Must List: 'Figuring History' at SAM, SIFF's Noir City, US Quidditch Championship and More

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Figuring History: Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas

(2/15 - 5/13) American History and art history are reimagined in this group show. “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Testbook" (see above) by Robert Colescott (1925-2009) riffs on Emanuel Leutze’s mythmaking Revolutionary War image. The exhibit opens Thursday, February 15, with a community celebration at the Seattle Art Museum, and a special event with artists Kerry James Marshall and Mickalene Thomas. Times and prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, downtown, 1300 First Ave.; 206.625.8900;


Noir City

(2/16 - 2/22) The Seattle International Film Festival opens its Noir City event this Friday with the help of “The Czar of Noir,” Eddie Muller of TCM’s Noir Alley. This year’s festival features 18 films, and kicks off with a 35mm screening of The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart, live music from the Casey MacGill Trio and a cider tasting with Capitol Cider. Retro outfits encouraged. Individual tickets $15 ($10 for members), festival passes $150 ($100 for members). SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St.; 206.464.5830;

Photo by Chris Rothery courtesy US Quidditch


U.S. Quidditch Championship

(2/17- 2/18) The favorite sport from the Harry Potter universe is coming to life this weekend in Lacey. US Quidditch is hosting the 2018 Northwest Regional Championship at the Lacey Thurston Regional Athletic Complex, and will feature three community teams from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The top team will qualify for the 11th US Quidditch Cup in Round Rock, Texas. Best of all, this weekend’s event won’t cost a single Sickle or Galleon. Free, Lacey Thurston Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Rd SE, Olympia, WA 98513;


Sgt. Pepper at 50: Pepperland

(2/16 - 2/18): More than 50 years after Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, the Mark Morris Dance Group is paying tribute to one of the most revered albums of all time. Created at the request of the City of Liverpool to kick off its Sgt. Pepper at 50 Festival, the event pays tribute to the Beatles with fresh arrangements of songs like “A Day in the Life,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” and “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Friday & Saturday: show at 8:00 p.m., Sunday: show at 2 p.m.; Tickets range from $42.50 to $62.50. The Moore Theatre, 1-800-982-2787,


Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali

(2/16) A Yemeni-America, raised in San Francisco, is drawn back to his ancestral land and its coffee-producing heritage in The Monk of Mokha, the latest nonfiction book by the prolific author whose dazzling 2000 debut memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, led to one critic naming him a “one-man zeitgeist.” Eggers’ subject, Mokhtar Alkhanshali, is scheduled to appear with him. 7 p.m. $37 (includes copy of book) Broadway Performance Hall, capitol Hill, 1625 Broadway Ave.; 206-934-3052;

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