Ross McMeekin’s new Hollywood noir, Tint Dance Festival, Tenderfoot’s record release, a BDSM opera, early David Lynch shorts, Band Crush and more

Kat Larson, “standing rock (they pray for the others to soften their hearts),” 2016 archival inkjet print on moab paper

Tuesday, Feb. 6 Ross McMeekin: The Hummingbirds Book Launch Ross McMeekin, editor of Spartan, debuts his novel The Hummingbirds, a tale of classic Hollywood noir and longing for connection in a power-and-beauty obsessed town—you know, something Lana Del Rey would enjoy. McMeekin has previously published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House’s Open Bar, City Arts and… Continue reading Ross McMeekin’s new Hollywood noir, Tint Dance Festival, Tenderfoot’s record release, a BDSM opera, early David Lynch shorts, Band Crush and more

Your favorite artist’s favorite artist, a surreal chamber musical, August Wilson, Timbrrr Music Fest and the party of the season

Timbrrr Winter Music Fest

Tuesday, Jan. 23 This Is How it Always Is Local favorite Laurie Frankel reads from This Is How it Always Is, her new novel about Claude, who realizes at five years old that she’s trans, and her family’s struggle to support her in a hostile social environment. How long can they keep her secret before… Continue reading Your favorite artist’s favorite artist, a surreal chamber musical, August Wilson, Timbrrr Music Fest and the party of the season

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Young Jean Lee’s ‘Straight White Men’, Nikki Giovanni + Nikkita Oliver, and a bombshell WWII doc

'Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story'

Monday, Jan. 15; Thursday, Jan. 18 – Sunday, Jan. 21 Straight White Men Washington Ensemble Theatre presents the Northwest premiere of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, an unlikely (she doesn’t work in linear narrative that often) family drama from the brilliant playwright that zooms in on three brothers gathered at their father’s home for… Continue reading Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Young Jean Lee’s ‘Straight White Men’, Nikki Giovanni + Nikkita Oliver, and a bombshell WWII doc

Word Lit Zine, Ask the Oracle, One Man’s Drum Marathon, All Star Opera’s Seattle World Tour, Norwegian Horror, Shotgun-Blast Rock

'Thelma'

Tuesday, Jan. 9 So Pitted, Cowgirl Clue, DoNormaal, Nightspace To these jaded ears, Seattle trio So Pitted are one of the most exhilarating bands squeezing noisy rock out of this region right now. They’re the logical (not obvious, there’s a difference) organism born from the primordial soup of heavy sludge rock, art-noise and jagged-edged post-punk,… Continue reading Word Lit Zine, Ask the Oracle, One Man’s Drum Marathon, All Star Opera’s Seattle World Tour, Norwegian Horror, Shotgun-Blast Rock

‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘The Burlesque Nutcracker,’ Andrew Wyeth, a radically inclusive Xmas gathering, a NYE drag bash and more

'The Burlesque Nutcracker.' Photo by Angela Sterling

Monday, Dec. 25 Fiddler on the Roof Singalong It’s become its own alternative tradition for the holiday: a screening of Norman Jewison’s classic film adaptation of the Broadway hit with a wonderfully boisterous Topol in the central role of Tevye, preceded by free (and certified kosher) Chinese takeout. —Tony Kay SIFF Cinema Uptown Monday, Dec.… Continue reading ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘The Burlesque Nutcracker,’ Andrew Wyeth, a radically inclusive Xmas gathering, a NYE drag bash and more

Holiday drag, Santanic surf rock, Sugar Plum Gary, Shabazz Palaces and a Björk Revelation

Sugar Plum Gary

Monday, Dec. 18 Pettirosso’s Xmas Extravaganza! Connie Merlot, aka the Champale Chanteuse, brings the band back together once again to bestow her own brand of holiday cheer, as satisfying and surprising as Aunt Doris’ cheese log. Jingling those bells along with Merlot’s Precious Moments is the Northwest’s premier surf-rock Christmas band, Dancer & Prancer. Plus… Continue reading Holiday drag, Santanic surf rock, Sugar Plum Gary, Shabazz Palaces and a Björk Revelation

Julian Priester, electro-pop duo FKL, Hari Kondabolu’s special taping, solstice bonsai, a Chanukah party and more

Homo For The Holidays, photo by Jules Doyle

Wednesday, Dec. 13 Priester’s Cue, Bandalabra At 82, Julian Priester still plays trombone, the instrument he played with John Coltrane and Sun Ra and on his own soul-jazz classic, 1974’s Love, Love. What’s more, Priester, who retired from Cornish in 2011 after more than three decades teaching music there, still lives in Seattle. Tonight he… Continue reading Julian Priester, electro-pop duo FKL, Hari Kondabolu’s special taping, solstice bonsai, a Chanukah party and more