The Weekly Must List: May 20 - May 26

Our top to-do's for the week

Must See
Bass Ackwards at SIFF
5/21 & 5/23 (Friday & Sunday) - Seattle International Film Festival audiences will remember director Linas Phillips’ 2006 documentary, Walking to Werner, in which the filmmaker walked 1,200 miles from Seattle to Los Angeles to meet his idol, Werner Herzog. For his latest work Linas takes audiences on yet another visually stunning and offbeat journey in his latest work about a man’s cross-country search to find himself. Friday at 9:45 p.m. Sunday at 3:45 p.m. Prives vary. Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St.

Must Read
The Seattle Book and Paper Show
5/22 - 5/23 (Friday) -
Ditch your Kindle for a day and revisit the power of paper. The Seattle Book and Paper Show hosts stacks of Northwest book dealers and book art exhibitors including Ravenna Rare Books and Gregor Rare Books. Whether you fancy first-edition literature, antique maps, postcards or decorative prints, this show prizes pulp of all types. Times vary. $5. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 321 Mercer St.

Must Tweet
Eating While Tweeting at SAM’s TASTE Restaurant
5/25 (Tuesday) -
For their inaugural Innovation Salon, the Asian American Journalists Association Seattle bring together a group of the city's hungriest tweeters: PR-pro Hsiao-Ching Chou, food writer Matthew Amster-Burton and chef Becky Selengut. Food lovers, Twitter junkies and media mavens are sure to learn something from this micro-community that adopted social media and pushed its boundaries since before it was cool. Moderated by Karen Johnson, Seattle mag online managing editor, this intimate salon will focus less on the Twitter basics and more on the broad lessons, stories and musings from a Seattle' that has embraced, and in turn, been transformed through social media. 6 p.m. $20-25 (includes small bites). TASTE Restaurant at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave. More information at To buy tickets visit:

Must Laugh
On the Nature of Dust
5/20-5/24, 5/26-5/30 (Days vary) -
Seattle’s New Century Theatre Company made its astounding arrival in 2008 with a perfectly staged production of The Adding Machine (1923), Elmer Rice’s stripped-down expressionist play about man becoming machine. Despite the grim subject matter, the show earned a uniformly and boomingly positive reaction. NCTC’s second production, Orange Flower Water (Craig Wright, 2002)—a bracing contemporary drama about marriage, divorce and all the ugly stuff in between—earned similarly gushing reviews. Top that off with four 2009 Gregory Awards (given for excellence in local theater), including Theater of the Year, and it adds up to a pretty awesome start. But the pressure is on: Can NCTC’s third production, On the Nature of Dust, hold up under all the hype? Written by Seattle playwright Stephanie Timm (A Cure for Pain), Dust is a comedy about mother/daughter relationships, faith versus science, and what happens when humans devolve. Given the stellar cast and crew (including two local superstars: set designer Etta Lilienthal and sound designer Rob Witmer), we’re betting the winning sweep will continue. Through 5/30. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St.; 206.292.7676;

Must Experience
Scott/Powell Performance
5/20 – 5/23 (Thursd