Performance Picks

LadyFest

One of many offerings among the new dance, aerial performance, movement theater, and category-defying work in this trio of different programs (including the ambiguously titled "People Doing Stuff"), Carla Barragan's choreography is a subversive mix of rigorous modern dance and delicate physical allusion. "Sentata" (pictured) combines images from Latin American nightlife and a "kinky interaction with tiny green chairs." Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 206-618-6484. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs. June 24-Sat. June 26. SANDRA KURTZ

Max Aronoff Viola Institute

OK, maybe 250 years ago the low reputation of violists made sense—back when they were recruited from those who couldn't quite hack it as violinists (who tended to get the more challenging parts in orchestral and chamber works). But today, when proficient violists abound, the continued putdowns are puzzling (Google the phrase "viola jokes" and see what I mean). A top player can bring the instrument the flexibility of a violin and the richness of a cello. I chalk it up to envy of the viola's poignant, darkly expressive tone. Hear the Kathleen Turner of the orchestra spotlighted in four chamber music concerts next week. Highlights include music by Hindemith on Sunday, Bach on Monday, Mozart on Tuesday, and Daniel Ott on Wednesday. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E., Kenmore, 253-474-6922. $10 suggested donation. 8 p.m. Sun. June 27-Mon. June 28; 7:30 p.m. Tues. June 29-Wed. June 30. GAVIN BORCHERT

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