Downtown Lowdown – Week of February 25 – March 3

Downtown Lowdown – your weekly dose of the top-level things, events, specials and happenings in Downtown Seattle this week. If it’s happening…and it’s “happening”…you’ll find it here.

Monday, February 25 – National Geographic Live! at Benaroya Hall

borge ouslandOdds are pretty good that you haven’t personally seen or experienced even a quarter of what Borge Ousland has in his treks and travels.  The Norwegian polar explorer, photographer and writer made the first unassisted Antarctic solo crossing - that alone should tell you that the guy will have a few stories to tell.  And, luckily, he’s in town and telling his tales at Benaroya Hall.  Ousland will supplement his stories with photographs and video to illustrate the majesty of the polar landscape.  Harrowing and eye-opening tales await!

When: Monday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Benaroya Hall

Cost: Varies, see website

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Tuesday, February 26 – Local Distillers Cocktail Party

sun-liquor-ginWe have an incredibly lengthy list of reasons why we love where we live – the naturally stunning setting, the people, the food, the coffee, the locally distilled liquor…

Yes, local distilleries are creating quite the buzz and we have one terrific cocktail party for you to attend to sample their creations and become a little more learned in the fine art (and burgeoning field of) distillery.

The second annual local distillers cocktail party features drinks created by Bainbridge Distillery, Captive Spirits, Fremont Mischief, Oola Distillery, Project V Distillery, Scrappy’s Bitters, Sound Spirits, Woodinville Whiskey, Sun Liquor.  And, what’s more, the food will be provided by the great Tom Douglas.  We advise getting tickets now as this just might sell out quickly. Must be 21+ to attend.

When: Tuesday, February 27, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Palace Ballroom (2100 5th Avenue)

Cost: Varies, see website

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Wednesday, February 27 – The Music Man at The 5th Avenue Theatre

Music ManFrom the “Did You Know” file…did you know that The Music Man beat out West Side Story for the Best Musical Tony Award in 1957?  It’s true.  It’s also true that this show and The 5th Avenue Theatre are a perfect fit.  Check out this fanstastic musical at a great venue.

Here’s their description of what to expect:

“There’s trouble in River City, my friends, and Professor Harold Hill has the antidote — an all-boys marching band. But Marian the Librarian sees through his schemes, at least until she falls in love with the irrepressible con artist. Overflowing with a parade of tunes including ‘Seventy Six Trombones,’ ‘Gary, Indiana,’ and ‘Till There Was You.’”.

When – Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.

- show runs through Mar. 10, times vary

Where – The 5th Avenue Theatre

Cost – Varies, see website

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Thursday, February 28 – A Gotham Night to Remember In The Emerald City

Batman coming soonWith the greatness of Comicon looming ahead, get into the groove of classic comic heroes with an event that will be an unforgettable experience for Batman afficionados.  For the first time ever, the original caped crusader, Adam West, will be on-stage at Cinerama with his sidekick, Burt Ward (Robin), for a Q&A session before viewing the the 1966 archival 35mm film print of Batman, The Movie.

Plus, Adam West’s original Batman costume will be on display. A very cool evening for Batman fans, and you’ll want to get tickets…like…NOW.

When: Thursday, February 28, 8:00 p.m.

Where: Cinerama

Cost: Varies, see website

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Friday, March 1 – These Streets at ACT Theatre

These-Streets-poster-2We’ve all heard stereotypical views of the grunge era – most of them feature male lead singers offering up gutteral lyrics (though some were terrific vocalists) surrounded by men  who are providing hard-driving guitar riffs.

There’s one side that’s been perhaps under-reported – that off the female grunge scene.  For a very real glimpse into that world, we present to you These Streets, a play that examines this grunge scene at the ACT Theatre.  Reviews are coming in and this play is a powerhouse.  Created by Gretta Harley and Sarah Rudinoff with collaboration from Elizabeth Kenny.  Note, this performance does include loud music and adult language/situations.

When: Now – March 10

Where: ACT Theatre

Cost: Varies, see website

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Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 - Emerald City ComiCon

Emerald City Comic Con Day 1Perhaps you’re walking around Downtown and you pass a group of people walking in the opposite direction decked out in really “interesting” attire…looking as if they may have stepped from the pages of comic book.  That look, that attire…that’s the point!  It’s the greatness of the Emerald City ComiCon and it invades this weekend.

The aforementioned Adam West and Burt Ward (of Batman fame) will be there, as will Carrie Fisher (Pincess Leia) and Billy D. Williams (Lando Calrissian) – how incredible is that lineup?

Stack on top of that group the usual supply of comics, digital entertainment, gaming, etc. and this will be epic.

When: Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3

- 2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. on weekends

Where: Washington State Convention and Trade Center

Cost: Varies, see website

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