See It This Week

‘A Jazzercize Play’ sweats onstage, Afrocop plays ‘A Scanner Darkly,’ Scarves set sail, Alma Mater alters Tacoma, IPAs take over Capitol Hill

The cast of ‘An Octoroon,’ photo by Michael Brunk

Monday, April 16

Scarves tour kickoff, Seacats, Nick Merz of Darto

Scarves careen between post-punk and math rock, with Nikolas Stathakopoulos’ engagingly odd trill of a voice and warped guitar offset by spasms of indie-pop hookiness. The Seattle quartet is riveting live. Seacats, out of Kelso, Wash., weld together garage rock, hushed pop and stoned experimentalism with surprising efficacy. —Tony Kay

Monday, April 16 – Saturday, April 21


It’s been three years since a handful of creatives and an angel investor began building Tacoma’s most exciting new arts venture in a sprawling former union hall near downtown—part performance venue, part recording studio, artists’ studios, restaurant, cafe. At last, it’s time for a grand opening! Featuring collaborative art installations and many nights of dance parties and concerts, featuring SassyBlack, Eddie Bermuda, Deep Sea Diver, SISTERS, Smokey Brights, Lucha Volcanicá, Gritty City Sirens and Filthy FemCorps. —Amanda Manitach
Alma Mater Tacoma

Wednesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 22

An Octoroon

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play An Octoroondirected by Brandon J. Simmons, previews and opens this week at ArtsWest, which means Seattle audiences finally have a chance to see the brilliant, Obie-winning, Pulitzer-finalist playwright’s work. An Octoroon is a super-stylized, comic explosion of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 play The Octoroon, in which a plantation heir falls in love with a woman who is one-eighth Black. Runs through May 13. —Gemma Wilson

Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21

Kelsey Cook

Kelsey Cook moved to LA a couple years ago and quickly leveled up, garnering regular spots at the big clubs and touring theatres nationally opening for Jim Norton. Last month the Seattle comic made her first late night TV appearance on The Tonight Show and this month she was featured on Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening. She returns to headline for the hometown crowd. —Brett Hamil
Comedy Underground

Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 22

The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play

I got to chat with the creators of The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play last week and I’m stoked to see them sweat it out in this real-time, onstage aerobics class. Writer Megan Hill stars as Kelsea Wiggan, a long-time Jazzercise instructor leading her last class at the Chikatawnee Valley Community Center, which is replacing it with the more-popular Zumba. Runs through April 29. —Gemma Wilson
ACT Theatre

Friday, April 20

The Knast, Head Band, Bart & the Bedazzlers

The Knast leans toward the pop precision of vintage British rock a la the Kinks and early Stones; Head Band embraces the choogle-chariot swagger of Creedence and the Doobie Brothers; both sound more original than lazy comparisons suggest. Affable, energized acts like these are made for stages like Conor Byrne’s—small and intimate and proximate to a big dance floor and fully stocked bar. —Jonathan Zwickel
Conor Byrne

Friday, April 20

4/20 Puget Soundtrack: Afrocop presents A Scanner Darkly

It’s stating the obvious, but I’ll state it anyway: We’re right now living in a Philip K. Dick dystopia sculpted from toxic hate-waste by stubby orange fingers. That makes Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped 2006 film adaptation of Dick’s 1977 novel an apt choice for visual accompaniment to a set by space-jazz renegades Afrocop. Turn on, don’t tune out. —Tony Kay 
Northwest Film Forum

Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22

IPA Daze

Compared to much of the overly floral, scathingly bitter entries in the category, Red Hook’s Bicoastal IPA is a remarkably well balanced and easy drinking beer. It and 31 more varieties will pour this weekend as Red Hook welcomes 16 Northwest breweries, including standouts like Holy Mountain, Reuben’s and Stoup, to a three-day celebration of IPAs at the Brewlab on Capitol Hill. For Friday’s kickoff there will be a petting zoo. —Jonathan Zwickel
Redhook Brewlab