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Kate Wallich and The YC
Seattle’s Kate Wallich brings her physical, fast-and-twitchy and always-inventive choreography to On The Boards this weekend, for a full-length piece called "Splurge Land" that's rooted in pop culture. I caught a snippet of rehearsal earlier this year and I remember thinking, Why aren’t all contemporary dance performances this good? Expect the dancers to Instagram during the show. Also expect the set to look fab because it’s designed by JD Banke, who is also a local artist. Banke can turn a simple paint stroke into something that’s in-your-face cool.
If you go: Kate Wallich and The YC, On the Boards, April 2-5 ($25) – F.D.
LloydMartin April Fool’s Day Pop-up
Each year, Queen Anne’s LloydMartin transforms itself into an inspired pop-up for April Fool’s. Last year, the New American restaurant became Chicharron; this year Sloppy Hog BBQ will reign over the intimate space for four days.
The menu will feature original takes on Southern cuisine classics — think Pulled BBQ Tamworth Pork, Duck Leg with Huckleberry sauce, BBQ Shrimp and Grits — plus the sides that often steal the show (Skillet corn bread! Slaw! Deviled eggs with candied bacon!). As usual, the food comes from select, local food purveyors like Willie Greens, Urban Foraging and Carlton Farms. The restaurant is sponsored by Gentleman Jack, so there will be a cocktail menu to match, heavy on the whiskey.
If you go: Sloppy Hog BBQ Pop-up, LloydMartin, Through April 4 — N.C.
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
In MOHAI’s newest exhibit, visit a recreated speakeasy to transport yourself back to the impassioned politics of the early 20th century that led to Prohibition (which kept its national hold from 1920-1933). Engage with over a hundred years-worth of artifacts — see the Seattle phone involved in the first national case of wiretapping, behold the hatchet wielded by Prohibition activist/tavern-hacker Carrie Nation, and peruse some prohibition era cocktail recipes.
The opening on April 2 marks the West Coast premiere of American Spirits, created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and running through August 23. NOTE: While the admission to the rest of the museum will be free for this month’s first Thursday, this exhibit will charge an admission fee on Opening Day.
If you go: American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Museum of History and Industry, April 2 through Aug. 23, All Ages ($17)- N.C.
“Wahhhhh!” Sonics singer Gerry Roslie’s iconic chain-smoker screech, which opens the classic track “Have Love, Will Travel,” encapsulates the band’s intensity. It’s pure lightning, sealed in a bottle and then smashed on a dive bar floor.
Born in Tacoma during the ‘60s, this group turbocharged blues and rockabilly with their rough-hewn guitar sound. They stood as a shining example of Washington’s garage rock potential, a paragon that the grunge era’s best would later emulate. There would surely be no Nirvana or Mudhoney without The Sonics’ hard-nosed lo-fi influence, and Mudhoney is in fact opening for the group at The Moore this week. It’s a lineup that creates a bridge between generations of rock and roll.
If you go: The Sonics with Mudhoney, The Moore, April 2, ($27-47). All ages. — J.S.H.
Read My Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection *
You’ve got to love the novelty and history of a show dedicated to the pin collection of