See It This Week

BenDeLaCreme’s Halloween show, Stas THEE Boss at Nectar, Japanese cult horror, gallery Roq La Rue returns and more

Monday, Oct. 8 – Tuesday, Oct. 9

Hausu (House)

If you haven’t yet seen Nobuhiko Obayashi’s strange, brilliant 1977 horror movie, prepare yourself. Partial checklist: adorable teenage girls, one buttock-chewing floating head, treacly pop songs, animation, the ghost of a suicidal geisha, anti-nuclear symbolism, a carnivorous grand piano and some of the most batshit-nuts visual fuckery ever committed to a feature film. Trust me on this one. —Tony Kay
Central Cinema

Tuesday, Oct. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 14

A Thousand Splendid Suns

This poetic, music-filled stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel hit big when it premiered in San Francisco last year and, given its creators (playwright Ursula Rani Sarma and director Carey Perloff), that’s no surprise. Perloff again directs this Kabul-set story about two women who end up living in the same house married to the same abusive man. Runs through Nov. 10. —Gemma Wilson
Seattle Repertory Theatre

Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 14

Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor

Drag royalty BenDeLaCreme’s Halloween-themed production is chock-full of dance, burlesque and comedic talent, so my expectations are high. The star-studded cast plays a host of steamy, spooky characters, and if it’s anything like previous DeLa productions, expect topical, whip smart jokes woven into a storyline that ties it all together. Runs through Oct. 31. —Kaitlin McCarthy
Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre

Thursday, Oct. 11

Stas THEE Boss, Chong the Nomad, Kung Foo Grip, DoNormaal

Stas THEE Boss weds her liquid lyrical delivery with beats and sonics that relish experimentation and hookiness in equal turns. That combination of innovation and compulsive hooks likewise fuels Chong the Nomad’s dense, catchy electronica. Kung Foo Grip’s energy-packed hybrid of hip-hop, electronic and trap and DoNormaal’s mesmerizing beat poetics thoroughly stack the bill. —Tony Kay
Nectar Lounge

Thursday, Oct. 11


On the heels of Ben Zamora’s sizzling light installation, Jake Millett takes over the Factory with his visionary depictions of gargantuan landscape on canvas. Luxuriating in pattern and an almost ecstatic eye for geometrical form, his scenes read more like stained glass than paint, where mountains rise like mounds of crystals that knife into equally crystalline striations of sky. —Amanda Manitach
The Factory

Thursday, Oct. 11

PlayBack Launch Party feat. Bearaxe, Guayaba & All Star Opera

Twice a year, the Seattle Public Library re-ups PlayBack, an online platform that shares local music for free. The bill put together to celebrate another round of catalogued releases highlights both the relevance of the platform and the vibrancy of the local music community. Dynamic dancehall-hip hop queen Guayaba headlines. No library card needed. —Gabe Pollak

Thursday, Oct. 11

Lush Life 6

It’s been a few years since superstar gallerist Kirsten Anderson decided to shutter Roq La Rue to pursue other projects and left the world with a Roq-sized hole in its heart. No more! A revamped Roq rises from the ashes tonight on Capitol Hill with a blockbuster group show of the gallery’s former staples like Camille Rose Garcia and local nonpareils such as Casey Curran. —Amanda Manitach
Roq La Rue

Friday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 14

School: The Joseph Rossano Salmon Project

This summer, a grieving orca prompted a collective wake-up about the decline of creatures populating the waters around us. To raise awareness about the need for preservation of wild steelhead and salmon, artist Joe Russano collaborates with a dozen artists for a live session of glassblowing over 2,000 glass fish, public discussions and film screenings. —Margo Vansynghel
Museum of Glass