OCT 31, 2012


Ononos at Chop Suey

Why: For this show, you’re going to want to papier-mâché yourself into a glorious costume and spray-paint that costume yellow or silver or navy blue—add some mesh! Add some rhinestones! Then, pop a few Truckers Luv It energy pills (actual product) and get your ass to Chop Suey. All the bands on this bill are perfect for Halloween, but most perfect would have to be the Ononos, a band of visually arresting light beings. Their pulsing, sexy future-synth is like standing in the spinning vortex tunnel of a haunted house—it will give you vertigo, but you haven’t had this much fun in eons. (Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison,, $7, 8 pm, 21+)

NOV 1, 2012


‘Fat Kid Rules the World’

Why: Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut brings KL Going’s award-winning young adult novel—about a suicidal fat kid in Seattle drawn into a friendship (and a punk band) with a troubled dropout—to the big screen. It’s terrific and laced throughout with richly humane moments that nail down big, well-known concepts—the push-and-pull of family love, the thrill of live music, the shittiness of loving a junkie (even platonically)—with affecting precision. Secret weapon: Billy Campbell’s hard-ass dad with a heart of gold. (See Movie Times)

NOV 2, 2012


The Sea and Cake

Why: The Sea and Cake have turned nonchalant rhythms and breezy melodies into one of the most consistently pleasant back catalogs in indie rock. That may sound like damning with faint praise, but these Chicago veterans are like Steely Dan (fuck the haters) on a perpetual beach-bound holiday: slick craftsmen who wear their virtuosity like sweaters loosely tied around their waists. The Sea and Cake spin countless variations on their cerebral lounge-rock theme, finding ingenious ways to elevate your mood, gently. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave,, 8 pm, $13 adv/$15 DOS, all ages)

NOV 3, 2012


The Cherdonna and Lou Show

Why: Combining modern dance, gender-bending camp, lunatic conceptual comedy, and shockingly ambitious hair and makeup, the Cherdonna and Lou Show is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Their latest production out out there (A Whole Night Lost) finds the Seattle duo navigating a creepy dreamscape of missed connections, smashed plaster, full-frontal nudity, and quietly breathtaking dance. The whole thing wraps up with an old-school lip-synch that blasts past irony to something old and new and pure. It’s hilarious dance-theater magic. (Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave,, 8 and 10 pm, $20)


Short Run

Why: Seattle didn’t have a kick-ass small press festival until last year, when Short Run came along to fill the letterpressed void. This second outing promises comics, literature, animation, games, a bake sale, free haircuts, performances, and a dance party. Some of my favorite local cartoonists, including David Lasky, Eroyn Franklin, Peter Bagge, and Pat Moriarity, will be selling and signing their newest books alongside some of the funnest names in zines and literary events right now: Lucy Morehouse, Willie Fitzgerald, and Amber Nelson. If it’s folded, spindled, and/or mutilated, you’ll find it here. (Vera Project, Seattle Center,, 10:30 am–5:30 pm, free)

NOV 4, 2012


‘Antony and Cleopatra’

Why: Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra charts the sweeping, trans-Mediterranean lust between a Roman general and an Egyptian queen that became a personal and geopolitical tragedy. Four reasons to get excited: director John Langs (Hamlet, Crumbs Are Also Bread, The Adding Machine), whose imagination simultaneously sharpens and embellishes plays; ace actors (and real-life couple) Hans Altwies and Amy Thone in the title roles; Charles Leggett and Darragh Kennan in supporting roles; and set designer Jennifer Zeyl. (The Playhouse, 201 Mercer St,, 2 pm, $36, 2 pm)

NOV 5, 2012


‘Celery and Incense: A Theater of Hysteria’

Why: Hysteria was essentially invented in late 19th-century Paris by a man who held “lectures” every Tuesday in which he “demonstrated” women having hysterical attacks by instigating them using hypnotism, electric shock, and genital manipulation, among other techniques—then photographed them, sometimes in front of the assembled crowd. Seattle artists Amanda Manitach and DK Pan are staging a “multimedia spectacle” updating the subject, involving ideas of “sexually transmitted genius.” And what’s more, “a male body will be compromised in the name of science and art.” They have a real chaperone/collaborator: Dr. Mari Kitahata, UW Center for AIDS Research director of clinical epidemiology. (Jacob Lawrence Gallery, UW Art Building,, 7 pm, free)

NOV 6, 2012


The Stranger’s Election Night at the Showbox

Why: You must vote. If you haven’t voted yet, you must vote today. This is an exciting, important election. Vote for Obama, Inslee, marriage equality, and pot legalization. Then come to the Showbox for The Stranger’s Election Night bash. We’ll have all the results on big-ass screens, tons of booze, and a bitchin’ sound system. If everything goes our way, you’ll be dancing, drinking, and getting engaged to be gay-married by the end of the night. If everything doesn’t go our way, did we mention that there’s booze? Because there’s totally tons of booze. (Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave, 628-3151, 4:30 pm, free)

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