NOV 20, 2012



Why: The face of an ostrich is a marvelous thing. So is the fur on certain deer’s behinds. Or the angles of a hyena’s legs. All these things can be fully appreciated in this talk-free documentary shot at a zoo. Some scenes are deeply sad—proud zebras desperately bumping their gorgeous patterns against the edges of a cage, for instance. But this is not a protest, it’s something harder. A taxidermist goes about his cold trade at the heart of the movie, as if to suggest that humanity as a whole has a painfully shallow approach to the rest of the animal world. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, www.nwfilmforum.org, 7 and 9 pm, $10)

NOV 21, 2012


Sportn’ Life Anniversary

Why: Tonight, Sportn’ Life Records celebrates a decade of existence, a decade of promoting, managing, and distributing South Seattle’s hiphop talent, a decade with more ups than downs. It currently houses the locally popular rappers Nissim (formerly D.Black), Fatal Lucciauno, Spac3man, and Larry Hawkins; launched the careers of Dyme Def and J.Pinder; and is closely tied with the big three beat-builders: Jake One, Vitamin D, and Bean One. The label not only has several classics in its catalog but has also maintained high production standards in all of its releases. Ten more years! (Barboza, 925 E Pike St, www.thebarboza.com, 8 pm, $10, 21+)

NOV 22, 2012


‘Silver Linings Playbook’

Why: This Thanksgiving, right after you finish gloating at Republican relatives, it’ll be time for a schmaltzy movie. But here’s a treat: Silver Linings Playbook is a brilliant schmaltzy movie. Bradley Cooper stars as a man with bipolar disorder who moves back in with his parents and tries to woo his ex-wife with the help of a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence, being incredible and making it look easy). Sure, it’s an emotionally manipulative romantic comedy. But the quality of the performances, the script, and David O. Russell’s direction make it an authentic emotionally manipulative romantic comedy. (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film)

NOV 23, 2012


The Habit

Why: Etymologically speaking, “humor” comes from a Latin word for bodily fluids and “wit” comes from an Old High German word for intelligence. The Habit is a few funny dudes—the core group is around six—who write short, intertwined sketches with gross humor, witty wordplay, and slapstick. Their newest show, I’m told, will include lots of literal slapping, plus a new charity called Doctors Without Priorities, Hamlet performed in braille, and 27 other short and fast sketches. (Bathhouse Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Dr, www.thehabitcomedy.com, 8 pm, $17)

NOV 24, 2012


Nico Vassilakis

Why: For years, Nico Vassilakis has been livening up readings with his experimental performances. (One time, he silently, methodically ripped a poem to pieces and then sat down.) But now, Vassilakis and his lovely new bride are moving away, and this reading for his exciting new book, The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998–2008, will double as a going-away bash. Vispo isn’t your typical stodgy poetry anthology. Instead, it’s a conceptual comic book that investigates words as carriers of meaning until they become abstract symbols that can be played with in entirely new ways. (Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S Vale St, www.fantagraphics.com, 6 pm, free)



Why: Everyone says it. EVERYONE. You have to see this guy live! You have to! YOU! Reignwolf is Jordan Cook, and Jordan Cook is the real deal—a Canadian, blues-traveling shred master who works a fret board like a 666-word-per-minute secretary taking notes for the devil. Reignwolf sets are often a one-man-band affair—Cook growl-singing, guitar-gnarling, and drum-pounding with every free limb—but a few friends just might join the performance, freeing him up to stalk the stage and treat the crowd to a wicked, sweat-soaked solo. You HAVE to see Reignwolf at the Neptune—he’ll be sure to blow the house down. (Neptune Theater, 1303 NE 45th St, www.stgpresents.org, 9 pm, $16, all ages)

NOV 25, 2012


‘Now Here Is Also Nowhere’

Why: Are art objects products, events under way, or visions? Everything but an answer comes from the conceptually based artists toying with intangibility—with very different physical results—in Now Here Is Also Nowhere. John Divola set his camera on a timer in the middle of the desert, and then ran as far as he could get in 10 seconds, when the lens grabbed and froze him. Jill Magid is selling her cremains to be transformed into a diamond for a ring; the setting is on display with actual legal contracts. Stefan Brüggemann’s big neon piece just says “THIS WORK SHOULD BE TURNED OFF WHEN I DIE.” (Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE, www.henryart.org, 11 am–4 pm, $10 suggested)

NOV 26, 2012


Crispy Baked Polenta

Why: You’re already in love with Georgetown Liquor Company for its hearty vegan sandwiches, but because the sandwiches are so good, so filling, it’s possible you’ve neglected the best thing on the menu, aka the crispy baked polenta appetizer. Four fat triangles of polenta, Gouda, and herbs are baked until the edges are golden and crispy while the center stays creamy and soft. It’s topped with a sweet, delicate bourbon-ginger-apple chutney and some balsamic reduction, making it the perfect fall food. Go eat some right now. (Georgetown Liquor Company, 5501B Airport Way S, www.georgetownliquorcompany.com, 11 am–2 am, $7.73)

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