The Rake: Gather ’Round

Four high-powered celebrations of collaboration, mixin’ it up and civic pride you really should not miss.

Earshot Jazz Festival

Now in its twenty-second year, the Earshot Jazz Festival fills Seattle’s clubs and concert halls with the best in the world of jazz – from bop to fusion to smooth to experimental. Throughout its three weeks, the festival will stage sixty events, including a film series, readings, art exhibits and poetry. earshot.org

Seattle City of Music Awards

Last year the Office of Film and Music held its first annual Seattle City of Music Awards program at Showbox at the Market, featuring memorable performances by the Maldives and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra between honoring some of the city’s usual suspects – KEXP, Fleet Foxes and Quincy Jones. Whose names will be picked out of the big Seattle music history hat this year? seattlecityofmusic.com

Arts Crush

It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect from the first-ever Arts Crush, a monthlong arts-promoting collaborative event. Spotlighting one discipline each week, the Crush promises to offer behind-the-scenes peeks and unique experiences with numerous organizations in the area for little to no money. It’s worth checking out – in fact, with more than two hundred organizations participating, it might just be unavoidable. artscrush.org

Gregory Awards

While the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award has been awarded to an outstanding contributor to Washington State’s theatre community since 1997, it was only last year that Theatre Puget Sound expanded the event into a full-on awards ceremony with six additional categories. Last year hundreds gathered at the Intiman for the first annual gala. This year the event, staged at ACT, will feature even more awards to honor the best in the field. This expansion is the next step, organizers say, in turning the event into the “West Coast Tonys.” tpsonline.org

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