FEB 12, 2012


Free Bike Tune-Ups!

Why: Like an eco-friendly Justice League, DubSea Bikes is a nonprofit collective of eight local organizations (including Bike Works, Cascade Bicycle Club, and the King County Food & Fitness Initiative) intent on spreading the velocipede love in low-income and bike-shop-less districts. Their main MO is to give free tune-ups to anyone with a two-wheeler, and today they’re doing it at the White Center Food Bank, so bring a donation (you don’t have to, but do you really want to give cyclists a worse reputation?). Sadly, DubSea can’t work miracles, so if your ride’s totally screwed, they’ll refer you to a bike shop. (White Center Food Bank, 10829 Eighth Ave SW, 860-1432, 2–4 pm, free)

FEB 13, 2012



Why: The late choreographer Pina Bausch was not just any great choreographer—not just technically demanding, not just an inspiration to earth’s most incredible dance artists, not just a maker of movements that seem completely normal and totally unfamiliar at the same time. Her combination of dance and theater was one of the 20th century’s great revelations. And Wim Wenders’s film tribute to her is visceral. It’s 3-D. You feel the dancers punch themselves in the gut, fall to the ground, dive through each other’s arms. This is in the running for the best dance movie ever made. (Cinerama; 2100 Fourth Ave;; 10:45 am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 pm; $13–$15)

FEB 14, 2012


Macrina Valentine Cookies

Why: Love is fleeting. You’ll have 15 sexual partners in your lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Chances are you’ll get married, and odds are you’ll end up divorced. But there’s one love that will never leave you: your mouth. Sure, it’s got its downsides—spreading rabies and off-key singing—but it also smooches, eats, and makes you sound smart sometimes. Today, give it some love in the form of a quarter-inch-thick brown-sugar shortbread cookie from Macrina Bakery—a treat bigger than an ox’s heart and so buttery delicious you’ll tongue a mirror in gratitude. (Macrina Bakery & Cafe, 2408 First Ave, 448-4032, 7 am–6 pm, $3.75)

FEB 15, 2012


‘I Am My Own Wife’

Why: Charlotte von Mahlsdorf is the world-famous German transvestite who survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in women’s clothing. Doug Wright’s Pulitzer-winning script for one actor is based on his conversations with von Mahlsdorf, who clobbered her father to death with a rolling pin, had a job clearing out the apartments of deported Jews, and started a “museum of everyday objects” that became a center of gravity for the East Berlin gay scene. Performed by Nick Garrison, directed by Jerry Manning. (Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St,, 7:30 pm, $45)

FEB 16, 2012


‘Through the Olive Trees’

Why: Abbas Kiarostami’s Through the Olive Trees is one of the peaks of the Iranian new wave movement, which began around 1987 and ended in 2006. The movie is about a young and poor laborer who falls in love with a young and middle-class student. The laborer spends the entire film following the educated woman and making big promises—if they marry, he will be a good husband, he will give her all the intellectual freedom she needs, he will do all the work and she all of the reading. The ending of this film is, for me, the greatest ending in all of cinema. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,, 8 pm, $10)

FEB 17, 2012


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Why: Now that the institutional bigotry of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is finally a historical footnote—¡Viva Obama!—it’s time to pull the phrase apart and see what’s left. As part of Hugo House’s literary series, four artists—local fount of poetic wonder Heather McHugh, celebrated young Portland novelist Lidia Yuknavitch, performance artist Chad Goller-Sojourner, and literary-minded violist Alex Guy—will each perform new pieces launching off those four not-so-innocent words. Expect brilliance (from McHugh) and gut-punching emotion (from Yuknavitch) and spectral beauty (from Guy), along with a few surprises (Goller-Sojourner, among others). (Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 7:30 pm, $25)


Damien Jurado

Why: Washington-born singer and songwriter Damien Jurado finds peers in Nick Drake or My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, but Jurado is all ours. After turning out two albums of fairly straightforward urban folk for Sub Pop, he threw a left hook with Postcards and Audio Letters, a collection of found audiotape conversations. Having vanquished the mischief from his system, Jurado is back to business, and 2010’s Saint Bartlett and his most recent, Maraqopa, are resolute works of pain and resolve. Listen to the latter’s “Life Away from the Garden” and deny that he’s among the top songwriters of this decade. (Neptune, 1303 NE 45th St,, 9 pm, $15, all ages)

FEB 18, 2012



Why: I will be surprised if 2012 produces a better album than THEESatisfaction’s awE naturalE, which was produced by Erik Blood and will be released on March 27 by Sub Pop. I’m already surprised the two are doing this family show, because despite being on a positive tip politically, their raps often explore dark and troubling sides of sexual and urban relationships. It will be interesting to see how THEESatisfaction operate in a pro-kids/parents context. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 11 am and 1 pm, free for kids 12 and under/$5 for adults with children/$25 for unaccompanied adults)

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