* Denotes $15 or less
*Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb
I know you’re not supposed to touch them, but consider the detailed realism of the carved pieces Dan Webb creates: the lifelike arms, the gloved hands, a pillow freshly-creased from someone’s slumber. This is the first solo museum show for the Seattle sculptor, who is self-taught; whose name will become etched in your brain because his pieces are so dead-on cool. Consider how he uses the grain of the wood to give an almost veined muscled look to a carved forearm. And, seriously, back to that pillow. Awesome. – F.D.
If you go: Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb, Bellevue Arts Museum, Through June 15, ($8-$10).
Dream pop seems to have found a home in the Pacific Northwest. Something about the ethereal subtlety of bands like Beach House, Wild Nothings and Real Estate resonates especially well with the gray and drizzle of our late winter/early spring. The Real Estate show falls on a Thursday, which is a smart booking decision as the band’s shimmery surf guitar and whispery vocals might not satiate a Friday night Capitol Hill crowd. A friend and fan once described the band as “chillwave,” which I think is strikingly appropriate. The band’s third album, “Atlas,” just dropped, so expect heavy inclusion of those tracks in the set list. Crucial side note: This concert has excellent date-night potential. - J.S-H.
If you go: Real Estate, Neumos, March 6, ($20). 21+.
Miguel Gutierrez & The Powerful People: “And lose the name of the action”
Miguel Gutierrez creates full-length hybrid dance-performance-spoken word pieces that are grounded in philosophical questions. He’s also more interested in how an audience experiences his work versus actually understanding it. He describes his pieces as a type of “slow art.”
This latest work is billed as an evening-length séance about the language of dance and the ever-present specter of death. The New York-based dancer has performed and taught at Velocity, but this marks the first time he and his six performers are appearing at On The Boards. Word around town (and who doesn't buy into that?) is that this is a must-see. - F.D.
If you go: Miguel Gutierrez & The Powerful People: “And lose the name of the action,” On the Boards, Through March 9, $25.
*Community Night Out at SAM
From now through May 16th, SAM is hosting Miró: The Experience of Seeing, focusing on the Spanish surrealist’s later work from 1963 until his death in 1983. Miró was the first visual artist I discovered and I still find his work, whether it’s his whimsical doodles or his wall-sized abstract paintings, to be incredibly affecting. A thread of jocularity runs though his art and you can take it all in with some Community Night Out extras: a live painting workshop with Xavier Lopez Jr. and Ryan Henry Ward (as in “Henry,” whose murals are all about town). The night also features a performance by Flamenco Seattle. - N.C.
If you go: Community Night Out at SAM, Seattle Art Museum Downtown, March 6, ($9 admission for the Miró show; free for the first 500 visitors).
Bryan John Appleby
When it comes to neofolk, there’s the quietly indomitable Damien Jurado; the widely popular The Head and the Heart; and Bryan John Appleby, whose songs are built on acoustic guitar (and other stringed instruments) with a Ben Gibbard-meets-Colin Meloy singing style. They even have nice folksy-sounding names like “The Road,” and “Honey Jars.” The real selling point of this performance by the Seattle musician, though, is the venue. St. Mark’s has, well, heavenly acoustics and the staff insists on keeping the audience nearly silent in order to fully appreciate the experience. A mellow show well worth the investment. Bring blankets and cushions and listen. – J.S-H.
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