See It This Week

Your favorite artist’s favorite artist, a surreal chamber musical, August Wilson, Timbrrr Music Fest and the party of the season

Timbrrr Winter Music Fest

Tuesday, Jan. 23

This Is How it Always Is

Local favorite Laurie Frankel reads from This Is How it Always Is, her new novel about Claude, who realizes at five years old that she’s trans, and her family’s struggle to support her in a hostile social environment. How long can they keep her secret before they have to stand up for her publicly? —Sarah Galvin
Central Library

Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Sunday, Jan. 28

Two Trains Running

Seattle Rep presents an excellent version of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, directed by Juliette Carrillo. It’s the 1960s installment of Wilson’s Century Cycle, set inside a Pittsburgh diner. The performances are compelling, and the tenderness with which Wilson draws the ordinariness of the diner denizen’s lives is extraordinary. Runs through Feb. 11. —Gemma Wilson
Seattle Repertory Theatre

Wednesday, Jan 24

Now What?

Rob Zverina was posting photos and videos and other miscellaneous visual curiosities long before Instagram and SnapChat, and his longstanding practice of daily digital documentation qualifies Zverina as an indie-media visionary. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Picture of the Day website with a screening of short films, slideshows and a Q&A. —Brett Hamil

Thursday, Jan. 25

Favorite’s Favorite’s Favorite

Hedreen Gallery’s new curator Molly Mac offers a group exhibition with a twist: One Seattle art fave gets to invite another artist, who then invites another artist. For this round, D.K. Pan invited Christopher Paul Jordan who invited Ryan Feddersen—the other twist is that none of them were allowed to have known or worked with each other before. Who knows what they’ve cooked up, but I’m guessing it will be a thoughtful, weird, provocative collision. —Amanda Manitach
Hedreen Gallery

Thursday, Jan. 25 – Sunday, Jan. 28

Ghost Quartet

I’m beyond excited for this “surreal chamber musical” by Dave Molloy, composer of fringe-to-Broadway-hit Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. The musical influences run from doo-wop to murder ballads and the cast includes Molloy, musician Brent Arnold and Comet stars Gelsey Bell and Brittain Ashford, so I suspect it’s gonna be warm and spooky, and sound fantastic. —Gemma Wilson
Erickson Theatre Off Broadway

Friday, Jan. 26

Reading from Best New Poets

Every year since 2005, the Best New Poets anthology has gathered new works from 50 different American poets into one University of Virginia Press-published book. This reading for the 2017 edition, featuring six emerging poet-contributors selected by guest editor Natalie Diaz—Sarah Bates, Christina Im, Erin L. McCoy, Alyssa Ogi, Caitlin Roach and Amanda Turner Bates—is a great opportunity to discover a new favorite poet or two. —Sarah Galvin
Open Books

Friday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Jan. 27

Timbrrr! Winter Music Fest

Snowy, scenic and close, the Cascade Mountains are Seattle’s wintertime tonic. Add some kickass live music and you’re basically living Princess Elsa’s best life. This weekend the alpine town of Leavenworth hosts the fifth installment of this hot toddy-fueled music fest, featuring the Cave Singers, Y La Bamba, Great Grandpa, the Black Tones, the Shivas and many more. —Jonathan Zwickel
Leavenworth, Wash.

The Future List 2018

Saturday, Jan. 27

City Arts & Dockside Cannabis Present:
The 2018 Future List Party

Year after year, through collective struggles and successes, darkness and light, our annual Future List Party remains a reliable source of unfettered joy—the season’s chicest, danciest, free-booziest celebration of Seattle’s arts community. Our 2018 installment will be even bigger and better, with maximalized production design, SNAP! and Trashy Trash DJs spinning ’90s hip-hop and R&B, Dockside’s cannabis lounge and a few left-field surprises. See you there. —Jonathan Zwickel
Washington Hall