JAN 26, 2013


Onn/Of Festival

Why: I loved last year’s “gloom-banishing” art light festival, Onn/Of. This year, it’s in a different location, an empty BMW dealership on Pine Street in Capitol Hill, but the simple premise and the organizers are the same. A mess of local artists present works (videos, sculptures, shadow plays, performances, music, beer garden) to warm you and light up your eyes. This year’s lineup includes Tivon Rice, Britta Johnson, Anthony Sonnenberg, Nicholas Nyland, NKO, and more. (A former BMW dealership, 715 E Pine St,, 5 pm–midnight, $10; also Sun Jan 27, 11 am–10 pm, free until 7 pm/$8 after)

JAN 27, 2013


Udon at Hana

Why: This shoebox of a Japanese diner, plastered with posters and constantly blaring soft pop hits, has endeared itself to us for years with its screamin’ deals on fresh, straightforward sushi. But look beyond Hana’s sushi bar. The nabeyaki udon is made with those big wide noodles and served in a little metal cauldron full of yummy broth, then topped with—get all this—a fat tempura prawn, grilled chicken, seaweed, mushrooms, fish cake, and a gloriously poached egg on top. It’s literally one of the best things ever and an ideal winter meal at only $7.95. (Hana Restaurant, 219 Broadway E, 328-1187, 4–10 pm)

JAN 28, 2013



Why: It’s my own mom’s fault that I love horror movies so much. When a parent allows you to watch R-rated slasher films when you’re in grade school, by the time you’re an adult, you just crave more. Most films don’t give me nightmares, but Mama did. This new Guillermo del Toro–produced ghost thriller has some pretty memorable fucked-up-ness—kids running around on all fours like dogs, walls bleeding black blood, and a creepy, stubborn mother who just wants her dead baby back. It’s not perfect, but it’s actually scary, and a fine reminder that even your mom isn’t always to be trusted. (See Movie Times:

JAN 29, 2013


I Hate Karaoke

Why: What makes Pony’s weekly karaoke night so goddamn fun? First, there’s the amazing songbook, a genre-marauding tome put together by the man behind ggnzla RECORDS, which ranges from eternal classics to freaky finds (the Rezillos! The Undertones! The theme song to The Nanny!). Second, there’s the great and pervy cube of air that is Pony, Seattle and the world’s friendliest gay dive bar, which imparts an inspirational (and occasionally forgiving) looseness to the proceedings. (Pony, 1221 E Madison St,, 9 pm, 21+)

JAN 30, 2013


Made in Seattle

Why: Northwest Film Forum’s beloved Children’s Film Festival continues with Made in Seattle, a program of kid-friendly short films (both live-action and animated) from an array of local filmmakers, including S. J. Chiro, Britta Johnson, Wes Kim, Stefan Gruber, Andy McCone, Stranger Film Genius nominee Drew Christie, and Chris Rumble, a cancer patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital whose viral video lip-dub of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” closes the night. (Appropriate for ages 8 and up.) (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,, 7 pm, $10/$7 kids)

JAN 31, 2013


Cameron McPherson: ‘Reliquaie’

Why: Like many artists, Cameron McPherson always had a pencil in his hand. When he lost a studio space, he turned to what was right in front of him and began taking apart his pencils. He whittled them down into what look like ancient tools. He placed them in rows in plaster boxes, like staged remains from archaeological digs. He created other pieces using the discarded shavings, and still others with bits of the metal pieces that hold the erasers in place. The resulting show, Reliquiae, is a demonstration of what the whole lowly pencil, not just its tip, can become. (Rare Medium, 1321 E Pine St,, 11 am–6 pm, free)

FEB 1, 2013


Miss Coco Peru: ‘She’s Got Balls’

Why: Miss Coco Peru is the creation of Clinton Leupp, a highly intelligent, deeply twisted wit that just happens to be wearing a wig. Best known for her show-stopping monologue in the ’90s gay flick Trick (“IT BURNS!”) and her award-winning star turn in the drag classic Girls Will Be Girls, Miss Coco Peru reveals her true self most fearlessly in her stage shows, which blend songs, stories, and amazing philosophical ramblings to create 90 minutes of delight. (Re-bar, 1114 Howell St,, 8 pm, $20 adv/$25 DOS, 21+)

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