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See It This Week

Weird Al at ZooTunes, ‘Twister Beach’ at Nordo’s Culinarium, ‘The Least Boring Poetry Event of the Year’

The cast of 'Twister Beach.' Photo by Tim durkan

 

Tuesday, July 26
Experimental cinema is a perfect vehicle for exploring the random and persistent nature of memory, so Cinememory: Negotiating the Past Through Film, a collection of local and international experimental shorts, should be a journey worth undertaking. –Tony Kay
Grand Illusion Cinema

Tuesday, July 26
The Factory presents another installment of “The Least Boring Poetry Event of the Year.” As a former lit student who frittered away plenty of my youth aspiring to write tomes to move readers to tears, laughter, orgasm or whatever poetry is supposed to inflict—and then got over it—I admit to being totally uninspired by most poetry events I’ve attended in my dotage. This will not be one of those events. Sarah Galvin, Anastacia Renee, Mary Anne Carter, Kate Durbin and Kary Wayson are spilling their verbal guts and spinning glitter-language-gold inspired by things like TV’s Hoarders and erotic fantasies with Barbie’s sidekick Skipper. Not boring. –Amanda Manitach
The Factory

Tuesday, July 26 & Wednesday, July 27
Pop music is obtuse, overblown and self-absorbed enough to spoof itself, but Weird Al Yankovic does it better. Now in his third decade as reigning King of Parody, Yankovic has outlasted many of the bands he’s skewered, serving as a funhouse mirror to the already-warped pop-music landscape. His longevity is derived from his humanity—as shameless as Yankovic is, he’s never mean or derisive; he sincerely loves the music he makes fun of. He’s a brilliant mind, trained as an architect at Cal Poly State University, who provides a necessary reminder about the utter ridiculousness of our cultural obsessions. –Jonathan Zwickel
Woodland Park Zoo

Wednesday, July 27
Pairing the Psychedelic Furs and the Church on a bill represents a major nostalgia rush for Gen X’ers, for sure. Happily, both bands sport back catalogs worth plundering. The Furs haven’t recorded new material in a couple of decades, but they’re a revival act par excellence, with Richard Butler’s timelessly ragged voice retaining its wounded romance. Aussie psych-rock quartet The Church, meantime, have been twirling guitar distortion, feedback, and texture around Steve Kilbey’s spectral croon to ravishing effect for longer than the members of Tame Impala have been alive. –Tony Kay
Benaroya Hall

Thursday, July 28
Pony is the most uninhibited dance club in Seattle and Medical Records Rx is one of Pony’s most fun dance parties. On the last Thursdsay of every month, Medical Records honcho Dr. Troy unspools six hours of the slinkiest, shiniest synthwave, dark pop, Italo disco and assorted retro-future dance styles, all vinyl all night. Troy tag-teams with a likeminded cast of rotating guest DJs; this month includes eclectic selector Lord Phatrick and Minneapolis minimalist Joebot. They will play it and you will dance. –Jonathan Zwickel
Pony

Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31
Opal Peachey and Mark Siano have really dialed in their brand of over-the-top, in-your-face campy fun with their new show Twister Beach. From the moment the first mini-cocktail is dropped at your table, the energy of this send-up of ‘60s beach film romps (Peachey and Siano play Annette and Frankie, respectively) never flags. In brief: a cadre of young, hot people end up on remote Twister Beach, where everyone’s looking for love or sex or, in the case of the oddly-yet-hilariously-included Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, recordings of whale sounds. There’s a limbo contest and, if you so choose, some very tasty kalua pork. It’s totally ridiculous and sometimes erratic, but if you need a no-holds-barred evening of escapism (and rum) as much as I did, this is so very worth checking out. –Gemma Wilson
Nordo’s Culinarium

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