The Seahawks parade has passed by ArtsPage HQ, so it’s time to sort through the pile of news items that flew over the transom recently. (Are there any transoms anymore? We’ve always wanted one.) Here are some noteworthy happenings:
—The Stroum Jewish Community Center, a presenter of cultural programs among other activities, has finished a $5 million renovation of its auditorium, and will be hosting the closing night of the annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival (the fest is March 1-9). But first comes a party, which will start at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, and will feature “Memphis” actor Chad Kimball, cellist Julian Schwarz, dancers and a preview of Book-It’s production of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay.” Tickets (not available at the door) and info here.
—Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Seattle Shakespeare Company will join forces for the intriguing-sounding “Such Sweet Thunder: The Duke Meets the Bard.” The mashup makes perfect sense; Duke Ellington’s “Such Sweet Thunder” is a tribute to Shakespeare and 11 of his characters, and who better to read the famous lines that inspired “Thunder” than SSC actors? Works for us. Feb. 15 in Seattle and Feb. 16 in Kirkland. Info here.
—The Seattle Festival of Improv Theater returns for a 12th year, this time with 22 groups from across the continent, all revved up to do … whatever comes to mind. Hosted by Jet City Improv, it takes place Feb. 19-23. Tickets and show info here.