See It This Week

Pulp cinema, Miguel, a new surrealist play, interactive choreography, a female-fronted rock festival and more

Have A Nice Day

Monday, Feb. 19

Protest Fest

Tonight the Seattle music community comes together at five different venues to raise awareness and support—and money!—for five worthy causes: Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Sierra Club and the ADL. Performers include hip-hop agitators Remember Face, country-folkster Sera Cahoone and pop singer-songwriter Whitney Lyman, plus DJs Supreme La Rock, Blue Eyed Soul, Sean Major and many more who are volunteering their time. –Jonathan Zwickel
Venues citywide

Monday, Feb. 19 – Thursday, Feb. 22

Have a Nice Day

Liu Jian’s animated neo-noir made waves at last year’s Seattle International Film Festival, and it sounds like an absolutely riveting experience. A socio-political indictment of the system, adorned in glorious rotoscoped pulp cinema drag? Sold. —Tony Kay
Grand Illusion Cinema

Monday, Feb. 19; Thursday, Feb. 22 – Saturday, Feb. 24

Row Yr Boat (Achievement Unlocked)

This brand-new play by Wesley K. Andrews, billed as “a dark, surrealist romantic comedy about drones, video games, unreality and magic” and centered on a young female gamer, sounds like an interesting, innovative experiment. In the hands of Annex AD Catherine Blake Smith, I look forward to seeing how it plays out. Runs through March 3. —Gemma Wilson
Annex Theatre

Thursday, Feb. 22

The Dollop

The Dollop is a popular comedy podcast in which Dave Anthony (formerly of Walking the Room) presents obscure and strange stories from history to his co-host, Gareth Reynolds, who offers his comically uninformed take on the material. It’s an appealing way to consume history—based on facts but spun off into flights of tomfoolery by a pair of master comedy commentators. —Brett Hamil
Neptune Theatre

Friday, Feb. 23

Art Encounter: Orbiting Together (Symphony no. 1)

Do art without putting down your phone! For their final “art encounter” at Olympic Sculpture Park, collaborators Tia Kramer, Eric J. Olson and Tamin Totzke have crafted a Situationist ballet for the 21st century: They ask that you bring a device to the park and respond to text prompts that will direct specific interactions and movements—experimental choreography that tiptoes around that tricky intersection of mindfulness and technology. —Amanda Manitach
Olympic Sculpture Park

Friday, Feb. 23

Carmine Chickadel, Frances McCue and Jan Wallace

It’s a reading by Carmine Chickadel (co-founder of Neo Vatikan Press and author of poetry collection Houdini Right Where I Want Him), poet and founding director of the Hugo House Frances McCue, and poet and essayist Jan Wallace, who witnessed the original home of the Hugo House literally start to fall apart at the final reading held there. —Sarah Galvin
Open Books

Friday, Feb. 23


Miguel’s magnetism arises from his butter-smooth singing voice and deep-seated emotional and intellectual sensitivity, among other things. The LA-based singer-songwriter recently released his fourth album, War & Leisure, furthering his forward-leaning take on classic R&B, incorporating glossy electronic flourish and noir-ish ambiance into his exploratory pop songwriting and some mightily incisive social-justice sensibility. —Jonathan Zwickel
Showbox Sodo

Friday, Feb. 23

Electro Boogie Freaktacular: Strawberry Mountain and Terror/Cactus

Sporting a rather ambitious title, this two-band bill spans the endearing-weirdo psych pop of Strawberry Mountain, who recently advanced in MoPop’s current Sound Off! 21-and-under band competition, and Terror/Cactus, my new favorite Seattle music discovery. With a masked multi-instrumentalist bandleader, a guitarist and a lighting designer, T/C fuses traditional Latin cumbia music with woozy beat production and eye-slicing projections. Freaktacular! —Jonathan Zwickel
Stone Way Cafe

Friday, Feb. 23

Word Works: Ruth Ozeki

Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki speaks about “process journals,” a tool she uses to develop her novels and cultivate her relationship with writing, to explain how exploring and recording can help writers reflect on their craft. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with journalist Kristen Millares Young. —Sarah Galvin
Washington Hall

Saturday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 25

Burger A-Go-Go 2018 with the Coathangers, Death Valley Girls, the Flytraps, Dengue Fever and More

If you dig garage rock and power-pop acts with dirt under their fingernails and just enough bubblegum to sweeten the scrappiness, get thee to Burger A-Go-Go, a great two-night festival showcasing some of the best female-fronted rock bands on the planet, curated by one of the best indie labels on the planet. —Tony Kay
Crocodile Cafe