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NOV 24, 2012


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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)



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Reignwolf

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)

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NOV 25, 2012


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‘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)

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NOV 26, 2012


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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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NOV 27, 2012


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‘Skyfall’

Why: If every generation gets the James Bond it deserves, we’re in the running for the greatest generation. Skyfall improves on the excellence of Daniel Craig’s Bond debut in Casino Royale—let’s all agree to ignore Quantum of Solace as an outlier—by making it personal. Bond is rattled by a brilliant madman (Javier Bardem, as unsettling in his own way here as he was in No Country for Old Men) who’s trying to bring 007’s spy agency crashing down. Casino Royale was Batman Begins for James Bond, and this is his The Dark Knight. (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film)

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NOV 28, 2012


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Four on the Floor

Why: I’m about as sportsphobic as they come, but even I can recognize awesome when I see it. Stranger literature Genius Sherman Alexie brings together two Washington State writers—short-story author Shann Ray and incredible novelist Jess Walter from Spokane—with young poet Natalie Diaz to talk about writing and basketball. Alexie and Walter play pickup games, and Diaz was an all-conference guard in college. Since this reading is taking place at a basketball court, they might even shoot hoops while talking about literature, which would certainly be something you’ve never seen before. (Connolly Center, Seattle University, 550 14th Ave, elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free)

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NOV 29, 2012


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Death Grips

Why: Right now, Death Grips are better known for their boner-featuring album art for No Love Deep Web and their decision to self-release for free their major-label debut than for their music. But you should cock an ear to MC Ride’s stentorian, desperate verses (think that one dude in Onyx), Zach Hill’s kinetic, wonky drumming, and Andy “Flatlander” Morin’s ballistic, incendiary production. Those hungering for a visceral rap/punk/electronic fusion should get ready to rumble tonight. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, thecrocodile.com, 8 pm, $15 adv, all ages)



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The Onion A.V. Club Presents ‘Bad Santa’

Why: The New Cult Canon is the Onion A.V. Club’s ongoing series about those rare movies that deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Blue Velvet and Kitten with a Whip. Tonight, things get interactive as the Onion’s Nathan Rabin hosts a screening of 2003’s Bad Santa, starring a perfectly repugnant Billy Bob Thornton as a gin-swilling, ass-tapping shopping mall Saint Nick. Amazing bonus: Director Terry Zwigoff will be on hand for a post-show Q&A! (Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave, central-cinema.com, 8 pm, $6 adv/$8 DOS, 21+)

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NOV 30, 2012


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Dina Martina Christmas Show

Why: Faster than a speeding Zamboni, hairier than a barber-shop floor, and more graceful than nothing, Dina Martina is the internationally beloved drag chanteuse/raconteur/train wreck created by the freshly minted Stranger Genius Grady West, and Dina Martina’s Christmas shows are a thing of wonder. Expect cheesy pop songs molested into nouveau Christmas carols (with live piano accompaniment by Chris Jeffries), jaw-dropping props, and laughing until your bladder explodes. (Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, rebarseattle.com, 8 pm, $20 adv/$25 DOS, 21+)

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