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See It This Week

Constant Lovers rock Barboza, Halloween with Bruce Bickford, Inua Ellams’ hit play, Margie Livingston’s “drag” paintings and more

'Barber Shop Chronicles' at the National Theatre. Photo by Marc Brenner.

Monday, Oct. 29 & Thursday, Nov. 1 – Saturday, Nov. 3

Hostages

Thematically, Yussef El Guindi’s new play “explores how human beings cope when they’re deprived of personal contact and torn from the pleasantries of everyday life.” Practically, it’s about two college professors who find themselves chained to a radiator, somewhere in a war zone, and I’d wager it’s written with El Guindi’s signature incisive, dark comedy. —Gemma Wilson
18th and Union


Wednesday, Oct. 31

Bruce Bickford’s All Hallows Eve

In Bruce Bickford’s wonderfully strange claymation movies, humans morph into hamburgers, tomatoes into ice cream cones. Tonight the reclusive artist, who gained cult status working with Frank Zappa, will sign prints and carve pumpkins to the tunes of the Silver Tongued Devils. Costumes are encouraged. —Margo Vansynghel
Vermillion 


Wednesday, Oct. 31

A Halloween Against Homelessness

The High Dive goes full geek for Halloween. Garage-rock band Social Meteor, nerdcore hip-hop duo Death*Star and We Wrote the Book on Connectors lead singer Mike Votava fly their geek flags high to rustle up some cheddar for facinghomelessness.org. —Tony Kay
High Dive


Wednesday, Oct. 31

Mark Hosler of Negativland

A founding member of OG AV pranksters Negativland, Mark Hosler presents both a solo sonic set and a collaboration with local sci-fi soundtrack collective SYNPROV CORP. Pull on a costume, pop that mushroom chocolate that’s been languishing in the back of your sock drawer and get weird. —Dan Paulus
Re-bar


Thursday, Nov. 1

Extreme Landscape Painting

Margie Livingston’s newest work is nonpareil: Applying the devotion of the performance artist and the brute physicality of action painting to her practice, Livingston makes “drag” paintings by harnessing canvases to her back and letting the surface of the streets or soil carve and grind gorgeous patterns through layers of applied paint, revealing ethereal washes of color in the process. —Amanda Manitach
Greg Kucera Gallery 


Thursday, Nov. 1

Mapping & Mocking the Anthropocene

We’ve talked a lot about Kristen Ramirez lately as the engine behind much of the city’s public art and art programs. Unfolding in this newest body of personal work, Ramirez’s quick wit, dark humor and exceptional technical skill come out to play in an installation that addresses humanity’s heavy-handed touch on our environment. —Amanda Manitach
Gallery 4Culture


Thursday, Nov. 1 – Saturday, Nov. 3

Inua Ellams: Barber Shop Chronicles

This is a one-weekend-only show you don’t want to miss. Nigerian-born, London-based poet and playwright Inua Ellams’ play Barber Shop Chronicles enjoyed two sold-out runs at the National Theatre in London; it invites audiences into the “newsroom, political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium” that is the barber shop, from London to Lagos. —Gemma Wilson
Moore Theatre


Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4

The Romanian Film Festival in Seattle

For five years now, Seattle’s Romanian Film Festival has offered ample reminders of that country’s fertile cinema scene. This year’s lineup includes the atmospheric gothic chiller Miss Christina (star Maia Morgenstern will attend); Seattle-based, Bulgarian-born director Bogdan’s documentary There; and The Wanderers, Quest of the Demon Hunter, a fun-looking horror film starring Armand Assante. —Tony Kay
SIFF Cinema Uptown


Friday, Nov. 2

Funky 2 Death

Friday funk night at Wallingford’s Seamonster Lounge is a Seattle institution, and there’s no better way to fight off the isolation and malaise of the rainy season. Eight-piece house band Funky 2 Death brings an unstoppable mix of feel-good grooves, soulful favorites and gritty dance numbers. —Kaitlin McCarthy
Seamonster Lounge


Saturday, Nov. 3

Constant Lovers

Consistently among the most exciting, surprising live bands in Seattle, Constant Lovers understand that even (especially) ear-punishing rock ‘n’ roll benefits from a sense of humor (and a saxophone). That said, this uber-quartet of veteran players, who tonight celebrate the release of their new LP Pangs, is very much funny strange, not funny haha. —Jonathan Zwickel
Barboza

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