The Must List, featuring Eliza Doolittle and a Build-Your-Own-Soup Adventure

Ongoing through Sunday (through March 11) – There’s only a few more opportunities to see Seattle Shakespeare Company’s solid production of this George Bernard Shaw classic, which inspired the popular musical My Fair Lady. Jennifer Lee Taylor’s portrayal of Eliza Doolittle’s transformation from Cockney flower girl to debonair duchess is quite powerful. And R. Hamilton Wright as the affable Colonel Pickering is delightful.
Times and prices vary. Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer Street; 206.733.8222;

Check, Please!

Thursdays (3/8-5/31) – Don’t miss the first episode of Check, Please! Northwest airing tonight on KCTS  at 7 p.m. Hosted by local food expert Amy Pennington, the show transforms three new guests per episode into food critics for the day. Follow them to local restaurants where they sample the fare and then engage in a rousing conversation about the eatery’s pros and cons.
KCTS on Thursdays at 7 p.m. through May 31. Check local listings for additional times. Apply to be a guest on the show at

King Noodle
If you’re a menu customizer—always asking for this or that on the side, extra veggies and such—get thee to King Noodle, stat. You’ll be presented with a two-sided menu to fill in: a choice of noodles (I like the chewy egg noodles and the wontons) and of broth (the chicken is delicious, but you can opt for spicy broth—another great option—fish broth or other selections). Then there’s the business of building your soup: Is today a day for tender roasted chicken, pulled by hand? Or roasted pork? Or duck, leeks, cabbage, mushrooms, fish balls or braised brisket? It’s all good, but don’t miss the rice in a stone pot, which arrives steaming and topped with, again, your choice of goodies. Satisfying, warming, wintry comfort.
Lunch and dinner daily. International District, 615 S King St.; 206.748.9168.

Sarah Vowell
Saturday (3/10) – Author Sarah Vowell, celebrated for her astute mix of humor and history in books such as Assassination Vacation, reads from her latest exploration, Unfamiliar Fishes, which dives deep into the Americanization of Hawaii.
3/10. 8 p.m. $32.50. The Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St.; 206.467.5510;