Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
I can barely fold a paper hat. But I’m looking forward to checking my ego and getting lost in the paper-folding genius of 45 origami masters. I mean, seriously: an origami velociraptor?! The artists hail from Japan, Uruguay, Russia and the U.S. There are more than 140 works on display in an exhibit about an art form with links to modern architecture as well as the peace movement. On Saturday, artist Linda Mihara will talk about origami fashion. The lecture is free (with museum admission).
If you go: Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, Bellevue Arts Museum, Through Sept. 21 ($5-$10). – F.D.
Whim W’him’s #unprotected
I am unabashedly an Olivier Wevers groupie. He’s the former PNB dancer who launched this contemporary dance company in 2009. Whim W’him shows are always fresh, physical and visual. And rarely have I missed one of the reps or not touted them to some dance-seeking friend.
Now, there are more reasons to celebrate: The company has migrated to the Erickson Theater (intimate and so well suited for dance); the repertory features three world premieres by Wevers, Andrew Bartee and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; the company is on its way to being a full-time Seattle company; and by the looks of this preview video, giant pillows will play a prominent role on stage.
If you go: Whim W’him’s #unprotected, The Erickson Theater, Through May 23 ($25). — F.D.
A teeny basement theater in Ballard has been converted into that unique same-sex sanctuary: the bathroom. In this case, it’s a drab-looking men’s room that offers the only respite for five guys with cerebral palsy. That’s the story of CREEPS, a one-act play from Canadian playwright David E. Freeman, who had cerebral palsy. It’s a hard one to sit through.
The men are segregated from the outside world in a place that employs only those with severe disabilities.When they're not working, they hide out in the bathroom to lash out about getting paid in pennies and taken to “cultural” events like a visit to a glue factory. They’re pissed off, crass smart asses. (The content is graphic). They also dream about living independently.
I saw the play on Opening Night, when the acting was all over the place. I have no idea how accurate the spastic movements, drooling, forced breathing or disfigurations are. But they looked real. Parts of the production are gripping. Director Gregg Gilmore said none of the actors is disabled. To prepare, they worked and volunteered with Provail, which supports people with disabilities.
If you go: CREEPS, Seattle Subversive Theatre, Through May 31 ($25). Adults only. — F.D.
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Seattle Beer Week
This is the second and last weekend of Seattle Beer Week and there are still kegs to be tapped, special casks to be unveiled and new microbrews to sample. The last couple years have been exciting ones for brewers and imbibers in Seattle, with Peddler Brewing, Reuben’s Brews and Gastropod (among many others) tapping their first kegs. For this week’s celebration, the full list can be a bit intimidating. So here are some highlights: sour beers on tap at Capitol Cider, maibocks at Prost! German Pubs around town, Elysian Unusuals at The Yard Café in Greenwood. Pick your favorite type of beer, sample a new brewpub, make it your mission to finish out Seattle Beer Week strong.
If you go: Seattle Beer Week, All over town, Through May 18 (prices vary) — N.C.
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