APR 29, 2013


Emily Bazelon with Dan Savage

Why: “For centuries if not forever, children have bullied each other, and for almost as long, adults have mostly ignored them,” Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon writes in her anti-bullying treatise Sticks and Stones. Tonight, Bazelon appears in conversation with Stranger editorial director Dan Savage, whose It Gets Better Project has permanently changed the discussion about bullying. (When Republican politicians start claiming they’re being bullied by gay-rights advocates, that’s how you know you’ve won.) We’ve waited millennia for this conversation to happen, but now that it’s finally taking place, expect things to change quickly. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)

APR 30, 2013


Killing Joke

Why: British rockers Killing Joke have used their 34-year obsession with apocalypse to create a sprawling catalog scattered with potent peaks. Lead vocalist/paranoiac Jaz Coleman’s virulent, phlegmy barks compete with some of the tensest, most splenetic guitar sorties of the post-punk era. While they peaked with their self-titled 1980 debut LP—a classic of scorched-earth rock and desolate dub—Killing Joke have enough smart, bombastic tunes in their arsenal to keep a crowd on exhilarating edge all damn night. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $25 adv, 21+)

MAY 1, 2013


'Black Watch'

Why: The Black Watch is a Scottish military regiment founded in the 1700s and legendary for participating in almost every military conflict since. Most recently, its members were serving in Iraq and became the focus of political controversy after the US Army asked the British Army to do things it didn’t necessarily want to do. This critically acclaimed touring production from the National Theater of Scotland, based on interviews with Black Watch members and involving “movement, music, and song,” has both theater people and military people in Seattle buzzing. That confluence doesn’t happen often. (Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St,, 7:30 pm, $55, through May 5)

MAY 2, 2013


'How Goes the Battle?'

Why: Tessa Hulls thought she’d just make a painting show, and she did—she brought to life an entire grouping of part-Klimt, part-mosaic paintings of women warriors in animal skins, tired of fighting. Each bright painting is paired with a poem by Kay Ryan. But at the last minute before the show opened, she realized these works were code for what was really going on: She was making art in the aftermath of a breakup. So she created a confessional comic book, too, and amazingly, she pulled it all off. You’ll not only enjoy getting to know this onetime Stranger art intern, you’ll see yourself in her. (Joe Bar, 810 E Roy St,, 7:30 am–9:30 pm, free, through May 7)

MAY 3, 2013



Why: I first saw Megan Griffiths’s Eden last May, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Based on one woman’s real-life tale of being kidnapped and trafficked for sex, Eden is fundamentally horrifying. But thanks to Griffiths’s smarts and artistry, and the expert lead performance of Jamie Chung (which won her a best actress award at last year’s SIFF), the film illuminates its world of inhumanity in the most humane way possible, without a hint of exploitation or salaciousness. It’s a miracle. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N,, 7 pm, $11, through May 15)


Debacle Fest

Why: Run by label owner/musician Sam Melancon, Debacle is a bold experimental-music fest that keeps growing and improving. Now in its sixth year, Debacle hosts three days of subterranean sonic thrills in three venues. Tonight’s lineup taps questing national (Expo ’70, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Plankton Wat, Total Life, LA Lungs) and local (Brain Fruit, Panabrite, Secret Colors) acts whose styles encompass zoned drones, ragged ragas, fourth world exotica, ambrosial ambience, and other outlier expressions. (FRED Wildlife Refuge, 127 Boylston Ave E,, 8 pm, $15 adv/$20 DOS, 21+)

MAY 4, 2013


Dash Shaw

Why: Back in the 1990s, the names of cartoonists like Chris Ware and Dan Clowes were fringy talismans of cool. Dash Shaw is the modern equivalent of those cartoonists. His work, especially the epic Bottomless Belly Button, is pushing comics forward at a pace that no other artist is approaching. Shaw’s artwork is on display at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery through May 8, but tonight he’ll screen his new animated short, Seraph, and possibly debut work from his much-anticipated new book, New School. Here’s your chance to be in on an “I-knew-him-when” moment. (Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S Vale St,, 6 pm, free)

MAY 5, 2013


Seattle True Independent Film Festival

Why: Back for a ninth year, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) offers up eight days of independent, underground, experimental, and zero-budget films at three University District venues. Among today’s offerings: the indie-rock tragicomedy The Crumbles, the innocence-lost dreamscape Complicity, the kidnapping thriller Confine, and the award-winning Bosnian drama Body Complete. (See for schedule, through May 11)

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