Cherdonna on Ibsen, the first Upstream fest, ‘An American in Paris’ at the Paramount and more


Monday, May 8 and Thursday, May 11 – Sunday, May 14

Cherdonna’s Doll’s House

I once said that this Washington Ensemble Theatre adaptation of A Doll’s House sounds like Ibsen on bath salts, and I stand by it. It’s still the story of Nora Helmer, a wife and mother struggling to discover her individuality, but dancer/performance artist/“bio drag queen” Cherdonna Shinatra is the real star here, slinking in to comment on and interact with the story with high-pitched enthusiasm. —Gemma Wilson
12th Avenue Arts

Tuesday, May 9

Reading with Jordan Abel, Amaranth Borsuk & Sarah Dowling

Poet Amaranth Borsuk has written books whose words (with a little assistance from technology) literally fly off the pages when you read them. Look it up! She’ll be reading in the excellent company of Jordan Abel, anthologized poet and Ph.D. candidate researching the intersection of digital humanities and indigenous literary studies, and 2009 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry winner Sarah Dowling. —Sarah Galvin
Open Books

Tuesday, May 9

Live Laugh Love

This new showcase in Fremont is advertised as “Seattle’s date night comedy show.” We’re not sure what that means, but it’s got a promising lineup including Nick Sahoyah and Scott Losse, two of our local faves. —Brett Hamil
High Dive

Tuesday, May 9 – Sunday, May 14

An American in Paris

Sometimes, you’re just in the mood for a little classic romance. If that time is now, go see An American in Paris, the ballet-filled musical adaptation of the beloved 1951 MGM film from George and Ira Gershwin. In post-war Paris, a young American soldier meets a beautiful French girl and decides to stay in France and pursue his artistic dreams. Le sigh. —Gemma Wilson
Paramount Theatre

Thursday, June 1

PechaKucha Seattle: Interrupting Whiteness

Given that Seattle is once again one of the fastest growing cities in America, the potential for the freeze to spread across all communities is rising. I hope to walk away from this event—which asks presenters to build short talks around 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds—with a fresh approach to how communities of all colors can unite behind common causes.—Barry Johnson
Central Library

Thursday, May 11

New Works by Michael Alm

A modern artist-cum-naturalist blurring the tropes and techniques of fine woodworking, taxidermy, and sculpture, Michael Alm is an artistic force—the word “exquisite” barely glances on the feels and experience of meeting his fantastically flayed wooden creatures in the flesh. Ogle these masterpieces rendered from laminated, bent, feathered strips of scrap wood at Ghost Gallery before hitting the Art Walk Awards. —Amanda Manitach
Ghost Gallery 

rsday, May 11

Shaun Kardinal: Harbinger

Haven’t heard a lot from Shaun Kardinal since he wrapped up Turn (a year-long, multi-artist collaborative installation at Joe Bar) last summer. Looks like he’s been busy woodshedding with the geometric shapes he introduced with the first iteration of Turn and he’ll be sharing the fruits of his discovery tonight. —Dan Paulus
Calypte Gallery

Thursday, May 11

Welcome to Hell

Once again the seamy confines of Pony transform into the most unlikely of art markets. This iteration is a tribute to one of Seattle’s arch-freaks, the unsettling and unseemly Jackie Hell. Drinks and entertainment inside, an array of goods and oddities by the usual stable of freaks outside, what better way to get your second Thursday on than riding that Pony. —Dan Paulus

Opening Thursday, May 11

Immensity Without Horizon

As summer approaches, I’m looking for an evening of cool vibes, beautiful sounds and great company. For that, I’m headed to Bridge Productions to see 2015 Future Lister Garek Jon Druss’s show Immensity Without Horizon. If you’re interested in an immersive experience of sound, color, video and sculpture then look no further—Druss is known for marrying uncommon mediums together into pure dopeness. —Barry Johnson
Bridge Productions

 Thursday, May 11 – Saturday, May 13

Upstream Music Fest + Summit

The inaguaral Upstream fest is finally here, soaking some 27 Pioneer Square venues with music, art and daytime talks about the music economy. The lineup features 300 bands—including headliners Shabazz Palaces and Flying Lotus. Odds that your favorite local band is playing are very high. City Arts curated a stage for Saturday, with artists and bands who’ve appeared in our Best New Music issues. —Leah Baltus
Various Locations