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+)

FEB 2, 2013


‘Groundhog Day’ Double Feature

Why: You already know that Groundhog Day uses the brilliant Bill Murray to his fullest potential as a smarmy newscaster forced to live the same day over and over again. But you’ve never seen Groundhog Day quite like this: As a special Groundhog Day treat, SIFF is screening Groundhog Day, welcoming actor Stephen Tobolowsky—the guy who plays Ned Ryerson in the movie—to do an audience Q&A, and then playing Groundhog Day all over again for a second time, creating what might be the single biggest case of mass déjà vu ever recorded. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N,, 6:30 pm, $15)

FEB 3, 2013


Laurie Anderson’s Books

Why: The performance artist/musician Laurie Anderson has also spent these 40 years making books. She’s said her favorite books are the ones you can “kind of hear,” so she uses pictures as words and words as pictures. In this small exhibition—organized by the artist specifically for the Henry Art Gallery—there’s her 1971 The Package, a mystery story with pictures but not words, and there’s also Words with the Word The in Front of Them, the limited-edition book she printed this past summer, borrowing incantations from her performances. Here’s another door into this great mind. (Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St,, 11 am–4 pm, $10 suggested)

FEB 4, 2013


Gun Violence Talk

Why: Wondering what you can possibly do to change our country’s loosey-goosey gun laws in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the Aurora theater shooting, and grisly public shootings in Seattle, Portland, Orlando, Phoenix, and New York City (not to mention the everyday acts of gun violence that barely crack the news cycle)? Here’s your chance to find out. Join politicians, public-health officials, and mental-health experts as they discuss the best evidence-based approaches to quell gun violence in Seattle, King County, and Washington State. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)


George Saunders

Why: Here’s the opening sentence of the title story in George Saunders’s new collection, Tenth of December: “The pale boy with unfortunate Prince Valiant bangs and cublike mannerisms hulked to the mudroom closet and requisitioned Dad’s white coat.” It’s such a great first sentence, full of imagery and rhythm and momentum. Which is what you should expect from all of Saunders’s work. This is exactly the reason December is receiving the kind of critical accolades that you only see when Philip Roth writes about masturbation or someone close to Joan Didion dies. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)

FEB 5, 2013


The Dray

Why: A warm, narrow, wooden pub between Phinney Ridge and Ballard, the Dray was made for lazy weekend afternoons, with small tables great for playing cards and a couple of cozy window nooks that accommodate piles of friends. It feels like being on a calm ship. A dozen rotating taps are well selected for discerning beer drinkers, and there are more than 100 bottled options (plus good coffee). But what keep me coming back are the sandwiches. In particular: the rosemary minis, four perfect grilled-cheese sandwiches with fresh rosemary and aioli for only $5. (The Dray, 708 NW 65th St,, 11 am–“late,” 21+ after 9 pm)

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