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JAN 7, 2013


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King Noodle

Why: Feeling chilled? Head down to King Noodle for a bowl of Chinese noodle soup or congee. You begin with a checklist menu, choosing a soup base (chicken or fish broth, Szechuan, sour and hot, etc.) and your favorite type of noodle (udon, vermicelli, etc.). For both soup and congee, there’s a myriad of toppings: fish balls, enoki mushrooms, barbecue duck, tofu skin, pumpkin, and much more. A condiment bar offers pickled peppers, vinegar, and chili sauce. Customizing your own meal means you can pick just what you want. Wonderful! (King Noodle, 615 King St, 748-9168, 10 am–10 pm)

TUE
JAN 8, 2013


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Steven Arntson

Why: If you’re sick of Twilight rip-offs, maybe you should give Steven Arntson a try. The local author has published two books that read more like classics in young adult literature (like A Wrinkle in Time) than cynical cash-grabs. His newest novel, The Wrap-Up List, is about a teenager who receives a letter from the grim reaper warning that she’ll die in a week’s time. Arntson’s book-debut parties involve lots of live music and great conversation about a female character who doesn’t fall hopelessly in love with a wan vampire creep. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, elliottbaybook.com, 7 pm, free)

WED
JAN 9, 2013


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Jenny Holzer

Why: Jenny Holzer is famous for her words, which are all over the world. Her piece Inflammatory Essays, in Elles: SAM, is a wallpapering of brightly colored posters featuring texts by intellectuals, politicians, and ideologues. She began writing her own Truisms in 1977 (“Abuse of power comes as no surprise,” for one). It will be fascinating to hear what comes out of her actual live-and-in-person mouth in tonight’s conversation with SAM modern and contemporary curator Catharina Manchanda. (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, seattleartmuseum.org, 7 pm, $10)

THU
JAN 10, 2013


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‘The Book of Mormon’

Why: After Dan Savage saw the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, he went on Keith Olbermann’s news show and gushed about the brilliance of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s musical masterpiece for 10 minutes straight. Reports from the road say the touring production is just as mind-blowing as the original. The entire run of Book of Mormon at the Paramount is sold out, but there will be 20 $25 rush tickets available by lottery two hours before every performance. (Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St, stgpresents.org, 7:30 pm, $25)

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FRI
JAN 11, 2013


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Pleasureboaters, Mass Games, Absolute Monarchs

Why: Pleasureboaters are back! After a four-year pause, the beloved thrash-punk trio has unexpectedly reunited—it’s like coming home from work and finding a raging surprise party in your living room for no occasion whatsoever! If their 2013 live shows are anything like their performances of yore, prepare yourself for the splattering chaos of 1,000 Watermelon Four Lokos and the caterwauling turmoil of a bobcat in a dryer. (No bobcats were harmed in the writing of this Suggest.) (Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave NW, sunsettavern.com, 10 pm, $8, 21+)



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‘Manhattan’

Why: There is so much to love in this superb work of American cinema. There is the opening montage, the music during this montage (George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”), and the city captured in the montage. There is the year the film was made (1979—the end of an age and mode of being), the comedian (Woody Allen) at the height of his powers, the stupid beauty of Mariel Hemingway, the brilliance of Diane Keaton, and, of course, the iconic Queensboro Bridge moment. This movie will always show us how to love a city. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, grandillusioncinema.org, 7 pm, $8)

SAT
JAN 12, 2013


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School of Rock Presents the Beatles

Why: Over the last 40-plus years, musicians of myriad stripes have been interpreting the Beatles’ bounteous, beautiful catalog, obviously with varying results. The Fab Four wrote some of the most sophisticated and catchy pop ever, songs you can hear hundreds of times without exhausting their pleasures. Therefore, it should be a blast to witness the precocious youths in Seattle’s School of Rock tackle these lovable tunes with adorable enthusiasm and surprisingly deft musicianship. Hope they do “Tomorrow Never Knows.” (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, thecrocodile.com, 5 pm, $10 adv, all ages)

SUN
JAN 13, 2013


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‘The Tin Drum’: Director’s Cut

Why: My mother named our pet dachshund Oskar after the main character in The Tin Drum, Günter Grass’s dark and disturbing novel about a 3-year-old boy who responds to the horrors of Nazi Germany by deciding never to grow up. I hadn’t realized how totally fucked up that was until I saw the Oscar-winning 1979 film, an equally disturbing masterpiece that still haunts me three decades later. As does the remarkable performance of 11-year-old David Bennent, who impossibly plays Oskar from in utero to stunted adulthood. (SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center Northwest Rooms, siff.net, 4:30 pm, $11)

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