MAY 6, 2013


Ezra Dickinson

Why: Here’s a first: a solo dance piece by a classically trained local talent, to be performed on the street outside the Greyhound bus station, in the plaza of the US District Courthouse, and in a nearby parking garage (where a music video will be projected on a wall). The subject is Dickinson’s relationship with his mother, a dance teacher with schizophrenia who called him up about 10 years ago to tell him she was living on the street. It’s called Mother for You I Made This, and Dickinson will be performing it at 7 p.m. every night for the next two weeks, rain or shine. (Meet on the 800 block of Stewart St, across from the Greyhound station,, 7 pm, $18, through May 19)

MAY 7, 2013


Square Knot Diner

Why: In this delightful year-old Georgetown diner, the decor is old-school workingman Seattle, and the menu includes some of the best straight-up eggs and hash-browns breakfasts you’ll find. They serve all the regular diner fare (the tuna melt and turkey sandwich are tops), prepared with a loving touch. On a recent visit, we were eating the fluffy housemade biscuits, and the server told us that the apple-butter recipe has been in her family for 100 years. Also milkshakes, sundaes, and homemade pie! (Square Knot Diner, 6015 Airport Way S, 24 hours a day)

MAY 8, 2013


‘Bob’s Burgers’ Live

Why: Bob’s Burgers is the best show on television right now, and tonight we get to see the magic happen live, right in front of our faces! The voice actors from the animated series—H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, and John Roberts—will read bits from scripts, answer audience questions, and no doubt be absolutely hilarious, while saying things like “If boys had uteruses, they’d be called duderuses” and “When I die, I want you to cremate me and throw my ashes in Tom Selleck’s face.” Here’s hoping Mirman brings the fart-noise-making megaphone. (Neptune Theater, 1303 NE 45th St,, $26.50 adv/$29 DOS, 8 pm, all ages, also May 9)


Os Mutantes

Why: Formed in 1965 by Beatles-influenced teenage brothers Arnaldo and Sergio Dias Baptista and Rita Lee, Brazil’s wonderfully psychedelic Os Mutantes made mind-altering rock music in the avant-garde Tropicália arts movement, before fading away the following decade (heartbreak! Drugs! Politics!). By the 1990s, everyone from Kurt Cobain to David Byrne was hypnotized by the surreal beauty of their music, made even more intriguing with bizarre costumes and homemade instruments. A version of the band reunited in 2006, and the players have revolved since, but for now, Sergio Dias remains the freaky backbone of the ever-witchy South American tropicalistas. (Triple Door, 216 Union St,, 7:30 pm, $28–$35, all ages)

MAY 9, 2013


‘Gender Failure’

Why: Translations is the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, and Gender Failure is the live multimedia extravaganza that’s been chosen to open the 2013 Translations. Created and performed by celebrated Canadian trans artists Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon, and featuring video and animation from esteemed Seattle artist Clyde Petersen, Gender Failure explores its makers’ failures at fitting into the gender binary through words, music, and projected visuals. (The recent performance of Gender Failure at the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival was a sellout, so get your tickets quick.) (Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St,, 7:15 pm, $16)

MAY 10, 2013


‘Something in the Air’

Why: With Something in the Air, Olivier Assayas, the director of Carlos, Irma Vep, and Boarding Gate, revisits the twilight of the global social revolution that had the center of its spirit in the year 1968. The revolutionaries are French, urban, young, beautiful, dedicated, and intelligent. During the day, they listen to lectures about Pascal and Marx, and at night, they destroy private property with their anarchy signs, propaganda posters, and bombs. We know how all of this enthusiasm and revolutionary energy will end, we know that this rebellion is more youthful than political, but the film’s direction, art direction, wardrobe, cinematography, and performances never lose your interest for one moment. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,, 7 and 9:30 pm, $10, through May 16)

MAY 11, 2013


Pierogi Fest

Why: You guys, do you know how absurdly delicious pierogi are? If I could marry one of these li'l dumplings (most lovable when filled with potato, sauerkraut, or plum and fried in butter, beer, and onions), I would. This might be because I once lived in a Northern Michigan town where almost 100 percent of the last names in the phone book end with a “ski.” Or maybe it’s because pierogi are just insanely delicious, and even have their own patron saint (“Swiety Jacek z pierogami!”). This eighth annual all-you-can-eat celebration at Dom Polski, the Polish Home Association, includes a beer garden, music by Polonez and Young Polanie, and a pierogi cooking workshop. Na zdrowie! (Dom Polski, 1714 18th Ave,, 11:30 am–4 pm, $16/$8 kids/under 11 free)

MAY 12, 2013


Kurt Vile and the Violators

Why: Imagine sly, wry songwriting legend Lee Hazlewood reincarnated as a long-haired, laid-back rocker from Philadelphia, and you’re close to grasping the appeal of Kurt Vile. Forger of mellow, pretty melodies and deadpan utterer of observant lyrics, Vile writes casually sublime songs that slouch between folky and psychedelic. His excellent new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, is rock as beta-blocker, creating the gorgeous illusion that you have all the time in the world to chill. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $16 adv, 21+)

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