Stage Highlights

Get your tickets for Sex in Seattle and a timely Patricia Barker tribute.

Sex in Seattle

Love triangles, jealousy, foolish risks, heartache: typical dating dilemmas all presented in this 13th installment of the ongoing stage serial Sex In Seattle: Risking It All For Love. But there's a deeper racial theme running through these popular, quirky productions; their goal is to present modern-day Asian-Americans, particularly women, in a truthful and meaningful light, bluntly dispelling any myths attached to the group. As the Seattle Times' Paula Block puts it: "Sex in Seattle is not politically correct, not highbrow entertainment, and definitely not your grandmother's model-minority myth." Like its predecessors, this chapter promises to be no-holds-barred and in-your-face, leaving you laughing hysterically but contemplating its message at the same time. SIS Productions at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-325-6500, $8-$12. Opens Fri. June 2. 8 & 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. June 24. KELLIE HWANG

An Appreciation of Patricia Barker

Having just announced her retirement from performing at the end of next season, Barker's future will take place offstage, but after 25 years with Pacific Northwest Ballet she has plenty of past to talk about. Her career has developed alongside the company's, both of them starting out with little more than enthusiasm and potential, and both now working at their peak. Barker's comments will be underlined by PNB jack of all trades Doug Fullington, and illustrated by generous video excerpts—with a repertory that stretches from Balanchine and Forsythe to Petipa and points in between, this tribute will be a rich evening. McCaw Hall, Nesholm Lecture Hall, 321 Mercer St., 206-441-2424. $12. 7:30 p.m. Tues. June 6. SANDRA KURTZ

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