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NOV 2, 2012


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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, www.thecrocodile.com, 8 pm, $13 adv/$15 DOS, all ages)

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SAT
NOV 3, 2012


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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, www.brownpapertickets.com, 8 and 10 pm, $20)



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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, www.shortrun.org, 10:30 am–5:30 pm, free)

SUN
NOV 4, 2012


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‘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, www.seattleshakespeare.org, 2 pm, $36, 2 pm)

MON
NOV 5, 2012


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‘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, www.art.washington.edu, 7 pm, free)

TUE
NOV 6, 2012


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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)

WED
NOV 7, 2012


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Katsu Burger

Why: Mashiko Sushi and Katsu Burger are owned by same person: Hajime Sato. Mashiko is in West Seattle; Katsu Burger is in Georgetown. Mashiko is fancy; Katsu Burger is not. Mashiko is rational; Katsu Burger is nuts. It is good to go to Mashiko most of the time, but it is also good to go to Katsu Burger now and then. The former is about the body, the latter is only about the soul, which sometimes needs to gorge on something as crazy, as nonsensical as the massive, towering Mt. Fuji, a burger with all the major farm animals in it. (Katsu Burger, 6538 Fourth Ave S, 762-0752, 10:30 am–8 pm)

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THU
NOV 8, 2012


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Jeffry Mitchell

Why: It is perfectly acceptable for an artist to make beautiful work but be incapable of discussing it, but it’s a special happiness when an artist is gifted at expressing himself in words. Tonight’s event is a double feature, then: It’s your chance to view the ceramics, paintings, drawings, and installations of 2009 Stranger Genius Jeffry Mitchell, the queer (in every great sense of that word) elder statesman of Seattle art, and it’s also a time to settle in and listen to him. He’ll be interviewed by Claudia Fitch, another Seattle treasure. (Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, www.henryart.org, 7 pm, $10)



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HUMP!

Why: The Stranger’s legendary amateur porn festival returns with its biggest, boner-iest year yet. HUMP! 2012 drew a record-breaking number of submissions, guaranteeing a show with something to delight, disgust, and hornify everyone. (Dear everyone who feels iffy about watching porn with and starring your fellow city dwellers: It’s weirdly sweet and communal.) Among this year’s submission titles: When You Wank Upon a Star, D&D Orgy, Pie Sluts, Best Slumber Party Ever. (SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, strangertickets.com, 7 and 9:30 pm, $23, 21+)

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