See It This Week

The Spits at Chop Suey, Jim Gaffigan at McCaw Hall, Julie Alpert at MadArt

Jim Gaffigan

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Tuesday, July 14
Portland writer Lidia Yuknavitch heads our way to celebrate the recent release her new novel, The Small Backs of Children, at Elliott Bay Books. Yuknavitch is perhaps best known for the memoir The Chronology of Water, and her new book explores the intersections of art and violence, and more specifically, as she told The Rumpus, “how anesthetized we have become to the suffering in the world we help to create every moment of our lives.” –Bill Carty
Elliott Bay Book Company

Wednesday, July 15
Steal shit, do drugs—there are worse ways to spend a summer evening. Cool record shop Spin Cycle is hosting the release of SSDD’s first product, a cassette-only collection on Help Yourself Records (Chastity Belt, Wimps, Ubu Roi). The warm, slightly flattened sound of a cheap analog cassette is perfect for SSDD’s (feat. members of Universe People, Monogamy Party, Coconut Coolouts, Le Cancer) snotty scuz rockers. Toss the tape in your car’s deck and blast it after grabbing 40s on your way to a night-swim. –Dan Paulus
Spin Cycle

Thursday, July 16
For the last 16 years, the Spits have been singing the punkish heartsong of the surly, mouth-breathing delinquent in all of us. Lately it seems they only play their hometown (that’s Seattle) once a year, but they show no signs of decline in overall showmanship. On stage, typically draped in hooded cloaks, the Spits look like Cro-Magnon mystics guiding their audience through the sacred rites of beer guzzling, brawling and knucklehead-banging—and they might very well throw lit firecrackers at you. –Sam Bovarnick
Chop Suey

Thursday, July 16 – Friday, July 17
Comedy giant Jim Gaffigan comes to Seattle for a two-night stand at McCaw Hall just a day after his new sitcom, The Jim Gaffigan Show, premieres on TV Land.  Like his recessive-gened colleague Louis CK, Gaffigan breaks onto the airwaves with a filmic, autobiographical show about a standup comic and father living in New York. The results are promising; the first episode shows Gaffigan forced headlong into the culture wars when he’s “outed” as Catholic, navigating the thorny breach between dogma and secularism with his characteristically bumbling, blue-eyed charm. –Brett Hamil

McCaw Hall

Saturday, July 18
Julie Alpert
is the artist most recently taking over MadArt’s impressive studio space in South Lake Union. Her installations, informed by a passion for textiles and the psychology of interior decor, are explosively colorful and surreal, blending mastery of materials and a bizarre sense of humor. Alpert’s residency is in partnership with the Seattle Art Fair and the final work will be officially on view during the art fair dates, July 30-August 2. However, from 4-6pm this Saturday, you can drop in for a preview and quaff some adult beverages with the artist. –Amanda Manitach
MadArt Studio