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Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for January 2019

“Dear Evan Hansen,” the massively popular Tony/Grammy/Obie Award-winning musical about high-school students navigating their delicate mental health, comes to the Paramount Theatre from Jan. 23-Feb. 2, 2019. (Matthew Murphy)

From Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen” (coming to the Paramount) to lure star Travis Scott (coming to Tacoma Dome), our Seattle Occasions arts writers dish on subsequent month’s most buzzworthy arts-and-entertainment events.

Begin your new yr off proper with a brand new literary pageant, a new-to-Seattle musical and rather more. Right here’s what to place in your calendars for January 2019.



Tasveer South Asian Literary Pageant

One thing brand-new for the brand new yr: an inaugural literary pageant, bringing to city a robust lineup of poets, novelists, screenwriters, and nonfiction and experimental writers from the South Asian diaspora. Among the many friends are SJ Sindu (“Marriage of a Thousand Lies”), Shobha Rao (“Girls Burn Brighter”) and Amitava Kumar (“Immigrant, Montana”). Particular events embrace writing workshops, a screening of a 1929 silent movie from India (“A Throw of Dice”), a storytelling open-mic occasion on the theme of “What’s In Your Name?” and a panel dialogue on race and gender in South Asian American literature.

Jan. 11-20; a number of places together with Hugo Home, Elliott Bay E-book Co. and Seattle Artwork Museum; free;

Moira Macdonald


Seattle Opera presents “Il Trovatore”

How to decide on? Seattle Opera has two extremely promising casts lined up for Verdi’s grand “Il Trovatore,” with the dazzling younger tenor Issachah Savage showing within the title position reverse Leah Crocetto and Lester Lynch, and the extremely regarded Angela Meade singing alongside tenor Martin Muehle and Michael Mayes. Carlo Montanaro, an organization favourite, conducts; staging is by younger Seattle director Dan Wallace Miller. Selections, selections!

Jan. 12-26; McCaw Corridor, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $25-$250; 206-389-7676;

Melinda Bargreen


“Worlds of Ursula K. LeGuin”

For all those that grieved when LeGuin, beloved feminist writer of science-fiction and fantasy classics (“The Left Hand of Darkness,” “The Dispossessed), died at her Portland house final January, this movie might present each fascination and luxury. Remodeled 10 years, with LeGuin’s participation, Arwen Curry’s documentary explores her life and legacy, and consists of commentary from Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell and different authors. Curry will attend the Jan. 24 screening.

Jan. 22-Feb. 1; Northwest Movie Discussion board, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; $12; 206-329-2629;

Moira Macdonald


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After fielding greater than a dozen label presents earlier than graduating from highschool, Lindsey Jordan emerged this yr as one among indie rock’s brightest younger voices together with her debut album “Lush,” written in her suburban Baltimore bed room. Aptly titled single “Pristine” leads the flawless set of slow-burning guitar rock songs with dry, inescapable melodies that show the teenage singer-songwriter is prepared for indie-rock stardom.

eight p.m. Monday, Jan. 28; Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $15-$16.50,

Michael Rietmulder


“Dear Evan Hansen”

The massively widespread, Tony/Grammy/Obie Award-winning musical about high-school college students navigating their fragile psychological well being involves the Paramount. The core artistic group options heavy hitters (rating by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of “La La Land,” course by Michael Greif of “Rent” and “Next to Normal”) and Common has introduced an upcoming movie adaptation. This touring manufacturing stars Ben Levi Ross, whom the Los Angeles Occasions described as “sensational as Evan, a character who wears a cast on his broken arm and could use a few splints and bandages for his fractured inner self.”

Jan. 23-Feb. 2; Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $160-$500 (costs topic to vary); 800-982-2787,

Brendan Kiley




Christopher Sandford

Sherlockians, collect ’spherical: Sandford, a biographer based mostly in Seattle and London, will discuss his newest work, “The Man Who Would Be Sherlock: The Real Life Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle.”

7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9; Third Place Books at Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., Seattle; free; 206-474-2200,

Sharon H. Chang

The native writer of “Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World” has written a memoir from the viewpoint of visiting Hawaii as a vacationer: “Hapa Tales and Other Lies: A Mixed Race Memoir About the Hawai’i I Never Knew.”

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10; Third Place Books at Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., Seattle; free; 206-474-2200,

Jayne Ann Krentz

Writer of dozens of New York Occasions best-sellers (some underneath the pen names Amanda Fast and Jayne Fort), the Seattle-based Krentz will learn from and signal her newest crime-fiction novel, “Untouchable,” the third in her Sons of Anson Salinas collection, at two native public libraries.

2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; Bothell Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E., Bothell; free; 425-486-7811, Additionally at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16; Kent Library, 212 Second Ave. N., Kent; free; 253-859-3330,

Jonathan Weisman

The deputy Washington editor of The New York Occasions will converse concerning the points raised in his new guide, “(((Semitism))): Being Jewish in the Age of Trump.”

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17; Stroum Jewish Group Middle, 3801 E. Mercer Method, Mercer Island; $5-25; 206-652-4255,

Elise Hooper

“Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America,” impressed by the life and work of the Nice Melancholy- and World Conflict II-era photographer, is the brand new historic novel from Hooper, native writer of “The Other Alcott.”

7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22; Elliott Bay Ebook Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600, Additionally in dialog with writer Danya Kukafka at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free; 206-525-2347,

Tessa Hadley

Hadley, the British writer of 5 earlier novels and two short-story collections, involves city together with her latest novel, “Late in the Day,” about two close-knit couples whose closeness is modified by an premature dying.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23; Elliott Bay Guide Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600,

Ha Jin

A Nationwide Guide Award winner for “Waiting,” Ha Jin returns to Seattle with two new books: “The Banished Immortal,” a story biography of the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai (Li Po), and the poetry assortment “A Distant Center,” revealed by Copper Canyon Press.

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24; Elliott Bay Guide Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600,

Sue Monk Kidd

Kidd’s “The Secret Life of Bees” has achieved a uncommon trifecta: First a best-selling guide, it later turned a 2008 film and is now being developed for an Off-Broadway manufacturing. Its writer will discuss her life and work — which incorporates a number of different novels and religious memoirs — adopted by a e-book signing.

5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $45; 800-335-7323,

Katherine Boo

A Pulitzer Prize winner whereas a staffer at The Washington Submit, Boo has spent a lot of her profession writing about social justice and poverty. Her 2012 e-book, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” gained the Nationwide E-book Award that yr. She’ll converse at SAL about her new ebook, about social mobility in low-income Washington, D.C., households.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28; Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $10-$80; 206-621-2230,

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Winkler — that’s The Fonz to you — and Oliver are the authors of the youngsters’s ebook “Here’s Hank: Everybody Is Somebody,” by which a well-known writer visits the varsity of a boy embarrassed by his struggles with studying.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29; College Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St., Seattle; $5.99 (admits one household, consists of paperback ebook) or $14.99 (admits one household, consists of hardcover guide); 800-335-7323,

Soraya Chemaly

Feeling rage-y these days? Chemaly’s 2018 guide, “Rage Becomes Her,” examined feminine anger and urged us to know it, embrace it and use it for constructive change. She is at present director of the Ladies’s Media Middle Speech Challenge, in addition to organizer of the Security and Free Speech Coalition.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31; Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $35-$60; 206-621-2230,

Moira Macdonald: [email protected]



Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Pageant

It’s chilly outdoors, however inside Nordstrom Recital Corridor, Seattle Chamber Music Society returns with its annual Winter Pageant — two weekends of red-hot chamber music with an extended lineup of fantastic gamers, together with the James Ehnes Quartet, pianists Anton Nel, Joyce Yang and Anne Marie McDermott, plus prime strings and wind gamers. Seek the advice of the web site for the live performance schedule, and particulars of free preconcert recitals, free open rehearsals and a household live performance.

6:30 p.m. recitals and seven:30 p.m. live shows Jan. 18-27; Nordstrom Recital Corridor at Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $20-$65; 206-283-8808,

Itzhak Perlman, Bruch Violin Concerto

One of the crucial beloved live performance artists on the planet, veteran violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to the Seattle Symphony to carry out Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 — a basic of the repertoire — beneath the baton of Pablo Rus Broseta. Additionally on faucet: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, one of many less-performed of the well-known 9 symphonies, however a magnificence in its personal proper.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22; Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $122 (very restricted availability); 206-215-4747,

Have fun Asia

Increase your musical horizons with the 11th annual Seattle Symphony/Rejoice Asia live performance, which focuses on the music of Korea alongside such symphonic favorites as Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” (with piano soloist Seong-Jin Cho). Shiyeon Sung conducts; soprano soloist Kathleen Kim is featured. Pre-and post-concert actions add tremendously to the enjoyable; don’t miss them.

four p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27; Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $31-$97; 206-215-4747,

Seattle Symphony: Beethoven and Caroline Shaw Concertos

The extremely regarded pianist Jonathan Biss joins conductor Ludovic Morlot and the orchestra in two concertos: Beethoven’s well-known Third, and the world premiere by the younger Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw — who wrote her concerto as a response to Beethoven’s. Rounding out this system is the cheeky Symphony No. 1, composed by a teenaged Shostakovich.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31; midday on Friday, Feb. 1; eight p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2; Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $22-$122; 206-215-4747,

Melinda Bargreen: [email protected]



Alonzo King LINES Ballet: “Figure of Speech”

The Georgia-born dancer and choreographer Alonzo King was raised by civil rights activists, educated in New York ballet faculties and labored with Dance Theatre of Harlem earlier than founding his personal firm in 1982. For sure, he’s eclectic, drawing on an enormous, international palette of music and influences: Bach, Sephardic music, jazz. As New Yorker dance critic Mariana Harss wrote final yr: “King is a kind of Zen master within the ballet world — his works deal in essences and contrasting energies. He uses ballet techniques as a base and as a way of opening up the body, moving far beyond its classical shapes and structures.” For “Figure of Speech,” King collaborated with slam poet Bob Holman to discover the “meaning and shape of indigenous languages on the verge of extinction” together with Ainu, Selk’nam and Cheyenne (Tsėhésenėstsestȯtse).

Jan. 10-12; Gerlich Theater at Meany Corridor, College of Washington, Seattle; $48-$68; 800-859-5342,

Brendan Kiley: [email protected]



Tickets are already on sale for the next films:

The Magic Lantern of Ingmar Bergman

This movie collection at Seattle Artwork Museum, in celebration of Bergman’s centennial, presents 10 movies from the Swedish grasp: “Sawdust and Tinsel,” “Winter Light,” “Hour of the Wolf,” “Shame,” “The Passion of Anna,” “Cries and Whispers,” “The Magic Flute” and “Autumn Sonata,” concluding together with his beloved research of a turn-of-the-century Swedish household, “Fanny and Alexander.”

7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-March 14; Seattle Artwork Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; collection cross $78; 206-654-3210,

Youngsters’s Movie Pageant

The 14th annual celebration of movies for youngsters and their households kicks off, as all festivals ought to, with a singalong screening of 1979’s “The Muppet Movie.” Two busy weeks of programming comply with, together with feature-length and brief movies, Spanish- and Japanese-language screenings, an Indigenous Showcase presentation of “Kayak to Klemtu” and a stay rating (carried out by Miles & Karina) to a 1926 animated function movie, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed.”

Jan. 24-Feb. 9; Northwest Movie Discussion board, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; particular person events $12/adults, $9/youngsters underneath 12; 800-838-3006,

Moira Macdonald: [email protected]



All Star Opera’s second annual Seattle World Tour

The brainchild of hip-hop/funk brigade All Star Opera, this citywide “world tour” hits 5 native golf equipment in 5 nights, bringing collectively 17 artists of all stripes for a great trigger. Kicking off Jan. eight at Nectar Lounge, the benevolent mini trek — that includes Kung Foo Grip, MistaDC, Tres Leches, Whitney Mongé and extra — doubles as a clothes drive and fundraiser for Mary’s Place and its No Baby Sleeps Outdoors marketing campaign. Take a look at for a full record of venues and artists.

Tuesday, Jan. eight, by way of Saturday, Jan. 12, occasions and places range; $10-$40;


London’s cosmic R&B queen makes good on her sophomore album, “Saturn,” gracefully hopping between rapturous electro-R&B jams, intimate soul ballads and delicate funk-lite tracks. Additionally flashing traces of dance corridor and futuristic Afrobeat in moments, Nao’s creative pastiche is impressively cohesive.

eight p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13; Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $35-$40;

Toro y Moi

The chillwave bubble might have burst years in the past, however bed room synth maestro Chaz Bundick — one of many subgenre’s standard-bearers — continues to be going robust, as evidenced by this two-night stand on the Neptune. Final yr’s “Boo Boo” LP is hardly caught up to now, coming in larger constancy than he and his friends’ earliest works, whereas boasting simply sufficient laid-back disco sheen and woozy synths for previous occasions. Though the Saturday present is bought out, Sunday night time tickets have been out there on the time of this writing.

9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and eight p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20; Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $23.50; 800-982-2787,

Timbrrr! Winter Music Pageant

As soon as once more this annual winter blowout offers a superb excuse to go for the mountains, assembling an all-star forged of principally regional artists for a Leavenworth getaway. This yr’s lineup options doo-woppy garage-pop vets Shannon and the Clams, the True Loves (doing a particular Aretha Franklin tribute) and Portland’s Kyle Craft, to not point out Parisalexa and Jenn Champion, who took the highest spots on our greatest Seattle albums critics’ ballot.

Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26; Leavenworth Festhalle, 1001 Entrance. St., Leavenworth; $45-$85 (household lodging packages begin at $530 with child-care choices out there);

Travis Scott

Within the age of rappers as rock stars, this Houston-reared emcee is undoubtedly hip-hop’s punk-rock prince. Through the progressive lure star’s rise, Travis Scott developed a rep for incendiary reside exhibits which will properly have truly torn the golf equipment up — or at the very least left his stage-diving followers with a couple of bruises. Touring on his Grammy-nominated “Astroworld” album, Scott hits Tacoma days earlier than including some much-needed taste to the Tremendous Bowl halftime present, led by the reliably bland Maroon 5.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29; Tacoma Dome, E. 2727 D. St., Tacoma; $40-$373.50;

Michael Rietmulder: [email protected]




You say you need a revolution? How far are you prepared to go? Two younger ladies discover the query once they meet up with an older bomb maker in “B” by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón. Starring Shermona Mitchell, Sophie Franco and Craig Peterson. Jay O’Leary directs.

Jan. 11-28; Washington Ensemble Theatre at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $15-$25;


What does just about everyone — and I imply everyone — have in widespread? Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins suggests all of us need to cope with “friendship, love, kinship, cousinship and stuff.” This Pulitzer Prize finalist of a play is forged by lottery each night time, which suggests every of the eight actors has to memorize the entire thing, and the lead character of Someone might look previous, younger, white, brown, male, feminine … who is aware of? Mathematically talking, each efficiency has a potential 120 actor mixtures. Director Kaytlin McIntyre has an excellent forged to work with: Mary Ewald, Justin Huertas, Lamar Legend, MJ Sieber and others.

Jan. 17-Feb. 16; Strawberry Theatre Workshop at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $24-$36; 800-838-3006,

Cherdonna Shinatra: “DITCH”

Cherdonna Shinatra has a kaleidoscopic and restlessness thoughts. The character (created by native performer Jody Kuehner) is so freakishly unique, it’s exhausting to choose precisely what to name her: a dancer? A efficiency artist? An avant-garde clown despatched from one other dimension with a loopy smile, cotton-candy hair and sufficient cheerful vulnerability to make everybody within the room really feel each fascinated and mildly uncomfortable? No matter Cherdonna is, she’s coming to the Frye with six different dancers to make “DITCH,” an 80-performance collection during which, based on the museum, she is going to undertake “her greatest challenge yet: making every single person happy.” How is that even potential? There’s just one option to discover out.

Jan. 26-April 28; Frye Artwork Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free; 206-622-9250,

Brendan Kiley: [email protected]



Joe Rudko: “Same as it ever was”

Native artist Joe Rudko performs with gaps — and the knowledge we fill in between them. He makes use of discovered pictures and postcards, cuts them up and assembles them into startling, typically eerie photographs: a black-and-white portrait of a fictional soldier (or is he a cop?) cobbled along with tiny trapezoids that he sliced from previous pictures of actual males in uniform, a canned headshot of a person in a tie Rudko cut up and bent to type a type of gray-scale rainbow. Its title? “Mushroom Cloud.” Just like the Speaking Heads music “Once in a Lifetime,” which has the repeated lyric “same as it ever was,” Rudko’s work feels concurrently drab and psychedelic and retains asking the query: What was lurking behind all these mid-20th century smiles when some photographer commanded: “Say cheese!”

Jan. Three-Feb. 16; Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle; free; 206-624-0770,

Brendan Kiley: [email protected]