Performance Picks

To My Chagrin

"I've been accused of being masculine," deadpans Peggy Shaw (pictured, foreground), though after seeing the Obie winner's new show you'll be hard pressed to put any simple labels on her. Part Lily Tomlin, part Sandra Bernhard, part Hedwig—Shaw seems a little bit of everything and everyone without losing the ability to be very much herself. The quality lends itself to what she's doing here: While sound designer and accompanist Vivian Stoll (pictured) keeps the beat, Shaw considers race, gender, and identity in an idiosyncratic music/poetry/performance art piece that has her strutting her stuff around a rusted old pickup truck that, appropriately enough, has been sawn in two. She kicks the truck like an angry punck rocker, trying to make a stand but not certain she'll ever be able to find her place. "I feel like I'm in the home of someone's relatives," Shaw muses. "And they're not sure they want me here." On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888. $18. 8 p.m. Thurs. May 6-Sat. May 8. STEVE WIECKING


It's ironic, but the oldest modern dance company in Seattle is full of the youngest dancers. Anne Green Gilbert's ensemble of kids performs with a maturity you don't often see in dancers that young. For over 20 years, they've been knocking the socks off their elders, both in their own pieces and in dances made for them by many leading local choreographers. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave., 206-323-1400. $6-$12. 7:30 p.m. Fri. May 7-Sat. May 8. Also 2 p.m. Sat. May 8 and 3:30 p.m. Sun. May 9. SANDRA KURTZ

Julie Ives

"There is a commonplace beauty about 'Orchard House'—a kind of common triad of the New England homestead. . . All around you there still floats the influence of that human faith melody, transcendent and sentimental. . .a tune the Concord bards are ever playing, while they pound away at the immensities with a Beethovenlike sublimity. . ." Charles Ives paid homage to his New England forebears in his immense, intricate "Concord" Sonata, the most powerful and beautiful piece of American piano music ever written. The Polestar Music Gallery, as close to Ivesian idealism as any music presenters anywhere, presents it as part of their second anniversary celebration (nine concerts through May 16), played by Julie Ives (no relation) alongside music by Ligeti and Seattle composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte. Polestar Music Gallery, 1412 18th Ave., 206-329-4224. $10. 8 p.m. Sun. May 9. GAVIN BORCHERT

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