The Must List, featuring Jack Hitt, Mod Architecture and New Dance

PNB’s New Works

Pacific Northwest Ballet's most exciting show every year, New Works, presents work by cutting-edge choreographers from all over the globe. This season, behold the beauty of two world premieres: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows, whose emotional landscape is the death of a friend; and a (yet to be titled) piece by Victor Quijada, whose choreography blends ballet, capoeira, modern dance, yoga and martial arts. Also being performed for the first time at PNB is A Million Kisses to My Skin, David Dawson’s tribute to the physical joy of dance.

3/16–3/24. Times and prices vary. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.441.2424; 

Capitol Hill’s Terra Plata

Our food critic Allison Austin Scheff wrote a rave review of a new restaurant on Capitol Hill. And trust us, rave reviews don’t come easy from this one. Aside from nailing many delightful dishes, including bone marrow (woah!) and seafood, it’s important to know that “farm to table” isn’t just a marketing term here. The name Terra Plata reflects the concept of “earth to plate,” and the ideal of real food grown by real people right here in Washington—many of whom chef Tamara Murphy has known for more than a decade—is the essence of the place. Farm to table may be a precious conceit at many places; at Terra Plata, it’s actually happening.

Terra Plata, Capitol Hill; 1501 Melrose Ave.; 206.325.1501;; Dinner Tues.-Sun. $$

New Downtown Nordstrom Rack

Good news. The downtown Nordstrom Rack store has completed its move from Second Avenue to Westlake Center and kicked off its grand opening celebration on Thursday morning. Kate Calamusa got a sneak peek at the roomy new space, which boasts racks of flowers from Pike Place Market for sale and a shoe section that’s practically three times the size of the former. Start your engines, shoppers; this weekend brings slightly extended store hours and special grand opening giveaways.

Westlake Center; 400 Pine Street, 206.448.8522;; Slightly extended hours this opening weekend: Mar 15 (Thu) 9am-9pm; Mar 16 (Fri)-Mar 17 (Sat) 9am-9:30pm; Mar 18 (Sun) 10am-7pm

Jack Hitt’s Making Up the Truth

Jack Hitt is a nonfiction writer for The New York Times and Harper’s and is known for his regular funny appearances on NPR’s This American Life. Don’t miss his local performance of a new one-man show called Making Up the Truth, in which he interlaces the latest brain science research with personal stories and, hopefully, comforting insights into why our memories sometimes fail us!

3/15–3/17. 8 p.m. $12–$15. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.329.2629;

Northwest Home Open House Tour

In each issue of our interiors publication Northwest Home, we showcase an architect-designed home, selected with help from AIA Seattle, which is open for free public viewing on one afternoon. This issue we feature a Mercer Island home that got a dramatic modern makeover, designed by George Daniel Wittman. Really, the before/after photos are surprising.

3/18, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.; Free. Mercer Island at 9615 SE 72nd St. For detailed directions, visit For more info on the Open House program, visit; 206.448.4938.


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