This week, our arts critics have recommended the best events in every genre—from K. Tsianina Lomawaima's talk about Native Americans and sports team mascots to a feminist movie party, and from a talk featuring Amber Tamblyn to the Seattle blind cafe. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.
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Collide-O-Scope is the cavalcade of curated video delights that takes over Re-bar twice a month. This time, videos will center around sex, drugs, and robots, and there will be free snacks.
Pussy Riot: Feminist Punk and the Police State
"The idea that performance art can be properly transgressive has been keeping mediocre American bohemians in business for at least a century. But in the world of the Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, whose members have paid an enormous price for taking on the government and the church, it’s more than a platitude—it's pravda. This event begins with a screening of the hour-long documentary Pussy vs. Putin and continues with an onstage conversation between Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago and Russian scholar Mariana Markova." -Sean Nelson
Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays
This month, the Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Monday series is focusing on films that are “silent treasures.” The series kicks off today with The Gold Rush, in which Charlie Chaplin acts as producer, director, writer, and star.
:11 Depths, February Edition: The Visitor
The 1979 sci-fi/horror film The Visitor gets a live, improvised score via Corey J. Brewer, Justin Thomas Kleine, Andrew Crawshaw, and more.
READINGS & TALKS
Music meets visual art meets literature, when three musicians share the stage with a slam poet and live painter.
Passing the Laurel: Washington State Poet Laureate
The reigning Washington State Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Austen, will pass on her crown to her successor, Tod Marshall (Bugle), who was also awarded the Washington State Book Award.
Jordan O Jordan, Mal De Fleur, and Night Cadet
"Who says romance is dead? These three acts, in the smaller, more intimate front room of Chop Suey—aka the Den—will be sweetly romantic whether you like it or not." -Kelly O
"It’s time once again to bust out your picnic blankets, mild hallucinogens, and maybe a kaleidoscope or three. The pioneering ambient/experimental night Rare Air returns to Q for a particularly strong showing this evening." -Kyle Fleck
Adam Sandler, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, and Rob Schneider
Four hallowed former SNL members take the stage at the Paramount.
Comedy Nest Open Mic
The rules of this pro-lady (but inclusive of everyone) stand-up night are refreshing in their simplicity: no misogyny, racism, homophobia, hatred, or heckling. Tonight's show features Kate Willett, whom San Francisco magazine described as "a comedian you should know about."
Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu, and Richard Milette
Queer baroque work from francophone Canadian ceramic artists: Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu, and Richard Milette. They have explored the idea of "camp" and the gay male experience in their work for the past 30 years.(Closes Sun)
READINGS & TALKS
K. Tsianina Lomawaima
"It's no secret that we live in a country where, to put it too mildly, beefheaded genocide apologists shout themselves hoarse proclaiming "Hail to the Redskins!" in an effort to preserve sports "tradition" as they see it. But the ongoing plunder of Native American persons and culture extends far beyond the realm of US sports teams, as K. Tsianina Lomawaima can tell you." -Rich Smith
The actress (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and poet appears with her mother, Bonnie Tamblyn to present a night of storytelling through music, poetry, and singing. Amber has reached some critical acclaim, with writer and professor Roxane Gay blurbing her new poetry collection, Dark Sparkler.
Beacon Bards Poetry Reading Series
This edition of the monthly poetry reading series features Erin Malone (Hover and What Sound Does It Make) and Martha Silano (The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception).
Tribute to Woody Guthrie
What's that? ANOTHER tribute to Woody Guthrie? Sure, why not.
Playwright Nick Payne's rom-com dramatizes courtship in the era of quantum physics. The actors' body movements indicate changes in time-space, which, understandably, throws a wrench in many pair-bonding strategies. (Through Sun)
Mindfulness Meditation at the Frye
As distractions swarm around us, the importance and elusiveness of focus becomes increasingly evident. Reclaim your brain at the Frye with this free 30-minute meditation session.
Anne Wilson: Drawings and Objects
"This is Chicago-based Anne Wilson's first exhibition at James Harris Gallery, but she's been working and teaching for years, and in 2015 was a recipient of the USA Fellowship. Her exhibition here includes vitrines of small glass pieces referencing spools and threads, created at her time in residence at Pilchuck Glass School, and a collection of framed swatches of her grandmother's white damask tablecloth fabric hanging on the walls." -Jen Graves (Closes Sat)
Bing Wright: Silver/Surface
New work by photographer Bing Wright, who is known for his images of sunsets reflected through shattered glass. (Closes Sat)
Joseph H. Lewis 1950 crime thriller about, um, guns, plays at Scarecrow Video for free.
FOOD & DRINK
Guest Chef Night: Kurt Beecher Dammeier
FareStart is a fantastic organization that empowers disadvantaged and homeless men and women by training them for work in the restaurant industry. Every Thursday, they host a Guest Chef Night, featuring a three-course dinner from a notable Seattle chef for just $29.95. This week FareStart welcomes Chef Kurt Beecher Dammeier doing great things with Beecher's Handmade Cheese and Mishima Wagyu.
Chat Room: Value and Labor
"Northwest Film Forum is a forum, not just a movie theater. Tonight, five artists will get together to do presentations and discuss the topics of value and labor—and these artists have plenty to say." -Jen Graves
Capitol Hill Art Walk
Check out art galleries and mingle with artsy types on Capitol Hill.
CICAP: Anicka Yi
Anicka Yi, an artist who has experimented at length with sensory perception and the use of unique and provocative materials in her work, comes to Henry Art Gallery as a part of The University of Washington's CICAP (Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice) lecture series.
Mindfulness Meditation at the Henry
A busy, restless mind is like a dirty carpet, and meditating is like vacuuming. No registration is required for this drop-in meditation session among the art.
FOOD & DRINK
Seattle Blind Cafe
This event promises a "vegan sensory tasting experience" alongside a concert of original music...served by blind wait staff, in the dark. You'll learn about visual impairment in a Q&A session, while also heightening your other senses and experiencing something unique.
Rising Stars: Seattle Women in Music
"Most of it aches with the kind of earnestness that’s antithetical to my cynical and disillusioned mindset, but chances seem good there are enough unironic folkies out there that this’ll be packed." -Kyle Fleck
Pillar Point + Benoit Pioulard
"More interesting and rarefied [than Pillar Point] are Benoît Pioulard’s hushed, pastoral songcraft and beatific ambient explorations in the vein of David Sylvian or Brian Eno. Pioulard had a big 2015 and is on a serious creative roll. Don’t miss." -Dave Segal
"If triphop ever becomes a thing again, which, at this late date, seems about as likely as Sneaker Pimps making a comeback, expect 'livetronica' troupe Theoretics to represent Seattle’s vanguard of the renaissance." -Kyle Fleck
2155: An Exploration of Afrofuturism in Performance Art
"Seattle's contribution to the futuristic aesthetic of the Afrodiaspora extends beyond the universes Octavia Butler created in her sci-fi novels, as this performance aims to show. Lowa de Boom Boom and Sin de la Rosa bring the burlesque; Garfield Hillson, Monique Franklin, and Shelli Kountz bring the words; and Natasha Marin brings the interdisciplinary visual and physical poetry." -Rich Smith (Through Sun)
Strawberry Theatre Workshop pits man (and woman) against avian to present Conor McPherson's 2009 stage adaptation of The Birds, based on Hitchock's classic 1963 horror/thriller flick and Daphne du Maurier's 1952 short story. (Through Sat)
The Last Five Years
This haunting Jason Robert Brown musical comes to Second Story Rep. A one-man, one-woman show told both beginning-to-end and end-to-beginning...with one song where the characters meet in the middle. (Sounds confusing? Just watch it.) (Through Sun)
Where the Wild Things Are
The audience actually becomes the Wild Things in this intimate "guided play" experience from Vancouver's Presentation House Theatre at the Seattle Children's Theatre. (Through Sun)
Roméo et Juliette
The ballet’s contemporary design and Jean-Christophe Maillot's choreography is a great companion to PNB Orchestra's performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s powerfully haunting score. (Through Sun)
READINGS & TALKS
Shotgun Lecture Series: Human-Centered Design
Learn about bio-enhancement, wearable technology, fashion design, and more from leaders in Seattle arts and commerce.
Cartoon Happy Hour
A two-hour block of free classic cartoons every Thursday, plus food specials.
READINGS & TALKS
Hugo Literary Series: D. A. Powell, Heidi Julavits, Sierra Nelson, and OCnotes
Award-winning poet D. A. Powell (Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys and Repast: Tea, Lunch & Cocktails) joins Heidi Julavits of The Believer and poet/performer Sierra Nelson for this iteration of Hugo House's literary series, on the topic of "What Goes Around Comes Around."
FOOD & DRINK
If you’ve ever had a conversation with a beer brewer, then you know talk can get fantastically nerdy in less than two minutes. ... Tonight you can get extra nerdy with local brewers, talk to them while sampling their beers, and take a tipsy (after-hours!) wander through the Pacific Science Center." -Angela Garbes
Bellingham’s Scumeating play a far more aggro iteration of no wave, with traded male/female vocals and merciless churns of post-punk rhythm sections crackling underneath the surface. KYLE FLECK
Seaver & Witscher
"When you have two producers the caliber of Seaver and Witscher, you can expect inventive mischievousness. Seattle’s RM Francis creates his own brand of subversion with hyper-rapid, fine-grained electronic spasms that can coalesce into a choir of alien insect chatter or computer-generated tomfoolery." -Dave Segal
"Omar Shambacher has been working on his debut album as Great Spiders for seven years now. ... Let’s hope, though, that Shambacher will finish his long-player soon, because his mode of Steve-Miller-meets-Kurt-Vile songwriting and delivery need to be documented for the masses." -Grant Brissey
Led by former Hooray for Earth mainman Noel Heroux, Mass Gothic writes catchy, mildly melodramatic tunes that gleam with studio HFCS (Chris Coady mixed the record). The result is very post-10cc, sans the clever-cleverness and with greater emo sincerity. If 'Every Night You’ve Got to Save Me' isn’t in a major motion picture by year’s end, I’ll lick Father John Misty’s manbun." -Dave Segal
"Local darlings KLAW continue the Northwest tradition of raw, rude rock ’n’ roll passed on to them from the Mudhoneys and the Zekes of the scene. KLAW proudly pepper chunky riffs with catchy, fun melodies in tongue-in-cheek songs such as 'Zombie Hipsters.'" -Kevin Diers
"Denver DJ/producer Jaceo (aka Jerameel Quintela) has a gift for creating chunky house and techno bangers that instantly spell 'peak time' in neon letters, a skill that's led to many high placings on Beatport's charts." -Dave Segal
Bushwick Book Club Presents: Original Music Inspired by Anais Nin's Delta of Venus
"Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the irrepressible Bushwick Book Club takes on Anaïs Nin’s epochal collection of erotica, Delta of Venus. ... For the Bushwick crew to take this on is a brave feat, indeed: the sexual exploits on display in Venus range from pedophilia to incest, with a few nice nods to more orthodox versions of desire and lust peppered in between. A tempting template for adventurous songwriters, one would assume." -Kyle Fleck
Young Fresh Fellows, Girl Trouble, and Peter Buck
"This is the night to reclaim our Seattle garage-rock heritage. These are three bands that have played with one another, circled around one another, been featured on all the same ’80s and ’90s compilations, and formed the bedrock of the sounds of all the gangly teenage bands that formed at your high school." -Kathleen Tarrant
"One of the Carlile’s most consistent selectors is biweekly resident, Maxwell Edison. Y’all, his 45 record boxes go deep andwide; he’s likely to play a proper freakbeat side, perhaps the Barrier’s 'Spot the Lights,' as sure as any classic Motown oldie. But whatever he plays, it’s always gonna be a killer." -Mike Nipper
St. Valentino's Dinner
"Seattleites have a cultish devotion to both of chef Mike Easton’s Pioneer Square eateries, Il Corvo Pasta and Pizzeria Gabbiano. The main reason, of course, is because the food—pastas and pizzas made by hand—is tremendous. ... And both places are open only for lunch on weekdays. So when Easton and his crew open the doors on a Saturday night for dinner, as they are doing tonight for Gabbiano’s four-course St. Valentino's Dinner, you jump on that opportunity as quickly as you can." -Angela Garbes
Georgetown Art Attack
Once a month, the art that resides in the tiny airport hamlet of Georgetown ATTACKS all passersby. In more literal terms, it's the day of art openings and street wonderment.
Lunar New Year 2016
Ring in the year of the monkey at this community celebration in the International District. They promise "non-stop cultural performances," including dragon and lion dances, taiko drumming, bollywood dance, martial arts—plus tons of $3 options for food plates.
"Seattle’s prapfessor of the dark arts Onry Ozzborn says he’s been toiling away on his most recent solo album for more than five years, which may explain all the fanfare. While the album won’t be available in full until March 25, he’s unveiling a 13-minute music video called 'duofilm'—which was shot by Portland-based film team Soundlapse—set to a condensed mix of the album this Saturday." -Todd Hamm
Lovefest featuring Fred & Toody Cole
"I can’t think of a better way to spend the night before Valentine’s Day than with a 'Lovefest' (from the organizers Seattle’s beloved Pizza Fest) that’s headlined by Fred and Toody Cole. Wait, WHAT? Who are Fred and Toody, you ask?! Why, they’re right up there with John and Yoko, Sonny and Cher, and Kurt and Courtney. I dare say sweethearts Fred and Toody are official Northwest rock royalty." -Kelly O
Sea Change: A Feminist Movie Party
The Seattle Feminist Drinking Club presents this screening of Vessel, about "an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights," alongside beer, vegan food, prizes, and more. They'll also fundraise for the CAIR Project, the Pacific Northwest's abortion fund.
Witches Brew: Witchcraft on Film
Celebrate Robert Eggers' The Witch by getting excited with four witchy classics at SIFF this weekend: The Craft, Rosemary's Baby, Witchfinder General, and The Devils. Attend any of the films and you'll get free admission to Sunday's sneak preview of The Witch, where director Robert Eggers will be in attendance. (Through Sun)
The Sprocket Society presents Saturday Secret Matinees
Watch the entirety of the highly regarded serial Spy Smasher over the course of twelve weekly installments, plus a secret matinee on the theme of serial heroes and heroines.
A Date with John Waters
Legendary cult director/noted Baltimore resident/moustache-haver John Waters regales the Neptune with who knows what.
This classic silent film stars Clara Bow as Betty Lou Spence, a poor sales girl with plenty of sex appeal vying for the heart of a rich New York City playboy, plays for free at Scarecrow.
"On Budos Band's fifth album, Burnt Offering, the nonet adds a dose of black-light metal to their Afrobeat bouillabaisse. It’s not quite Black Sabbath or Deep Purple, but the heavier, fuzzier approach recalls the instrumental interludes on which those British longhairs would stretch their muscles, so it’s only fitting that they backed up label mate Charles Bradley on his slow-burn cover of Sabbath’s 'Changes.'" -Kathy Fennessy