Spring Arts Preview 2012

The music, theater, books, comedy, performance and film you won't want to miss this spring. Also: th
“Confectional Facade” by Dirk Staschke

Spring has sprung! Maybe not in terms of weather, but certainly arts-wise, with beautiful events bursting forth in galleries, theaters and concert halls. We’re fired up for the massive slab of ceramics exhibits opening this month (in conjunction with the big clay conference in town), new work by Seattle dance luminaries Donald Byrd and Mark Haim, funny shows by Lauren Weedman and Sarah Vowell, new albums from local bands, plus a phalanx of film festivals, and a plethora of exciting new plays. Here’s our guide to picking the perfect spring arts bouquet.

Local Rock Stars of Clay
In March the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is convening in Seattle for the first time. We give you some background on our city's clay arts clout, plus our top picks of exhibits to see throughout the city-wide ceramics celebration.

Dance

The most interesting works taking the stage at On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Meany Hall and Spectrum Dance Theater.

Music

Six concerts and three new albums reflecting the wide range of Seattle's music scene.

Literature

Seven author appearances you can't miss.

Visual Art

The four spots to see shows not affiliated with the ceramics conference.

Theater

Five plays we're looking forward to at ACT, Seattle Rep and Balagan, plus the next appearance by our favorite nomadic troupe New Century Theatre Company.

Film

A bird's eye view of the best film festivals and series playing this spring.

Comedy

Five funny ladies deliver a delicious range of comic offerings.

Curveballs + Border Crossings

A handful of performances, exhibits and concerts that breach international and conventional boundaries to help broaden your cultural awareness.