THU
JUN 16, 2011


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'Bear Season'

Why: There is no big, deep reason why Seattle artist Scott Fife's new show is full of bears: painted bears, sculpted bears, sketched bears, streaky bears, sad bears, brown bears, panda bears, bear heads, bear bodies, bears in the middle of the room and along the walls, small bears and grizzly-sized bears, hungry bears. The "artist statement" is a poem by Jim Harrison called "My Friend the Bear," who keeps an orphaned bear captive "down in the bone myth of the cellar" for three years. It need only be said that when Fife declares Bear Season, you should go out looking. (Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave S, 323-2808, 11 am–5:30 pm, free)

FRI
JUN 17, 2011


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'Filter Vol. III' Release Party

Why: The third issue of semiannual literary magazine Filter will remind you why you love literature. It comes in the form of genuine delight and giddy discovery—tucked inside a beautiful box, there are dozens of individually stitched pamphlets (containing letterpressed fiction, essays, memoir, and poetry) mixed with small, lovely prints by artists like Ben Beres and Brandon Downing. This launch party features readings from some of the liveliest contributors to the magazine—John Osebold, Stacey Levine, Maged Zaher, Karen Finneyfrock, and Ed Skoog among them—and it will remind you of the glory that is Seattle's intellectually voracious, conceptually ambitious literary landscape. (Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N, www.filterlit.blogspot.com, 8 pm, $8 adv/$10 door, all ages)

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SAT
JUN 18, 2011


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Okkervil River, Titus Andronicus

Why: The great old Neptune Theatre has been reborn as a live performance venue of to-be-determined quality, but tonight's bill is top-notch. Opening the show: New Jersey's Titus Andronicus, whose heady ambition and ramshackle attack recall the Replacements without falling into any kind of pigeonhole. Headlining: Austin's Okkervil River, the well-respected melodic folk rockers who'll have their work cut out for them following the explosive clamor of their supporting band. (Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St, www.stgpresents .org, 9 pm, $20 adv/$22 DOS, balcony all ages/floor 21+)



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Trouble Bouncy Ball

Why: How can you go wrong with a party that has a giant bouncy castle for adults? A dance floor powered by one of the Scissor Sisters' DJs and New Orleans bounce music dreamboat Vockah Redu? A night featuring performances by drag super-duper-SUPER-star (and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race) Raja? And how about, on top of all that, a sex-advice booth manned by Dan Savage? What if I told you all the proceeds go to the It Gets Better Project? You have no excuse NOT to go to this. (FRED Wildlife Refuge, 127 E Boylston St, www.strangertickets .com, 9 pm, $20, 21+)

SUN
JUN 19, 2011


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SlutWalk/Pride Picnic

Why: Organized in response to a Toronto cop's proclamation that women can defend themselves against rape by not "dressing like sluts," SlutWalk Seattle is the march/rally designed to destroy "the idea that women invite sexual violence by looking like they enjoy sex." Organized to celebrate gay and gay-friendly families (and raise funds for Food Lifeline), the Seattle Pride Picnic is the daylong to-do in Volunteer Park featuring food, music, and "fun for all ages." Hilarious bonus: Both events are scheduled to be picketed by the ridiculous Westboro Baptist Church! Don't miss the show(s)! (SlutWalk, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave, www.slutwalkseattle.com, meet at noon for march downtown; Pride Picnic, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, www.seattlepride.org, 11 am–4 pm)

MON
JUN 20, 2011


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Earl's

Why: Here's an excellent expedition for a sunny day: Meet up with a friend and take a long stroll to Earl's in the University District, which has been helping folks get tipsy for the past 20 years. Get your drinks at the bar and take them to the open-air window covered with wire fencing. You can watch the college kids walk by, smell the fresh air, and relearn to love life. Last time I was at Earl's, a young man with sunglasses and a dreamy expression wafted past on the sidewalk, offering strangers hits from a joint and saying, "Man, I love Seattle." Sit at Earl's long enough, and you'll love Seattle, too. (Earl's on the Ave, 4333 University Way NE, 525-4493, 11 am–2 am, 21+)

TUE
JUN 21, 2011


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'The Trip'

Why: I first fell in love with The Trip—a mockumentary-ish sitcom in which comedians Steve Coogan (scowling crank) and Rob Brydon (unassailable goof) tour restaurants in the north of England—when I watched it in 10-minute bursts on YouTube, and it was brilliant even then. Now knitted into a feature-length movie, the relationship between Brydon and Coogan—mostly just bickering—reveals itself with an easy, deft grace. It's basically Hey, Good Riff: The Movie. It's fucking great. (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film)

WED
JUN 22, 2011


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Hunx & His Punx

Why: Much has happened since Hunx played Seattle during Gay Pride 2009, when he won all the hearts of the gays at the Wildrose, then all the hearts of the straights at the Funhouse (when he let Nobunny pee on his leg). Hunx has since recorded a full-length, Too Young to Be in Love, won hearts at SXSW, and received critic boners from NME, Pitchfork, and FADER. But has the success gone to the crooner punx's head? No chance. Hunx is still the Edith Massey in a sea of Katy Perrys—the gayest punk rocker the world has ever seen. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, 441-4618, 8 pm, $10, 21+)

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