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

A captivating "Porgy and Bess." NW modernism you'll want to have at home. Fremont Fair Concert Series.

*denotes events that are $15 or less

The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

At the center of this story is Bess (Alicia Hall Moran), an addict hooked on “happy dust” who’s got almost nothing when it comes to self-esteem. What she does have is a huge, lusty, I-can’t-help-myself attraction to the thunderous Crown (Alvin Crawford). And she’s finally allowed herself to believe in the selfless passion of the hugely big-hearted Porgy (Nathaniel Stampley). How Bess struggles between these two men is utterly absorbing in this touring production of the Broadway, Tony-winning show.

Scene from Porgy and Bess

Alicia Hall Moran as Bess and Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy in the "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess." Photo: Michael J. Lutch

If you go: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Now through June 29 (Tickets start at $29). — F.D.

Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical

The new exhibition is the Seattle Art Museum’s first in-depth exploration of a modern art movement birthed in our city and I’ve already decided I have to go see it again because, suddenly, I’m a total Mark Tobey fan! Maybe it’s because the Frye Museum whet my appetite earlier this year with its Tobey/Baiye show. Or maybe it’s because I’ve had one too many OMG, look–at-the-crowds-in-Pike-Place-Market moments. But Tobey’s paintings, as they’re collected in this show, sent me to a deeply contemplative place. Back in the 1940s, Tobey looked at a Pike Place Market throng, but what he wound up painting — all those faces, all those gestures — had me staring non-stop. I know I’m connecting to an art exhibit when I start playing that What Piece of Art Would You Like to Have From This Show? game. The Morris Graves watercolor of an eagle (which looks to me like a snowy owl)? That sculpted otter? That Guy Anderson painting of Deception Pass? All. Yes. Please.

If you go: Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical, Seattle Art Museum, Now through Sept. 7 ($19.50 ) — F.D.

HONK! Fest West*

One of my favorite weekends of the year, and doubtlessly among Seattle’s best outdoor festivals, is HONK! Fest West, a celebration of brass bands from all over the country. The fun kicks off Thursday night at the Nectar but my two favorite locales are always Georgetown on Friday night and Gas Works Park on Saturday. The former adds just the right amount of grungy weirdness as the sound deflects off the highway underpasses. On Saturday, meander through the Roald Dahl-esque land of Gas Works where bands perform on four different stages. Other thing to note: the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders pep bands are always there. Check out the complete schedule here.

If you go: HONK! Fest West, Neumos, Georgetown, Gas Works Park, Hale’s Ales, and Waterfront Park, June 19 to 22 (Most events are free.) — N.C.

Fremont Fair Concert Series

The Fremont Summer Solstice Festival has a new twist this year: a music lineup. And we’re not talking acoustic buskers, either. It’s eight bands over two musically disparate days. Friday has a definite rock feel: Built to Spill is headlining, with local bubblepunks Tacocat supporting, along with The Young Evils and Campfire Ok. Sunday is heavy on the hip hop: brainy DJ/MC duo Blue Scholars headlines, with rap fusion aficionados The Physics supporting, along with The Flavr Blue and Cascadia ’10. Think of it as a Choose Your Own Adventure concert series. The two days will take you through two very different Northwest music culture sects.



If you go: Fremont Fair concert series, Redhook Main Stage (Evanston Ave N & N 35th St), June 20 and 21 ($20). — J.S.H. 


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