Here are a few highlights of events in the neighborhood this weekend. You can check our Events calendar any time.
Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.
Taproot Theatre continues its productions of “The Best of Enemies” and “The Mark of Immediacy” at 204 N. 85th St.
The Purpose House performs at Ridge Romp at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Admission is $5 per person; babies in arms are free.
Woodland Park Zoo’s 14th annual Bunny Bounce is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free with zoo admission or membership. Egg hunts for children ages 1-8 throughout the day (bring your own basket or reusable bag), plus crafts, bunny encounters and Easter-themed treats for the animals.
Seattle Folklore Society presents Orville Johnson and Casey MacGill at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).
Orville Johnson was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music. He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, the top dobro player on the West Coast of America and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician.
Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat “King” Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years, and it shows in his sweet intonation and smooth phrasing.
Seattle Family Dance from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center in the Brick Building. Admission is $6 per person ($5 with SFS or PNA membership), or $18 per family ($15 with SFS or PNA membership).