Downtown Lowdown – Week of March 4 – 10

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, March 4 – Stephen Greenblatt at Benaroya Hall

greenblattKick off your week with a little mental stimulation, courtesy of a very, very smart man.  Stepen Greenblatt is a Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic, theorist and scholar will explore the very complex question of “How did we get here?” with his award-winning book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. The man is regarded as one of the founders of an entire school of thought – New Historicism – so buckle up for an extremely thought-provoking evening.

When: Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Benaroya Hall

Cost: Varies, see website




Tuesday, March 5 – Seattle Jewish Film Fesitval


KaddishThe Israeli – Palestinian divide takes center stage in the film Kaddish For a Friend at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, a 10-day exploration of Jewish and Israeli cultire, life and film-making considered the largest Jewish event in the Northwest.  In Kaddish For a Friend, the aforementioned divide is illustrated when a 14-year old Palestinian refugee breaks into the apartment of an elderly Russian Jewish war veteran.

When: Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.

Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown

Cost: Varies, see website


Wednesday, March 6 – Seattle Opera and La Boheme

bohemeThe rave reviews alone should tell you that this is NOT a performance to miss.  The timeless tale is described in the following fashion, much more eloquently than we could:

“Puccini’s unmatched gift for melody adds remarkable poignancy to the simple joys and heartbreaking sorrows of a group of young Parisians in this universally popular classic – a smash hit for over a century. Charming camaraderie and sincere emotional truth make these characters among the most appealing in opera. Their surging passions and pathos, masterfully conveyed by a tune-filled romantic score, make La Bohème easy to love – and impossible to forget.”

When: Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Where: McCaw Hall

Cost: Varies, see website


Thursday, March 7 – The Art of Video Games at EMP

emp art of video gamesFrom the classics at The Seattle Opera on Wednesday, head over to The EMP Museum for a digital experience featuring classics of a different kind – video games.  Is this art?  Absolutely.  If you need proof, you’ll get it at EMP with their exhibit of 80 games spanning 40 years of gaming greatness.  This is a Smithsonian exhibit, very cool to have this in our city.  And, yes, there are hands-on elements so you can jump on and test your skills on someof the great games you grew up with.

When: Now – May 12

Where: EMP Museum

Cost: Varies, see website


Friday, March 8 – SAM Remix

SAM remixWhenever the SAM Remix comes around, we get excited.  This is a very cool event, a very Downtown event…a very unique event.  Combining musical stylings of renowned DJ’s spinning their sounds with hands-on art in a setting that houses works of the masters – this night rocks.  Here’s a little snippet from SAM’s website, just a snippet, indicating the immense offerings that create a highly entertaining evening:

The night’s activities include:

  • DJ J-Justice spins soul, pop, hip hop, and more to keep you movin’ all night long.
  • Watch some of burlesque’s most provocative characters, the Atomic Bombshells, performing live; inspired by the racy backstories of portraits featured in SAM’s exhibitions.
  • Fabulous Fascinators: Create a Downton Abbey-ready headpiece using feathers, ribbon and other bling with artist Janet Fagan.
  • Inspired by SAM’s global collections, get down with the sounds of New York transplant DJ Jaymz Nylon, ranging from Afro-Latin influences and broken beats to disco and beyond.
  • Couture Coiffure: Design a wig fit for the 16th century with artist Romson Bustillo.
  • Pictorial Pins: Fashion a becoming brooch inspired by portraits and landscapes from the Kenwood House collection with artist Julie Alpert.
  • Musician Amos Miller presents Roger’s Thriftway, a set of performances exploring class and race through the lens of a grocery store in the Central District.
  • Artist Walk of Fame: Decorate the stars of celebrity artists featured in SAM’s collection—including Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang and more—in this collaborative project.

And there’s even more than what’s listed above!  This is a can’t miss event in Downtown.

When: Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9

Where: Seattle Art Museum

Cost: Varies, see website


Saturday, March 9 – Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

seattle dog show 2Perhaps you’ve seen the genius Christopher Guest film Best in Show?  Yes, it’s hilarious. But, no, it is not representative of the entire dog show scene.  But, again, yes it is hilarious.

The 75th annual Seattle Kennel Club dog show will feature more than 1,700 dogs and 156 breeds.  A pekingese took Best in Show honors last year…who will fetch the crown this year?  I know, I typed “fetch”…the pun was not intended…but it fits.

When: Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10

Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center

Cost: Varies, see website


Sunday, March 10 – 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 on its final day.

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 – Sunday, March 10 1:30 p.m.

Where – The 5th Avenue Theatre

Cost – Varies, see website



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