March 8, 2017
Arts Roundup: Cino Nights, Pippin, a Faculty Recital and the Elements of Architecture
This week in the arts, see a former medical marijuana dispensary transformed into a makeshift theater cafe; experience the School of Drama’s telling of the Tony-winning Pippin; hear a faculty piano recital; see Shen Wei Dance Arts defy categorization in a fusion of calligraphy, dance, and choreography; and get a framework of the Elements of Architecture in a group exhibition from the School of Art + Art History + and Design.
7:30 p.m., March 4, 11, 18| 5267 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
For three nights in March, a former medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle’s University District will transform into a makeshift theatre café. Inspired by Joe Cino’s legendary Greenwich Village performance space, Caffé Cino, the space will house performances of six short plays from the early days of Off Off Broadway. More info.
7:30 p.m., March 8-11; 2 p.m., March 12| Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
After failing as a warrior, a young prince named Pippin goes on an epic journey of self discovery replete with sex, drugs, murder, and, of course, singing and dancing. Pippin’s quest to be extraordinary is set to an unforgettable score by musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), and features blistering, new, Fosse-style choreography. Though it had its Tony winning Broadway debut in 1972, Pippin feels utterly current, asking us where we can look to find light through darkness and hope through uncertainty. More info.
Faculty Recital: Robin McCabe, Piano
7:30 p.m., March 9 | Meany Theater
The faculty pianist performs Mussorgsky’s landmark cycle “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and Schumann’s magisterial Concerto Without Orchestra. More info.
Shen Wei Dance Arts
8 p.m., March 16-18| Meany Theater
Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei has won worldwide acclaim for amassing a body of works so strikingly original they defy categorization. Transcending East and West, Mr. Wei fuses calligraphy, dance and choreography that translate to vivid colors, arresting designs and imaginative uses of space in his theatrical, kinetic dance paintings. Program includes Neither, a new choreographic work set to Morton Feldman’s opera of the same name, with libretto by Samuel Beckett. More info.
Framework: Elements of Architecture (Van Someren)
March 2 – 17| North Seattle College Art Gallery
Instructional Technician Kim Van Someren (MFA 2004) shows work in this group exhibition. More info.