Weekly Must List: February 11 - 17

MUST HEAR
STG’S Defriending Cancer
Thursday (2/11) • STG is bringing together an all-start cast of national acts to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society tonight at The Moore. Included on the bill are comics Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker, Natasha Leggero, and musicians James Mercer of the Shins and Pacific Northwest native, Isaac Brock. 7:30 p.m. $28-$25.The Moore Theatre, 911 Pine St. 206.682.1414. Tickets available at stgpresents.org.

MUST IMPROVISE
Seattle Improvised Music Festival
Thursday – Friday (2/11 – 2/14 & 2/18 - 2/20) • The world’s best musical improvisers flock to the city this month for the 25th annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival. For two consecutive weekends, performers—playing clarinet, percussion, synthesizers and more—join forces to create music right in the moment. Look, ma, no score! 7 p.m. $10–$25. Multiple venues. seattleimprovisedmusic.com
MUST CELEBRATE
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday (2/13) • The International District’s big celebration promises to be even bigger this year, because the colorful lion and dragon dances, pounding Japanese taiko drummers and gorgeous cultural drill teams will be augmented with the first annual Children’s Parade Contest, wherein kids outfitted in traditional costumes will traverse the neighborhood in hopes of winning the title of best dressed. Cute alert! 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Hing Hay Park, 411 Maynard Ave. S; 206.382.1197; cidbia.org

MUST WATCH
Break a Heart
Thursday – Sunday (2/11 – 2/14) • Looking for love in all the wrong places? Perhaps you should seek it out at a modern dance show. This could be your lucky week—not one but two local venues are showcasing dance performances on Valentine’s Day. Indie mainstay On the Boards has the world premiere of Break a Heart, featuring beloved Seattle choreographers and dancers (including Wade Madsen, Crispin Spaeth and Jody Kuehner) performing a cabaret-style homage (or is it a roast?) to the pinkest of holidays. On the Boards, 2/11–2/14; $18, 8 p.m. On the Boards, 100 W Roy

MUST VIEW
View from the Hard Rock’s Rooftop Deck
Who could have guessed that a big-name restaurant and music memorabilia chain would offer Seattleites a new perspective on our downtown? Located between first and second avenues, the just opened Silver LEED certified Hard Rock Café has a killer view overlooking Pike Place Market and the Puget Sound. Hard Rock Café Seattle, 116 Pike St. Café. 206.204.2233.
Still finalizing those V-Day plans? Check out our list of local dinners, spa deals and entertainment options happening this Valentine's Day weekend.

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