NOV 8, 2012


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,, 7 pm, $10)



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,, 7 and 9:30 pm, $23, 21+)

NOV 9, 2012


Daniel Higgs

Why: Don’t expect Daniel Higgs to rehash drone-rock band Lungfish’s glory days at this late date. The vocalist/guitarist/Jew’s harpist has gone off on an odder tangent since his legendary Dischord Records group went on hiatus in 2005. Now Higgs makes genuine freak folk—Sandy Bull as imagined by Flannery O’Connor on absinthe—that’s a conduit to spirit worlds of unfathomable beauty. Higgs’s rock past sometimes resurfaces, but it’s filtered into a gnarled backwoods surrealism that could scare the bejeezus out of Will Oldham. (Cairo, 507 E Mercer St, 453-4077, 8 pm, $7, all ages)

NOV 10, 2012


Ellen Forney

Why: You know Ellen Forney’s cartoons—her stars adorn the You Are Here banners on Broadway, her sexy cartoons have appeared in The Stranger for decades—but you’ve never seen them like this. This year’s Stranger-certified Genius of Literature is celebrating the publication of Marbles, her masterful new comic-book memoir. Marbles is the highest point (so far) of a great career; it batters down the walls of comics as we know them to explore Forney’s bipolar disorder in vivid detail. This is the exact moment when Forney shifts into a new level of stardom. (Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, 386-4636, 7 pm, free)

NOV 11, 2012


Seattle Affordable Art Fair

Why: The Affordable Art Fair—prices range from $100 to $10,000, with more than half under $5,000—originated 13 years ago in London. It spread as far as Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. This weekend is the first edition in what organizers hope will become a Seattle tradition, and the lineup of galleries includes Seattle’s James Harris, G. Gibson, Prole Drift, and Friesen Abmeyer, alongside dealers from Portland, Tokyo, Ecuador, and Greece. Will the fair bring art sales to Seattle? It’s good of it to try, even if the name is dumb. Art is already affordable—now get out there and buy some. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Third Ave N and Mercer St, 11 am–6 pm,, free)

NOV 12, 2012


‘The Invisible War’

Why: Kirby Dick’s award-winning documentary starts with a number of American servicewomen holding forth on their deep love for the military (the camaraderie, the pride, the tradition). We then learn how each of these women was raped by a fellow servicemember, then was ignored and shamed and even punished by the military establishment for surviving and reporting their attacks. It’s an infuriating, heartrending film that’s already leading to changes in the military’s sexual-assault protocol, and this one-night-only SIFF screening—presented by the Women’s Funding Alliance—is the perfect way to see it: in a room full of shocked, sympathetic others. Go. (SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N,, 7 pm, $10)

NOV 13, 2012


Noble Fir

Why: It’s getting stormy—time to retreat to our well-worn drinkin’ holes and find a few new ones to make the dark days bearable. With rich wood, just-right lighting, big windows, and low-key friendly service, the Noble Fir is a promising spot to find oneself on a rainy Ballard evening. It’s a beer-nerd bar (they host beer events regularly) and a hiker bar (there are maps and trail guides to peruse), but even if you’re neither, it’ll cheer you. It’s both a good spot to read alone and a charming prelude to kissing someone. (Noble Fir, 5316 Ballard Ave NW,, 4 pm–midnight, 21+)

NOV 14, 2012


The Cody Rivers Show

Erica Zurek

Why: The high-concept, high-energy, and brain-scrambling comedy duo Cody Rivers Show returns to the stage with their new show, Once and for All for One, which promises “chainsaw bluegrass, facial mime, mixtapes, marauding trees, Gomez,” and more. I presume they mean the band Gomez, but the subject matter of any given Cody Rivers sketch hardly matters—audiences flock to them for their loopy wordplay, bizarre imaginations, and athletic dance numbers. Fill the Cody Rivers–shaped hole in your heart tonight! (Annex Theater, 1100 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $15)

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