Staff picks: Rembrandt, blues music and Tom Douglas
Things Seattle Times writers love this week include Rembrandt’s “Self-portrait in Painter’s Costume,” Joan Osborne and the Holmes Brothers and a sneak peek at the new Tom Douglas restaurant.
Rembrandt, ‘Self-portrait in Painter’s Costume’
This gem, part of the glorious “Treasures of Kenwood” exhibition at Seattle Art Museum (through May 19), shows the Dutch master late in life and much-accomplished, but not fancifully posed and clothed as in his earlier self-portraits. Here, he is “just” an artist, in smock and cap, armed with a wise, but also slightly weary, expression. This is a picture of a man who knows who he is and how he got there; I love its honesty and directness, and its lack of pretentiousness among the finely gowned ladies and puffy-sleeved gents in the show.
Melissa Davis, NWArts&Life editor
Joan Osborne and the Holmes Brothers
Talk about a blues fan’s dream: The powerhouse singer Joan Osborne shares a Jazz Alley bill with the fab Holmes Brothers. Osborne’s superb recent CD, “Bring It On Home,” is packed with juicy blues. The Holmes Brothers, a great soul-gospel-R&B contingent from Virginia, has been keepin’ it real for more than three decades. Thursday-Sunday at Jazz Alley, Seattle (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).
Misha Berson, Seattle Times arts writer
Tom Douglas pop-ups
Can’t wait for Tom Douglas’ next big restaurant opening? Here’s how to get a peek. Douglas hosts two pop-ups in the coming days to give the public an early look at his project, TanakaSan, featuring ramen in a chicken-and-duck broth with pork belly. Or how about tea-smoked pressed duck? $50, includes the full Asian-inspired menu. 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave., Seattle; (tomdouglas.com).
Tan Vinh, Seattle Times staff writer