NOV 12, 2012


‘The Invisible War’

Why: Kirby Dick’s award-winning documentary starts with a number of American servicewomen holding forth on their deep love for the military (the camaraderie, the pride, the tradition). We then learn how each of these women was raped by a fellow servicemember, then was ignored and shamed and even punished by the military establishment for surviving and reporting their attacks. It’s an infuriating, heartrending film that’s already leading to changes in the military’s sexual-assault protocol, and this one-night-only SIFF screening—presented by the Women’s Funding Alliance—is the perfect way to see it: in a room full of shocked, sympathetic others. Go. (SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N,, 7 pm, $10)

NOV 13, 2012


Noble Fir

Why: It’s getting stormy—time to retreat to our well-worn drinkin’ holes and find a few new ones to make the dark days bearable. With rich wood, just-right lighting, big windows, and low-key friendly service, the Noble Fir is a promising spot to find oneself on a rainy Ballard evening. It’s a beer-nerd bar (they host beer events regularly) and a hiker bar (there are maps and trail guides to peruse), but even if you’re neither, it’ll cheer you. It’s both a good spot to read alone and a charming prelude to kissing someone. (Noble Fir, 5316 Ballard Ave NW,, 4 pm–midnight, 21+)

NOV 14, 2012


The Cody Rivers Show

Erica Zurek

Why: The high-concept, high-energy, and brain-scrambling comedy duo Cody Rivers Show returns to the stage with their new show, Once and for All for One, which promises “chainsaw bluegrass, facial mime, mixtapes, marauding trees, Gomez,” and more. I presume they mean the band Gomez, but the subject matter of any given Cody Rivers sketch hardly matters—audiences flock to them for their loopy wordplay, bizarre imaginations, and athletic dance numbers. Fill the Cody Rivers–shaped hole in your heart tonight! (Annex Theater, 1100 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $15)

NOV 15, 2012


Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson

Why: Look, this is just simple math. I’ve described Maggie Nelson’s Bluets on many occasions as the rare poetry book I’d recommend to anyone and everyone, regardless of how they feel about poetry. And I’ve long called Eileen Myles one of the most original thinkers in literature today. Putting these two together on one stage to discuss the Seattle Art Museum’s new exhibit will be nothing less than spectacular. When Nelson’s delicate precision butts together with Myles’s jaw-dropping metaphors, we’ll witness a bubbling, frothing plume of intellect, wit, and surprises. (Benaroya Hall, 200 University St,, 7:30 pm, $15–$50)


Japandroids, Bleached

Why: Formerly of frenetic punk act Mika Miko, LA siblings Jessica and Jennifer Clavin’s new duo Bleached is a swell way to shake off the rainy pre-turkey blues. A bit more spruced up and smoothed out than Miko, Bleached are jangly and fuzzy—and yes, though there’s no lack of that lazy scuzz-pop style out there right now, the Fleetwood Mac–ish tinge and general “old-rock” feel make these easy jams more Nobunny than Best Coast. Bonus: After Bleached comes Japandroids! (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $16, all ages)

NOV 16, 2012


‘We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists’

Why: Documentaries don’t get much more lively or timely than this. We Are Legion tells the story of hacking from its earliest days (everyone tries to forget this now, but Steve Jobs started out as a hacker) through its more recent, populist formulations. Everything you need to know about 4chan, Anonymous, and LulzSec—from the internet-organized real-life protests of Scientology centers worldwide through WikiLeaks and the Arab Spring—is told in a zippy, highly visual style. Important questions of privilege, race, and sexism are never really addressed, but this is still required viewing. (SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center,, 6 and 8 pm, $10)

NOV 17, 2012


Ben Gibbard

Why: Ben Gibbard, the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie, has a voice like a castrated angel, and tonight, he’s donating it to a good cause: 826 Seattle, a youth writing and tutoring center located in Greenwood. Gibbard is playing an intimate show at Washington Hall to raise money for the local nonprofit, which gives you the unique opportunity to see this local-boy-made-big while patting yourself on the back for throwing money at the youths. Everybody wins! (Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave,, 7 pm, $50–$100, all ages)

NOV 18, 2012


Pipilotti Rist

Why: There are two big new exhibitions at the Henry, one all fleshy (Jeffry Mitchell) and one all ephemeral (Now Here Is Also Nowhere). Between them is the perfect connector: Pipilotti Rist’s giant psychedelic video projection of landscapes and people opening their mouths wide for the camera to jump down their throats—all of which spreads across the floor under your feet and seems to climb across your body as it moves. You can experience its disorienting effects from on the floor, or you can climb the stairs and watch the movie, and the disoriented visitors, from the balcony above. Ephemeral image meets flesh. (Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St,, 11 am–4 pm, $10 suggested)

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