Rigoletto is one of the classics, a Verdi opera for the ages, meaning the music is as beautiful as the plot is perverse. The action includes a hunchback, an assassin, a duke, and much "ruining" of virgins. Several of the arias, duets, and quartets are famous. It's a great opera to come back to, or to begin with. Seattle Opera's production is set in... more »
Cupcake Royale celebrates its 10th birthday by giving you a FREE Babycake (no purchase required!) at any of its shops today, plus deals on merch, too. Free.
Local 360 makes a three-course tasting menu featuring Northwest game in tribute to guest of honor Hank Shaw and his great-sounding new cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose. E-mail email@example.com. $75.
This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems is the history of the battle between two patriotic songs. Since patriotic songs are all about war, that seems kind of appropriate. Free.
As part of the Nerd Nite reading series, Sim will discuss the connection between salsa dancing, engineering, and management consulting. Mugford will explain the importance of (and science behind) electricity. Free.
(Hollow Earth Radio) Tokyo guitarist/vocalist Suzuki Junzo has played in the psych-rock combos Overhang Party and Miminokoto and collaborated with some of Japan's upper-echelon mind-melters, including Acid Mothers Temple's Kawabata Makoto. His repertoire includes spacey drones that evoke Ash Ra Tempel and Kluster's desolate, lunar tone nebulae, tu... more »
Creatures by NUDES (Black Lodge) If you're a fan of '80s hardcore, this one is for you. Unlike the macho-tough-guy "hardcore" of today, local band Nudes is the epitome of punk ferocity: short bursts of shrieking guitars and piercingly angry vocals rage atop a solid foundation of furious drum blasts. Negative Press come straight out of Tacoma and, m... more »
To celebrate the sixth issue of the local literary magazine, Charles Mudede, Maged Zaher, Ezra Mark, Matt Briggs, and Robert Mittenthal will all read work. That's an impressive lineup. The press materials for this reading say that this issue of Birkensnake "was edited in seven versions by seven pairs of strangers." Free.
Taste your choice of four bourbons—choose from every damn bottle in the bar! $10.
The Boys in the Boat is subtitled Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It's about the UW rowing team that fought the Nazis. Free.
Local poets Kelly Davio, Nicelle Davis, Maggie MK Hess, Sierra Nelson, and Alexis Vergalla will read new work about Miller's Law, which says that we can only retain so much information in our memories. Free.
Griffith is a local novelist. Her newest, Hild, is about a king's rebellious niece in 7th century Britain. Free.
Dr. Reh will give a lecture titled "Restoring Sight to the Blind: the Future Looks Bright" as part of the UW Graduate Program in Neurobiology & Behavior-sponsored NeuroTalks public lecture series. Drinks and light snacks will be served. Free w/registration.
The final entry in a series of events that sit artists down and have them talk about what they do (make art) and how they do it (???). This evening's featured panelists are Philip H Red Eagle, and Rebecca Walker. $5.
(Neptune) Australian trio Jagwar Ma (apparently also known as Noel Gallagher's favorite band) make Madchester-inspired indie rock melted into poppy dance music for sun-stoned festivalgoers rocking tasteful body paint. Their songs' recipes usually call for a couple rhythm patterns (say, layers of funky beats and looped vocals) warping and expanding... more »
Animal Kingdom: A group show featuring funky pictures of all your favorite animals, especially in the work of Jesse Link, in a career he began while serving in Iraq and continued while helping rebuild New Orleans after the hurricane. Free.
Brian Lane: The Distance is Near: Color-fieldish-looking photos that make macro-perception of their subject their subject (a sampling was also exhibited recently at Rare Medium). Free.
"This is the annual collaboration between Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center showcasing contemporary dance on film, from video recordings of staged work to choreography created specifically for the camera to animation and beyond. Tonight’s program features work from Seattle, Bellingham, NYC, Italy, and Denmark; tomorrow night’s program... more » $11-$16.
Zut alors! Café Presse vous invitons à parler la meilleure langue du monde tous les deux mercredis à Café Presse à la Table Française. Seattle Language Academy vous donnera un formateur pour chaque cours, et les étudiants de français de tous les niveaux sont invités à nous joindre. Songez à tous les beaux gens que vous y rencontrerez! Chouette! Et:... more » Free.
The booze-and-books-and-music series continues with Corinne Manning, Harold Taw, Indu Sundaresan, and Jason Kirk, along with musical guest Lana McMullen. Proceeds benefit HopeLink Adult Education. $5.