See It This Week

Justin Vivian Bond at Teatro Zinzanni, Andy Zaltzman at the Neptune, Fall 2016 Art Walk Awards!

Justin Vivian Bond

Monday, Oct. 10 – Wednesday, Oct. 12
It’s not too late to catch one of the last two screenings of The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows, showcasing (as usual) some of the finest examples of unfettered creativity you’ll see on a big screen. –Tony Kay
SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Luvvie Ajayi,
the super funny writer/activist behind the pop culture blog Awesomely Luvvie, has just released her debut book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. She’s a genius with sharp political commentary and “digital age cultural etiquette,” and we predict she’s going to have an eye-opening, laugh-out-loud conversation with Lindy West, City Arts cover model, Guardian columnist and the author of feminist memoir Shrill. The free event is co-presented by Elliott Bay Book company. –Gemma Wilson
Seattle Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Believe it or not, there is a Japanese psychedelic underground, and Kikagaku Moyo is at the center of it. The Tokyo-based five-piece makes “feeling good music,” beautiful, sensuous ragas that ebb and flow with acoustic guitars, sitar, violin and other strings, plus obscure percussion and occasional reverb-drenched voice. As heard on House in the Tall Grass, their third album, released earlier this year on the band’s own Guruguru Brain label, the music is oceanic, overwhelming in its serenity—though it also finds a garage-rocking groove here and there. Their name translates to “geometric patterns,” but doesn’t Kikagaku Moyo sound so much better? –Jonathan Zwickel

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Over the last five years, I’ve seen James Blake every time he’s come through Seattle (and once at a solar-eclipse rave beside an ancient lake on an Indian reservation in Nevada). With each performance, the British singer/keyboardist/visionary steps up in venue size and audience appreciation, bringing a batch of new songs with him. In its beautiful decay and understated grandeur, no venue in town is more apropos for Blake’s ambitious, deconstructed sound than the Moore. This time around Blake is repping his new album The Colour in Anything, a continuation of his oceanic, minimalist, dub-inflected soul. –Jonathan Zwickel
Moore Theatre

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Satirist and cricket buff Andy Zaltzman was one-half of the internationally famed podcast The Bugle with countryman John Oliver. He’s a frequent presence on British radio and television, and now he’s applying his dry, lacerating political wit to the other side of the pond in a theatre tour in which he solicits satirical targets from the audience. Zaltzman promises to consider all topics suggested in advance (within reason) and to deliver “freshly-hewn individually-tailored comedic responses to your big issues.” You can propose a topic at Someone ask him about Bertha! –Brett Hamil
Neptune Theatre

Thursday, Oct. 13
The Capitol Hill Art Walk is upon us, so break out that windbreaker and let’s do this: apropos as ever, Nate Gowdy shows off his political photography—rendered in black and white clarity no politician could dream of achieving—at Retail Therapy (this is a part-two exhibit, as he showed a previous selection of political photography a few months ago). Malcolm Christhilf’s “Color Studies” at Cloud Gallery luxuriate in a density of color that brings the everyday humdrum of still lifes to life. Another show featuring still life paintings is on view at Calypte, where artists Erin Schulz and Bev Byrnes created a series of oil paintings and drawings in the classical style, through a contemporary lens. At Ghost Gallery, Anne La Fever exhibits collage and mixed media works bursting with technical precision, recalling that alchemic era in Renaissance imagery where the arts melded with science seamlessly in the technological daydreams of the likes of DaVinci. Don’t dally too long though because the Factory has a show of paintings by Jamie Christene Petersen and Vignettes unveils new work by Max Cleary. Finally, Clyde Petersen debuts the much-anticipated world premiere of Torrey Pines, his 60-minute stop motion animated video that traces the story of his early life, at the Egyptian Theater. When you’re done with that, scurry over to Sole Repair because it time to cast your vote at the 2016 Fall Art Walk Awards! —Amanda Manitach
Various locations

Thursday, Oct. 13
Canadian proto-punk band The Scenics are one of the most recent discoveries by crate-digging indie label Light in the Attic. They’re a wonderful example of that magic 1976-77 period before the labels of punk and new wave became dogmatic and regimented, when a band could combine avant grade neurosis with power pop immediacy just for the hell of it. Scenics lead singer/guitarist Andy Meyers‘ solo electric set is the best way short of a full-band gig to appreciate Meyers’ Lou Reed/Tom Verlaine yelp and spiraling, spiky axework. –Tony Kay
Lo-Fi Lounge

Thursday, Oct. 13
As a complement to the stunning Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style exhibit that just opened at Seattle Art Museum, four local visual artists (Larry Calkins, Elizabeth Jameson, Christopher Kroehler and Liz Tran) offer Frocks & Vestments at SAM Gallery, playing with the wearability of artwork, looking to create new fluidities between fabric, paint, canvas and other traditional painterly materials. Like Tran’s “Interstellar Superhero Survival Uniform,” which provides one answer to the question of how the artist might interject her own body into her works of art, dancing around the desire to both hide from plain sight while satisfying the extrovert urge. Her resolution is reached in the series Personal Camo, consisting of a camouflage wardrobe of four superhero capes, “each infused with aspirational superpowers.” –Amanda Manitach
Seattle Art Museum

Saturday, Oct, 15
Justin Vivian Bond
is a “trans-genre” artist and one of the most magical, influential cabaret performers of our time, which makes Bond a phenomenal choice to kick off Teatro Zinzanni’s new monthly late-night series Joe’s Pub Seattle. Joe’s Pub is the casual cabaret venue of The Public Theater in New York, and regularly hosts some of the most legit cabaret talent in the country. Bond’s show, Love is Crazy! is “an evening in celebration of obsession, sex, romance and all their queer and mysterious complications.” It’s going to be sensational, as will Lady Rizo in November and Molly Pope in December. –Gemma Wilson
Teatro Zinzanni