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A Hilarious Spoof, ‘To Savor Tomorrow’ Takes a Knowing Look at Our Naive Past

Cafe Nordo adds another week to the run of its popular new play.

 

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Levitas Takes Yoga to New Heights

Instructor Sam Witala learned aerial yoga from the best. Now she’s passing it on.

 

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Lindy West, Seattleite by Birth and by Choice

The author of Shrill could live wherever she wants. Why choose here?

 

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The Top 20 Things to Do This Week

Revisist Almost Live, see majestic, dark folk from Boise, or, maybe, just hang with Paul Simon.

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'Belladonna of Sadness,' the erotic, psychedelic, feminist witch anime you've always dreamed of. Courtesy of Animerama

The Top Fifteen Things to Do This Week

Psychedelic witch anime, a maze about racism, conversations about net art, and more.

'Belladonna of Sadness,' the erotic, psychedelic, feminist witch anime you've always dreamed of. Courtesy of Animerama
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Third Place Books’ New Place: Seward Park

With its vaulted ceiling, copious natural light, and burnished-wood glow, Third Place Books new Seward Park branch is a serious contender for the title of Seattle’s Most Beautiful Bookstore.

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Chesley Bonestell's "Seperation of the Third Stage." Courtesy of Bonestell LLC

Paul Allen’s Space-Art Exhibition ‘Imagined Futures’ Captures Our Cosmic Folly

Pivot Art + Culture’s new exhibition, Imagined Futures, is drawn from Paul Allen’s collection of outer-space paraphernalia and art. I expected it to be quirky and nostalgic, and it is. I didn’t expect it to be wryly funny, but it is.

Chesley Bonestell's "Seperation of the Third Stage." Courtesy of Bonestell LLC
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Wine and Inspiration Flow at Cork & Click

Christiana Childers provides amateur photographers with a safe place to get comfortable with their cameras.

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Actual Things Said to Me, an Employee of Scarecrow Video. By Marc Palm (detail)

Actual Things Said to Me, an Employee of Scarecrow Video

Some comics verite from Seattle’s premiere video rental shop.

Actual Things Said to Me, an Employee of Scarecrow Video. By Marc Palm (detail)
With the dancers below, a conversation between James Baldwin and Margaret Mead transpires above. Photo by Tino Tran.

Donald Byrd Choreographs a Conversation on Race to Consider the State of the Present Day

As part of Spectrum Dance Theater’s #RACEish season, Byrd is using Baldwin and Mead’s past encounter to consider the state of the present day.

With the dancers below, a conversation between James Baldwin and Margaret Mead transpires above. Photo by Tino Tran.
Andrew Lamb Shultz's work "conveys inescapable queerness."

The Top Twenty Things to Do This Week

Damien Jurado, the Transgender Film Festival, Working Stiffs, and more.

Andrew Lamb Shultz's work "conveys inescapable queerness."
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Seattle Opera’s Idiosyncratic Wagner

What happens when a stylized directorial conception doesn’t quite mesh with the voices singing it?

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The Co-Founder of Bitch Magazine Claims ‘We Were Feminist Once’

Zeisler has a new book out, and it’s predictably Bitch-y.

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Portland’s The Body, hiding their bodies. Photo by Megan Holmes

The Top Fifteen Things to Do This Week

Beyoncé-inspired industrial music, exhibits about tiny-living, and ‘Caddyshack’-inspired art shows.

Portland’s The Body, hiding their bodies. Photo by Megan Holmes
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Hugo House Celebrates an End and a Beginning

It should be a breathtakingly sloppy evening; partiers will be encouraged to write messages on the walls of the House.

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Although they’ve been pushed out of many of their spaces, Lion’s Main forges on, growing and creating their own. Photo by Cate McGehee

Seattle’s Queer and Trans Art Collective Lion’s Main Shows Teeth in Its New Show

Transience will explore themes of displacement, gentrification, and movement as well as liminal spaces and transitions—whether that’s gender or, as they put it, the process of “shitty punks” becoming functional human beings.

Although they’ve been pushed out of many of their spaces, Lion’s Main forges on, growing and creating their own. Photo by Cate McGehee
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The UW Botanical Gardens Are a Bountiful, Large-Scale Show-and-Tell

The Center for Urban Horticulture is free, yet to really appreciate it, you need some instruction. Topics range from species identification to iPhone photography, and all have universal appeal.

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Milton Babbitt, remembered more for his polemic than his music. Courtesy of Eastman School of Music.

Reclaiming Milton Babbitt, America’s Most Polarizing Composer

It was clickbait before its time. In 1958 composer Milton Babbitt submitted a thinkpiece to High Fidelity magazine under the benign title “The Composer as Specialist,” and an editor changed it to the more belligerent “Who Cares if You Listen?”, starting a firestorm whose embers still glow.

Milton Babbitt, remembered more for his polemic than his music. Courtesy of Eastman School of Music.
The Things Are Against Us at Washington Ensemble Theater, 2016. Photo by Chris Bennion

Washington Ensemble Theatre Invites Experts in for Its Latest, Spooky Tale

The world premiere of The Things Are Against Us is a haunted house of a play. But does it get its ghosts right?

The Things Are Against Us at Washington Ensemble Theater, 2016. Photo by Chris Bennion
C.M. Ruiz. Illustration by Marie Hausauer (detail)

C.M. Ruiz Talks About Turning The Lusty Lady Into a Giant Gallery

The poster artist discusses his new show, changing Seattle, time travel, and feces.

C.M. Ruiz. Illustration by Marie Hausauer (detail)
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Ms. Marvel—a Real Life Superhero

Created by Seattle author G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona in 2013, Ms. Marvel is the continuing story of Kamala Khan, a teenage daughter of Pakistani-American Muslim immigrants from Jersey City.

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Idea Machine Blends Standup, Improv, and Sci-Fi

We must tell jokes, or the interdimensional computer will kill us all.

Art by Isaac Novak
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Seattle’s Independent Bookstore Day Is Totally Booked

There are a bounty of options for those looking to indulge their lit-lust on this special day.

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‘Rocking Fatherhood’ informs men how to be good partners while raising tiny humans. Illustration by Aaron Bagley

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

Bleached, Erik Blood, weed, fatherhood, and more.

‘Rocking Fatherhood’ informs men how to be good partners while raising tiny humans. Illustration by Aaron Bagley
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Stash Box: Karla Fuller-Palmer Paints With Pot

For her latest work, the Tacoma artist uses marijuana as more than a muse.

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Students at Moxie & Oliver Buck Tradition to Make Something Beautiful

At the Broadview studio, folk artist Caitlin McNamara simplifies leatherwork and teaches how to make dazzling designs.

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Lesley Rausch plays a sweet Swanilda. Photo by Angela Sterling courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet

The Dancers of Pacific Northwest Ballet Masterfully Play With Dolls

A village boy loves a village girl, but is also infatuated with what he thinks is the lovely daughter of a crotchety toymaker. Swanilda, our village girl and a plucky lass, manages to discover that the lovely daughter is actually a lovely doll.

Lesley Rausch plays a sweet Swanilda. Photo by Angela Sterling courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet
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Aaron Posner’s So Popular, Two Theaters Are Staging His Adaptations at the Same Time

Aaron Posner loves his authors. He has since he was a kid in Eugene, Oregon, consuming every work by those writers who spoke to his particular understanding of the world.

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David Schmader’s New Weed Book Is Thoroughly Schmader-y

Is dabbing the same as hot knives? And, uh, while we’re at it, what the hell is hot knives?

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The Hugo House’s Cliché Célèbre Flips Tropes Into Treasure

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled metaphors yearning to breathe free.”

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