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Better than a hangover: Venus in Fur, Dude York's pop rock, horse ballet & all-you-can-eat cheese counter

The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life.


Oasis, a sequence from Cavalia's "Odysseo." Credit: Pascal Ratthé

Editor's Note: An asterisk * indicates $15 or Less.

Venus in Fur
It’s a psychosexual play with a two-person cast — and an outfit that will whip you into a state of respect for costume designer Harmony Arnold. She’s the one who came up with the lingerie that actor Gillian Williams wear as she squats, twists and lies on her back with outstretched legs in six-inch, thigh high boots. “Would it be strappy?" says Arnold. "Would it be leather? I chose something delicate with great lines that could do things. She (Williams) basically does the Olympics on stage.” And when you’re doing the Olympics, panty lines matter. A lot. Rather than calling up Frederick’s of Hollywood, Arnold turned to the artists in the Seattle Rep costume shop. The outfit is essentially a bra, garter belt and panty all pulled together into a body suit with a layer of nude netting underneath. Only the most confident of actresses can wear it, which is, hands down, Williams. One other tidbit: that suitcase her Vanda character walks in with for the audition? Filson bag. — F.D.

If you go: Venus in Fur, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Through March 9 ($12-$63).

 

*Dirty Dancing and Harold and Maude

The final film pairing on Central Cinema’s out-of-this-world February calendar is … Dirty Dancing and Harold and Maude! Two unlikely couples (you decide which is which), one overcoming a 50-plus year age gap and the other battling a socioeconomic chasm, a fear of public dancing and Jerry Orbach's unyielding gaze. Each film proves love, however temporal, is possible. All this, set to two epic soundtracks, one including Patrick Swayze (Actor! Dancer! Singer?!) crooning “She’s Like the Wind.” — N.C.

If you go: Dirty Dancing and Harold and Maude, Central Cinema, Feb. 21-26 ($6).

 

Dude York
Local pop rock act Dude York have made a name for themselves over the last few years by relentlessly playing shows and combining foolproof hooks with unexpectedly poignant lyrics. This show at DIY hotspot Cairo on Capitol Hill celebrates the release of their new record, “Dehumanize.” Marriage + Cancer and Darto open. Space is limited in this tiny venue so show up early! — J.S.H.

If you go: Dude York, Cairo, Feb. 21 ($5). All ages.

 

“Odysseo”
The cast is fresh from a two-week vacation in Auburn where they were lounging around in some fields. The cast includes 60-plus horses (and 50 humans). But, no offense to the humans, the horses are the draw and their performance will stay with you — for years. I don’t know an Arabian from a Lusitano; I’m not a horse person. But it’s astonishing how these steeds kneel and run this way or that way, without any reins. Visual and verbal cues direct the equine performers in what has been aptly billed as “equestrian ballet.” This is a new show by Canada’s Cavalia, whose artistic director helped lead Cirque du Soleil. And it’s a $35 million production. Visual effects, multimedia, aerialists. But those horses, if they perform the way they did two years ago when they last toured here, will blow you away. — F.D.

If you go: Odysseo, Marymoor Park in Redmond, Through March 9 ($34.50-$149.50).

 

*All-You-Can-Eat Cheese Counter
I once said that “free cookie” was the most beautiful phrase in the English language but that was before I knew about the All-You-Can-Eat Cheese Counter. It’s light years away from any other sort of buffet and you can try it with $6 and $8 glasses of wine from Piccola Cellars. — N.C.

If you go: All-You-Can-Eat-Cheese Counter, ART Restaurant, Daily ($7 from 4:30-9 p.m. $14 from 9-11 p.m.).


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