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Seattle February Events 2011

Your Guide to the Best Things to Do in February

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February brings us the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and, of course, Valentine's Day. The Seattle area is still gripped in its most wintry weather, but there's still plenty to do as we wait for the sun to return.

Super Bowl Sunday
The Seahawks may not be playing in the big game this year, but the Super Bowl is basically obligatory viewing for even the most casual of sports fans--or the growing number who watch just for the high-dollar commercials. Looking for a place to catch the game outside your living room? Here are a few recommendations.
When: February 6

Harry Potter: The Exhibition
The last movie is tantalizingly close to arrival. The kids have all the books, Lego toys, scarfs, and accessories. What else can sate their Potter appetite? Try the Pacific Science Center’s Harry Potter Exhibition, a traveling gallery of original props from the films, art, and interactive games. For the hardcore Potter fan only, which means pretty much every kid in town. Get your tickets early.
Where: Pacific Science Center
When: Through February 13
How much: $14 adults, $9 youth

The Presidents of the United States of America
As grunge was extinguishing itself in 1996, The Presidents of the USA burst onto the scene, propelling Seattle back onto the national rock radar with their goofy, crunchy, infectious pop songs. While they never topped their low-fi, platinum-selling debut, the band have remained local favorites and their live shows are a fun time for all. At Showbox at the Market.
When: Feb. 19
Where: Downtown Seattle
How much: $20-$25

Tête-à-tête
The Frye Art Museum is maybe Seattle's most underrated cultural institution. At once traditional and adventurous, small enough to digest in an afternoon but much more than a gallery, and-best of all-it's always free. The Frye was founded by local meat-packing magnates, Charles and Emma Frye, and this program recreates the content and the atmosphere of their early 1900s home collection.
When: Through January 2012
Where: First Hill
How much: Free

Children’s Film Festival
The highlight of the always-popular annual festival is Jaques Tati’s hilarious and accessible Mon Oncle, but the entire program promises just the right balance of entertainment and horizon-expanding for your little ones. Get them hooked on great film early and they will love the medium all their lives.
Where: Northwest Film Forum
When: Through February 6
How much: $6.50 for kids, $9 for adults

Schubert, Britten, Shostakovich
Sometimes you want your classical music big and bold, epic and sweeping. Other times it’s the delicate, intimate works that can bring you to tears. Take in an evening in Benaroya Hall’s smaller recital hall for an evening of small ensemble pieces by these 19th century masters.
Where: Seattle Opera
When: Feb. 4
How much: $22-$29

Raiders of the Lost Ark
In an era when every big popcorn movie aspires to be a jam-packed roller coaster, it’s easy to forget just how ground-breaking Raiders of the Lost Ark was. The movie starts with a bang (more technically, with a boulder) and never relents. At the same time, it gives us wonderful, memorable characters, great humor, and just enough awe and wonder without being pretentious. Still unmatched in the adventure genre (including its flawed sequels), Raiders is packaged as a double feature with the charming high school Raiders of the Lost Ark Adaptation.
Where: SIFF Cinema
When: February 18-20
How much: $12 non-members, $7 members

The Defiant Ones
Tony Curtis will no doubt get a rousing ovation at this year’s Academy Awards as the most prominent departed celebrity of 2010. For those that have only seen his light comic work (the best of which is probably Some Like it Hot ), The Defiant Ones is a revelation. Add in another stellar performance from Sidney Poitier and the still relevant issue of race relations in America and you have essential viewing. SAM continues to lead the city’s reparatory programming.
Where: Seattle Art Museum
When: February 18
How much: $8

Strangelove: A Depeche Mode Tribute and Leukemia Benefit
How better to enjoy the lead up to Valentine's Day than with several of Seattle's best up-and-coming bands paying musical tribute to 80s mope rock masters Depeche Mode? Proceeds go to he Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. Bands include the Black Swedes, the Animals at Night, Exohxo, Hotels, Legion Within, Ships, and Lesli Wood of The Redwood Plan.
Where: Crocodile Cafe
When: February 11
How much: $10

Eric Claption with Los Lobos
Clapton arrives in Seattle on the heels of his strongest album in years (decades, really) with special guest Los Lobos, one of the tightest touring bands in the business. Expect an evening of blues classics and Slowhand originals. Tickets will sell out fast for one of the few rock legends of the 60s who can still perform at peak level.
Where: Key Arena
When: February 26
How much: $84-$115

Wintergrass
Bellevue's Hyatt plays home to the four-day Wintergrass bluegrass festival, with five stages, over 30 acts, and dozens of workshops. Headliners include the Blind Boys of Alabama, Laurie Lewis, The Sam Bush Band, Darrell Scott, and the Boxcars.
When: February 24-27
Where: Hyatt Regency - Bellevue
How much: $20-$65 day pass, $125 weekend pass, other packages available

Looking for Tacoma events in February? Check out our dedicated Tacoma events calendar.

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