JUN 6, 2013


Klara Glosova

Why: There is a dreamlike, almost impossible intimacy to Seattle artist Klara Glosova. She’s been known to precisely re-create a pair of children’s underwear in painted ceramic and leave them lying on the lawn, for instance. I (and maybe you too) have been in her shower, on her bed, in her children’s bedrooms, at her kitchen counter—Glosova runs NEPO House, where she hosts art events gleefully grafted onto her family’s domestic life. This new gallery show is her alone, in a set of ceramics, photography, and sketches that “connect here/now reality with her personal mythology, deeply buried beneath consciousness.” (Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl S,, 6–8 pm, free, through June 28)

JUN 7, 2013


Blank Realm

Why: Blank Realm’s deceptively modest name belies one of the most exciting rock bands in Australia—no, make that the world. Their songs boast vocals, choruses, and fairly typical structures, but these familiar elements somehow cohere into scintillating, catchy songs devoid of corn. At a time when most rock is groaning on its deathbed, Blank Realm’s latest album, Go Easy, suggests that there’s still robust life in the old coot yet. Check the “Death Valley ’69”–like “Acting Strange” for proof. (Cairo, 507 E Mercer St,, 8 pm, all ages)

JUN 8, 2013


‘The Twilight Zone: Live!’

Why: During the 21 years Theater Schmeater has lived in its subterranean theater-bunker on Capitol Hill, it has regularly produced part-campy, part-sincere re-creations of Twilight Zone episodes. People love them: the fascination with the outer edges of science, the moral queasiness about our workaday existence, the cheap cocktails. This round has entertaining shorts about marooned astronauts, a tyrannical and psychic child, and a drunk-ass Santa Claus. Schmeater will have to relocate soon (due to real-estate issues), so enjoy this old bunker while it lasts. (Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave,, 8 pm, $18 adv/$23 DOS, through June 15)


‘Cockneys vs. Zombies’

Why: Just when you think the zombie movie is finally spent as a genre, along comes a shiny little low-budget comedy like Cockneys vs. Zombies to prove you wrong. A pair of East London kids robs a bank to help save their beloved grandpa’s nursing home from evil gentrifying real-estate developers, but then the zombie apocalypse gets in the way. Cockneys isn’t as funny as Shaun of the Dead or as awesome as Attack the Block, but it’s got more than enough gory shocks and funny twists on zombie tropes to make for a primo midnight movie experience. (Egyptian Theater, 801 E Pine St,, midnight, $12)

JUN 9, 2013


‘Crystal Fairy’

Why: Seems like it’s been years—Superbad, maybe?—since we’ve seen Michael Cera in a movie with a truly dirty sense of humor. And we’ve never seen the Cera we meet in Crystal Fairy: In this Chilean comedy, Cera plays an asshole American tourist who’s in it for the South American drugs and not much else. He picks up a dirty hippie American who calls herself Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman, brilliantly putting the manic pixie dream girl trope under harsh lights and letting the imperfections hang out), and the two head out on a quest to try some hallucinogenic cactus. This is uncomfortable Ugly American comedy at its sharpest. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N,, 5 pm, $12)

JUN 10, 2013


Play Hooky at Bar Sajor

Why: Bar Sajor is lovely during the daytime, and maybe especially so in the spring. The huge windows look out on the newly leafy trees of cobblestone Occidental Park, onto the always dignified, old-timey buildings of Pioneer Square. Bar Sajor is not currently open on the weekends, so to experience the daytime greatness—it’s Matt Dillon’s new place, so what you will eat is also of springtime, of nearby and now—you have to come for weekday lunch, or for afternoon snacks and a bottle of wine. It is a very good way to play hooky, rain or shine. (Bar Sajor, 323 Occidental Ave S, 682-1117, 11 am–8 pm)

JUN 11, 2013


Pharos Editions Debut

Why: With the brand-new Pharos Editions, popular authors introduce new readers to lost classics. Pharos’s first wave features a juggernaut of local talent: Sherman Alexie sponsors Todd Walton’s basketball novel Inside Moves, Jonathan Evison chose McTeague by Frank Norris, and Jess Walter endorses Robert Cantwell’s 1935 Washington labor epic Land of Plenty. Tonight, Alexie, Evison, and Walter will appear in a panel discussion (moderated by me). They’ll explain why they picked these particular books and examine the possibility that they may one day be the semi-forgotten author who needs rescuing from the depths of obscurity. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)

JUN 12, 2013


Spinnaker Bay Brewing

Why: If Columbia City is already too hip for your tastes, head half a mile farther south to Hillman City, home to Spinnaker Bay Brewing, a rare woman-founded, -owned, and -run brewery and taproom. But take transit or bring a designated driver, because these ladies brew some damn strong beer. At 6-plus percent alcohol, their lightest beer is a crisp and slightly fruity pale ale, but the other three tasty brews—an IPA, a Scottish ale, and a porter—all clock in at more than 8 percent. Bonus: jazz music and rotating food trucks! (Spinnaker Bay Brewing, 5718 Rainier Ave S,, 5–9:30 pm)

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