Spring Arts Calendar

A guide to what’s up and what’s on, with our picks for the best.

FEBRUARY 18 Yoram Bauman The UW economist and stand-up comic explains what the hell wentwrong with our financial system in The Cartoon Introduction to Economics. University Book Store, bookstore.washington.edu.18–27 Roger Shimomura The 70-year-old, Seattle-raised painter continues to work with racist caricatures and themes from his own World War II internment. (His "Yellow Terror" show at Wing Luke continues through April 18.) Greg Kucera Gallery, gregkucera.com.18–June 6 Beth Levine: First Lady of Shoes It's the Super Bowl of high heels! The late designer (1914–2006) is honored with a display of 100-plus pairs of fashion footwear. Bellevue Arts Museum, bellevuearts.org.19 Gods and Monsters That's the subject addressed by local writers Linda Bierds and Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain), plus visiting poet Terrance Hayes. Richard Hugo House, hugohouse.org.19–27 The Soft Rock Kid See feature.19–21 La Perichole The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society stages this operetta set in colonial Peru, which was actually written by Jacques Offenbach, not Gilbert & Sullivan. Go figure. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org.20–March 27 Jason Hirata New work fromthe local artist is based in part on calisthenics and other routines performed in a storage locker. James Harris Gallery, jamesharrisgallery.com.23–March 14 Legally Blonde The touring version of this bubblegum musical makes for an irresistible mom-daughter matinee outing. 5th Avenue Theatre, 5thavenue.org.24 David Shields The brainiac Seattle author pens a "manifesto" for a new kind of literature in his pastiche book Reality Hunger. University Book Store.25–March 6 Salt Horse Corrie Befort and Beth Graczyk have extended a piece they made for Northwest New Works last year into a full-length program. Buzz is good on this one. Erickson Theater, salthorseperformance.com.26 Joseph Stiglitz In Freefall, the Nobel Prize–winning economist divides blame for our nation's bubble-and-collapse between the current and previous administrations. Both, he argues, have failed in their responsibility to regulate risky markets, preferring to collect the taxes on derivative financial instruments that no one properly understood. Town Hall.26–27 Fisher Ensemble The latest opera from Garrett Fisher and his performance troupe is At the Hawk's Well, based on Yeats' Noh-inspired play. Chapel Performance Space, fisherensemble.org.26–27 Troublemaker's Mother A new musical by Nick DiMartino and composer Kim Douglass, based on the legend of Lemminkäinen from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. Nordic Heritage Museum, nordicmuseum.org.26–March 6 Seattle Chamber Players Contemporary works from all over Europe in thir "Icebreaker" festival, including György Kurtág's gripping mini-opera for soprano and violin, Kafka Fragments. On the Boards, ontheboards.org.27 Seattle Baroque Keyboardist and SB co-founder Byron Schenkman plays Bach and more with violinist Ingrid Matthews. Town Hall, seattlebaroque.org.27 Tiny Tots Concert The Seattle Symphony travels to the Eastside to help inspire future lovers of Beethoven and Brahms. Meydenbauer Center, meydenbauer.com.27–28 ACT New Play Award 2010 A staged reading of Extraordinary Chambers by David Wiener. Free. ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org.27–March 13 Seattle Opera Only Verdi's first and last operas were comedies, with a 54-year gap between. To end his career, he reached back to Shakespeare; and despite all those tragedies, he never wrote anything more humanely, deeply moving than the final fugue in Falstaff. Stephanie Blythe, SO's blazing Amneris and Fricka, here sings the scheming Dame Quickly. McCaw Hall, seattleopera.org.MARCH1–2 Jared Diamond He loves disasters and grand historical narratives, and so do you. The author of Guns, Germs, and Steel talks about the forthcoming TV documentary based on his 2004 book, Collapse. He'll update his observations, with particular reference to Haiti—which, even before the earthquake, was a case study in depleted soil, deforestation, and population growth that outstripped the meager natural resources available on its half of the unhappy Caribbean island. Benaroya Hall, benaroyahall.org.2 Lubomyr Melnik This Ukrainian-Canadian composer/pianist performs his own sound-saturated "Continuous Music," which requires a special playing technique. Chapel Performance Space, waywardmusic.blogspot.com.3–11 ByDesign 10 Films by Charles and Ray Eames will be among this annual celebration of graphic design and its practitioners. Northwest Film Forum, nwfilmforum.org.4 Uptight Seattleite Aided by his bitter, hardworking assistant David Stoesz, the SW columnist collects his censorious chiding in A Sensitive Liberal's Guide to Life. The Uptight insists there's fresh material that you haven't read in the paper before. University Book Store.4–6 Songs of War I Have Seen Avant-garde German composer Heiner Goebbels has his song cycle (on a Gertrude Stein text) performed alongside madrigals by Monteverdi in a collaboration between Seattle Chamber Players and Pacific Musicworks. On the Boards.5–6 Seattle Pro Musica French choral works, including Martin's lavish Mass for Double Choir. St. James Cathedral, seattlepromusica.org.6 Butch Morris It could be amazing, or it could be a mess, as the volatile avant-jazz leader brings his "conduction" method of creative composing to an ensemble of Seattle players. It'll be worth hearing either way. PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish College, cornish.edu.6 Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra For their second concert, this new group worth watching plays Bach, Copland, and Handel. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, seattlemetchamberorchestra.blogspot.com.6–14 The Esoterics Patrician craftsman Samuel Barber (1910–81) never asked to be the figurehead of conservative 20th-century American composers, but the avant-garde just couldn't forgive the popularity of his Adagio for Strings. This a cappella choir (which celebrates someone's 100th birthday every year) sings his complete choral works, including his choral arrangement of the Adagio, retitled Agnus Dei. Various venues, theesoterics.org.6–May 8 Order and Border The decorative lineage of stripes is followed through textiles, tapestries, and fashion designs. Seattle Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org.7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet The flamboyant pianist, known for his flair with French music, will play Ravel and—Brahms? That'll be interesting. Benaroya Hall.8–29 Silent Movie Mondays With a new organist, Jim Riggs, the popular series of silent-era artifacts will include stars like Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, and Lionel Barrymore. Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org.9 Michael Chabon He's written Spider-Man screenplays and prize-winning works including The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Seattle Arts & Lectures presents the prolific Bay Area author. Benaroya Hall, lectures.org.10–April 3 Sunlight This new play about campus politics from SoCal playwright Sharr White takes place entirely during the period when there is no sunlight, i.e., night. ArtsWest, artswest.org.11–14 Moisture Festival The exuberant comedy/variety extravaganza with the world's most troubling name returns with alternating nights of family-friendly circus fun and adult-oriented burlesque. (Also April 1–3.) ACT Theatre.11–21 Seattle Jewish Film Festival Oscar nominee Ajami kicks off the 15th-annual fest. Opening night begins, as usual, with some "L'Chaim!"s at the Palace Ballroom party. Cinerama and SIFF Cinema, seattlejewishfilmfestival.org.11–April 18 Getting Near to Baby Children cope with the loss of a sibling in Y York's adaptation of this Newbery Honor book. Seattle Children's Theatre, sct.org.12 Martin Lawrence Is he erratic and unreliable? Yes. Can we promise he'll actually appear to perform his stand-up routine? No. Can we guarantee that he is, on a good night, one of the funniest comics in America? Goddamn right. Paramount Theatre.12–13 Billy Connolly Until costarring with Judi Dench in the 1997 Mrs. Brown, this Scottish comic wasn't considered much of an actor. But the role, as confidante to Queen Victoria, bestowed a second U.S. career on the sobered-up performer, already a huge star in the UK for his raunchy, serpentine monologues. He doesn't so much deliver jokes as arrive at them after long conversational rambles. And they're always worth the wait. Bagley Wright Theater, seattlerep.org.12–14 Puget Sound Concert Opera Another curious operatic double-bill: Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and Debussy's La demoiselle élue. pugetsoundconcertopera.org.13 Seattle Symphony Alexander Prior, all of 17—the SSO's new "assistant to the guest conductor"—leads Peter and the Wolf. Almost Live! alumni Pat Cashman and Tracey Conway narrate. Benaroya Hall.15 Chang-rae Lee His novel The Surrendered has an American G.I. become the unlikely protector of an orphan girl during the Korean War. Seattle Central Library, spl.org.17–April 25 The Gypsy King The premiere of Randy Rogel's musical about two actors embroiled in royal intrigue. Village Theatre, Issaquah, villagetheatre.org.18 Tim Rollins Subject of the Frye's current show (through May 31), the artist and educator visits to discuss his 20 years of collaborative work with New York minority teens. Frye Art Museum, fryemuseum.org.18–28 3 by Dove Pacific Northwest Ballet stages a trio of works, including one new to the company, by the American choreographer Ulysses Dove, accompanied by a stand-alone number from Victor Quijada. McCaw Hall, pnb.org.18–Aug. 1 Lisa Gralnick: The Gold Standard The Wisconsin goldsmith and arts educator shows new work, some of it gilding old historical themes. Bellevue Arts Museum.18–Aug. 8 Eyes for Glass: The Price Collection Dale Chihuly and a dozen other Northwest artists are represented in a show of selections from the archives of local patrons John and Joyce Price. Bellevue Arts Museum.19 The Celtic Tenors Do you think they're not going to sing "Danny Boy"? And when they do, the PBS favorites will surely make you cry. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, washingtoncenter.org.19 Laws of Attraction Love and lust are addressed by the eminent essayist and critic Phillip Lopate, as well as local actress Marya Sea Kaminski and poet Emily Warn. Richard Hugo House.19 Two Gentlemen of Verona See feature.19–April 17 Brooklyn Boy A successful novelist returns to his native borough, where he's taken down a few rungs by his old chums. This is the local premiere of Donald Margulies' autobiographical play, first directed on Broadway in 2005 by Dan Sullivan. Taproot Theatre, taproottheatre.org.19–April 17 The Twilight Zone Live! Tim Moore directs three episodes from the old TV series. Theater Schmeater, schmeater.org.19–April 25 Paradise Lost No, not the Milton poem, but a 1935 Depression-set family drama by Clifford Odets from Pasadena director Dámaso Rodriguez, with actors from L.A. and Seattle. Intiman Theatre, intiman.org.19–May 5 Clay? III Northwest potters and ceramic artists push their mud in all sorts of unexpected directions. Kirkland Arts Center, kirklandartscenter.org.20 Accordi-O-Rama III Squeezebox maestros gather from all across the country to perform an international range of musical styles. No Weird Al Yankovic jokes, please. Town Hall.20 Jodi Picoult Her new novel House Rules concerns a crime-obsessed teen with Asperger's Syndrome whose family is shocked when he's accused of a murder. Seattle Central Library.20–21 Destination Springtime The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra presents a pops program featuring Dvorak, Gershwin, Johann Strauss, and others. Meydenbauer Center.21 & 27 Hansel & Gretel Two kids go into the dark, scary woods. Whom should they meet there but a hungry old witch? This hour-long show features students from PNB's school. McCaw Hall.21 SIFF Movie Marathon This 12-hour endurance test/fund-raiser will feature directors Alan Rudolph and Dan Ireland, who will introduce, respectively, Trouble in Mind and The Whole Wide World. Other titles include Blood Simple and The Fourth Man. SIFF Cinema, siff.net.21–22 12 Minutes Max The spring edition of the mini–performance fest promises new work to be selected by Amy-Ellen Trefsger (On the Double) and playwright Darian Lindle. On the Boards.24 Annie Leonard Raised in Seattle, the environmental activist scored an anti-consumerist YouTube hit that she now transforms into written form in The Story of Stuff. Town Hall.25 Molly Wizenberg The celebrity proprietor (with her husband) of Delancey in Ballard has a new memoir, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes From My Kitchen Table. In it, she grieves for her father, launches her famous blog (Orangette), and learns to cook in Paris. University Book Store.26 Moby Love him or hate him, the best-selling musical sampler and vegan activist will draw a crowd of like-minded tea drinkers to discuss Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety, which he co-edited. Town Hall.26–28 Radiance Actor Alan Alda appears for a staged reading of his new play, supervised by Dan Sullivan. Bring your Geiger counter, since the subject is Marie Curie, the famed discoverer of radium. Seattle Repertory Theatre.26–April 18 Fences The legacy of August Wilson (1945–2005) still looms large over the city where he lived and died. This revival of his 1983 Pulitzer- and Tony-winner is set in the 1950s, when pro sports were divided along racial lines. Seattle Repertory Theatre, seattlerep.org.27 Camille Patha The Northwest artist delivers a lecture on how feminism has shaped TAM's collection and the art world in general. Tacoma Art Museum, tacomaartmuseum.org.27 "Opera Undressed" Soprano Natalie Lerch sings two solo operas, Poulenc's La voix humaine and Judith Weir's King Harald's Saga. PONCHO Concert Hall.27 & April 9 Garrison Keillor Another visit from the Prairie Home Companion road show, always packed with guests and music, set to his ever-droll narration. Paramount Theatre.28 Short Stories Live ACT and Town Hall team up to present actors reading classic and literary folk tales. Town Hall.29 Arundhati Roy Seattle Arts & Lectures brings the Booker Prize winner to town. Her new collection, Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers, surveys politics from her homeland of India to the Bay Area, where she lives today. Benaroya Hall.29–30 Cats They said "now and forever" and they meant it. A touring production of the Broadway smash by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Washington Center for the Performing Arts.31 Jeremy Denk A favorite pianist of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, he makes his Meany debut. Meany Hall, uwworldseries.org.APRIL1–4 Morgan Thorson & Low Contemporary choreography with a strong base in improvisation. Thorson, collaborating with slowcore Minnesota indie band Low, is a fascinating performer, eccentric without being twee. On the Boards.1–July 4 Fleeting Beauty Japanese woodblock prints from the 18th and 19th centuries represent the ukiyo-e tradition of landscape carving and inking on scrolls. Seattle Asian Art Museum.2 Philip Glass The avant-minimalist composer plays his solo piano works. Even better, he'll discuss them from the stage. (He also appears April 1 at Olympia's Washington Center for the Performing Arts.) Kirkland Performance Center, kpcenter.org.2 Walter Mosley Known to Evil is the latest detective story from the African American master of crime fiction. Seattle Central Library.2–11 Seattle Opera Young Artists Playing in the intimate Eastside hall, the annual SOYA productions invariably burst with energy. This year: Strauss' game-playing tragedy-within-a-comedy, Ariadne auf Naxos. Meydenbauer Center.6–11 Dreamgirls And we're telling you that you're definitely going to this new touring production that originated at the Apollo Theater in New York. The NYT's Ben Brantley called it "so intense and unshaded that it wears you out." But we wouldn't want anything less. The Paramount.7 Barry Lopez The author of Arctic Dreams considers the shrinking ice cap just to our north. Benaroya Hall, lectures.org.8–May 1 True West Two brothers battle for dominance and control of their family history in this revival of Sam Shepard's acclaimed 1980drama. Balagan Theatre, balagantheatre.org.8–May 16 The Brementown Musicians No-longer-useful farm animals decide to strike out on their own as musicians. Seattle Children's Theatre, sct.org.9–May 10 Robopop! Created in-house by one of Seattle's most consistently interesting stage troupes, this premiere pits one brave woman against a robot uprising. Washington Ensemble Theatre, washingtonensemble.org.9–May 16 An Iliad One of our favorite actors on Broadway and onscreen, Denis O'Hare co-created and stars in this one-man adaptation of Homer's epic war poem. Seattle Repertory Theatre.10–11 Auburn Symphony Playing the roaring cantata Prokofiev fashioned from his score for the film Alexander Nevsky. Auburn Performing Arts Center, auburnsymphony.org.10–Oct. 24 James Ensor and Georg Baselitz Fifty prints from these Belgian and German artists reveal their kindred interest in the grotesque and the satirical. Seattle Art Museum.11 Cirque d'Or The Golden Dragon Acrobats draw on ancient dance traditions. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma, broadwaycenter.org.11–May 2 On the Town The Bronx, they say, is up. And the Battery, we believe, is down. With a score by Leonard Bernstein and songs by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, this is a classic postwar musical, choreographed by Jerome Robbins. 5th Avenue Theatre.13 Town Music Compelling cellist Joshua Roman plays Schubert's String Quintet with the Biava Quartet. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org.14 Emerson String Quartet As good as it gets, they play with a combination of elegance, intensity, and thrills that few quartets can match, not to mention their flair for inventive programming. They'll offer an all-American program, in a way: Ives, Dillon, Barber, and Dvorak's Iowa-penned "American" Quartet. Meany Hall.15–25 All Balanchine PNB busts out a trio of classics, to music by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and Hindemith. The show'll probably get a lot of national attention—a chance to measure PNB director Peter Boal's accomplishments with a familiar ruler. McCaw Hall.15–May 9 Henry V As the king says, "For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother..." Seattle Shakespeare Co., seattleshakespeare.org.17 Nrityagram Ensemble Pristine and authentic performance of traditional Indian dance in the Odissi style, as well as some contemporary developments in that style. Moore Theatre.17–25 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Back from SIFF for opening night is the tender Canadian drama Nurse. Fighter. Boy. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, langstonblackfilmfest.org.19–20 Paul Nicklen He'll discuss and show images from his photographic expeditions to the North Pole and Antarctica. Benaroya Hall.20 Bill McKibben The veteran naturalist now considers how we can make the best of our already messed-up blue marble (perhaps by changing the spelling of its name?) in Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Town Hall.22–24 Compañía Nacional de Danza Led by the popular Nacho Duato; several of his contemporary ballet/modern dance hybrid works are in the PNB repertory. Meany Hall.22–25 West See feature.23 Jake Bergevin The local jazz cat plays trumpet and sings; he's an adherent of the postwar California Cool school of jazz. Kirkland Performance Center.23–25 The Music Man "Ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City." A half-century after its Broadway premiere, Meredith Willson's musical is still a treat. Meydenbauer Center.24 Literary Voices Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist Tim Egan (The Big Burn) joins other eminent Northwest writers, including the P-I's Art Thiel, Jim Lynch (The Highest Tide), and Crosscut's Knute Berger, in a benefit fundraiser for the UW library system. UW Club, lib.washington.edu.24–Aug. 8 Show of Hands Subtitled "Northwest Women Artists 1880–2010," the show includes almost 100 works by 63 artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, whatcommuseum.org.28–May 23 Tell Me on a Sunday A comparatively small-scale work from the usually bombastic Andrew Lloyd Webber, this 1979 musical has a nameless English girl venture to the U.S. in search of love and destiny. Arts West, artswest.org.29–May 2 National Film Festival forTalented Youth The Tarantinos and Spielbergs of tomorrow, college-age and younger, arerepresented in more than 100 short films.SIFF Cinema and other venues, nyffty.org.29–May 2 Seattle Symphony "Yeah, you and Boston," replied John Adams baffledly when we asked him why we didn't hear much of his music here. Righting that wrong is Robert Spano, conducting Adams' grand, throbbing Harmonielehre. The SSO's been teasing all season with hints that any guest conductor might be a candidate to replace Gerard Schwarz in 2011; though he seems happily ensconced in Atlanta, nabbing the smart and energetic Spano would be a triumph. Benaroya Hall.30 Elaine Pagels The Princeton theologian and MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" award-winner counts among her many books the recent Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity. Benaroya Hall, lectures.org.MAY3 Atul Gawande As the battle for health-care reform drags on interminably, the physician and New Yorker staff writer weighs in on cost control, courtesy of Seattle Arts & Lectures. His latest book, The Checklist Manifesto, persuasively argues that small, cheap things can often be huge cost-savers in modern medicine. By committing simple routines to paper, future complications and surgeries can be avoided. Better still, neither the insurance industry or big pharma stand to gain from the practice. Benaroya Hall.5–30 On the Nature of Dust The city's most compelling new theater company returns with a fresh script from its in-house playwright, Stephanie Timm, a comedy about a troubled mother-daughter relationship. (Is there any other kind?) See feature. ACT Theatre, newcenturytheatrecompany.org.6–9 Seattle Symphony They can sound a little staid in 18th-century music; if anyone can zhuzh them up, it's high-wire, hot-wire violinist Andrew Manze, conducting Corelli, Elgar, and more. Benaroya Hall.6–10 Leila Lalami Her novel Secret Son, set in turbulent Morocco, is the subject of the annual "Seattle Reads" program. Related events begin mid-March. Northgate Community Center and other locations, spl.org.8–22 Amelia See feature.10 Music of Remembrance Premiering Lori Laitman's oratorio Vedem, named after Terezin inmates' clandestine newspaper. Benaroya Hall, musicofremembrance.org.10 Sonny Rollins Not many of the legends are left in jazz. He's one who's still worth catching. Paramount Theatre.12–16 UW Opera Gala In lieu of a staged production this spring (yes, it's a money issue), a night of opera faves. Meany Hall, music.washington.edu.12–Aug. 1 42nd Street Wait, how are they going to stage an entire Broadway chorus line in Issaquah? We can't wait to find out, as the stage- and movie-musical perennial is revived for a summer run. Village Theatre.14–15 Creation Project Showcase The CD Forum has become an important incubator for local performance artists. Tonight, the four beneficiaries of this year-long professional development program show how they've grown. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, cdforum.org.14–June 12 Charley's Aunt This venerable English stage farce, about would-be Oxford sweethearts and their fake chaperones, has been pleasing audiences since 1892. Taproot Theatre.14–June 13 The Thin Place See feature.15–22 The King and I Rodgers and Hammerstein's perennial charmer is performed by the local Lyric Light Opera company. Kirkland Performance Center.16–July 5 Incoming! The Tacoma museum rotates in a batch of new work from its considerable holdings. Museum of Glass, museumofglass.org.20–22 Mary Sheldon Scott A new work—previewed at On the Boards' "A.W.A.R.D. Show!" in December—in her signature style, with virtuosity more emotional than physical. Erickson Theatre.20–23 American String Project Quartets from Haydn to Shostakovich adapted (beautifully) for full ensemble. Benaroya Hall, theamericanstringproject.org.20–June 13 Seattle International Film Festival In its 36th year, SIFF will offer a host of documentaries and international features, the usual indie fare, archival sidebars, companion concerts, and unpredictable guests. Last year, The Hurt Locker went from festival acclaim to Oscar contender, and director Kathryn Bigelow came to visit with the film. What will this year's breakout title be? SIFF Cinema and other venues.20–June 30 Whiting Tennis The local musician and artist shows new paintings; and the gallery will probably hang some of his striking recent bas-relief collages on plywood. Greg Kucera Gallery.21–23 Mark Morris Dance Group/Seattle Symphony For his third annual visit with the SSO, the choreographer also takes the baton (!) for the Vivaldi score in his breakthrough work Gloria. Paramount Theater, seattlesymphony.org.21–23 Welcome Home, Dean Charbonneau The Rep's New Plays program continues with a staged reading of a new Iraq War drama from filmmaker (Winter Passing) and novelist (The Year of Endless Sorrows) Adam Rapp. Seattle Repertory Theatre.23 Seattle Youth Symphony Stephen Rogers Radcliffe sets the kids on Mahler's immense "Resurrection" Symphony. It will be breathtaking. Benaroya Hall, syso.org.25–30 Fiddler on the Roof Tradition! Harvey Fierstein toplines this traveling production, seizing the role of Tevye with Yiddish fervor. The show, first choreographed by Jerome Robbins and scored by Jerry Bock, is guaranteed to please theatergoers of any faith. And no, Harvey won't be performing in drag. Paramount Theatre.25–June 13 Candide For this 1956 show, based on, of all things, a Voltaire satire, Leonard Bernstein gave Broadway its greatest score ever—well, OK, tied for first with his West Side Story. That original cast album, starring Barbara Cook (still singing at 82), is the theater queen's Holy Grail. The 5th's touting this as "one of the best musicals you've never seen," which is probably true considering its troubled history, with about as many reworked versions as there have been revivals. 5th Avenue Theatre.28–31 Northwest Folklife Bands of all ethnic varieties, food, spontaneous dancing, drum circles, lost kids, dogs with bandannas, tie-dye, and overstuffed fannypacks as a badge of pride—in other words, the official start to summer in Seattle. Seattle Center, nwfolklife.org.29 West Coast Gospel Fest A celebration of the spirit, with music from gospel quartets to hip-hop. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma.

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