MAR 6, 2013



Why: The Pope of Mope sent us into a daffodil-flinging tantrum when he canceled his Seattle show back in November, citing his sick mum back in England (she’s feeling better now), so we’re more than thrilled to get our hopes right back up to where they started when we word-purged about him those many months ago. There’s no real need to describe Morrissey’s music—at this point, you’re either with him or against him. Word is this is the last time he’ll ever play Seattle, and if he stands us up again, “beware, we hold more grudges than lonely high court judges.” (Moore Theater, 1932 Second Ave,, 7:30 pm, $62.50–$82.50, all ages)

MAR 7, 2013


‘Everyone’s a Critic’

Why: In 2011, the Huffington Post published an essay by Michael Kaiser, who lamented the “scary trend” of blogs, arguing that citizen-criticism was dumbing down the discourse and giving professional critics a run for their money (literally). Andy Horwitz and Jeremy Barker of (pictured) strenuously disagree. Everyone’s a Critic launches their Citizen Critic Project, and a panel of Seattle culture people—including Tonya Lockyer, Matthew Richter, and myself—will show video clips and talk about the future of criticism. (On the Boards, 100 W Roy St,, 8 pm, $12)

MAR 8, 2013


‘My Brother’s Wedding’

Why: The greatest director in the history of black cinema is Charles Burnett. His greatness rests on two films: Killer of Sheep (1977) and To Sleep with Anger (1990). Between these films is My Brother’s Wedding (1983). The first is an urban poem imbued with the humanism of the blues; the third is a work of philosophy that draws from the cosmic hum of gospel. The middle film is the bridge from the first masterpiece to the second. It’s not, to be honest, an outstanding film, but it does bring us closer to the outstanding mind behind Sheep and Anger. Tonight’s screening is part of NWFF’s monthlong series LA Rebellion, and the director will be in attendance. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,, 8 pm, $10)

MAR 9, 2013


‘Catch and Release’

Why: During Georgetown’s monthly Art Attack walk, the newish gallery LxWxH brings you a crew of four local lady metalsmiths, all making jewelry that could either protect or attack you. Dorothy Cheng has an interest in medieval mortification of the flesh—hair shirts and whatnot. Jana Brevick’s pieces often look like they are guilty of transmitting secret data across surveillance systems. Kimber Leblicq dips steel in beeswax and juxtaposes it with rolled-up paper that looks burned. Tara Brannigan’s ring has a duiker horn instead of a precious gem. Something’s gonna get stabbed. (LxWxH, 6007 12th Ave S,, 6–9 pm, free)

MAR 10, 2013


Toss Like a Boss

Why: p>Is there a more beautiful sight than pizza dough being tossed and caught, tossed and caught, until it achieves its optimal thinness and perfect diameter? No—no, there is not. Today, professionals from Piecora’s, Big Mario’s, Zayda Buddy’s, Elemental, Ballard Pizza Company, and more compete to become the Pizza Toss Boss. Your suggested $20 donation gets you two hours’ worth of pizza and salad, plus a scorecard. The winner gets a trophy, and the proceeds go to their charity of choice. Everyone gets all that beauty in the air. (Ballard Pizza Company, 5107 Ballard Ave NW, 659-6033, noon, $20)

MAR 11, 2013



Why: Most people agree that Skyfall was one of the all-time best James Bond movies, but critics who’ve seen all the Bond films still tend to keep Goldfinger at the top of their list. How can a movie with an extended golfing sequence and a portly fake-tanned German villain top Sam Mendes’s sleek, stylish origin film? Three words: Sean fucking Connery. Also, the slow unveiling of a devious plot that sounds so crazy it just might work. Also: Oddjob’s razor-brimmed hat. And finally: Pussy Galore! Goldfinger may not have Javier Bardem, but it’s overflowing with old-school style. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St,, 6:45 and 9 pm, $8)

MAR 12, 2013


Bess Lovejoy

Why: Stranger contributor Bess Lovejoy wanted to do something special for the hometown launch party of her beautiful new book, Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses. Sure, she’ll be reading from her new collection of pieces detailing the afterlives of notorious dead bodies, and she’ll answer all your death-related questions, too. But rumor has it this reading will also feature a thereminist and a very special guest-skull or two, in addition to the Rendezvous’s usual stiff drinks (haw-haw!). Corpses have never been so exquisite. (Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave, 634-3400, 7 pm, free)

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