* Denotes events that are $15 or less
*The Soweto Gospel Choir Sing-A-Long
I did a triple take when I saw the press release for this event: The Soweto Gospel Choir -- for free! The legendary, two-time Grammy-winning choir, who's played for the likes of world leaders and late-night talk show hosts, are in town as part of the UW World Series at Meany Hall. But before their weekend performances, they'll perform at Langston Hughes, joined by local choirs including members of The Sound of The Northwest and Seattle Pacific University. I have no idea what they'll be performing, but if I had my way, their song list would include the goosebump-inducing Malaika. First-come, first served; the venue only seats 300.
If you go: The Soweto Gospel Choir Sing-A-Long, The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Thursday, April 10. (FREE). Also performing as part of the UW World Series at Meany Hall on Saturday, April 12. ($41-$46). — F.D.
This is music to walk home to at 3 a.m. on a night when the streetlights turn the raindrops a glowy yellow. Youryoungbody is a Seattle electronic duo consisting of vocalist Emily Cripe and producer Killian Brom. Cripe’s singing evokes Beach House, her delivery deliberately obfuscated until the singing becomes less lyrical and more musical. On the beat-making end of things, Brom's influences draw upon millennial-era drum and bass and contemporary electronica. The pair has significant range within their niche, however, moving comfortably between frantic club beats and hypnotic slow burners.
If you go: Youryoungbody, Highline, Thursday, April 10 ($8). 21+. — J.S.H.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
I’d be shocked if a performance of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations didn’t inspire a standing ovation. And hand clapping. And let’s not forget the stirring of one’s soul, which is what happens when gospel songs and spirituals are married with lyrical, athletic choreography. This is modern dance that embraces African-American culture and always packs an emotional punch. (And, on a local note, the tour marks the first time Jeroboam Bozeman, formerly of Spectrum Dance Theater, will be performing).
If you go: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Paramount, Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13. ($25 - $51). — F.D.
A billboard goes up in a Chicago suburb. It shows a young woman in a bikini — and a bunch of arrows pointing to her problem areas. The women in town throw a fit and suddenly the spa that commissioned the billboard is the topic of much discussion. So is the spa’s Muslim proprietor, the bikini model, the photographer and the larger issue of female beauty and societal pressure to look attractive.
Chicago-based playwright Mia McCullough took a look at these actual events and then created her own set of characters for her play, Impenetrable. “It’s this paradox between feminism and this idea of how women are supposed to be,” she explains. “We want to pass on this idea [to younger generations] that you should love yourself no matter what, but we also have this inner self-loathing. So, how do you balance both things?”
At right: Ruth Yeo Peterman in SIS Production's of "Impenetrable." Photo: Rick Wong
This is the West Coast premiere by SIS Productions, which focuses on works about Asian Americans. The play is part of SIS’ “Celebrate Women” campaign.
If you go: Impenetrable, West of Lenin, Friday, April 11 – May 3. ($12 - $16). — F.D.
Little Shop of Horrors
I swear I’ve seen guys who look like Seymour, Little Shop of Horrors' green-thumbed protagonist — same plaid shirt, green pants, baseball cap — on Capitol Hill. We are a town full of fashionable nerds. We’re also a town that likes the silly. So here’s a musical about a total square, a ditzy blonde and a voracious, carnivorous plant. What’s not to love? Though if you don’t trust my opinion, consider the fact that Macklemore saw the show last week. How’s that for cred?
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