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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Seattle hip-hop royalty, Moisture Festival shenanigans, spelling bees and suits.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less.

The Suit

This one-act play is sparsely staged, but the story is profound: In apartheid-era South Africa, a man finds a suit belonging to his wife’s lover. What unravels is a story about adultery, oppression and revenge; Ben Brantley, in his review for The New York Times last year, called it both “magic” and something that brought him close to tears. Music is a key player in the production, with three on-stage musicians playing everything from Schubert to Mahler to Miriam "Mama Africa" Makeba. Directed by living legend Peter Brook. – F.D.

If you go:  The Suit, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Now through April 6, ($15-$47). 

The Moisture Festival

The world’s largest comedy/variety festival runs for 4 weeks and it’s the place to sit slack-jawed and marvel at the wonder of aerialists and unicyclists and folks who build sandwiches with their feet. Yes, their feet! The last time Rob Williams performed, he made a bologna-and-cheese sandwich – with mustard and mayo – with his toes. There is nothing milquetoast about a festival featuring groups called The Booby Trap Players or Della Moustachella. Oh, I almost forgot: Swami YoMahmi! If you’re having fun just reading these names, imagine what it’s like to see these folks live? – F.D.

If you go: The Moisture Festival, 55 shows at four different venues (Halles Palladium, Broadway Performance Hall, Teatro Zinzanni and West of Lenin), Now through April 13. ($10-$25).

*Fly Moon Royalty (as part of the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival Announcement Party concert)

They’re not the headliners, but one of the openers, Fly Moon Royalty (spectacularly-named), is one of the freshest local R&B groups. Adra Boo brings sassy, soulful singing. DJ Action Jackson brings razor-sharp hip-hop beats and raps. Together, the duo delivers a high-energy medley of these genres, sometimes with the help of backup dancers. Chances are they’ll play some tracks from their brand new EP, “Unfinished Business.” – J.S-H.

If you go:  Fisherman’s Village Music Festival Announcement Party, featuring The Grizzled Mighty + Fly Moon Royalty and others.  Barboza, March 20 ($10). 21+.

*Katie Kate

Katie Kate represents the best of Seattle rap and despite the fact that The Stranger has sung her praises for some time now, I still don’t think she gets the credit she deserves. Female rappers are a rarity and rarer still are those who produce and sing the hooks on their own tracks. She’s sassy, she’s fly, she has a hipster diss track and her live show features unreal rearrangements of her beats. What more could you ask for? – J.S-H.

If you go:  Katie Kate, Chop Suey, March 20 ($7). 21+.

Plate of Nations

Never heard of Plate of Nations before? Think Dine Around Seattle or Seattle Restaurant Week but with one major geographical difference: only the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Way is spotlighted, with its Rainier Valley restaurants offering cuisine from all corners of the world. Take this opportunity to head south to Seattle’s most diverse zip code and try the dry cooked lamb at Café Ibex or the green chile verde tamales at Huarachito’s. Menus are fixed at $15 and $25 and they’re designed for two. -N.C.

If you go: Plate of Nations, 11 restaurants along MLK Jr. Way,  March 21- April 9, ($15 or $25).

*King-Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee

A spelling bee is the perfect storm of middle school awkwardness, nervous energy and freaky genius. All of which will get adults to perch perfectly on the edge of their seats. This annual event goes on for three hours at Town Hall, after which one lucky pre-teen will head to the Nationals in DC. Expect an entertaining time, but also church-like hush and reverence. Anyone who’s been in a spelling bee still remembers the word that took them down, and knows that these affairs are no laughing matter.-N.C.


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