Music: Pink Martini: The cocktail-exotica movement may have peaked and waned (Combustible Edison, I miss you!), but that hasn't slowed down...
The cocktail-exotica movement may have peaked and waned (Combustible Edison, I miss you!), but that hasn’t slowed down Portland’s “little orchestra” Pink Martini. Their new CD, “Hey Eugene,” which features the band’s usual multilingual mix of musical styles, is a hot seller on Amazon. My favorite tracks: “Ojala” (in French), “Taya Tan” (Japanese) and “Tea for Two” (a startlingly sultry cover of the 1920s standard, in which lead singer China Forbes duets with jazz legend Jimmy Scott). (Hear samples at www.pinkmartini.com or see the band live at Woodland Park Zoo on July 25 and 26, www.ticketweb.com.)
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer
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A mainstay of Pacific Northwest Ballet quietly retires next month: principal dancer Christophe Maraval, the elegant Frenchman who’s been with the company since 1999. Never showy but always calmly precise, he’s been both a fine technician and a lyrical partner (his soft, soulful work with Louise Nadeau in Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night” will long remain in memory). PNB audiences can get a last glimpse of him in “Stravinsky 125”; on June 9 only, he’ll dance a special farewell pas de deux with Nadeau, created for the occasion by artistic director Peter Boal. Au revoir, et merci. (“Stravinsky 125” runs May 31-June 10 at McCaw Hall; Maraval dances June 1 and 2 and more dates TBA. Go to www.pnb.org for casting and tickets.)
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts writer