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The Guide Listings: Saturday, October 23


by Tim Appelo, Mark Baumgarten, Katelyn Hackett, Robert Ham, Todd Hamm, Bond Huberman, Heather Kirnak, Seth Kolloen, Whitney Ricketts and Kim Ruehl. Venue photography by Andrew Waits

 

 

MUSIC

 

5TH AVENUE THEATRE

9PM SHE & HIM
It seemed like a bit of a gimmick at first – an unquestionably talented singer/songwriter/guitarist (M. Ward) teaming up with a young, attractive actress (Zooey Deschanel) to make a record. However, this duo’s unique brand of catchy indie pop made for a really good record. What’s more, She & Him dropped a second quite good record this year (aptly titled Volume 2) and has underscored the collaborative talent of the duo with a number of buzz-worthy performances. Their turn on the 5th Avenue Theatre stage should keep that string going. KR

 

THE CROCODILE

11:15PM SERA CAHOONE
Since releasing her sophomore album, Only as the Day Is Long, on Sub Pop in 2008, Sera Cahoone has spent a good amount of time on the road opening for some of the giants of the Americana world, like Son Volt and Lucinda Williams. Now she’s poised to take the Heineken City Arts Fest stage, armed with a bunch of new material and the same reliably gifted troupe of backup players, representing Seattle’s persistently creative alt-country scene. KR

10PM STAR ANNA & THE LAUGHING DOGS
One of the hardest-working bands in Seattle, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs has caught the attention of local Americana fans, as well as the folks at Country Music Television in Nashville, which lauded the band’s dusty and devastating 2009 release If Wishes Were Horses. Star Anna’s vocals alone – full and rugged, yet soaring and sweet – are worth the trip to this show, but the secret weapon of this ensemble is Justin Davis, whose muscular guitar lines and rugged good looks are about the only thing in town that can compete with that voice. HK

9PM ZERA MARVEL
While most Seattleites might know Zera Marvel from her onstage appearances singing backup for Head like a Kite – she’s tough to miss – the singer also writes and performs her own material, dark, intimate and bare, yet somehow uplifting. A solo performance from Marvel is a rare one – the singer claims to suffer from stage fright – so this, her first show in a year, should be a special treat. Show up and give her your support. HK

 

NEUMOS

11PM FOALS
Hailing from Oxford, England, Foals began its career with a crackling album that spewed out jerky post-punk rhythms and clamorous guitar rackets. The band tempered its approach on the follow-up, Total Life Forever, which reveals a more spacious sound that is at times ethereal and at times creepy. The quintet hasn’t lost its youthful edge but seems to be maturing gracefully. It could be the band that will carry the Britpop torch for years to come. RH

9:45PM ESBEN AND THE WITCH
Newly signed to indie powerhouse Matador Records, this Brighton, UK, group creates one heck of a spooky swirl. The female-led trio owes much of its feedback-heavy sound to the shoegazer movement of the early ’90s, but it also pulls in the electronically enhanced sonics of Krautrock pioneers like Neu! and Harmonia. The best response is to follow the advice of another Brit and simply turn off your mind, relax and float downstream with them. RH

8:30PM PICA BEATS
On its pair of full-length albums and rousing live shows, this rattletrap indie pop quartet from Seattle always feels on the verge of complete collapse, as if one push in any direction would send the players crashing loudly to the floor. But it is that tightrope walk and the group’s playful attitude that imbue their psychedelic twee antics with a palpable warmth and joy. RH

 

SHOWBOX SODO

11PM BIG BOI
One half of the pioneering hip-hop outfit Outkast, this Atlantan rapper (born Antwan Andre Patton) finally found his way out from under contractual obligations to bring the world his first solo release, the dizzyingly titled Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. On this new disc, the thirty-five-year-old superstar showcases his fleet wordplay and forward-thinking productions, which infuse the sound of the Dirty South with space funk and dubstep. RH

9:45PM NEEMA
Probably the hardest-working MC on the streets of Seattle, Neema is as well known for his salesmanship – pushing his CDs from car trunks and coat pockets at record speed – as he is for his lyricism. With a brief stint on KUBE 93’s top playlist under his belt, the working man’s wordsmith is well versed in getting the club jumping. TH

9PM FATAL LUCCIAUNO
With 2007’s Only Forgotten Son, the Central District’s Fatal Lucciauno established himself as the new mouthpiece of hardcore rap in the city. A street poet and “intelligent hoodlum” (to quote Sportn’ Life Records CEO DeVon Marnier), Lucciauno has shone on a number of recent singles, and with a full-length Jake One–produced project taking shape in the studio, the young MC should have a nicely filled-out catalog to showcase on Saturday before Big Boi takes the stage. TH

BETWEEN SETS DJ SWERVEWON
One of the leading forces of the current hip-hop scene in Seattle is this producer/promoter/all-around party rocker. Swervewon’s mix tapes and remixes aim straight for the dance floor, with jumpy edits and unrelenting beats leading the way. As danceable as these jams are, their subtleties make them truly blaze. The deft percussion stabs and incidental melodies feel weighty but slip through your fingers. RH

 

TRIPLE DOOR

7PM, 10PM DJ SPOOKY, featuring JOSHUA ROMAN
DJ Spooky has collaborated with artists as disparate as Thurston Moore, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. He has created multimedia responses to D. W. Griffith’s troubling classic Birth of a Nation as well as an interactive iPhone app for wannabe DJs. He’s written at length about music and culture and race and politics. For this program, he doesn’t disappoint, employing former Seattle Symphony cellist Joshua Roman and the Odeon Quartet to perform Terra Nova: The Antarctic Suite, which is based on his 2007 journey to Antarctica. RH

 

PERFORMANCE

 

CHAPEL

7:30–10:30PM VERSUS
Demonstrating the expressive spirit so characteristic of the Seattle performance troupe the Heroes, this fashion event combines the talents of artists across a multitude of creative genres. Musicians, poets, dancers, filmmakers, painters, photographers and practitioners of other art forms team up with featured designers (including City Arts’ own fashion editor, Marie-Caroline Moir) to create pieces that explore opposing ideas. Paper vs. Plastic, Dream vs. Reality, and Carrier Pigeon vs. Text Messaging are a few of the contrasts you’ll see here on the runway. HK

 

INTIMAN

2PM–3:30PM THE BELLS: A READING WITH THERESA REBECK
Theresa Rebeck has won awards for her playwriting and written for countless film and television shows, one of which was a finalist for a Pulitzer. For this special Heineken City Arts Fest event she will be hosting a reading by notable local actors of her play The Bells, in which Rebeck takes melodrama to a level previously thought unattainable for the genre, which is normally plagued with emotional ploys and overly dramatic turns of events. HK

 

WASHINGTON HALL

11AM–1:30PM POETRY & HIP-HOP CHURCH
Hip-hop and poetry have more in common than their respective fans often care to admit, but for this midday celebration of the spoken word, all bets are off as the genres combine to create an event full of lyric. A cappella performances from emcees Geo, RA Scion and Macklemore, a sermon from Pastor Caleb and readings from the likes of Eileen Myles, Storme Webber and Karen Finneyfrock are just some of the highlights. HK

 

WEST HALL

10PM–MIDNIGHT OUR LADY J
Known for her renditions of classics by Dolly Parton, Alanis Morrisette and Nine Inch Nails, transgender spiritualist and outrageous performer Our Lady J presents “Gospel for the Godless.” This original show has been gaining rave reviews from the New Yorker’s hometown press for its spirited re-creation of a religious gospel-music service, which retains the uplifting and powerful message of hope and celebration while ditching all that business about heaven and hell. MB

 

FILM

 

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM

7PM, 9PM THE ANCHORAGE WITH DIRECTOR C. W. WINTER
Los Angeles-based filmmaker C. W. Winter premieres his feature-length film The Anchorage for Seattle audiences. The film, made with Swedish photographer Anders Edström, explores the limitations of realism while followng the daily life of a middle-aged woman who lives alone on the Stockholm Islands, except for the occasional visit from her daughter, before the appearance of a deer hunter begins to subtly upset her routine. Following the film, Winter will host a panel discussion with national film critics. BH

 

CONVERSATION

 

SORRENTO HOTEL, FIRESIDE ROOM

12PM–1:30PM ART AND THEFT: SAMPLING IN MUSIC AND DANCE
Writer and filmmaker Charles Mudede and choreographer and Locust founder Amy O lead a discussion about the fine line between “sampling” and stealing in art. Guest speakers include DJ Spooky, a composer and musician, Peter Boal, artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, hip-hop artist Sabzi and renowned choreographer Pat Graney. BH

4:30PM–5:30PM THE DEATH OF FICTION
The release of David Shields’ books The Thing about Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead and Reality Hunger: A Manifesto has provided some useful clarification on the author’s provocative and divisive statement that “fiction is dead.” Before you get your knickers in a twist, see for yourself. Shields, along with poet and novelist Eileen Myles and Ross Reynolds, host of The Conversation on KUOW, will discuss the state of contemporary fiction in this very avant-garde Fireside Chat. BH

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