The Weekly Wire: The Week’s Recommended Events

Saturday 7/13

Dance: Youth Is Served

Dance This sounds like the traditional challenge that tap dancers lay down to one another, as they try to dazzle their rivals—and steal their steps. And it’s true that all kinds of dance styles have been featured during the 15 years that Seattle Theater Group has presented this youth dance showcase. But instead of a smackdown, the finale is always a collaboration, where Bollywood meets flamenco and performs a Chinese Lion Dance. The professional portions of this year’s program will include excerpts from the Broadway production of Evita; the hip-hop troupe 8 Flavahs (seen on America’s Best Dance Crew); and returning favorite Jamel Gaines, now a choreographer for Brooklyn’s Creative Outlet Dance Theater. As always, the young local dancers boast a wild mix of skills and styles: tap, ballroom, traditional Korean and Irish dance, and more. And at the end, when they all dance together, it will make you cry. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. $10–$18. 7:30 p.m.

Film: The Two Stooges

Fremont Outdoor Movies aren’t meant to be your dry repertory classics. Since there are bands, comedy, food (and sometimes beer), and contests before each screening, the mood is more carnival than cinémathèque. For that reason, the Farrelly brothers’ 1994 Dumb & Dumber nicely sets the tone for the series. Its anarchic, infantile humor proved a huge, welcome hit during the doldrums of the Clinton era. And while playing abject morons, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels have a genuine moronic chemistry on their road trip to Aspen. Like their creators, Lloyd and Henry are not snobs. Yet they live in a world of affectation and elitism, surrounded by false idols and pretences they unwittingly topple. They’re levelers who bring the hoi polloi down a peg (or three) with their diarrhea jokes and wanton destruction, and there’s a kind of imbecilic sweetness to their vulgar behavior. Unlike, say, The Three Stooges, there’s no aggression or anger to their antics. And those who are offended deserve to be offended. (Saturday-night screenings continue through August 24 with Anchorman, Superbad, and other titles.) 3501 Phinney Ave. N., fremontoutdoor movies.com. $5. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Movie at dusk.

Dance: Swan Song

Alas—the saddest, maddest couple say they are breaking up. Cherdonna and Lou (aka Jody Kuehner and Ricki Mason) launched their character-dance duo in 2009, and watching them navigate through popular culture has been like watching a soap opera performed in a language you really don’t understand. The landmarks are familiar, but you’re not too sure how you got there. From Cherdonna’s loopy hostess, unable to finish a sentence, to Lou’s odd combination of Hugh Hefner and Charlie Chaplin, their characters have been orbiting a strange star, but that is scheduled to change: My Obviously Unsuccessful Lifestyle is going to be their swan song. Or at least they say so—we can only hope it isn’t true. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., 351-3238, velocitydancecenter.org. $12–$20. 8 & 10 p.m. (Repeats Sun.)

 
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