A professional skeptic, a legendary dirtbag, a relationship museum, fake-news comedy, Kyle Kraft, Jazz Forest and more

Timothy Rysdyke's 'Exes & Ohhhhhs: a Relationship Museum'
From Timothy Rysdyke's 'Exes & Ohhhhhs: a Relationship Museum'

Monday, Jan. 29

Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine and author of The Moral Arc and The Believing Brain, reads from his new book Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia, which explores the desire for an afterlife, and what, from a scientific perspective, is most likely to happen when we die. —Sarah Galvin
Elliott Bay Book Company

Monday, Jan. 29 – Wednesday, Jan. 31

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

I fell in love with Dave O’Leske’s sharp, engaging doc about “the Bob Dylan of Climbing” when it screened at SIFF 2017, and it’s great to see it getting an actual run on a big screen. Beckey’s incredible achievements as a climber—and the way his dogged pursuit of the next peak energized and alienated him at the same time—make this film as enlightening as it is entertaining.  —Tony Kay
SIFF Film Center

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Book Launch Reading for Nancy Huang’s Favorite Daughter

Nancy Haung, a queer Chinese-American poet based in New Hampshire, celebrates the release of her poetry collection Favorite Daughter, reading in the excellent company of local poets Cathy Linh Che, Paul Hlava and Christopher Rose. —Sarah Galvin
Open Books

Thursday, Feb. 1

Marilyn Montufar

LA-born photographer Marilyn Montufar captures portraits of subjects who populate her Xicana community, whether in Mexico or the U.S. The images are dreamy, wistful and straightforward, capturing the fleeting faces or limbs of people who sometimes are depicted with unrepentant rawness, at others seem like traces of bodies trapped in amber. —Amanda Manitach
Gallery 4Culture

Thursday, Feb. 1

Exes & Ohhhhhs: a Relationship Museum

Timothy Rysdyke of the Factory trades his curator hat for that of an artist in this solo show, featuring photography and vacuum-packed sculptures-cum-body bags filled with personal detritus, such as crumpled cigarette cartons, half-filled prescription pill bottles and plush stuffed toys. The pieces—simultaneously sentimental, morbid, sweet—beg to be explored by the voyeur/viewer, as both a self-portrait of the artist and portraits of his lovers. —Amanda Manitach
Party Hat

Thursday, Feb. 1

The Central Comedy Show, featuring Ella Gale

The Central Comedy Show is the closest this city has to a flagship indie showcase, flying in top-notch national headliners and pairing them with the best local comics. This month they present Ella Gale, shrewd joke-writer and contributor to The Hard Times and Reductress, two of the funniest (intentionally) fake news websites on the internet. —Brett Hamil
Central Cinema

Thursday, Feb. 1

Kyle Craft, the Shivas, Ghost Foot

Kyle Craft’s strident, strange, exuberant voice is an acquired taste, but he uses it to adorn rich pop songs that cherry-pick Hunky Dory-era Bowie, Harry Nilsson and Tin Pan Alley with equal vigor, so it’s a taste worth acquiring. Portland garage-surf/pop titans the Shivas and Louisiana psych-folk duo Ghost Foot necessitate early arrival. —Tony Kay
Tractor Tavern

Thursday, Feb. 1 – Friday, Feb. 2

reSET: Grief Girls and Petra Zanki

Washington Ensemble Theatre’s reSET series invites dancer/choreographers to create and present work on the set of their most recent show, and this go-round layers the talents of Grief Girls and Petra Zanki with Jennifer Zeyl’s beautifully detailed, painfully accurate suburban rec room set for Straight White Men.  —Gemma Wilson
12th Avenue Arts

Saturday, Feb. 3

Jazz Forest

During the 20-plus years he spent in LA writing scores for Star Trek: TNG and Family Guy, Ron Jones worked closely with Lalo Schifrin, the genius who basically invented the 1970s car-chase theme. Now that he resides in Stanwood, Wash., Jones makes music with the 12-piece Jazz Forest, which follows in a similar atmospheric vein, alternately funk-fueled or delicate, propulsive or contemplative. —Jonathan Zwickel
Columbia City Theater