March 1, 2012
Arts Roundup: Dance, dinos, concerts and comics
Dance concerts — both UW dance majors and the Limón Dance Company — stand out in a crowded week in UW arts that also boasts a wide variety of music. Take your pick from among jazz, classical piano, percussion, glee club, voice recitals, the Oceana Quartet and a combined band concert with the UW Wind Ensemble.
Also, the Burke Museum holds Dino Day (65 million years in the making), “Macbeth” continues, the Women Who Rock Collective gathers at Washington Hall and the Henry Art Gallery has a cool new exhibit in its lobby about webcomics. Has this Arts Roundup ever told you that you are the wind ensemble beneath its wings?
Jazz Innovations II, 7:30 p.m., March 1. Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and play original jazz compositions in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $5.
Dance Majors Concert, March 7:30 p.m., 1-4. A concert presenting new works by seniors in the dance program seniors, performed by undergraduate students, in Meany Studio Theater. Sunday March 4, show is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$18.
“Macbeth,” March 1-4. The Undergraduate Theater Society presents this Shakespeare classic, directed by Julia Sears, in the Hutchinson Cabaret Theater. Tickets are $5-$10.
Limón Dance Company, 8 p.m., March 1-3. Acclaimed for its dramatic expression and technical mastery, this company balances classic works with commissions from contemporary choreographers. For its Meany Hall engagement the company will perform a selection of Limón pieces and preview a new work, “Come with Me,” which will be performed Thursday and Friday only. Saturdays performance will be dedicated to a Limón retrospective. Tickets are $45 ($20 for students) by phone at 206-543-4880, in person at the Arts Ticket Office or online. Part of the UW World Series, which has announced its 2012-13 season lineup.
Women Who Rock (un)conference 2012, March 2-3. The UW-based collective is expanding, going multimedia and bringing in new community friends as it continues to explore the unheralded roles of women — especially women of color — in music. See the UW Today article.
Ralph Humphrey Trio, 7:30 p.m., March 2. Tom Collier, School of Music percussion studies chair, welcomes special guest drummer Ralph Humphrey, known for his work with musician Frank Zappa, for a performance by the Ralph Humphrey Trio (featuring Collier and bassist Dan Dean). The concert includes original compositions by Collier, Dean and Humphrey focusing on music in odd meters. Part of the ongoing Mallethead Series. Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $15.
Morning Serial: Webcomics Come to the Table. March 3-June 30. Webcomics are at once part of the evolution of independent comics art and a continuation of the anti-establishment comics of the 1960s and 1990s ‘zine culture. Web artists act as their own editors and publishers, experimenting with digital tools and narrative structures to create and distribute comics freed from the printed page. The exhibit, in the Henry Art Gallery lobby, organized by UW Museology Masters candidate Sarra Scherb, is a focused selection showing the possibilities unique to webcomics. Free with Henry admission.
- “Nutritional Information: Artist Panel” 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 29 (the night before Emerald City Comicon).
- “5-Hour Comics Day Challenge” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14.
Dino Day, “Predators and Prey,” March 3. The popular family event at the Burke Museum returns this year to explore prehistoric predators and their prey. Get an up-close view of the museums paleontology collections and learn who was on the hunt, and who was a tasty dinosaur treat. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“UW 360” on KOMO starting March 4. KOMO TV will begin broadcasting episodes of “UW 360” on March 4 at 4:30 p.m. — the slot just prior to their afternoon newscast. The broadcasts will continue for about 13 weeks and will include recent and past episodes from the series.
Mens Glee Club Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m., March 4. Directed by Steven M. Demorest, the glee club will perform “Brothers, Sing On,” “Poison Ivy,” “Up on the Roof” and more. Also appearing on the program are Seattle-based vocal group Groove for Thought (as seen on NBCs “Sing Off” program) and the mens choirs from Mount Vernon High School and Renton’s Hazen High School. At the Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St. Tickets are $9-$14.
Oceana Quartet, 2 p.m., March 4. The School of Music presents the debut concert of the Oceana Quartet, winners of the 2011 UW Strings and Piano Chamber Ensemble Competition, at Brechemin Auditorium. The ensemble features the collected talents of UW students Emily Choi and Rochelle Nguyen (violins), Romaric Pokorny (viola) and Sonja Myklebust (cello). Selections on their debut concert include Debussy’s “String Quartet,” Britten’s “First Quartet” and Mendelssohn’s “Capriccio in E minor, Op. 81.” Tickets are $5.
Voice Division Recital, 7:30 p.m., March 5. Students of School of Music faculty Thomas Harper, Kari Ragan and Giselle Wyers will present their winter quarter recital in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $5, cash o
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Studio Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., March 5. The Studio Jazz Ensemble, led by Fred Radke, will perform arrangements for big band in the Meany Studio Theater. The Modern Band, led by Cuong Vu, will perform Vus own compositions. Tickets are $10-$15.
Wind Ensemble, Symphonic, Concert & Campus Bands, 7:30 p.m., March 6: The ensemble and bands will perform works by David Stanhope, Curtis Peacock, Karel Husa, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Giaocchino Rossini, Michael Praetorius, Roger Cichy and others in Meany Hall. Timothy Salzman will conduct the Wind Ensemble, Steve Morrison the Symphonic Band, Erin Bodnar the Concert Band, Alison Farley the Symphonic Band and Dan McDonald the Campus Band. Tickets are $10-$15.
Garrick Ohlsson, 8 p.m. March 7. A classical pianist well known to Seattle audiences, Ohlsson will perform an all-Liszt program in celebration of the 200th anniversary of that composers birth. Its his 13th performance as part of the Presidents Piano Series. Tickets are $42 ($20 for students), by phone at 206-543-4880, in person at the Arts Ticket Office or online. Part of the UW World Series.
“Los Intereses Creados,” 7:30 p.m., March 9 & 10. The Division of Spanish and Portuguese will present a fully-staged performance in Spanish of “Los Intereses Creados” (“The Bonds of Interest”) by Nobel Prize-wining Spanish playwright Jacinto Benavente. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, in the Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE.
First performed at the beginning of the 20th century, the play is a spirited farce that explores the comedy and complexity of hidden motivations, selfishness and greed. The talented cast is composed of students and faculty from the UW Spanish and Portugese Division. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.