See It This Week

Monster Planet, Puget Soundtrack, ‘Alive and Kicking,’ Lidia Yuknavitch and more

Alive And Kicking

Monday, April 17

Monster Planet 8.1 – Se7en year anniversary

On the third Monday of every month SYNPROV CORP gathers the finest practitioners of ambient/noise/synth/sound for the communal amalgamation that is Monster Planet. They pile tables high with various instruments and audio toys and improv a soundscape to an expertly curated visual collage of sci-fi and B-movie footage for four solid hours. The result is a pure blissed out sight-and-sound creation. —Dan Paulus


Monday, April 17 – Thursday, April 20

Alive and Kicking

All the talk about the curative powers of swing dancing in Susan Glatzer’s documentary sometimes comes off as sugary enough to make your teeth hurt, until you watch an array of disparate real-life characters busting out their alternately dated and timeless moves. Then, it’s just really damned exhilarating. And we could all use a little exhilaration about now. —Tony Kay

Northwest Film Forum

Tuesday, April 18

The Cowboy

Ethan Murrow’s drawings are epic. Like, stretching across entire gallery walls epic. In his latest series, he offers up a parade of surreal dreamscapes that mix up imagery from the mythological wild west with the present day, calling into question the way we romanticize the past. —Amanda Manitach

Winston Wachter

Wednesday, April 19

Lidia Yuknavitch

Novelist Lidia Yuknavitch is back with a highly anticipated dystopic retelling of the Joan of Arc story, The Book of Joan. The timely novel’s villain Jean de Men is a war-mongering dictator who has substituted “all gods, all ethics, and all science with the power of representation.” —Sarah Galvin

Elliot Bay Book Company

Thursday, April 20

Puget Soundtrack: Hair and Space Museum presents ‘THX-1138

I always thought George Lucas’s first science fiction film was a little too damned glacial and clinical for its own good, but there’s no denying it’s an impressively sustained work visually. That means the densely atmospheric stylings of Hair and Space Museum (aka David Golightly and Emily Pothast of Midday Veil) won’t just be sublime background noise: They stand a really good chance of thawing this visually striking but very chilly film’s cold, cold heart. —Tony Kay

Northwest Film Forum

Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23


I have an affinity for plays that expose the soft emotional underbellies of the harshest realities, and Bryony Lavery’s Tony-nominated play Frozen does exactly that. It takes place in the aftermath of a 10-year-old girl’s disappearance and weaves together the stories of her mother (Amy Thone), her kidnapper (Peter Crook) and an academic who studies serial killers (Jonelle Jordan). Frozen runs through May 14. —Gemma Wilson


Friday, April 21

Book Launch: Jason Whitmarsh’s ‘The Histories

Local prose poetry-hero Jason Whitmarsh—whose first book, Tomorrow’s Living Room, won the 2009 May Swenson Poetry Award—launches his second book, The Histories. —Sarah Galvin

Open Books