The Variety Show

Veteran choreographer Donald Byrd delights in tweaking pop-culture icons and tackling charged topics, which has given his Spectrum Dance Theater a remarkable variety of works over the years. Appropriately, for The Variety Show (produced with Seattle Dance Project), the bill promises to be very broad indeed. In this eclectic annual showcase of short works, Byrd's fellow dance-makers include Catherine Cabeen, Timothy Lynch, Eva Stone, and Ezra Dickenson. The omnibus moves to ACT next weekend, then returns to Madrona for its final stand. Best of all, the Friday-Saturday late shows will include The G.O.N.G. Show talent contest, which is open to all comers. Throughout, popular drag artist dancers Cherdonna and Lou will be your hosts, so expect some sarcasm, hooting, and a delightful array of inconsistent works. SANDRA KURTZ

Thu., April 21, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Thu., April 28, 7:30 p.m. Starts: April 21. Continues through May 7, 2011

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