JAN 9, 2013


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,, 7 pm, $10)

JAN 10, 2013


‘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,, 7:30 pm, $25)

JAN 11, 2013


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,, 10 pm, $8, 21+)



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,, 7 pm, $8)

JAN 12, 2013


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,, 5 pm, $10 adv, all ages)

JAN 13, 2013


‘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,, 4:30 pm, $11)

JAN 14, 2013



Why: As Paul Constant writes, “Besides being a fun time-waster, pinball is possibly the best excuse ever produced by man for drinking alone. John John’s Game Room is a boozy arcade featuring a few video games and some sweet pinball to keep your drinking problem company.” And as Gillian Anderson writes, “The cacophonous Pinball Museum in the International District offers more than 35 machines from the 1960s onward. You pay to get in, and then all the games are on free-play!” Go forth and don’t tilt. (John John’s Game Room, 1351 E Olive Way, 696-1613, 4 pm–1 am, 21+; Pinball Museum, 508 Maynard Ave S, 623-0759, 11 am–5 pm, $10, all ages)

JAN 15, 2013


‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Why: Remember when Hedwig felt so new, radical, and dangerously hilarious that you could barely believe it was allowed to exist in George W. Bush’s America? That was more than a decade ago. But the talent behind this revival promises an electric production. First: director Ian Bell, whose gift for disciplined chaos has given us comedy group Bald Faced Lie, the Brown Derby screenplay reading/massacring series, and Seattle Confidential. Second: star Jerick Hoffer, aka Jinkx Monsoon, a locally beloved actor, singer, and drag queen who’s about to launch onto a national stage with RuPaul’s Drag Race. (Moore Theater, 1932 Second Ave,, 7:30 pm, $17.50–$32.50)

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