James and his feathered friend. Photo courtesy Seattle Mariners

James and his feathered friend. Photo courtesy Seattle Mariners

Pick List: Seattle Chamber Music Society, Sinner Saint Burlesque, James Paxton Bobblehead Day

The week’s best entertainment options.


“A Midsummer Night’s Reverie” is Sinner Saint Burlesque’s kinky (and body-positive and non-heteronormative) reworking of Shakespeare—and its last scheduled production: “Our members are focusing our energies on other paths,” a recent press release confessed. “Seattle’s burlesque scene has grown lovingly and beautifully and there is plenty of art from others to see and do and support. We are happy to make room and shift our roles in Seattle’s burlesque industry.” GAVIN BORCHERT Theatre Off Jackson, sinnersaint burlesque.com. $25–$40. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 28–Sat., June 30, plus 10 p.m. Fri.


The Seattle Symphony’s regular season—conductor Ludovic Morlot’s penultimate one—closes with three favorites. Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 2. Surrounding it are Saint-Saëns’ tasty Danse macabre (liberated from its Halloween pops-concert prison) and his stirring “Organ” Symphony, which will reveal the Watjen Concert Organ in full roar. GB Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $22–$122. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., June 28; 8 p.m. Sat., June 30; 2 p.m. Sun., July 1.

The Seattle Chamber Music Society’s annual summer festival beautifully fills the gap between the end of the Seattle Symphony’s season and Seattle Opera’s August production (after that, you’re on your own, classically speaking, until mid-Sept.). The format is the same as usual: Each concert—8 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, July 2–28 (except July 5, not 4)—is preceded by a free 7 p.m. recital as hors-d’oeuvre. Highlights include two works by expatriate Warner Bros. composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold (7/18 & 20); music by and from Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, who is also a clarinetist and composer (7/23, 25, 27); and Bartok’s rowdy and energizing String Quartet no. 5 (7/27). This summer’s commissioned premiere is They have just arrived at this new level for string quartet, flute, and clarinet by James Newton Howard (7/16). The Festival opens Monday with music by Busoni (recital), Stravinsky, Mozart, and Ravel (concert). GB Benaroya Hall, seattlechambermusic.org. $16–$52.


Let’s not mince words: The James Paxton bobblehead the Seattle Mariners will give away to the first 20,000 fans through the gates at Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals is the greatest bobblehead in team history. While 2010’s Ken Griffey Jr. “95 Slide” and 2011’s Ichiro Suzuki hit-counter bobbles are superb, they can’t match the majesty that is the Paxton figurine with a bald eagle perched on his shoulder, a nod to the now-famed moment on April 5 when a demonstration eagle took a flight detour to land on “The Big Maple.” The Mariners’ ace acted relatively nonplussed by the bird of prey’s actions, and has pitched like a Cy Young candidate ever since. (Oh, the Mariners also play an actual baseball game post-giveaway, which can be fun to watch.) SETH SOMMERFELD Safeco Field, mariners.com. $30–$220. 1:10 p.m. Sun., July 1.

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