step on You Again,” which Happy Mondays famously resurrected for a baggy-pantsed generation in 1990. KONGOS’ first three albums are packed with songs that aspire to fill arenas and get hips shaking while striving to stir big emotions with naive lyrics. None has the quirky charm of dad’s best-known tune in America, but their records do sound expensive. DAVE SEGAL
23. Portland Cello Project: Radiohead's OK Computer
The all-star collective of cellists (joined by the odd brass and woodwind players, a rhythm section, and guest vocalists) deliver music you don’t normally expect to see performed on cellos, like Radiohead. This concert will feature two 50-minute sets; the first set is TBA (possibly an artist or artists related to Radiohead, possibly more Radiohead, possibly a mix of both), while the second set features the Portland Cello Project’s deftly arranged orchestration of the UK art rock band’s 1997 third album, which they’ve been performing and perfecting for the past five years. LEILANI POLK
24. Whidbey Island Film Festival: Femme Fatales of Film Noir
Catch up with those crafty dames in classics like Gilda (in which Rita Hayworth infamously sings "Put the Blame on Mame" while stripping off her opera gloves), Double Indemnity (with the magnificently evil Barbara Stanwyck as a conniving, murderous wife), The Killers (in which a glamorous Ava Gardner lures a sexily vulnerable Burt Lancaster to his doom), and one of the finest detective movies ever, The Maltese Falcon (with Mary Astor as Brigid O'Shaughnessy to Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade).
25. Il Trovatore
Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore is famous for one of the silliest plots in all of opera—no mean feat—but also for its rousing choruses, gorgeous coloratura arias, and heroic numbers. The production involves a love triangle, a long-simmering revenge arc, and an old witch who's accidentally thrown her own baby on a pyre.
26. Nao, Xavier Omär
Nao is in the 23rd century, in terms of what her vision for R&B looks and sounds like. The London singer’s music takes its cues from electro, funk, and soul, fusing them all together and pitting her distinctive falsetto over it to create sounds that she terms “wonky funk.” She’s worked with everyone from Mura Masa to the so-elusive-that-I’m-not-even-sure-they-are-real—but genre-vital—Paul Brothers, forging a new global R&B soundscape that’s sensual but also club danceable. Xavier Omär joins her on tour with his quasi sad boy, soulful crooner music serving as a good weight against Nao’s often frenetic and vanguard-advancing tunes. JASMYNE KEIMIG
JANUARY 13-15READINGS & TALKS
27. National Geographic Live: When Women Ruled the World
With a record number of women entering Congress this January (plus a majority of women entering the Washington State House), it makes sense to review the legacy of female rule. Do women govern differently than men? If so, how? Or is the question too loaded with sophistry and essentialism to take seriously? But even if it is, what's the answer!? Professor and Egyptologist Kara Cooney says she has one. In a spectacular NatGeo Live event, Cooney takes us back to ancient Egypt, where women like Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Nerusobek led one of the most advanced civilizations of antiquity. "When there was a political crisis, the ancient Egyptians chose a woman time and again to fill the power vacuum—precisely because she was the least risky option," she writes in National Geographic. "For the ancient Egyptians, placing women in power was often the best protection for the patriarchy in times of uncertainty." Find out how these women navigated those uncertain times, and learn what they have to teach us about surviving our present political moment. RICH SMITH
28. Isabella Rossellini: Link Link Circus
The iconic film star and activist runs a farm on Long Island, is working on a master’s in animal behavior and conservation, and conceived, co-directs, and performs in Link Link Circus, a loosely structured, vaguely circus-themed theater piece about animals—their thoughts, how they communicate, and the difference between their learned and innate behaviors. Rosselini apparently uses puppets, projections, and animated videos to help explain her points, plus a co-star of sorts: a darling rescue doggie. According to the New York Times, the show rises above mere cuteness due to Rossellini’s penchant for choosing “surreal humor over cloying sentimentality.” LEILANI POLK
29. Gillian G. Gaar: World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story
Seattle journalist Gillian G. Gaar has used her decades-long career covering the local music scene to write a book about one of the Emerald City's most prolific and influential labels, Sub Pop Records. World Domination: The Sub Pop Record Story begins with a history of Sup Pop's founding in the late 80s, followed by a trajectory of the major acts they've signed over the years, from Nirvana to Shabazz Palaces to Sleater-Kinney. Join the author for a live presentation.
30. Jeremy Denk
If the fact that Baroque revivalist and Bach expert Jeremy Denk is a recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant isn't enough to make you want to go to this concert, then take the word of the New York Times: "Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear, no matter what he performs."
"Male-idol group" WINNER, who cross the corners of music from earnest pop balladeering to deep trap, will hit Seattle for the very first time on their Everywhere tour in promotion of their 2018 full album, [EVERYD4Y].
32. Stuff You Should Know
Stuff You Should Know hosts Josh Clark and Charles “Chuck” Bryant are taking their popular and informative podcast on the road. The live shows are much like the podcast: Josh and Chuck research the shit out of a subject (ayahuasca, the Satanic Panic, pizza) and tell you what you need to know, as well as what you didn’t really need to know but might find pretty interesting anyway. And it works: Everyone might have a podcast right now, but not everyone does it well. Josh and Chuck, who’ve been hosting this thing for more than 10 years, get the formula right. KATIE HERZOG
33. Thursday, Vein
Thursday was part of the big four of New England post-hardcore outfits—in the Big Four thrash metal configuration, they occupy the Anthrax position, overshadowed by the Metallica-scale breakout of Taking Back Sunday. And like Anthrax, they took a long break about 15 years into their career. No more, though! The moody and cerebral outfit has risen from its slumber to perform celebrated albums Full Collapse and War All the Time from front-to-back over the course of two back-to-back shows starting on this night. For committed fans of the outfit (they have several), this show is a no-brainer. Nu-metal-inspired hardcore upstarts Vein, whose debut album, Errorzone, is a critical darling, will open both nights. JOSEPH SCHAFER
34. Andy Borowitz
The wildly popular New Yorker satirist and founder of the cheeky, National Press Club Award-winning Borowitz Report will help us make sense of "what the @#$ is going on" with a night of comedy.
35. Jacob Banks
Jacob Banks has a thick, throaty, spacious vocal quality—he could fill a room with that booming rasp, which has moments of surprising creaminess amid the dramatic belting and crooning, the music a mix of soul, R&B, blues, and hiphop. Amid his repertoire highlights are the gospel-saturated chain-gang-stomp of “Chainsmoking,” which uses a bad habit as a metaphor for a toxic relationship he just can’t quit, and “Unholy War,” which comes closest to his self-styled “digital soul” sound, his vocals howling over a slow, deliberate blues shuffle that roils into a synth-fizzed riff break. Banks lands in town behind his first LP and Interscope Records debut, Village. LEILANI POLK
36. Judge John Hodgman
If you only know John Hodgman for his "PC" man in the Apple ad campaigns or for his contributions to Jon Stewart's Daily Show, you should discover his decade-long career of dispensing "knowledge" in books like The Areas of My Expertise and More Knowledge Than You Require. This evening will bring you a live version of his podcast Judge John Hodgman, wherein he rules on important matters like "Is it OK to rifle through the trash for prize coupons in a Canadian pizza parlor?"
37. Sundance Short Film Tour
These shorts from Sundance, grouped into live-action and animated categories, are always a treat. This year's films include an animated musical in a bleak shopping center, a horror movie about white vampires sucking black culture, another animation about a butt birthmark, and more.
38. Bas, Rexx Life Raj, K Roosevelt, Correy C
Paris-born and Queens-raised rapper Bas, also known as Abbas Hamad, has gained recognition in recent years as the heir apparent to J. Cole's Dreamville Records, and for his impressive mixtapes Quarter Water Raised Me and Quarter Water Raised Me II.
39. An Evening with Michael Nesmith
Most know Nesmith as the tall, laconic member of the Monkees, a band cobbled together to star on a TV show from 1966 to '68. They also cut some of the greatest pop songs of all time (no sarcasm). Mike wrote some of those, including indelibly tuneful gems like “You Just May Be the One,” “Listen to the Band,” “Daily Nightly,” “Circle Sky,” and “Mary, Mary.” But he also went on to craft some very strong and deep country-rock records with First National Band and solo, and deviated with surprising flair into funk/disco territory with 1979’s Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma. Nesmith wrung some very clever variations on myriad styles in his songwriting. DAVE SEGAL
Get liquored up and grab all your girls for a night out with smooth R&B talent and everybody's number-one saddle king, Ginuwine.
41. Yonder Mountain String Band, Handmade Moments
The staunchly bluegrass (yet still genre-bending) Yonder Mountain String Band will headline this evening of expansive folk music with an opening set from Arkansas folk-jazz band Handmade Moments.
42. Jonathan Weisman: (((Semitism)))
The mass shooting that took the lives of 11 people at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh proves that anti-Semitism is alive and well in America, despite our wishes otherwise. There is no better time for a book like (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, in which Jonathan Weisman examines how we can fight intolerance in an era fraught with neo-Nazis, anti-immigration sentiment, conspiracy theorists taken as truth-tellers, paranoia, scapegoating, sinister politics, and an administration that adds fuel to the fire rather than trying to quell it. LEILANI POLK
43. Brahms Symphony No. 3
Conductor Andrey Boreyko will come to Seattle from Naples, Italy, to lead the Symphony for Brahms' momentous third symphony. Sofia Gubaidulina’s contemporary classic Offertorium will also be reimagined by violinist Vadim Gluzman.
44. An Evening with Chris Botti
Amidst career high points like playing alongside Sting and Paul Simon, Grammy Award winner and pop-jazz performer Chris Botti will head back to Seattle with his trumpet and backing band for ballads and jazz and Americana songbook standards.
This "macabre and mystical" cabaret-style musical from Mark Siano and Opal Peachey, set in 1890s Prague, features the music of Dvořák and Chopin and art nouveau by Alphonse Mucha—plus "beautiful green fairies, aerial numbers, dance, burlesque, classical piano battles, comedy, and original songs." If that's not enough, there will also be "absinthe service" (complete with spoons, sugar, and ice fountains) at intermission in the front-row VIP sections.
The slinky dancers of Pike Place's kitschy cabaret return with another tasty show. Ever wanted to ogle athletic dancers twirling from chandeliers inches from your face? Go. There's also a family-friendly brunch version that you can guiltlessly take your out-of-town relatives to.
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47. Nocturnal Emissions
Local horror queen Isabella Price will host this series of classic slashers and supernatural chillers with a burlesque performance before every screening. Start your viewings of the bizarre mortuary zombie flick Phantasm, the landmark black indie horror film Ganja & Hess, Wes Craven’s cannibal satire The People Under the Stairs, and the woman-directed Slumber Party Massacre II. Each night also will feature special treats like body part gummies or a pillow fight.
48. 'Glass' Opening
M. Night Shyamalan merges the universes of Unbreakable and Split in a repressive mental hospital. Samuel L. Jackson is once again the deceptively fragile, dangerous Mr. Glass, Bruce Willis the superheroic David Dunn, and James McAvoy the Horde—and all are bent on escaping the treatment regimen of Dr. Staple (Sarah Paulson).
49. LANCO, Caylee Hammack
Blues- and country-influenced stadium rock group LANCO will tour up to our fair city for a night out with Caylee Hammack in celebration of Hallelujah Nights, their latest album.
50. REO Speedwagon
Enjoy an evening of classic rock straight from Champaign, Illinois, with smatterings of extended electric guitar solos and yelling about readiness to rock thanks to REO Speedwagon, who have been gigging since 1967.
51. Super Diamond, Petty Theft
The Surreal Neil, Randy Cordeiro, is apparently a vocal dead ringer for Neil Diamond, who was impressed enough to perform twice with the tribute band named in his honor. Expect loads of glitter and throaty vibrato. They'll be joined by San Francisco Tom Petty tribute outfit Petty Theft.
Though he boasts he’s “the only one that made it out the West without Dre” (a delightfully bold line from “Twist My Fingaz”), Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, better known as Compton rapper YG, can be found soaking in the same musical hot tub as the breakthrough 1990s artists from his neck of California. Classically wonky G-funk production and heavily slurred slang directly from the front steps of the Blood side of town have come back around to the mainstream some 25 years later, like acid-wash jeans. And despite some of the misogynist viewpoints that apparently still come with the wah-wah bass lines, YG has proven to be an insightful street-level journalist, weaving racial politics and Donald Trump shots between club anthems on his sophomore LP, Still Brazy. TODD HAMM
53. Welcome to Night Vale
Something is just not quite right in the town of Night Vale. For one, there’s the mysterious lights circling above every night, and of course there are the hooded figures at the dog park. If you’re part of the "cult" that religiously follows the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, you’ll know that’s just the tip of the iceberg in this seemingly “friendly desert community.” But even if you aren’t, go to the show, set up like an old-timey live radio play, and experience host Cecil Palmer’s voice, which will simultaneously soothe your nerves and give you the shivers. AMBER CORTES
54. Valtesse Versailles
Bathe your senses in an evening of old-fashioned, decadent strumpetry with the sensual-chic dancers, contortionists, and aerialists of Valtesse. Dress in black, red, gold, and/or silver to match the Palais de Versailles visuals.
55. Seattle International Dance Festival: Winter Mini-Fest
Shura Baryshnikov (RI), Gabriel Forestieri (NYC), and Danny Tan (Singapore) will join Seattle's Khambatta Dance Company for two weekends of "internationally inspired" dance performances.
56. Whim W’Him’s 3 x 3
Choreographer Zoe Scofield was the co-recipient of the 2013 Stranger Genius Award in performance for her inventive, angular, rebellious style. (She also won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015.) She'll join the dance company Whim W'him as choreographer for this triptych, alongside Yin Yue, founder of New York's YY Dance Company, and WW director Olivier Wevers.
57. Seattle Chamber Music Society Winter Festival
The Seattle Chamber Music Society will present its winter season program with a two-weekend festival of six concerts flanked by free pre-concert recitals. Twenty acclaimed musicians are featured this year, including internationally renowned soloists, principals with major US orchestras, and top competition winners like violist Rebecca Albers, pianist Andrew Armstrong, cellists Edward Aaron and Ani Aznavoorian, and violinists Tessa Lark and James Ehnes.
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58. Last of the Boys
A Vietnam vet living in isolation in the California Central Valley finds his lonely existence interrupted by his army pal, the pal's girlfriend, and the pal's girlfriend's mother. This is a play by Seattle's own Steven Dietz (Fiction).
Iliza "Elder Millennial" Schlesinger, comedian and author of Girl Logic, will visit Seattle.
60. Roe on the Rocks
This month marks the 46th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that granted women across the nation access to safe abortions, a milestone that seems worthier of celebration than ever before under an administration that has besieged reproductive rights and healthcare access at every turn. Fittingly, the badasses behind Shout Your Abortion have joined forces with Planned Parenthood to fete the occasion, with libations provided by Fremont Brewing and forthcoming feminist-themed watering hole Ladybar, and noshes from the Sunny Up food truck, which specializes in punny breakfast sandwiches that pay tribute to famous women. (Sample menu items: the “Ruth Bacon Ginsburg,” the “Mia Ham,” and the “Patstrami Cline”). KEXP DJs will provide the soundtrack. JULIANNE BELL
61. Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Bold and brassy rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters have been gigging across the country for the last three decades now, and will show off their stamina with a night of their latest tracks.
Music made by drag queens is hot garbage. This is a fact—a proverb, even. Nearly all of it is astonishingly awful, which is why the tracks recently released by Aja, a RuPaul’s Drag Race queen (season 9 + All Stars season 3), are so remarkable. They’re pretty good! They're one of the few exceptions to the rule! “Finish Her!” and “Brujeria” are bops, and this gig in Kremwerk's intimate dingy basement will be a cute mix of local bar queens and Drag Race stans. A warning: Tickets will probably sell out.CHASE BURNS
The DanceCrush awards honor and showcase local dancers and choreographers, who this year include Dani Tirrell, Kim Lusk, Cheryl Delostrinos and Fausto Rivera of AU Collective, Kimberly Holloway, Oleaje Flamenco, and Amy J Lambert. There will also be works by Noelle Price and Britt Karhoff. Dress fun and fancy!
64. An Evening with Dan Rather
At a time when an ill-tempered reality TV star occupies the White House, and the most followed “pundits” in media are teenaged YouTube stars and blonde sorority girls toting AR-15s for clicks, you could be forgiven for wanting to go back to an era when there were three networks on TV and Dan Rather brought us the news each night with solemn good will. Rather might be off the evening broadcast, but he’s hardly disappeared, and his sane, sensible voice has never been more needed than in the Trump era. He’ll be talking about the terrible president, and more, when he appears in Tacoma. KATIE HERZOG
65. Bavarian Ice Fest
Washington's Bavarian-inspired village retains its holiday magic and whimsy, even after New Year's Eve, during its annual Bavarian Ice Fest. Head there for snow sculptures, wintery games, a snowmobile sled pull, live ice carving, and much more.
66. Limmud Festival of Jewish Learning
Limmud (which means "learning" in Hebrew) invites people of all backgrounds to discover Jewish art, music, food, history, and more through activities like hands-on workshops, live performances, and panel discussions.
67. Toro Y Moi
Chaz Bundick’s Bull & Me albums always sound like—all joking aside—a really beautiful Tumblr. You’d scroll past pics of beautiful strangers throwing up peace signs in front of some Judd sculptures in Marfa, $45 beanies that would make you the envy of the cafe, and light shooting through Venetian blinds in an artful way. Over the last several years, Bundick [of Toro Y Moi] has ridden the chill wave to the distant shores of synthy hiphop and lite funk. His record, What For?, really begs the answer, but ultimately provides incredibly serviceable, unassuming indie rock-ish music. What’s going to happen is you’re going to go to this show and he’s going to play “Empty Nesters” and you’re going to think, “You know, this song has a few more surprises in it than I initially thought!” and you’re going to have a good time. RICH SMITH
68. 45th Model Railroad Show
Calling all train enthusiasts: This three-day exhibition will feature lots of railroad displays in all kinds of landscapes built by professional model-makers—many of whom will be there in person.
69. Women's March Seattle 2019
Unfortunately, Donald Trump is still our president, and the rights and safety of womxn, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, and anyone else who is not a wealthy white man are at still at risk. On the second anniversary of Trump's inauguration and the first Seattle Women's March, the Seattle Womxn Marching Forward group is planning a weekend of events to not only protest the regime's inhumane policies, but also to unite people from diverse, intersectional communities to help improve the lives of those affected by the current administration all year long. The theme of this year's events is "building power," and each day will focus on "action, advocacy, and activism," with a special emphasis on recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day that same weekend. Specifically, participants are called to rally in a central location (TBD) and march to Seattle Center to participate in an activism 101 workshop (Sat), participate in a day of action at venues around the city (Sun), and attend workshops, an opportunity fair, and a rally and march at the Seattle MLK, Jr. Day March and Celebration (Mon).
OPENING JANUARY 19VISUAL ART
70. Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing Expansion and Inaugural Exhibition
A half-century's worth of glass treasures from the Pilchuck Glass School (founded in 1971) is contained in the Benaroya collection, and the bequeathal of this trove to the Tacoma Art Museum is a huge deal for Washington's art scene. Masterpieces by Lino Tagliapietra, Mary Van Cline, Debora Moore, Dale Chihuly, and Martin Blank find their home in Tacoma.
71. Rhea Butcher
With her wife Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher is co-host of the podcast Put Your Hands Together and the co-creator of the refreshingly queer Take My Wife. She's also appeared on 2 Dope Queens, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @Midnight, and Conan.
72. Colter Wall
Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Colter Wall has been rising in the ranks over the last few years with his close study of traditional Americana, folk, and bluegrass music.
73. Josh Turner
Josh Turner will break out his multi-platinum Nashville charm out in the country for a night of rollicky Grand Ole Opry-style Americana fun.
74. Peter Murphy
English singer Peter Murphy, who's often called the "Godfather of Goth," will perform pieces from throughout his career like In the Flat Field in its entirety, plus an extended encore of Bauhaus classics.
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75. Re:definition: Latinx Diaspora
Seattle Arts Commissioner Juan-Alonso Rodriguez has curated the newest incarnation of Re:definition, a series transformation of the Paramount Theater's lobby bar into an exhibition space. Artist Monica Arche (born in Puerto Rico to Cuban parents), writer Felicia Gonzalez (born in Cuba), and painter/printmaker Fulgencio Lazo (born in Oaxaca, Mexico), all currently based in Seattle, display works that manifest their contributions to the city's artistic and cultural scene. (Gonzalez sits on the board of 4Culture; Lazo, according to press materials, has boosted traditions like the Day of Dead in Seattle for the past 30 years or so.) At the opening reception, Tres Leches will bring foot-tapping tunes.
76. Seattle MLK, Jr. Day March and Celebration
Garfield High School's annual day of events celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. with an opportunity fair, workshops, and pre- and post-march rallies. This year's event is in support of I-1000, which would "redefine affirmative action as providing equal opportunities through recruitment, hiring, outreach, training, goal-setting and other methods designed to increase diversity."
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77. Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India
Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur, India, Peacock in the Desert is a traveling exhibition of some 250 artworks and objects that trace four centuries of royal history of the Rathore dynasty of Rajasthan, India. Most of these objects—which include miniature paintings, handcrafted armor, and carved furnishings—had never traveled to the United States prior to this exhibition. The installation at Seattle Art Museum will include large-scale photographic murals that evoke the geographic and historical context of these rare treasures. EMILY POTHAST
78. Itzhak Perlman — Bruch Violin Concerto
Grammy- and Emmy-winning violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, who's played a concert at the White House to honor Queen Elizabeth II and who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will perform an evening set of Bruch's Violin Concerto.
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79. Danny Giles: The Practice and Science of Drawing a Sharp White Background
Chicago-based artist Danny Giles is interested in a lot of things—namely, how to address “the dilemmas of representing and performing identity and interrogate histories of oppression and creative resistance.” Using sculpture, video, and live performance, Giles’s work doesn’t necessarily give answers but pushes us to ask questions about police surveillance, understandings of race and identity, and the relationship between state power and anti-black violence. JASMYNE KEIMIG
80. Ace Frehley
Rock history hasn’t been all that kind to Ace Frehley. The original lead guitarist of KISS, he left the outfit in 1982, skirting the band’s awkward makeup-free years, but returned in the 1990s before splitting again in 2002. In the wake of these lineup changes (and Gene Simmons’s monthly media gaffes), it’s easy to forget just how good those first few KISS albums were, thanks in no small part to Frehley, whose entry in the band’s 1978 quartet of solo LPs was far and away the best. Frehley still tours, playing classic KISS songs like “Love Gun” and “Cold Gin,” albeit without the Spaceman makeup he made famous. JOSEPH SCHAFER
81. Stage Sessions Vol. 1: Nafla, Loopy, Mommy Son, Nucksal, Deepflow
The Stage Session Vol. 1 Tour grabbed the Korean hiphop stars from the TV show Show Me the Money 777 and will parade them across six American and Canadian cities this year. The lineup will include Nafla, the winner from Show Me the Money 777, Loopy, Mommy Son, Nucksal, and Deepflow.
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82. Dear Evan Hansen
All I know about this show is that I very badly want to see it, it won a bunch of Tonys, and it’s about how social media can really screw up people’s lives. I’m so there. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
83. Ophira Eisenberg
The host of NPR's Ask Me Another and Housingworks' The Moth is also the author of the comedic memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy. Hear her crack jokes live.
84. Andre Nickatina, Cool Nutz, J.Lately
San Francisco-based rapper and Fillmore thizz legend Andre Nickatina will return to Seattle for an evening with guest Cool Nutz.
85. Ha Jin: 'The Banished Immortal' and 'A Distant Center'
The great, National Book Award-winning author's biography of the eighth-century Daoist poet Li Bai (aka Li Po) is a tale of wandering, beauty, and gorgeous writing. Jin will also read from his book of poetry, A Distant Center.
LA funk/soul ensemble War have split into two camps: One goes by the name the Lowrider Band, while original lead singer and keyboardist Lonnie Jordan has retained the War moniker. It’s not an optimal state of affairs, but War’s hit-laden 1970s catalog is so potent and redolent of greasily groovy good times and carefree summers (except for the ominous “Four Cornered Room,” which I consider one of War’s peaks) that you can be assured no matter which unit is playing them, they’re going to transport you to a better, warmer place. So, great timing for War to do a four-night run in late January. DAVE SEGAL
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87. Children's Film Festival Seattle
The Children's Film Festival is founded on two premises: 1) Children are not stupid and 2) they deserve beautiful world cinema just like us grown-ups with underused film degrees. The organizers at Northwest Film Forum believe that art can do heavy lifting for "racial equity and diversity, inclusivity, social justice, [and] global awareness" through brilliant storytelling and lovely sound and imagery. Special events this year include a sing-along with The Muppet Movie (1979), a live score by Miles and Karina for The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Lotte Reiniger's 1926 animated film, and a silhouette-animation installation for kids.
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88. M. Butterfly
Not the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly but the fascinating David Henry Hwang play about exoticism and fetishization, in which a French diplomat becomes infatuated with a Chinese opera star, not realizing (or unable to admit to himself) that women are not allowed on the Beijing stage and the object of his fantasy is actually a man.
JANUARY 25FOOD & DRINK
89. Winter Drams Spirits Festival 2019
Hard liquor enthusiasts, the Seattle Spirits Society has your Friday covered. They've got 100 craft spirits from 25 local companies and a mixology workshop so you can learn to balance them out. And just so you're absolutely sure not to drink on an empty stomach, there are snacks and unlimited tacos from Marination. Finish off the evening with a complimentary cigar.
90. The Knocks, Young & Sick, Blu DeTiger
Party-tronica duo the Knocks will headline downtown on their 2019 kick-off tour with Young & Sick and Bu DeTiger.
91. MadeinTYO, Thutmose, Key!
Tokyo-raised Navy brat and successful SoundCloud rapper MadeinTYO will perform playful, bass-heavy tracks from his latest effort, Sincerely, Tokyo.
92. An Evening with Sue Monk Kidd
Sue Monk Kidd, the author of the popular novel The Secret Life of Bees (since adapted into a movie and currently being developed as a play), will speak about her literary and personal life.
93. Kristen Roupenian: You Know You Want This
The author of the hit New Yorker short story "Cat Person" will be here with a disturbing collection about sex, gender, pain, and pleasure.
94. Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival
This event in Leavenworth—the infamous German-themed town/tourist attraction nestled in the Cascades—looks like the coziest mid-winter music festival, filled with beardo-magnet amenities like skiing and snowboarding, a hot-toddy garden, wine tastings, and festival-branded flannel shirts. The weekend’s musical offerings are generally varied, with numerous local and national acts ranging from indie rock to hiphop. This year's roster is no exception, boasting sets by Shannon & the Clams, Kyle Craft, the True Loves, Parisalexa, Jenn Champion, Tres Leches, and many more. BRITTNIE FULLER
95. Keep it Surreal Soirée
In exchange for your fundraising generosity, Nordo's Culinarium pledges a "mind-melting dining experience" assembled by Erin Brindley and inspired by surrealist art—and feathers! Eat four courses in your bird-themed costume and raise the paddle after the meal.
96. Marginal Consort
Since 1997, this Japanese musical/visual art collective has only played one concert in the world per year, and this year they've chosen to unleash their deeply strange improvisational performance on our fair city. Marginal Consort mixes homespun electronic instruments, found instruments, and traditional instruments to create sound environments that are both unsettling and meditative. Sometimes the noises made by the individual members coalesce into a kind of profoundly beautiful music, but most of the time it sounds like a tornado ripping up a fence. RICH SMITH
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97. Fire Season
A 12-year-old boy in a working-class community overdoses on OxyContin, and everyone in his life tries to pick up the pieces. The playwright is Aurin Squire, the first winner of the theater's Emerald Prize. Directed by Kelly Kitchens.
Dorothy is all about reviving the storied past of rock and roll, with plenty of whiskey-soaked vocals, Cobain and Joplin references, and velvet pants to go around.
99. Emily King
Emerging chart queen Emily King layers electronic riffs with soft yet strong vocal harmonies for a lush glimpse into the futures of pop and R&B music.
100. The Infamous Stringdusters, Midnight North
Somewhere between maintaining tradition and plumbing modernity, the Infamous Stringdusters strike a bluegrass balance influenced by the spirits of their forebears, like Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, David Bromberg, and other originators. They'll be joined tonight by Midnight North.
101. Kool & the Gang
There's no doubting the large funk/soul ensemble's technical proficiency, but clips of recent live performances show a troubling tendency for cheesy crowd interaction and emphasis on their frothier material (who doesn't grimace after hearing "Celebration" for the millionth time?). But in their 1970s prime, Kool and the Gang cut some of the filthiest and sweetest funk to ever maximize a gluteus. If they fill at least half their set with burners like "Jungle Jazz," "Hollywood Swinging," "Funky Stuff," and "Love the Life You Live," this will be worth the trip to the EQC. DAVE SEGAL
Sleeper success Tritonal have been coasting on the popularity of their 2016 single "Blackout." They'll play a set of pop-heavy, melodic electronica.
103. Ólafur Arnalds
Iceland's native son Ólafur Arnalds is known for creating electronic music infused with minimalist piano and string meditations as well as elegant tech-house anthems. He'll be joined by a "uniquely wired ensemble of a string quintet, drums, two Disclaviers, and other artists and technological elements" for his All Strings Attached Tour.
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104. Cherdonna Shinatra: DITCH
Cherdonna Shinatra is a drag performer, dancer, choreographer, and generally fun lunatic. Her drag shtick is that she’s a woman playing a man playing a woman, which used to be a radical idea but has now become pretty run-of-the-mill. Which is great! That said, Cherdonna is more than a woman playing a man playing a woman, she’s a performance artist dedicated to interrogating how the female body is consumed by the male gaze/gays. Her new work at the Frye, DITCH, will create immersive DAILY performances that are COMMITTED to making the world happy in a time of Trump. If anyone can do that impossible task, Shinatra and company can. CHASE BURNS
105. The Rain Doesn’t Know Friends from Foes: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian
The Dubai-based Iranian artists—the Haerizadeh brothers and their friend Hesam Rahmanian—transform internet news images through painting and animation in an interrogation of mass media consumption, violence, and voyeurism. For this exhibition, they show two animations combining photographs of migrants striving to reach Europe with "painterly patterns, fablelike animal imagery, and surreal mirroring effects."
106. Tschabalala Self
In the first solo museum presentation of her work on the West Coast, New Haven-based Tschabalala Self’s art resists the norms of traditional portraiture. Dealing with the “iconographic significance of the Black female body in contemporary culture,” the figures in Self’s work both accept and reject the stereotypes and fantasies surrounding the Black female body. They are not there to instruct or reprimand, but to simply be. At once garish, cheeky, and thought-provoking, Self’s use of collage gives the paintings a textured look that makes you want to reach out and touch them (don’t, though). JASMYNE KEIMIG
107. Middleditch & Schwartz
Improv unfolds on the big stage when Emmy-nominated Thomas Middleditch (Richard Hendricks on Silicon Valley) and Emmy-winning Ben Schwartz (most famous for playing Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on Parks and Recreation, but also in House of Lies and co-author of Things You Should Already Know about Dating, You Fucking Idiot) put on a two-person longform show.
108. Celebrate Asia
Seattle Symphony will perform their annual Celebrate Asia concert, which has celebrated traditions of Seattle’s Asian communities for 11 years now. This year's concert will feature music by famous Korean composers.
109. An Evening With The Posies
However dark things may seem, there is still a light somewhere—however small, and however lost you may be—and the Posies have delivered that surviving light throughout their three decades as a band and in their discography. Celebrate the survival of your emotional, vulnerable self in all its glory at this show—and if you do cry, make them tears of joy. You made it. SOPHIA STEPHENS
110. Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, As Cities Burn, Capstan
In 2003, the underground post-hardcore and screamo scene was blowing up, with every “Verb the Noun” band and their side projects getting massive amounts of coverage in outlets like Alternative Press magazine and even MTV2. From day one, Ontario-based band Silverstein stood out with lead vocalist Shane Told’s piercing screams and sing-songy harmonies complementing the band's almost annoyingly catchy riffs. While the scene thinned out with their contemporaries breaking up or changing directions, Silverstein remained on course, releasing eight-plus studio albums and touring nearly nonstop—proof that for every subgenre, there are always a few artists who stand the test of time. KEVIN DIERS
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111. Museum of Flight Remembers Fallen Astronauts
Exploring outer space is a dangerous job, and many astronauts have died on their missions. The Museum of Flight will honor the memory of those who lost their lives while working with Apollo 1 and shuttle missions STS-51-L Challenger and STS-107 Columbia through special videos and exhibits.
112. Snail Mail
Recent high school grad Lindsey Jordan has surpassed the standards of most teenagers and hit the national stage as Snail Mail with her bold and honest songcraft and relatable pop melodies.
113. Seattle Arts & Lectures: Katherine Boo
New Yorker staffer and former Washington Post reporter Katherine Boo has won a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur "genius" grant, a National Book Award, and like 17 other accolades for investigative journalism focusing on the lives of poor people. She's written moving, well-researched, obsessively detailed accounts of welfare recipients, mentally disabled people who were abused in group homes, and Indian families trying to escape poverty in Mumbai. If you haven't read The Marriage Cure, her ~12,000-word piece on two African American women participating in a government-mandated marriage program in Oklahoma City, you'll want to figure out a way to carve four or five hours out of a Sunday and do it. Then go to this reading. RICH SMITH
114. The Lemon Twigs
Savoy Motel singer and bass player Jeffrey Novak (Cheap Time) is too young to remember the 1970s, but he’s studied the more colorful corners of the decade well. On his quartet’s self-titled debut, they meld power pop with glam and proto-punk to irresistible effect. The album also yielded one of 2016’s best singles, the falsetto and fuzz-drenched “Sorry People.” From top to bottom, it’s F-U-N, from the Billy Squier beats to the ESG dance grooves to the Donovan-esque flights of fancy. Bonus points for the jolly kidney-bean-shaped music notes on the record cover. Long Island teen brothers Lemon Twigs made their mark as actors (Sinister, People Like Us) before recording 2016's baroque-pop full-length, their second, with Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado for Britain’s venerable 4AD Records. KATHY FENNESSY
115. Leonidas Kavakos & Enrico Pace in Recital
Encounter the sensitive interplay of violin and piano in pieces composed for duos performed by internationally renowned musicians Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace.
116. MØ, Mykki Blanco
Singer MØ, from Denmark, creates electro-pop well suited for the Coachella main stage or a smartphone commercial. Her solo output is more interesting than what she’s done as an EDM voice-for-hire, most notably on Major Lazer’s “Lean On.” That song was in a Google ad—go figure. ANDREW GOSPE
117. Travis Scott
Houston rapper Travis Scott has risen through the ranks from spitting bars between high school classes to the top of the Billboard hiphop charts, thanks in part to his raging live shows. Witness that engaging energy at this year's second leg of Scott's Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour.
118. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Immerse yourself in a brassy evening of traditional and contemporary New Orleans jazz, soul, and funk with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.
119. Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt
Remember when Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett were married? That was weird. Anyway, here's prolific country crooner Lyle and singer-songwriter John Hiatt. They'll be playing a full set, with enough charm to please even the most cynical of old school country, jazz, and swing music enthusiasts.
Atlanta rapper, Republic Records signee, and Playboi Carti's cousin UnoTheActivist will perform tracks from his popular mixtape Live.Shyne.Die and more recent work.
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121. Uncle Vanya
Chekhov's melancholic play about unrequited love, adultery, boredom, and despair is a boon to actors and a monument of naturalistic literature. The Seagull Project and ACTLab partner to bring you this production.
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122. Seattle Arts & Lectures: Soraya Chemaly
Chemaly's 2018 book Rage Becomes Her exhorts women to harness their righteous anger for social change. Go listen to her for an evening of feminist inspiration.
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123. Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
This program offers two landmarks of classical music literature and one world premiere that will likely be very good. Shostakovich composed his First Symphony when he was 18 years old, and the piece is full of all the cartoonish humor and aimless ambition you'd expect from a genius teen. Though Beethoven's third Piano Concerto is a common addition to any symphony's season, I could listen to the second and third movements every day for breakfast and feel right with the world. That's why I'm so excited to hear pianist Jonathan Biss play Caroline Shaw's world premiere this evening. According to press materials, Shaw, a founding member of Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth and the youngest person to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for music, composed the piece "as a response to Beethoven." RICH SMITH
124. Seattle CannaCon
CannaCon's flagship expo takes place in Seattle, where people love weed very much. Hundreds of exhibitors and cannabis professionals gather for three days full of educational talks, shopping opportunities, and networking. There will be a lot of talk on what the future cannabis market has to offer for 2019 and beyond.
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125. The Bridge Project
In Velocity's Bridge Project, four up-and-coming choreographers—this year, Danielle Doell, Vladimir Kremenovic, and Beth Terwilleger—each create a fully produced new piece over the course of three weeks. At the end of their residency, you get to see the birth of these brand-new works.