JAN 18, 2013


‘Miami Connection’

Why: If you like B movies or know a fair amount about grindhouse, YOU NEED TO SEE THIS. What a fabulous fucking disaster! Made in 1987 by Korean director Y. K. Kim—a martial-arts guru and ninth-degree-black-belt-haver who also stars in the film—Miami Connection is extra-triple-cheesy and deliciously weird. It involves a kung-fu-practicing synth rock group, a real-life biker gang with boob-flashing hot mamas, and a terrible amount of Troma-film-style violence. It all adds up to this magical cultural document. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N,, 10 pm, $11)

JAN 19, 2013


Andy Stott

Why: UK techno producer Andy Stott’s Decibel Fest performance last year sounded like the intro to Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” set to a Robitussin’d 4/4 kick-drum pulse; some asses are still suffering trauma. With his newest album, Luxury Problems, Stott adds the vocals of his female former piano teacher and lightens the coal-black mood a tad for a slightly more palatable take on the chilling, narcotized techno that marks his best works. This is severe, sinisterly sexy dance music. Get (way) down. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave,, 9 pm, $15, 21+)

JAN 20, 2013


‘The Law in These Parts’

Why: Winner of the jury prize for world cinema documentary at Sundance, the fascinating The Law in These Parts tracks the development of military law in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The film consists largely of interviews with former Israeli Defense Force prosecutors and judges, and if you’re up for watching lawyers talking in subtitled Hebrew for 100 minutes, you should see it. I mean, who knew the peace-obstructing West Bank settlements were made possible via a weird reach into Ottoman law? Fascinating. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,, 5, 7, and 9 pm, $10)

JAN 21, 2013


Inauguration Day Viewing Party

Why: A second presidential inauguration is simply never as big a deal as the first inauguration. But President Obama’s victory in the 2012 election is still a moment to savor. Town Hall’s inauguration viewing party is arguably better than being at the inauguration in person; it’s heated, for one thing, and coffee and “light breakfast” items will be available for purchase. Better still: You get to watch someone who is not Mitt Romney take the oath of office while in the company of other exultant Seattleites for the low, low price of free. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 8–11 am, free)

JAN 22, 2013


Richard Rezac, Eric Elliott

Why: The “simpler the art, the more elaborate the rationale,” Peter Schjeldahl wrote about the mountains of theory that rose up around simple early European abstractions. “We need stories.” But in the stunningly pared-back works of Chicago-based sculptor Richard Rezac and Seattle-based painter Eric Elliott, the stories stay within the art objects and never need translation into words: The way one color lures out another or the specific way that two unusual shapes interlock, these things are basically unspeakable. The pleasure is quiet and clean. (James Harris Gallery, 312 Second Ave S, 903-6220, hours by appointment, free)

JAN 23, 2013


‘Hannah Arendt’

Why: Hannah Arendt, the opening feature of SIFF’s Women in Cinema festival, is about that peerless philosopher’s most significant contribution to popular culture: the banality of evil. In 1961, Arendt covered for the New Yorker the trial of the SS officer Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, and she came to realize that Eichmann was only a boring bureaucrat, that evil was about doing paperwork, going home, having dinner with the family, kissing the kids goodnight, turning off the lights, and going to sleep. The movie, starring Barbara Sukowa, examines the mood and tensions of this central moment in the philosopher’s brilliant career. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N,, 7:30 pm, $25 reception and film/$11 film only)

JAN 24, 2013


Lesley Hazleton

Why: It’s not every day that a Stranger Genius of literature premieres the most ambitious work of her life. This is a launch party for the newest in Hazleton’s series of biographies about major religious figures—the first two were about Jezebel and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and this one is about Muhammad. In the days to come, Hazleton’s The First Muslim will no doubt be devoured by a controversy-hungry media, but for tonight, let’s just get together to celebrate a remarkable achievement from one of Seattle’s most brilliant writers. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)


‘The Godfather: Part II’

Why: Central Cinema continues its month of sequels with the greatest sequel ever made, presented in all its underlit, narrative-splicing, three-hour-long glory. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 masterpiece finds Al Pacino ruling the Corleone crime family and giving the performance of his life, with exemplary support from Robert De Niro (who won his first Oscar for his role as young Vito), Michael V. Gazzo (as the gloriously overblown Frankie Pentangeli), and acting master Lee Strasberg. Also: food and booze brought right to your table! (Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave,, 8 pm, $6 adv/$8 DOS)

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