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

Book-It: The perfect translator of a well-written local story. Bumbershoot unveils its lineup. Tony Kushner: A candid conversation.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less

Truth Like the Sun

A female Seattle P-I reporter, a bon vivant, corruption and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. All of these subjects fuel the narrative of Jim Lynch’s 2012 critically-acclaimed novel, Truth Like the Sun. And now it’s re-imagined for the stage at the theater that knows how to translate the written word into a live production: Book-It. The story alternates from the ‘60s to 2001 so expect, perhaps, a nifty Elvis Presley-meets-Visqueen soundtrack? 

Kevin McKeon in Book-It's "Truth Like the Sun" Photo: Chris Bennion

If you go: Truth Like the Sun, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Now through May 18. ($23-$42). — F.D.

Strange Coupling 2014 *

It’s a one-night only showcase of work created by working artists who’ve collaborated with UW students — and how could it not be cool? Among the creatives: Joe Rudko, Casey Curran and Max Kraushaar and Graham Downing. Sharon Arnold (LxWxH) did the matchmaking this year so I repeat: cool.

If you go: Strange Coupling 2014, Fred’s Wildlife Refuge, May 8. ($3). — F.D.

Anthony Doerr *

Since his debut short story collection The Shell Collector wowed people in 2002, Doerr has written non-fiction, novels, and (what I love most) a great many short stories. What I like about Doerr is that as he takes his readers all over the world, he infuses each of his stories with a hint of the fantastical and a nerdy level of scientific expertise on all sorts of subjects (a shell collector, a meteorologist, a hunter). He’ll be here to read from his new novel All the Light We Cannot See but treat yourself to one of his short stories ahead of time.

If you go: Anthony Doerr, Elliott Bay Book Company, May 8 (Free) — N.C.

Bumbershoot 2014 Lineup Announcement

After three harrowing years of stuffy mid-day Key Arena shows, Bumbershoot is moving its mainstage acts back to Memorial Stadium for 2014. In the words of Wayne Campbell, “Schwing!”

Since the heavy-hitting performers are free to play in the glorious open air once again, there’s no better time to celebrate the announcement of this year's lineup, and see a great local act while you’re at it. Pickwick is an extra-euphonious blend of a band. The sizable six-piece outfit often sings and plays in a soul music style, but slides into folk-rock musically and vocally.

If you go:  Bumbershoot 2014 Lineup Announcement ft. Pickwick, Neumos, May 8 ($15). 21+. — J.S.H.

Improvised Music Project (IMP): IMPfest VI *

This mini music festival, put on by the UW School of Jazz, spans the weekend with shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Jones Playhouse on the Seattle campus. For those who don’t follow the school, they have a lot of fun with avant-garde fusion techniques. I went to an IMP show where four of the five musicians played music with iPads. Tickets can be found here and for UW students, it’s free. Each day features different ensembles of students and instructors. Keep an eye out for the uncanny trumpet player and teacher Cuong Vu.

If you go: Improvised Music Project, UW’s Jones Playhouse, May 9-11 ($10). — J.S.H.

Seattle’s Architectural History with Jeffrey Karl Ochsner *

If you want to better understand the buildings you walk by everyday, go to this lecture. In the second of a two-part series on Seattle’s architectural history, University of Washington professor Jeffrey Karl Ochsner will give you the history of Seattle architecture (1935 to present), from its artistry to its earthquake preparedness to how design relates to the current landscape.  

If you go: Seattle’s Architectural History with Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, Seattle Central Library, May 10 (Free) — N.C.

All-You-Can-Eat Pierogi Festival


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