Pick List: ‘In the Heights,’ Amy Schumer, Neil deGrasse Tyson

The week’s best entertainment events.


Few are the Janeites who haven’t speculated about what happened to their favorite Austen characters after the weddings that end each of her canonical six novels—and some have even taken up their own quills to continue the stories. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s holiday-themed fanfic/play, centers bookish sister Mary (whom Austen treated as a bit of a running gag). GAVIN BORCHERT Taproot Theatre, taproottheatre.org. $25–$52. 7:30 p.m. Wed.–Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 21–Dec. 29.

In 2008, Lin-Manuel Miranda burst onto the Broadway scene with In the Heights, a Tony-winning musical that captures the familial Hispanic American spirit of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood with exciting hip-hop and salsa flairs. It’s a shame Miranda threw away his shot and never followed the show up with anything significant… SETH SOMMERFELD Seattle Repertory Theatre, seattlerep.org. $125. 7:30 p.m. Tues.–Sun., 2 p.m. Sat.–Sun. Nov. 23–Dec. 30.

Unexpected Production’s A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol is Dickens rewritten according to your suggestions. If you want, I guess Tiny Tim could die…. GB Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, unexpectedproductions.org. $12–$20. Nov. 23–Dec. 23.

Aside from her great work in stand-up and movies, Amy Schumer created one of the supreme sketch comedy shows in recent years, Inside Amy Schumer, whose hardest-hitting bits glistened with exhilarating anger. GB The Paramount. $29–$125. 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24. POSTPONED due to illness; new date TBA

Amy Escobar, L. Nicol Cabe, and Maggie Lee collaborated on In the Grey City,a complementary trilogy of Seattle-themed short plays as companions to the Schmee’s run of The Twilight Zone. GB Theater Schmeater, schmee.org. Pay what you will. 8 p.m. Mon.–Wed. Nov. 26–Dec. 11.


As America’s resident pop-culture astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s job is essentially shouting into the cosmic void in a relatable and personable way to try and shake some sense into people during this age of willful science denial and heightened anti-intellectualism. (Though he can also be a wet blanket when factually tearing apart sci-fi movies on Twitter.) Contextualizing why science matters will center two nights of talks: First, “Adventures in Science Literacy” highlights the bliss of knowledge and the foolishness of ignoring it; then “The Cosmic Perspective” tackles how viewing the Earth as a speck in the universe influences everything about our lives. SS The Paramount, stgpresents.org. Sold out. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Nov. 26–Tues., Nov. 27.


After years away, David Bazan brought back the influential and adored Seattle indie rock band Pedro the Lion last winter. Now Pedro the Lion is prepping to release it’s first new album in 15 years, Phoenix, which will rise from the proverbial ashes in January. Fans unwilling to wait a couple months can probably get a taste of the new tunes during this homecoming show with Chris Staples. (For more on Pedro the Lion, check out SW’s feature story on Bazan from earlier this year.) SS Neumos, neumos.com. $22. 8 p.m., Fri., Nov 23.

Seattle ’90s alt-rock throwback band Sloucher celebrates the release of its first LP, Be True, with a subterranean show featuring Red Ribbon and Snuff Redux. (For more on Sloucher, check out SW’s feature story on the band.) SS Barboza, thebarboza.com. $12. 7 p.m., Fri., Nov 23.

When Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus — three of the best modern indie singer-songwriters — booked a fall tour together, they decided to use it as an excuse to collaborate on some new music. The result is Boygenius,a supergroup whose debut stunning self-titled EP taps into the distinctive voices and melancholy prose that define each of the tree woman. Expect the emotions to flow in full force when the trio perform individual sets and then come together for a Boygenius finale. (For more on Boygenius, check out SW’s interview with Baker.) SS The Moore, stgpresents.org. $26. 7:15 p.m., Sat., Nov 24.


Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns with the annual holiday treat of choreography by George Balanchine and elegantly confectionary sets and costumes by Ian Falconer. GB GB McCaw Hall. $33–$209. Runs Fri.–Sun., plus Wed.–Thurs. starting Dec. 19; see pnb.org for exact schedule. Nov. 23–Dec. 28.

Seattle Salsa Congress features performances and social dancing open to the public starting 9 p.m. GB DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Seattle Airport/Southcenter, Tukwila. See seattlesalsacongress.com for full details. Nov. 23–25.


GeekCraft Expo asks the question: “Why give your money to the big box stores when you can instead support local crafters and makers?” Besides, is cosplay is highly encouraged on Black Friday? I didn’t think so. GB Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, geekcraftexpo.com. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 25.

Northwest African American Museum’s new exhibit Bold as Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home explores the Seattle roots of the worshipped guitarist. Free opening day Tues., Nov. 27, on what would have been Hendrix’s 76th birthday. GB Northwest African American Museum, naamnw.org. Nov. 27–May 5.