The Must List: Our Top To-dos for March

From the Seattle Sounders FC opening game to series of Elevator Plays by Annex Theatre, we

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From the Seattle Sounders FC opening game to series of Elevator Plays by Annex Theatre, we’ve hand-picked the best of the best events for the month of March

1. Celebrate Women’s History Month

Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices

Our state has a long history of politically motivated women (leading right up to our two senators and governor), which is why Washington women earned the right to vote a full 10 years before national suffrage was achieved. A new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum traces our legacy of “uppity” ladies via more than 200 artifacts, photos, cartoons and more—including Susan B. Anthony’s dress!—in this fascinating trip to suffragette city. 2/28–9/27. Times and prices vary. Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, 1911 Pacific Ave.; 253.272.3500.

2. Push the Button

Elevator Plays by Annex Theatre

Going up? You are if you’re joining Seattle’s edgy Annex Theatre for its series of Elevator Plays. Held in a yet-to-be-determined high-rise downtown, the series features 30–40 60-second plays calibrated for the tight time and space confines of an elevator ride (claustrophobics beware!). Switching elevators to see different plays, audience members get a visceral experience of the ups and downs of experimental theater. 3/12–3/29. Check Web site for updated information on venue and time;

3. Star-chitect Gaze

Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect

For anyone who’s wandered the glorious downtown library and wondered what sort of mind could come up with such a thing, the Northwest Film Forum is screening a new documentary, Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect, about the library’s world-renowned builder. He himself has called it “the only film about me that I have liked,” so it should be quite good enough for you. 3/6–3/12. Times and prices vary. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.329.2629.

4. Kick Off the Soccer Season

Seattle Sounders FC Opening Game

The brand-new Seattle Sounders FC—the 15th team to join U.S. Major League Soccer—initiate what we hope will be an inspiring first season in a match against the New York Red Bulls (2008 MLS Cup runners-up). With superstars like Sébastien Le Toux, Freddie Ljungberg and head coach Sigi Schmid, maybe (just maybe!) the Sounders will turn out to be Seattle’s “redeem team,” assuaging Mariners- and Seahawks- and Sonics-induced damage. 3/19. 6 p.m. $16–$75. Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S; 206.381.7555;

5. Spring Forward

New Pacific Connections Garden at the Arboretum

Shake off winter’s rain, sleet and snow and celebrate the vernal equinox with a stroll through the Washington Park Arboretum’s new Pacific Connections Garden. Still in progress, the 12 acres of plantings will eventually feature species from five Pacific Rim areas, including New Zealand, Australia, China, Chile and our own. Take a free guided tour of the recently completed “Phase 1” (including a trail through the Cascadia forest). First and third Sundays of the month. 1 p.m. Call ahead to ensure availability. 206.543.8800; Arts + Events Articles
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