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Performances celebrating water at Seattle Center’s Next Fifty begin this weekend

Stokley Towles’ one-man performance Stormwater: Life in the Gutter begins tonight at 7 p.m., May 4, at Seattle Center. Towle’s uses humor and wit to reveal the world of urban rainfall and traces its travels from the clouds to the city’s streets, homes and businesses and the sewer lines below. Go here for the performance schedule and locations.


Mandy Greer, choreographer Jessica Jobaris, performance artist Saskia Delores, harpist/composer Monica Schley, dancer Andrea Ives and video artist Rodrigo Valenzuela will create a multi-media performance by Greer’s artwork Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, 7 p.m., May 5 and 6, at Seattle Center’s DuPen Fountain and Alki Courtyard.The 45-minute performance, beginning just before dusk, will be a luminous exploration of the three states of water. Attendees should meet at Kobe Bell, south of Intiman Theatre; Key Arena, northwest corner, street level; or the Poetry Garden on the east side of Fisher Pavilion and look for a performer in a blue costume to join a procession to DuPen Fountain.

Greer’s crocheted artwork Mater Matrix Mother and Medium will be attached to trees and columns, creating a 250-foot “river” that sits seven to 15 feet off the ground. The evolving artwork will be on view through May 31 at DuPen Fountain and Alki Courtyard. Watch this video on the project.

In the Water Calling Short Films, five filmmakers tap into the flow of water and invite viewers to reflect on the preservation of our water resources—from drinking water through drainage. The short films vary in length and format—from a fairy-tale approach to sci-fi-like images to stop animation to a portrayal of water as a healing force. The 70-minute presentation begins 4 p.m., May 5, at Intiman Theatre. Go here for the complete schedule and locations.