PNB principals Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in Concerto DSCH
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PNB's Concerto DSCH and Season Encore Performance
It’s felt bittersweet sitting through a Carla Körbes performance at McCaw Hall knowing that her retirement is inching closer. I still miss Ariana Lallone's impossibly long lines. Last year, Kaori Nakamura said good-bye. Now it's Carla, whose dancing is so exquisitely graceful it almost hurts to watch. Watch this video and see for yourself. Better yet, catch Carla live one last time.
She’ll be dancing Friday’s performance of Concerto DSCH, which cements Alexei Ratmansky's place as one of the smartest and most inventive choreographers ever. Sunday’s Encore performance will feature Körbes in The Calling, a new work by Jessica Lang; and in Balanchine's Serenade and in Diamonds. I’ve never rushed the stage to throw flowers at a ballet; I might have to for Carla. (Note: Sunday's show will be live streamed here).
There isn’t an abundance of husband-wife bands out there, but the few couples that do manage to make music together often achieve incredible results. The Handsome Family, The White Stripes and The Weepies are all successful examples; the Weepies play the Neptune this week. With 14 years and five studio albums behind them, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen (they kept their ironically similar last names) create understated, bittersweet folk pop, often replete with string arrangements. A good example: their excellent 2015 release, “Sirens,” which takes a darker tone than their early work.
If you go:The Weepies, The Neptune, June 4 ($30.50). All ages — J.S.H.
National Donut Day *
Seattle has endless room in its heart for happy hours, brunch spots, poodle mixes and — add to the list — donut shops. We have that reliable and delicious local chain Top Pot, and Mighty-O, which concocts amazing creations both vegan and organic (Lemon Poppyseed is my favorite). Ballard Cupcake Royale’s pop-up Rodeo Donut is here to stay AND expanding to the Capitol Hill, along with its menu, which now offers (among about a dozen rotating flavors) Salted Pistachio rings and Peanut Butter N Berry filled donuts, all on brioche dough. Head to either Rodeo Donut location on Friday for a free Stumptown coffee with your donut purchase ($2.50- 3). Look for treats as well from other shops participating in National Donut Day too; free donuts even. It's worth rearranging your schedule or commute this Friday to swing by one of the city's many donut emporiums. (Or is it emporia?)
If you go:National Donut Day, donut shops everywhere, June 5 (Free) — N.C.
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