NOV 29, 2012


Death Grips

Why: Right now, Death Grips are better known for their boner-featuring album art for No Love Deep Web and their decision to self-release for free their major-label debut than for their music. But you should cock an ear to MC Ride’s stentorian, desperate verses (think that one dude in Onyx), Zach Hill’s kinetic, wonky drumming, and Andy “Flatlander” Morin’s ballistic, incendiary production. Those hungering for a visceral rap/punk/electronic fusion should get ready to rumble tonight. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave,, 8 pm, $15 adv, all ages)


The Onion A.V. Club Presents ‘Bad Santa’

Why: The New Cult Canon is the Onion A.V. Club’s ongoing series about those rare movies that deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Blue Velvet and Kitten with a Whip. Tonight, things get interactive as the Onion’s Nathan Rabin hosts a screening of 2003’s Bad Santa, starring a perfectly repugnant Billy Bob Thornton as a gin-swilling, ass-tapping shopping mall Saint Nick. Amazing bonus: Director Terry Zwigoff will be on hand for a post-show Q&A! (Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave,, 8 pm, $6 adv/$8 DOS, 21+)

NOV 30, 2012


Dina Martina Christmas Show

Why: Faster than a speeding Zamboni, hairier than a barber-shop floor, and more graceful than nothing, Dina Martina is the internationally beloved drag chanteuse/raconteur/train wreck created by the freshly minted Stranger Genius Grady West, and Dina Martina’s Christmas shows are a thing of wonder. Expect cheesy pop songs molested into nouveau Christmas carols (with live piano accompaniment by Chris Jeffries), jaw-dropping props, and laughing until your bladder explodes. (Re-bar, 1114 Howell St,, 8 pm, $20 adv/$25 DOS, 21+)

DEC 1, 2012


Eleanor Antin

Why: Eleanor Antin is one of the odder humans. She’s a photography, video, installation, and performance artist, an inventor of personas. She was, for a time in the ’70s, a bearded King wandering Solana Beach near San Diego. Later, she was a Crimean War nurse and a black Ballets Russes ballerina. Her own life began in the radical politics of her Bronx Jewish family, with a Stalinist mother and socialist father. In today’s rare appearance at Seattle Art Museum, she’ll be enacting scenes from her that-couldn’t-possibly-be-true memoir, Conversations with Stalin. She’s brilliant and she’s 78 years old. (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave,, 2–3 pm, $12)

DEC 2, 2012


Bottomless Mimosas

Why: Do you enjoy the vitamins and general salubriousness of fresh-squeezed orange juice? How about the effervescence and general loveliness of sparkling wine? What about when those two great tastes taste great together? Plus, oh, French toast topped with high-quality, super-delicious chicken nuggets and sausage gravy? Or eggs Benedict made with an English muffin from the Dahlia Bakery? Or a giant bowl of extra-tasty saimin? Yes? Then you will enjoy this: bottomless mimosas for $12 at brunch at Ma’ono in West Seattle. Happy napping! (Ma’ono, 4437 California Ave SW, 935-1075, 10 am–2 pm)

DEC 3, 2012


Seattle Confidential

Why: Ian Bell’s crowdsourced carnival of anonymity returns on a life-after-death theme. For the newcomers: Every three months, Seattle Confidential collects anonymous stories and gives them to actors to read. (Sometimes they add bells and whistles—PowerPoint presentations, charts and graphs, instant polls that the audience contributes to via text.) The confessional mode gives the writers a cloak to air their dirtiest, most hilariously awkward laundry, and everybody has a blast. It’s not only funny but comforting—we all have screwed-up stories, and laughing at them together feels therapeutic. (ACT, 700 Union St,, 7:30 pm, $15)

DEC 4, 2012


Naomi Wolf

Why: It is time to talk about vaginas. We’ve just finished one of the ugliest anti-female elections since women’s suffrage became the law of the land, with Republicans arguing for rape and against basic women’s health programs. Wolf’s book Vagina: A New Biography examines the evolution and the biology of the organ that sends evangelical Christians across America into fits of fearful rage. America’s baked-in phallocentricity is a serious issue; we can overcome that kind of bias only by demystifying the body parts that have for millennia been hidden away behind walls of panic and hate. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)

DEC 5, 2012


Silent Reading Party

Why: Miranda July is across town at Seattle Arts & Lectures tonight, but that’s been sold out forever. So what else is happening? The final Silent Reading Party of 2012. You bring whatever you feel like reading and read silently to yourself next to a roaring fire while waiters bring you things. Manhattans: $5. Special guests: Stranger music editor Emily Nokes and comrade in arms Bree McKenna. Bonus: A man named Will Bielawski will be rocking a harp from 7 to 8 p.m. (Sorrento Hotel, Fireside Room, 900 Madison St, 622-6400, 6–9 pm, free, all ages)

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