The 5th Avenue presents Mamma Mia!, the musical in which a woman tries to discover who her father is by inviting to her wedding all three of her mother’s possible impregnators. Her mother is a former rock star. It’s set on a Greek island. The score is all ABBA tunes. Button-pushing doesn’t get any more unabashed—or skillful, to be honest. 5th Avenue Theatre, 5thavenue.org. $29 and up. Opens Feb. 2. 8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., 1:30 (& sometimes 7) p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tues.–Thurs. Ends Feb. 25.
In 12th Avenue Arts’ “Reset” series, curated by Mark Haim, Babette Pendleton, and Alice Gosti, choreographers are invited to make dances on existing stage sets—in this case, Grief Girls and Petra Zanki are working on Jennifer Zeyl’s pitch-perfect suburban-rec-room set in use for WET’s current production of Straight White Men. 12th Avenue Arts, washingtonensemble.org. $10. 10 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 1–Fri., Feb. 2.
BOOKS & SPEAKERS
The Crosscut Festival, sponsored by the online news magazine, features 50 speakers on four stages—including current Gov. Jay Inslee, former Gov. Slade Gorton, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Nikkita Oliver, SW contributor Marcus Harrison Green, and (swoon!) Rep. Julián Castro—to discuss the issues of the day. See festival.crosscut.com for complete schedule. Campion Hall, Seattle University. $15–$75. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 3.
Among this week’s First Thursday openings, a couple stand out:
The eighth annual juried show at Gallery 110 includes work by Paul Adams, a Utah photographer who takes tintype portraits of the last native speakers of endangered Native American languages. gallery110.com. Opening reception 5 p.m. Sat., Feb. 3. Ends Feb. 24.
And at ArtXchange Gallery, Humaira Abid’s new solo exhibition, “My Shame,” presents carved wood sculptures, often incorporating elements of miniature painting and installation, examining the stigma that women feel over natural, social, and cultural issues. Interpret the lurid reds in so much of her work however you will. artxchange.org. Artist talk 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Ends March 31.