Culture Dose: All the World’s a Stage

Seattle Rep production of "Luna Gale" by Alabastro Photography

Upcoming not-to-be-missed concerts and plays.

In this manic season when the weather can’t seem to make up its mind, we’re here to help you make up your mind about one important thing: How to explore Seattle’s thriving arts scene. If you ask us, it seems like the perfect month to hunker down indoors and book the calendar silly with inspired and inspiring onstage happenings.

The Brothers Comatose by Zack Sumner
The Brothers Comatose by Zack Sumner


In celebration of their new record City Painted Gold (now out on Swamp Jam), The Brothers Comatose play the Tractor stage tonight (Friday, March 11). Their music promises to be “expansive, uplifting and just downright beautiful.” (The Easy Leaves play as well.) Seems the perfect way to head into the weekend, in our opinion!

Other upcoming Tractor shows include Bloodshot Indie Rockicana—Murder By Death with Builders & Butchers (March 17) and Ivan & Alyosha, playing with various performers during three different shows (March 18-19).

STG has exciting shows scheduled, too, like “Jersey Boys” at Paramount Theatre (through this Sunday, March 13) as well as Yonder Mountain String Band (March 17) and Polica (March 31) at the Neptune. The Lumineers play the “KEXP New Home Benefit” at Columbia City Theater (April 1).

Seattle Rep production of "Luna Gale" by Alabastro Photography
Seattle Rep production of “Luna Gale” by Alabastro Photography


If you’ve never seen anything by Seattle Repertory Theatre, now’s a great chance. Through March 27,  Rebecca Gilman’s critically-claimed new play “Luna Gale” tackles tough and important topics with an ideal balance of seriousness and levity. The powerful drama follows the story of a social worker, played by veteran film, television and theatre actor Pamela Reed. Solid acting captures the audience’s attention throughout, as do the rotating sets.

Die Maiers of the Teatro ZinZanni troupe by Michael Doucett
Die Maiers of the Teatro ZinZanni troupe by Michael Doucett


If you’ve mistakenly assumed in the past that this destination might be a tourist trap next to the Seattle Center, you’ve been big-time missing out. We urge you to reconsider. Part circus, part cabaret, part dinner theater, the current production “Be Italian!” offers up high-flying, knee-slapping fun through June 12. The current show could be best described as Cirque du soleil-style acrobatics with a comedic base, Italian theme and Seattle twist. The food’s tasty, too!

Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer helps celebrate Washington wines at Showbox


Plan ahead for an indulgent night on the town during which you get to savor great tunes along with delicious local varietals. On March 24, iHeartWashingtonWine features bites from some of the region’s best local chefs, amazing wines from more than 10 Washington wineries, plus a live performance by KISS-FM superstar Andy Grammer. The delicious event kicks off Auction of Washington Wines’ 2016 event series.


Book ahead for “A Night With Janis Joplin,” coming to downtown’s 5th Avenue Theatre from March 25 through April 17. This high-energy production offers more than a concert featuring all of the rocker’s greatest hits; it also takes spectators inside Janis’s mind and her experience.


Another upcoming production that has our curiosity piqued: From March 23 though 27, Verlaine and McCann present their original re-imagination of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of nonsense and fantasy, “Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland.” (The perks of performances at Triple Door? Cozy into your seat, while servers bring you food and drink throughout the show.)

This is only the tip of the iceberg, of course, but we hope you now have some ideas on how to soak up Seattle’s bounty of captivating culture. Enjoy the show(s)!