DEC 29, 2012


Gavin Russom

Why: Gavin Russom has built analog synths for paradigm-shifting DFA Records bands LCD Soundsystem and Black Dice, but he also knows how to generate his own distinctive sounds from them. The New Yorker’s brooding, cosmic synthesizer jams and edgy, un-gridlike dance tracks—with longtime recording partner Delia Gonzalez and in his more recent projects Black Meteoric Star and Crystal Ark—typically veer toward epic transcendence. Tonight, Russom will be DJing, but expect nothing less than a deluge of strange, trance-inducing selections. (Electric Tea Garden, 1402 E Pike St,, 9:30 pm, free until 11 pm/$10 after, 21+)

DEC 30, 2012


Brunch at Hi Spot

Why: It’s the perfect laid-back atmosphere; you don’t want anything extreme early in the day. This old-school Seattle place has an excellent breakfast menu, from omelets, brioche French toast, and corned beef hash to huevos rancheros. But what really puts it over the top are the pastries from their in-house baker: sticky cinnamon rolls, hazelnut scones, and savory biscuits. And you can gird yourself for the rest of the day with a superbly made espresso drink or hardy Bloody Mary. It’s a first-rate brunch experience. (Hi Spot Cafe, 1410 34th Ave,, 8 am–2:30 pm)

DEC 31, 2012


New Year's Eve!

Why: Choose your own NYE adventure! Want some steamy soul revival suitable for dark corner make-out sessions? Ring in 2013 with Pickwick at the Showbox at the Market. If you’re craving a noisy and chaotic punk-rock bash, Monogamy Party are headlining the Comet. For some 206 hiphop that’ll make you sweat through your cardigan, check out Fresh Espresso with Grynch and Keyboard Kid at the Neptune. And that’s just the beginning of your options! Pick your poison at, find someone cute to kiss at midnight, and start 2013 off on the right foot. (See for more info)

JAN 1, 2013


Third Place Books Sale

Why: Every New Year’s Day, every book, new and used, at both Third Place Books locations is 20 percent off. It’s perfect timing: You can consider self-betterment and laze off your thunderous New Year’s Eve hangover at the same time. And when you finally start thinking about food again, the brunch at Vios, the Greek restaurant inside Ravenna Third Place Books, is excellent, too. It’s a whole new year; go ahead and pick up that sleazy sci-fi paperback AND that fancy cookbook. You’ve got time for both. (Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE; Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE;

JAN 2, 2013


‘Django Unchained’

Why: It’s a grand Quentin Tarantino tradition (along with loving close-ups of Uma Thurman’s feet): the moment our shameless auteur makes literal what his film is doing figuratively. In Pulp Fiction, it was the adrenaline shot to the heart. In Django Unchained, it’s a character (played by Tarantino) literally playing with dynamite. Don’t let the reckless deployment of N-bombs keep you from experiencing this funky, bloody revenge fantasy, which features great, peacocky performances from Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, and Leonardo DiCaprio, a dazzling soundtrack, and, yes, too much brutal violence. (Still, hands are made for peeking through.) (See Movie Times:

JAN 3, 2013


Jared Diamond

Why: So many background elements in our lives (iPhones! Hot Pockets! Poly-blend slacks!) are brand-new developments in human history. While we can mentally understand the benefits of technology, our dumb ape bodies are still adjusting. In his new book, The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond explains how we can learn from our distant past as a species and apply those lessons to our modern, indoor-plumbing-drunk times. Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel was an anthropological blockbuster, and Yesterday looks like it’ll be a hot topic for months to come. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)

JAN 4, 2013


Drink Beer in Green Lake

Why: It’s Friday. Have a beer! Have a beer in Green Lake! (Not literally: too cold.) As Stranger online commenter Nic in Greenlake noted recently, “Oh hell yes, the Green Lake/Ravenna/Tangletown hood is rocking with Mutiny Hall, Latona Pub, Burgundian, Elysian [Tangletown], and Uber.” So many taps dispensing so much goodness! There’s also the Duck Island Ale House, Cooper’s, the Ravenna Alehouse… the streets of the area are running with beer. (Not literally.) Drink up! (See bar listings at for details)

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