See It This Week

Perfume Genius, Don Mee Choi on Translation, Afromysticism, horror classics and more

Perfume Genius Photo by Roger Ho courtesy of Goldenvoice/FYF

Tuesday, Oct. 17

CA Conrad and Dara Wier

It’s always cause for celebration when CA Conrad is in town, but this time especially because he’s here to debut his new book While Standing in Line for Death. Reading with CA: Guggengeim and NEA fellow Dara Wier, who teaches at UMass Amherst’s poetry MFA program. —Sarah Galvin
Open Books

Tuesday, Oct. 17

EXcinema Group Show

EXcinema have become keepers of Seattle’s experimental film flame, and I’m eager to see this program of brand-new and encore works from Salise Hughes, Eric Ostrowski, Caryn Cline and others. For an ample representation of the scene’s most exciting talents, you need look no further. —Tony Kay
Grand Illusion Cinema

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Don Mee Choi: Translation is a Mode=Translation is an Anti-Neocolonial Mode

As part of Hugo House’s Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, poet Don Mee Choi, author of Hardly War and The Morning News is Exciting, will explore translation through Walter Benjamin’s bread, Korean cornbread, warships, Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence and Kim Hyesoon’s mirrors. —Sarah Galvin
Hotel Sorrento

Thursday, Oct. 19

Darks and Lights

Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Gallery (adjacent to the SAM Shop) is an oft-overlooked goldmine of work by regional artists. The group show Darks and Light, featuring work by the likes of Nichole DeMent and Barbara Shaiman, is apropos of the season’s looming grays and flickering final rays. The show shares an opening date with Andrew Wyeth’s retrospective at SAM, so make a night of it. —Amanda Manitach
SAM Gallery

Thursday, Oct. 19

Night Flowers: An Evening with Jomama Jones

Few performances are as intimate as a night of songs and storytelling, and if you’re into that whole “deep emotional connection” thing you shouldn’t miss this one-night-only performance from Jomama Jones (aka Daniel Alexander Jones), whose work has been wonderfully described as “Afromysticism.” Jones will perform original songs “to mark the lengthening nights and explore the power of witness,” along with collaborator Dr. Bobby Halvonson. —Gemma Wilson
On the Boards

Friday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Oct. 22

Halloween, Night of the Living Dead

Two stone-cold horror classics, on SIFF big screens in brand spanking-new 4K restorations? Yes, please. John Carpenter’s 1978 sophomore feature remains one of the most effective horror movies ever made. And George Romero’s groundbreaking 1968 zombie film couldn’t be more prescient semaphore for the current, gone-to-hell-in-a-handbasket socio-political climate. —Tony Kay
SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Film Center

Friday, Oct 20

Horse Head Bookends: Gel-Sol Album Release

Local sound guru Andy Reichel (the man behind the synth shop Patchwerks and under-appreciated live soundscape/B-movie mashup night Monster Planet) has released another album under the name Gel-Sol and it’s a varied, compelling, electro-acoustic thing of wonder. Tonight Reichel, with help from his Monster Planet cohort, performs tracks from the album guaranteed to be the perfect soundtrack to a movie you’ve never seen. —Dan Paulus

Saturday, Oct. 21

Perfume Genius

Released in April, Perfume Genius’ No Shape is a personal reconciliation with human fallibility that’s both haunting and uplifting. Perfume Genius, aka Tacoma-dwelling Mike Hadreas, pours hard-fought soul into his baroque pop, flouting genre in favor of mood and melody in what’s easily one of the year’s best albums. I’ve never seen him live and I couldn’t be more excited. —Jonathan Zwickel
Neptune Theatre