See It This Week

Hugo House’s ‘Ask the Oracle,’ ‘Tribes’ at ACT Theatre, Barbara Earl Thomas on Jacob Lawrence

Tribes. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Tuesday, March 14

Ask the Oracle with Melissa Febos, Elissa Washuta and Quenton Baker

It’s the March edition of the Hugo House’s literary fortune telling event, featuring poet Quenton Baker (whose debut book This Glittering Republic will be on sale), acclaimed memoirists Elissa Washuta and Melissa Febos, and dashing host, poet Johnny Horton. —Sarah Galvin
Hotel Sorrento, Fireside Room

Tuesday, March 14 – Sunday, March 19


Nina Raine’s play about a Billy, young deaf man living with his hearing, hyper-verbal family, is a supremely funny, poignant peek into the ways we connect and disconnect from the world around us. The ensemble cast is great, and Joshua Castille is a standout as Billy, finding his way in a world that’s never wholly welcomed him. —Gemma Wilson
ACT Theatre

Wednesday, March 15

Find Your Lane

From the website of Find Your Lane: “Are you ready to join the resistance but don’t know where to sign up?” Check out this free activism engagement fair, tabled by nonprofits such as the ACLU, the Sierra Club, Social Justice Fund and dozens more, plus keynote speeches by City Councilman Nick Licata and Randy Engstrom, director of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture. —Jonathan Zwickel

Thursday, March 16

Patrick Galactic, Richie Dagger’s Crime, Coreena

I’m extremely fond of Patrick Galactic’s acoustic space folk: Think Gram Parsons as Major Tom, with Lee Hazlewood and Brian Eno sharing production duties, and you’ve got the picture. Multi-instrumentalist/producer Richie Nelson’s polyglot project Richie Dagger’s Crime and local electro-disco thrush Coreena provide a strong opening lineup. —Tony Kay

Thursday, March 16

Word Works: Mary Gaitskill

The legendary Mary Gaitskill will discuss the dependence of realism in fiction on its hidden inner life, implied with nonverbal imagery and layers of meaning and/or feeling in a talk she calls “The Inner Weave: Mystery and Imagery in Fiction.” A Q&A with events curator Peter Mountford will follow. —Sarah Galvin
Washington Hall 

Friday, March 17

Barbara Earl Thomas on Jacob Lawrence

As a painter myself, Jacob Lawrence’s paintings have played a huge role in my work. I’ve already visited the current exhibition his iconic Migration Series at SAM three times. Now Seattle artist Barbara Earl Thomas, who was mentored by Lawrence, is giving a lecture on the series and its significance. I wish it was Friday already. —Barry Johnson
Seattle Public Library

Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19


Jim Jarmusch seldom does the same thing twice and he’s kind of a genius, so I’m excited to see his lyrical examination of a bus driver/poet named Paterson (played by a reputedly amazing Adam Driver) living and working in the New Jersey town of the same name. The film also plays next week, through Thursday, March 23. —Tony Kay
Grand Illusion Cinema

Saturday, March 18

20 for 30: Brent Flyberg EP Recording

Brent Flyberg is a very funny guy who’s been doing comedy in Seattle for nearly a decade and he’s finally ready to bite the bullet and record some of his best jokes for posterity. Check out our Q&A with him. Tonight, he’ll be joined by Wilfred Padua and Maddie Downes. —Brett Hamil
Scratch Deli