See It This Week

#BlackLivesMatter, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ Chop Suey Grand Finale

'A Streetcar Named Desire' and Lavell Crawford

Thursday, Jan. 15
If you haven’t been to a PechaKucha yet, you’re missing out. PK’s internationally successful format gives each presenter exactly six minutes and 40 seconds—which corresponds to 20 slides at 20 seconds each. This week’s installment, #BlackLivesMatter: Examining American Identity in the 21st Century, is especially pertinent and features a compelling roster of artists and activists, including C. Davida Ingram, Storme Webber, Lara Davis, Tracy Rector, Larry Mizell, Jr., Ijeoma Oluo, Diana Falchuk, Tyrone Brown and Charles Mudede. A huge crowd is expected—organizers just announced a change of location to increase capacity; the event will now take place at Mount Zion Baptist Church. –Leah Baltus
Mount Zion Baptist Church

Thursday, Jan 15
Over there to the right, you might see a calendar blurb for Tod Marshall‘s reading at Elliott Bay Books, and while nothing about the Marshall’s “carpe-fuckin-diem” verve/verse has changed, the reading is now doubly exciting for the addition of Dara Wier, the Massachusetts-based author of You Good Thing. The speaker of Wier’s poetry, as with Marshall’s, describes a modern world that is, frequently, just barely hanging on: “Metaphor or blood can have the last word. In order to be sure of what the / Center is, everything has to spin away, I guess.” –Bill Carty
Elliott Bay Books

Thursday, Jan. 15 – Saturday, Jan. 17
Lavell Crawford
played Saul Goodman’s gargantuan muscle, Huell, on Breaking Bad. Bill Burr played his fellow henchman Kuby. That’s Bob Odenkirk (Goodman), Burr and Crawford: all accomplished funnymen performing on one of the darkest television shows ever made. These casting choices exemplified the wisdom of putting comics in dramatic roles for the off-kilter depth and instinctive persona they bring to working against type. Onstage, Crawford is nothing like the impassive Huell, wringing big, expressive mirth out of his monumental frame. –Brett Hamil
Parlor Live Seattle

Thursday, Jan. 15 – Saturday, Jan. 17
This weekend brings the latest installment of Cairo’s Expo event, a series of nights dedicated to alternative art and music on the Hill. Thursday opens with an art show including the creepy renderings of Brittany Kusa and photos by City Arts shooter Lauren Max. Friday and Saturday showcase bands across the Seattle alt-spectrum like So Pitted, Posse, Dude York and the excitingly named Mom Butt. Wear your crystals and get weird. –Dan Paulus

Thursday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 18
Civic Rep has burst out of the gate with Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire as its inaugural production, and for a first effort (or any effort) it’s one hell of a show. The long, tricky-to-work-with New City Theater is used to perfection, bringing us smack inside the Kowalski’s cramped, stifling apartment in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Kelli Mohrbacher is a warm, solid presence as Stella, which only makes watching Robin Jones’ delicate Blanche unravel more brutal. It’s crushing, in all the right ways. Streetcar runs through Jan. 25. –Gemma Wilson
New City Theater

Saturday, Jan. 17
Thank you, MOTOR, for keeping Seattle weird. For almost two years, the electronic music collective has hosted the most unpredictable dance party in the city. Featuring hardware techno, electro-funk, disorienting disco and deep-space drone, MOTOR draws from a talented bullpen of musicians of all stripes who are dedicated to the perpetual groove. Tonight’s 20th installment brings out MOTOR’s entire roster—P L L, Airport, Patternmaster, Mood Organ, Apartment Fox, Goodwin, Simic, Raica and Bankie Phones—for an epic eight-hour throwdown (!!!) at the coolest dance club in Seattle. –Jonathan Zwickel

Sunday, Jan. 18
Tonight, mere days before it ceases operations, Chop Suey holds its final hurrah, a mega-blowout concert/beer-drunk wake featuring a slew of beloved underground rock bands: Tacocat, Kithkin, Wimps, Chastity Belt, Deep Creep, Universe People, Sashay, Blood Drugs and more. No matter how long ago you moved here, the Seattle you know is changing. Accept it by rocking the fuck out. –Jonathan Zwickel
Chop Suey