Seattle summers are awesome. (I mean, hopefully this one will be a little less smoky than the last few years. Wildfires are not cool, to understate the situation wildly.) But before the solstice even hits, there are three highly recommended (and very different) events from our event listings for the culture club.
The Exclusive Party, May 31: A Night at the Boathouse, Supporting Seattle Symphony
Have you visited the Chihuly Boathouse before? Relatively few have, given that it is only ever open for private events. It’s quite a sight to behold, with sweeping views of Lake Union and eclectic decor, featuring Dale Chihuly’s collections of Americana, Pendleton blankets, and sculptures.
A Night at the Boathouse brings you into this magical place for a night of music, northwest cuisine, and drinks from hosted bars. It all benefits Seattle Symphony‘s outreach and education programs, making classical music more accessible to everyone. Tickets are $500 and under 200 will be issued for this intimate and festive occasion. Read more and buy tickets on the official page.
The State-wide Photoshoot, June 8 and 9: Chase the Light 2019, Supporting Photographic Center Northwest
The annual summer fundraiser at PCNW gets a change of name and format this year, with Chase The Light 2019. Participants from across Washington State will take photos June 8 and 9, and submit up to five for professional review and to be featured on the org’s website, with one being selected for a pop-up exhibition on June 15. There will also be special free events around town on June 8 and 9, including a photowalk and tour of the viaduct demolition by Eirik Johnson. Later in the summer, participants will also see their work featured in the Seattle debut of The Fence, a traveling, international public photo exhibit.
Registration is just $20, and the proceeds help support Photographic Center Northwest’s programs. Read more and get registered on the official website.
The Outdoor Dance Celebration, June 14: Outside/In 2019 at Seattle Center
Last year, Pacific Northwest Ballet debuted a new format for their annual, one-night-only new choreography showcase. The dual program includes free performances al fresco on the Seattle Center grounds around McCaw Hall. Guests with tickets then enjoy premiere works choreographed by PNB dancers, performed by members of the ballet’s school. This new tradition continues with Outside/In 2019 on June 14.
The outdoor performances come from across the contemporary dance spectrum, and include site-specific choreography in the Center’s fountains and green spaces. Guests can eat from food trucks and pick up PNB swag before heading indoors. The air is extremely casual, but you can expect serious performances from these young dancers, graduating from the professional division of the ballet school. Come for the outdoor free event, even if you aren’t planning to buy a ticket for the indoor performance. ($5 TeenTix are available for this event.) Read more on the official page.