May 7, 2014

Arts Roundup: Dance, music – and IMPFest

This week, enjoy a bevy of events that range from the painting and drawing exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery to IMPFest at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse. Then, cap off the end of next week with a performance by the UW Opera featuring G.F. Hande’s “Semele.”

MFA Concert

MFA Dance Concert 2013

Painting and Drawing BFA Show
May 7-16 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
The graduation exhibition for students receiving Bachelor of Fine Art degrees from the painting and drawing program. More info.

Faculty Recital: Mark Seales, piano
May 8 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
Seales, a Jazz studies professor, performs American songs — jazz, blues, gospel and selections from the great American songbook in this solo piano performance. More info.

Improvised Music Project (IMP) Fest
May 9-11 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
The UW’s Improvised Music Project presents the sixth annual IMPfest, a pairing of UW Jazz students and world-class guest artists.  Featured artists are drummer Billy Hart, bassist Ben Street, keyboardist Pete Rende, and singer-songwriter Holly Palmer. The festival features three evenings of performances by guest artists joined by UW faculty Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, and Bill Frisell. More info.

MFA Dance Concert
May 13-18 | Meany Studio Theater
Enjoy original choreography created by the UW Dance Program’s world-class MFA candidates, who work with advanced dance students creating movement to entertain and inspire. More info.

Video / yoga
12:30 p.m., May 15 | Henry Art Gallery
This series of yoga classes on the third Thursday of each month is taught side by side with video art, creating an immersive visual and yogic experience. More info.

UW Opera: G.F. Handel’s ‘Semele’
May 16-18 | Meany Theater
The UW School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks present a new staging of G. F. Handel’s English oratorio. This opera illuminates the darkly comedic story of a mortal woman’s tryst with a dangerous God. Chaos ensues in the wake of unbridled lust, jealousy and revenge. More info.

U-District Street Fair
May 17-18 | 45th Avenue and University Way
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the longest-running street fair in the country, with local arts and crafts, music and food. Also, stop by the ArtsUW booth and take a spin on the prize wheel for your chance to win exciting prizes. More info.

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