A preview of upcoming concerts, fests + awesome happenings. 

If we squint past the dizzying haze of gray, we finally see summer approaching, and we are so stinkin’ ready to welcome it with wide-open, sun-deprived arms. You too? Before we even get there, though, there’s an intriguing lineup of events that has our curiosity piqued. Pull out your iCalendar; it’s time to get plotting.

We had the chance to chat with Artistic Director, Mark Shaub, and Adagio artist Kelly McDonald of the Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA show arriving in Seattle on March 30th (get your tickets soon!). LUZIA takes you to imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and the rain soothes the soul. Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions.

We only dined at Naka once before it closed its doors in January. Maybe Seattle wasn’t ready for Naka’s fine dining kaiseki concept, offering 6, 10 and 15-course menu options. Nevertheless, we were pleased to hear that Chef Shota Nakajima reopened with a new concept in the same space as Adana. The food, the dining experience, and the service are still as high quality as before—with a more approachable and affordable menu. 

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The ultimate start to Taste Washington.

Treat yourself to a VIP evening at one of the region’s most sought-after wine events: Red & White Party. Held at the renowned AQUA by El Gaucho on Seattle’s waterfront, this elegant affair features top Washington winemakers pouring only their most coveted bottles. Dress in your red and white best to enjoy bites and pours exclusively available at the Red & White Party – you won’t find these wines anywhere else at Taste Washington.

We’ve always found British Columbia to be an alluring destination: The beautiful province is conveniently close to Seattle and offers an opportunity to use our passports when we’re feeling the itch. Perhaps most importantly, Canada happens to be home to some of the nicest people on the planet. (And right now, for obvious reasons, many of us feel an urge to migrate north more than ever before.)

Seattle Repertory Theatre’s musical celebration of a folk hero.

Sometimes, in light of current events and a pervasive mood, the arts feel especially pertinent and powerful. This can no doubt be said about Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie, currently entertaining and moving spectators at the Bagley Wright Theatre—through January 29—in a thoughtful production you won’t want to miss.