Lindy West at The Moth, ‘Jacques Brel’ at ACT, James Franco Review’s Release Party at Hugo House

Cayman Ilika (center) with Louis Hobson (left) and Eric Ankrim (right) in 'Jacques Brel,' photo by Tracy Martin
Cayman Ilika (center) with Louis Hobson (left) and Eric Ankrim (right) in 'Jacques Brel,' photo by Tracy Martin


Tuesday, March 17 & Thursday, March 19
This Tuesday, the James Franco Review hosts a release party for its first issue at the Hugo House (including readings and “JF inspired selfie station”), and on Thursday night, there are two great events. Timothy Donnelly will deliver a lecture on the poetic practice of catachresis for the Bagley Wright Lecture series, and Jane Hirschfield, author of “Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World,” makes an appearance at the Elliott Bay Book Company. –Bill Carty
Various Locations

Tuesday, March 17 – Sunday, March 22
If you love a good art song full of all the big feelings—life, death, love, pain, etc.—Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is probably right up your alley. The titular Belgian songwriter tapped into particular Gallic post-war sensibility, penning songs that are honest, cheeky and intensely personal but never feel self-involved. As staged this revue (a co-production between 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT) is a little hokey in places, but hearing songs that command your full attention performed by five excellent local singer/actors makes up for it. Don’t expect a narrative throughline or flashy production numbers. Do expect surprising, classic songs sung really well. Jacques Brel runs through May 17. –Gemma Wilson
ACT Theatre

Friday, March 20
You heard Lindy West’s segment on This American Life in January, right? Of course you did, because you’re a connoisseur of the human experience and you appreciate when smart, funny, compassionate people transmute the cruelest life situations into stories that leave a guy cry-laughing while walking his dog in the rain, as her piece did for me. This is why you should go to the Moth StorySLAM that West hosts twice a month, to get more of that audacious truth and humanity and also sign up to tell a moving tale of your own. –Brett Hamil
Bloedel Hall

Friday, March 20
Juan Alonso-Rodriguez
is Town Hall’s Spring 2015 Artist In Residence and he’s kicking off his stint with a ginormous artsy mixer. Are you an artist? Want to schmooze or be schmoozed? Come meet, greet and connect from 7:30-9 pm, with tons of artists as well as folks representing 4Culture, Siren, Artist Trust, Pratt, Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and City Arts (yours truly), among many more. When that’s done, hop over to The Hideout, Greg Lundgren’s infamous art bar, which is turning a very respectable 10 years old. It will be a wild night peppered with random performances, the release of a new Vital 5 Review and of course lots of artists and lots of booze. –Amanda Manitach
Town Hall, The Hideout

Friday, March 20
I’ve always wanted to try Smash Putt but I’ve never been—maybe because its previous incarnations have often occupied far-off Georgetown and SoDo locales. This year, the Seattle-born, gone-national pop-up punk-rock mini-golf nightclub comes to the Central District, specifically the in-transition shopping center at 23rd and Union. The 2015 season starts with Friday night’s opening-night party and runs on a reservation basis through July. I hear tell of lasers, golf-ball cannons, absurd feats of engineering, loud music and strong cocktails. Visit nearby Uncle Ike’s before tee time to put a new spin on “putting green.” –Jonathan Zwickel
1110 23rd Ave.