Comedy: Spring Arts Preview 2012

Five funny ladies bring the laughter to Seattle this spring.

Funny ladies are in full force this spring, offering comedic readings, performances, dance and discussions on subjects ranging from smarty-pants to the deliciously strange.

Sardonic: Longtime culture critic Fran Lebowitz—whose acerbic wit Martin Scorsese recently captured in his biographical documentary Public Speaking—shares her curmudgeonly commentary with fellow columnist Dan Savage.
3/2. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;

Surreal: Seattle’s beloved drag disaster Dina Martina is bringing a brand-new show to the Re-bar. We don’t yet know what Dina Martina: Ample Wattage will entail, but we're confident it’ll be weird in a wonderful way.
3/2–4/1. Times vary. $20–$25. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St.;

Studious: 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;

Speculative: In the retrospective show Phone Homer, performance artist Michelle Ellsworth blends dance, her own “motivational” videos and philosophical fast-talk about everything from burgers to Greek myths to the disappearing Y chromosome.
3/15–3/18. 8 p.m. $25. On the Boards, 100 W Roy; 206.217.9888;

Self-deprecating: Hilarious performer Lauren Weedman presents her new one-woman show, Denny’s World, about the strange life she once lived in Seattle—involving lawn maintenance, sexual misadventures and horror films.
5/17–5/19. 8 p.m. $12–$15. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.329.2629;