If you made it out to Art Walk on Capitol Hill last night, you may be ready to recuperate and stay inside during the rain for the next two days…maybe watch the World Cup or something.
There is so much to do this weekend that once again it will be tough to choose from the options. First, two festivals of dance and theatre.
Seattle International Dance Festival, June 13 – 22
Through next weekend, the Seattle International Dance Festival is bringing top-notch performances and workshops to several venues, and tonight it kicks off with a free, family-friendly event called Art on the Fly. For two days, Terry Ave in South Lake Union will be transformed into an outdoor dance showcase between Thomas St and Republican St (410 Terry Ave). Interactive events, food trucks, kids activities and adult beverages will be available. Among the performances will be Seattle’s renowned b-boy crew The Massive Monkees, Collectif Random (France) and Dance Esembles (Nigeria). Check out the Dance Festival’s calendar for a full list of events. (It says 2012 in the page title, but it is in fact for 2014.) Purchase tickets with Stranger Tickets.
NW New Works at On the Boards, June 13-15
It’s the second and final weekend of the NW New Works series at On The Boards. Two stages, two lineups of four performances, two performances per lineup—eight unique performances. Wayne Bund (Portland), Erin Pike, Amy O’Neal and Helena Theatre Company (Helena) take the Studio Stage at 8PM on on Friday the 13th and at 5PM on June 14 and 15. The Mainstage Theatre performances are Saturday and Sunday at 8PM, featuring Hand2Mouth Theater (Portland), Molly Sides, Coleman Pester // Tectonic Marrow Society, and David Schmader.
Next Step at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Friday, June 13
One of my favorite events every year, Next Step is a one-night-only showcase of brand new choreography by PNB company dancers performed by students of the PNB School’s Professional Division. It’s a brilliant program that breaks boundaries as it also involves the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra to provide live accompaniment, uniting the next generation of musicians and dancers. Every year there are at least two profoundly beautiful works that I hope to see again. The Spaces Between by Price Suddarth last year was a crowd favorite and absolutely deserved the standing ovation it received. Suddarth returns this year as a choreographer, as well as Andrew Bartee, Angelica Generosa, Jahna Frantziskonis, Margaret Mullin, Matthew Renko and Ezra Thomson. If you love dance, do not miss this, 7:30 PM at McCaw Hall.
SSION at Chop Suey, Friday, June 13
So you want to let your hair down and howl at the moon. Well, it is a full moon, but we probably won’t be seeing much of it. If you want to go where the wild things are instead, then Chop Suey (1325 E Madison St) is the place to be on Friday the 13th. It’s a killer lineup of electro-pop with a punk edge and major theatricality. Headliner SSION channels genres and icons from across decades with incredible flair. They are preceded by Double Duchess (San Francisco) and Glitterbang, who both bring danceable, high -energy, high-style performances. DJs Airick X and NARK also provide beats between sets. Advance tickets are $12. Doors open at 9PM. 21+
Saturday June 14: Art Walks, Heat of the Night, Vermillion Anniversary Party
The monthly Art Attack in Georgetown is ready to get people out and about on the south side, and Monster in Ballard is hosting its own Art Walk to the north. You can read more about both Art Walks on our blog. In SODO, it’s a fashion and music bonanza at The Heat of the Night (also on our blog) and in Capitol Hill Vermillion—hub of all that is happening—turns six. There will be a party, and, yes, there will be cake. Come out and toast owner Diana Adams for all her efforts in keeping her block an inspiring hotbed of poetry, performance and art. More info on the Facebook event page.
Get out, Seattle!
Update, Friday 13, 2PM: Oop! Here’s one more event for tonight.
The Best of Gage Art Exhibit, June 13
Students from Gage Academy of Art in Seattle will display more than 150 individual works for the annual Best of Gage Student Art Exhibit, Awards & Sale at Gage Academy (1501 10th Avenue East, #101). From 6 PM to 10 PM, guests can see a wide range of media in compositions from small to large, which will be available for sale and which will also be competing for a Best in Show Award and People’s Choice Award. Prior to the free, public event, Gage presents the annual Vernissage at 5 PM, which provides collectors with the opportunity to peruse artwork in advance of other guests. Tickets to the Vernissage are $50, and available by emailing Kathleen@GageAcademy.org.