MON
MAR 4, 2013


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Psychic Ills

Why: On their early recordings, Psychic Ills played third-eye-rippling psych rock derived from the 13th Floor Elevators and Spacemen 3. They later ventured into stardusted drone and dub before returning to more conventional, easygoing rock moves with Hazed Dream and One Track Mind. Psychic Ills may not frazzle neurons as strangely and thoroughly as they once did, but their blissful boogie and hushed vocals evoke a heavier, trippier J. J. Cale—which is a great thing to evoke. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, thecrocodile.com, 8 pm, $10 adv, all ages)

TUE
MAR 5, 2013


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Little Uncle

Why: Little Uncle is a family-run Thai food stall tucked along the sidewalk at 15th and Madison, and it’s the closest thing to Bangkok’s famous street food you’ll find in Seattle. Its small rotating menu transcends the usual flatness of American Thai cuisine. Instead, the flavors dance and bounce off each other: bright chilies, cooling coconut milk, faint shades of vinegar and sourness. Their food tastes dynamic. Little Uncle always has pad thai—people love it—but order something new. (Little Uncle, 1509 E Madison St, littleuncleseattle.com, 11 am–8 pm)

WED
MAR 6, 2013


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Morrissey

Why: The Pope of Mope sent us into a daffodil-flinging tantrum when he canceled his Seattle show back in November, citing his sick mum back in England (she’s feeling better now), so we’re more than thrilled to get our hopes right back up to where they started when we word-purged about him those many months ago. There’s no real need to describe Morrissey’s music—at this point, you’re either with him or against him. Word is this is the last time he’ll ever play Seattle, and if he stands us up again, “beware, we hold more grudges than lonely high court judges.” (Moore Theater, 1932 Second Ave, stgpresents.org, 7:30 pm, $62.50–$82.50, all ages)

THU
MAR 7, 2013


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‘Everyone’s a Critic’

Why: In 2011, the Huffington Post published an essay by Michael Kaiser, who lamented the “scary trend” of blogs, arguing that citizen-criticism was dumbing down the discourse and giving professional critics a run for their money (literally). Andy Horwitz and Jeremy Barker of Culturebot.org (pictured) strenuously disagree. Everyone’s a Critic launches their Citizen Critic Project, and a panel of Seattle culture people—including Tonya Lockyer, Matthew Richter, and myself—will show video clips and talk about the future of criticism. (On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, ontheboards.org, 8 pm, $12)

FRI
MAR 8, 2013


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‘My Brother’s Wedding’

Why: The greatest director in the history of black cinema is Charles Burnett. His greatness rests on two films: Killer of Sheep (1977) and To Sleep with Anger (1990). Between these films is My Brother’s Wedding (1983). The first is an urban poem imbued with the humanism of the blues; the third is a work of philosophy that draws from the cosmic hum of gospel. The middle film is the bridge from the first masterpiece to the second. It’s not, to be honest, an outstanding film, but it does bring us closer to the outstanding mind behind Sheep and Anger. Tonight’s screening is part of NWFF’s monthlong series LA Rebellion, and the director will be in attendance. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, nwfilmforum.org, 8 pm, $10)

SAT
MAR 9, 2013


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‘Catch and Release’

Why: During Georgetown’s monthly Art Attack walk, the newish gallery LxWxH brings you a crew of four local lady metalsmiths, all making jewelry that could either protect or attack you. Dorothy Cheng has an interest in medieval mortification of the flesh—hair shirts and whatnot. Jana Brevick’s pieces often look like they are guilty of transmitting secret data across surveillance systems. Kimber Leblicq dips steel in beeswax and juxtaposes it with rolled-up paper that looks burned. Tara Brannigan’s ring has a duiker horn instead of a precious gem. Something’s gonna get stabbed. (LxWxH, 6007 12th Ave S, lengthbywidthbyheight.com, 6–9 pm, free)

SUN
MAR 10, 2013


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Toss Like a Boss

Why: p>Is there a more beautiful sight than pizza dough being tossed and caught, tossed and caught, until it achieves its optimal thinness and perfect diameter? No—no, there is not. Today, professionals from Piecora’s, Big Mario’s, Zayda Buddy’s, Elemental, Ballard Pizza Company, and more compete to become the Pizza Toss Boss. Your suggested $20 donation gets you two hours’ worth of pizza and salad, plus a scorecard. The winner gets a trophy, and the proceeds go to their charity of choice. Everyone gets all that beauty in the air. (Ballard Pizza Company, 5107 Ballard Ave NW, 659-6033, noon, $20)

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