See It This Week

‘Every Five Minutes’ at WET, ‘Throne of Blood’ at Grand Illusion Cinema, Corridor at Georgetown Steam Plant

'Throne of Blood'

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Monday, Jan. 16
I’m super stoked to go check out “Something Special” presented by Evrythng Creativ. Here’s what’s happening: live music by Cosmos the Band and Thunder Pawh, spoken word from Nikkita “KO” Oliver, Troy Osaki and Leija Farr, visual art and the screening of UNCODE. This event is sure to be a highlight of this month. I’ll catch you there. –Barry Johnson
SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Monday, Jan. 16 & Thursday, Jan. 19 – Sunday, Jan. 22
Every Five Minutes by Linda McLean promises to be a trippy ride, and I’m pumped to see how Washington Ensemble Theatre pulls it off. Mo has recently returned home and his family is celebrating—but he’s been in a black site for many years, and his grip on reality isn’t what it used to be, in this hallucinatory dive into trauma and the effects of torture. Buckle up, friends. –Gemma Wilson
12th Avenue Arts

Wednesday, Jan. 18
There were a couple years in high school where Accept was the most important thing in my world. Fronted by Udo Dirkschneider, the German power metal band spoke to me with songs of oppressed masses fighting back, interpersonal power dynamics and ambiguous sexuality, all delivered in Udo’s iconic voice that ranged from menacing growl to primal pig squeal. Long parted from the band, Udo is touring the Accept back catalog in a farewell to that era of his career. Get your balls to the wall, maaan! –Dan Paulus
El Corazon

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Michelle Dunn Marsh is a Seattle powerhouse, as executive director at Photographic Center Northwest and founder of Minor Matters—the publishing house that’s overhauling the way publishing gets done. Join her at Pivot to take a tour of the current exhibit A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection and Implied Fictions, a complimentary exhibit that shows off some local, sizzling portraitists like Aleah Chapin, Akio Takamori, Tariqa Waters and Alice Wheeler. –Amanda Manitach
Pivot Art + Culture

Wednesday, Jan. 18
The showcase Seattle’s Best Comedy is, as advertised, a selection of the best working comics and promising up-and-comers you’re likely to see in the city. In many respects it’s even better than a proper weekend show, as the all-star lineup and low-key Wednesday night vibe encourages camaraderie, experimentation and new material. Andrew Rivers (son of local radio personality Bob Rivers) closes out the show. –Brett Hamil
Comedy Underground

Friday, Jan. 20
Piggy-backing on screenings of the documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai, the Grand Illusion unspools Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant 1957 samurai rethinking of Macbeth. The Seven Samurai may be Kurosawa’s best-known movie, but the harrowing, visceral Throne could be his best movie, period—and that’s saying a ton. Also screens Tuesday, Jan. 24. –Tony Kay
Grand Illusion Cinema

Saturday, Jan. 21
Step intrepidly into 2017 with the live, extended experiment in sound, visuals and movement that is CorridorThis year musicians including vocalist/composer Hanna Benn, psychedelic beatscapists You’re Me and a dozen more envelope pushers join a group of projectionists (2016 Future Lister Leena Joshi and Cold Brew Collective, among others) and a quartet of modern dancers at the cavernous, industrial Georgetown Steam Plant for 12 hours of ambient vibes. –Jonathan Zwickel
Georgetown Steam Plant