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AUG 20, 2014


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‘The Dog’

Why: A fearless lover, criminal, and one-of-a-kind American freak, the late John Wojtowicz had enough personality to fuel two feature films. The first, 1975’s Dog Day Afternoon, earned Al Pacino an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Wojtowicz on the day he sought to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover’s gender-reassignment surgery. The second, the new documentary The Dog, lets Wojtowicz be Wojtowicz. The result is a constantly surprising, sporadically horrifying, oddly loving portrait of a sociopath with a heart of gold. No fan of serious human freakery should miss The Dog. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, grandillusioncinema.org, 7 and 9 pm, $9, Aug 15-21)



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Nights of Genius

Why: Now is the time to get familiar with genius. Starting with tonight’s film showcase and continuing until September 17’s performance showcase, the next five Wednesdays feature Stranger arts editors interviewing and sharing the work of this year’s Genius Award nominees. Tonight, that means Charles Mudede and I take the stage with actor Paul Eenhoorn, screenwriter Bob Nelson, and filmmaker Drew Christie. Last year’s showcases were revelatory; these will be, too. Bonus: Admission includes one genius cocktail. UPDATE: Tonight’s showcase is sold out, but check here for tickets for other Nights of Genius! (Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, fryemuseum.org/program/genius, pre-drinks 5:30 pm, shows 6:15 pm, $10 one night/$40 series pass, 21+)

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AUG 21, 2014


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Yesler Terrace Youth Media

Why: In this newspaper last year, Charles Mudede summed up why it’s a tragedy that Yesler Terrace will be demolished and “redeveloped” into mixed-income housing: “Yesler Terrace was one of the few housing projects in the United States that came close to fulfilling its initial utopian promise.” It has flowers everywhere, “no beefs,” as one basketballer puts it on film, and folks out tending the Urban Garden. You’ll see it all through the eyes of teens tonight, when the Yesler Terrace Youth Media team unveils their new documentary film and photographic series at the Frye. This way, when 1,200 people are displaced, at least nobody will be able to say they were never there. (Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, fryemuseum.org, 5 pm, free)



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Why: From 1969’s Yes to 1972’s Close to the Edge, Yes challenged King Crimson and Gentle Giant for prog-rock supremacy. Most may know Yes for their fluke, Trevor Horn–produced 1983 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” but the music they created in their first years is a far superior canon of tart, florid melodies and breathtakingly grandiose and complex dynamics . Even with only three peak-era members (vocalist Jon Davison’s replaced Jon Anderson), Yes have enough instrumental virtuosity and stunning songs to thrill. (Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, 10400 Quil Ceda Blvd, Marysville, tulalipcasino.com, 7 pm, $30–$70, 21+)

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AUG 22, 2014


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‘Land Ho!’

Why: The surprising thing about Land Ho! is that it should be a bad film. It’s a road-trip flick—practically an advertisement for Iceland’s tourism industry—and it’s about two lonely, old white guys who’re dealing with broken marriages and broken dreams. But the film works! Why? Because of the two old stars, Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn (who’s a current nominee for a Stranger Genius Award). It’s fucking amazing that they made so much out of so little. Nelson relentlessly pumps out the comedy, and Eenhoorn convincingly counters this bombardment and brings a much-needed splash of sunlight to the film’s end. You will visit Iceland after watching Land Ho!. (Seven Gables, 911 NE 50th St, landmarktheatres.com)

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AUG 23, 2014


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Linda’s Fest!

Why: This is the kind of event that makes it seem like Capitol Hill isn’t completely lost (YET!). You see, the fifth annual Linda’s Fest! (a fest with an exclamation point!) is 100 percent free. They set up a stage in the back parking lot and promise that “the Rainier will be flowing wilder than the Columbia River!” This year, the roster includes a bunch of bands with super-excellent ladies playing in them, including Chastity Belt, the Young Evils, Kithkin, Tacocat, and—last but NEVER least—Thunderpussy. (Linda’s, 707 E Pine St, facebook.com/Lindastavernseattle, 5–10 pm, free, 21+)

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AUG 24, 2014


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The Seattle Piano Players

Why: This performance is not about professionals, about the best of the best, about those who mastered the instrument when they were still kids. It’s about amateurs: men and women who learned the piano late or, after years of neglect, returned to it and relearned. With the Seattle Piano Players, people who are not that different from you and me take the stage. It’s just right for snacks, house wine, and the company of friends you haven’t seen in some time. (The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, theroyalroomseattle.com, 7 pm, free, all ages)

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AUG 25, 2014


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‘To Be Takei’

Why: George Takei is a national treasure, and this loving documentary does him right, sharing the Takei family’s story of surviving US internment during World War II, unpacking the homoerotic significance of Star Trek’s Sulu, and giving us a lovely gawk at Takei’s marriage to the endlessly understanding Brad. But as with Takei himself, the stories of internment are what you’ll remember. Here is a man who loves his country deeply and unapologetically, and who will never forget what his country did to his family during a time of bigoted fear. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, siff.net)

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AUG 26, 2014


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‘Curtis R. Barnes: The Unicorn Incorporated’

Why: Curtis R. Barnes tries to make nice, peaceful, nonpolitical art, but something always happens to make it intense, tough, turbulent. Barnes has been making art in Seattle since he was 3 years old, and he’s about to be 71. It’s fitting that the Frye, where he took art classes as a child, has organized his first museum show, featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, and a room devoted to the Omowale mural that energized the African American part of this city—and then was shamefully destroyed. Barnes’s art is like that Frye-owned painting he saw way back, of the horses fleeing the stable on fire: Real life feels at stake in it. (Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, fryemuseum.org, 11 am–5 pm, free, through Sept 21)

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