Pick List: ‘Aida,’ Nada Surf, Nordic Museum Opening

A sampling of Seattle’s best entertainment events for the week.

A triumphal scene from Washington National Opera’s 2017 staging of <em>Aida</em>, in a production opening at Seattle Opera on Saturday. Photo by Scott Suchman

A triumphal scene from Washington National Opera’s 2017 staging of Aida, in a production opening at Seattle Opera on Saturday. Photo by Scott Suchman


First a cult B-movie, then a splashy musical, then a splashier movie musical, Little Shop of Horrors is now a genderqueer-cast stage production, with Dani Hobbs as Seymour and Tipsy Rose Lee as Audrey. It’s the brainchild of Reboot Theatre, which launched in 2015 with a fascinating all-woman staging of 1776. The Slate Theater, 815 Seattle Blvd. S., reboot theatre.org. $15–$25. Opens May 4. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., plus 7:30 p.m. Mon., May 7 and 2 p.m. Sun., May 13. Ends May 19.


Beloved warhorses like Verdi’s Aida pay the bills, but opera companies also have to find ways to keep them fresh. Seattle Opera’s production of his 1871 tale of the conflict between love and country, directed by Francesca Zambello, will combine new and old in a striking way, with a design based on hieroglyphic-style projections by noted street artist RETNA. In Italian with English subtitles. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, seattleopera.org. $65–$241. 7:30 p.m. May 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19; 2 p.m. May 6 & 13.


The creaky old former elementary school the Nordic Heritage Museum was housed in since 1980 definitely had its charms, but its new home on Market Street, near the Locks, looks stunning. Saturday’s ribbon-cutting at noon will be followed by a weekend packed with Scandinavian dance (both performatory and participatory) and music from accordion duos to Danish grunge. In addition to the permanent exhibits devoted to Nordic culture and history, the new exhibit ”Northern Exposure” explores contemporary art (through Sept. 16). See nordicmuseum.org for the full lineup and ticket info, Sat., May 5–Sun., May 6. Plus they’re dropping one word and becoming simply the Nordic Museum. 2655 N.W. Market St.


To celebrate the album’s 15th birthday, and to raise some money for the ACLU, Nada Surf recently released a reconsideration of its brilliant 2003 release Let Go, featuring covers by Aimee Mann, the Long Winters, Charly Bliss, and more. This then is a good moment to remember the role that Seattle played in the fate of that album and the East Coast band that made it. The album had been rejected by every cool, established indie around, owing to the band’s prior stint on a major label, where it produced the mid-’90s hit “Popular.” But when the owners of Seattle-based upstart Barsuk Records listened, they heard only greatness. It was a risk. “It will destroy everything you built,” some said. It didn’t. Instead it became a part of the label’s growing legacy and breathed life into one of the most enjoyable indie-pop acts of the new millennium. The band has great love for the city of Seattle. Expect to feel that love at this show. MARK BAUMGARTEN The Neptune, stgpresents.org. $18. 8 p.m. Wed., May 9.

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