FEB 1, 2013


Miss Coco Peru: ‘She’s Got Balls’

Why: Miss Coco Peru is the creation of Clinton Leupp, a highly intelligent, deeply twisted wit that just happens to be wearing a wig. Best known for her show-stopping monologue in the ’90s gay flick Trick (“IT BURNS!”) and her award-winning star turn in the drag classic Girls Will Be Girls, Miss Coco Peru reveals her true self most fearlessly in her stage shows, which blend songs, stories, and amazing philosophical ramblings to create 90 minutes of delight. (Re-bar, 1114 Howell St,, 8 pm, $20 adv/$25 DOS, 21+)

FEB 2, 2013


‘Groundhog Day’ Double Feature

Why: You already know that Groundhog Day uses the brilliant Bill Murray to his fullest potential as a smarmy newscaster forced to live the same day over and over again. But you’ve never seen Groundhog Day quite like this: As a special Groundhog Day treat, SIFF is screening Groundhog Day, welcoming actor Stephen Tobolowsky—the guy who plays Ned Ryerson in the movie—to do an audience Q&A, and then playing Groundhog Day all over again for a second time, creating what might be the single biggest case of mass déjà vu ever recorded. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N,, 6:30 pm, $15)

FEB 3, 2013


Laurie Anderson’s Books

Why: The performance artist/musician Laurie Anderson has also spent these 40 years making books. She’s said her favorite books are the ones you can “kind of hear,” so she uses pictures as words and words as pictures. In this small exhibition—organized by the artist specifically for the Henry Art Gallery—there’s her 1971 The Package, a mystery story with pictures but not words, and there’s also Words with the Word The in Front of Them, the limited-edition book she printed this past summer, borrowing incantations from her performances. Here’s another door into this great mind. (Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St,, 11 am–4 pm, $10 suggested)

FEB 4, 2013


Gun Violence Talk

Why: Wondering what you can possibly do to change our country’s loosey-goosey gun laws in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the Aurora theater shooting, and grisly public shootings in Seattle, Portland, Orlando, Phoenix, and New York City (not to mention the everyday acts of gun violence that barely crack the news cycle)? Here’s your chance to find out. Join politicians, public-health officials, and mental-health experts as they discuss the best evidence-based approaches to quell gun violence in Seattle, King County, and Washington State. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)


George Saunders

Why: Here’s the opening sentence of the title story in George Saunders’s new collection, Tenth of December: “The pale boy with unfortunate Prince Valiant bangs and cublike mannerisms hulked to the mudroom closet and requisitioned Dad’s white coat.” It’s such a great first sentence, full of imagery and rhythm and momentum. Which is what you should expect from all of Saunders’s work. This is exactly the reason December is receiving the kind of critical accolades that you only see when Philip Roth writes about masturbation or someone close to Joan Didion dies. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)

FEB 5, 2013


The Dray

Why: A warm, narrow, wooden pub between Phinney Ridge and Ballard, the Dray was made for lazy weekend afternoons, with small tables great for playing cards and a couple of cozy window nooks that accommodate piles of friends. It feels like being on a calm ship. A dozen rotating taps are well selected for discerning beer drinkers, and there are more than 100 bottled options (plus good coffee). But what keep me coming back are the sandwiches. In particular: the rosemary minis, four perfect grilled-cheese sandwiches with fresh rosemary and aioli for only $5. (The Dray, 708 NW 65th St,, 11 am–“late,” 21+ after 9 pm)

FEB 6, 2013


‘Sweet Smell of Success’

Why: Between the annual festivals at SAM and SIFF, Seattle is regularly slathered in film noir—but that hasn’t kept folks from packing into Night & Day, the new series hosted by young noir enthusiast Brandon Ryan at Central Cinema. Tonight’s film is an absolute killer: 1957’s Sweet Smell of Success, in which an amoral press agent (Tony Curtis) grovels exquisitely before the unchecked evil of a Manhattan gossip columnist (Burt Lancaster). Bodies are bartered, lives are ruined, and you’ll feel like you need a shower afterward. It’s brilliant. (Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave,, 7 and 9:30 pm, $6 adv/$8 DOS)

FEB 7, 2013


JK Pop!

Why: On the first Thursday of every month, pigtailed fans of Japanese and Korean pop music pack the dance floor at Barboza to bounce until their calves explode. The scene is surreal: Glow sticks flash and people sweat the stickers from their cheeks, as DJ Bishie (whose name means “a young man whose beauty and sex appeal transcend gender or sexual orientation”) and DJ Hojo (yep, FFVII) spin their sets and JK music videos play on screens before the crowd. As if this night couldn’t get any weirdly better, tonight stars the K-pop lip-synching of Seattle drag-queen-of-queens Atasha Manila! (Barboza, 925 E Pike St,, 9 pm, $3, 21+)

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