MUST SEEKyle Abraham: Live! The Realest MCOpens Thursday (4/19-4/22) - Puppet fever is in the air. As Spectrum Dance Theater concludes its final weekend of the stunning adult puppet drama Petruchska, emerging contemporary NYC dance star Kyle Abraham presents a new piece co-commissioned by Seattle’s On the Boards—in which he explores gender roles, hip hop celebrity and Pinocchio’s classic quest to become a “real boy.”
Stop by Sole Repair in Capitol Hill (1001 East Pike St., solerepairshop.com) for the Off Hours reading series, featuring among others, former Rocket editor Charles Cross and Open Books co-owner Christine Deavel. Doors open at 7:30pm, which gives you plenty of time to order a specialty cocktail (always named after one of the readers) before the show starts at 8pm. Admission is $5 at the door and the atmosphere is usually lively.
A complete lineup from the Off Hours newsletter after the jump:
I don't want to give too much away, because the best parts about Petruchska (plays through April 22) should be stumbled upon – like many of the steps I almost tripped over while wending my way with the rest of opening night audience through the dark passages inside the transformed Madrona Bathhouse studios, where Spectrum Dance Theater has its enviable home.
Over 150 restaurants are participating in Seattle Restaurant Week (April 8-12 and April 15-19), wherein each restaurant is offering a three-course set menu for $28. Visit the entire list of participating restaurants on the Seattle Restaurant Week website.
MUST TASTEPickled Egg!We dare you to order the pickled egg at Blue Glass in Ballard. A modern take on the old-time bar grub staple, this savory treat brings a rainbow of pink, purple and yellow to your table for only $1.50 at happy hour. The Blue Glass is one of the best restaurant happy hours called out in our April issue; read the full list at seattlemag.com.
Good news: the State House of Representatives passed the bill that will renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program or the Washington State Film Incentive. 92 yeses to 6 nos? Sounds more like a slam dunk than a pass.
From the Washington Filmworks Blog:
KCTS 9 announced today that they have selected local food and gardening expert Amy Pennington to host the Seattle version of Check, Please!, a reality TV concept that lets everyday folks play food critic for a day.
From Cody Ellerd Bay's original post about the show:
If you’ve never seen the show, which also runs in Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Kansas City and South Florida, it operates like this: One person nominates his or her favorite restaurant, and then two other people are sent there to review it. After their anonymous visits, the reviewers get together to discuss their meal and rate the restaurant. They cover everything from the latest hot spots with superstar chefs to the hole-in-the-wall that’s been serving you your favorite fish and chips for years.
I met Amy Pennington fairly recently at a memorable fundraiser for Seattle Central Culinary Academy (although, before my time, Seattle mag covered her gardening exploits in several issues).
She was responsible for mixing cocktails and preparing dessert at the party. Both were delicious, but what I remember most was her spunky personality and great sense of humor. I predict her presence on the show will ground the conversation of Check, Please! in territory local food lovers can really appreciate.
More about Amy, from the press release, after the jump:
This weekend Seattle filmmaker (and Seattle magazine Spotlight Award winner) Lynn Shelton presents her lovely new film, Your Sister’s Sister, at the Sundance Film Festival. Or at least, she’s trying to—according to her Facebook page, she’s currently still stuck at SeaTac and may miss her big moment altogether, which is terrible!
For thirty years, Brian Skerry has explored the planet’s oceans, publishing his findings frequently in National Geographic. He's captured some of the most fascinating creatures under water, including whales the size of metro buses, Leatherback sea turtles and Tiger sharks. But his work has also led him to witness devastating problems like overfishing and marine degradation from pollution. In January, Skerry arrives in Seattle to present Ocean Soul, the first in the five-part lecture series National Geographic Live.
Our offices are right next to Phase 1 of the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition, so we've had a front row seat to all the machines pick-pick-picking away at the doomed highway. In a surge of nostalgia for the concrete disaster-waiting-to-happen, I wrote a little song about the Viaduct. My husband Daniel Spils, a music producer, added a bunch of layers to fill it out. Then our friend (and musician and animator) David Nixon added video. And "O, Viaduct" was born. Hold hands and sing along, everybody!
Trick-or-treating? We’ve got you covered.
Want to stay in a watch a good scary movie? Double check.
Have an awesome costume and want to find something better than your typical, stand-around-until-the-punch-dries-up sorta party? Voila:
In case the weekend shut-ins among us need a little help rounding off the perfect horror movie marathon. (Watch at your own discretion – we can’t be responsible for any “accidents.”)
Listed in no particular order:
The Fly You will never look at Jeff Goldblum the same way again.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) The zombie movie that schooled the rest.
The Shining Redrum.
Black Swan Natalie Portman scares me.
MUST SCREAMHorror Film Exhibit at EMPRest up your vocal cords—EMP’s new exhibit Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film explores the human fascination with scary movies. Indulge in classic film screenings (such as Nosferatu, Bride of Frankenstein and The Exorcist), iconic artifacts (the axe from The Shining and Freddy Krueger’s original glove) and the Scream Booth, which is fairly self-explanatory.