JAN 5, 2013


Don’t Talk to the Cops

Why: Happy 2013! Here are two resolutions that I recommend: (1) Become more acquainted with the local music scene. (2) Be nice to other people. And wouldn’t you know, this show is a great way to do both! This stellar lineup of Northwest talent—Don’t Talk to the Cops, Stephanie, Dude York, and Wimps—will definitely make you shake it from your head to your hips, and the proceeds benefit Food Lifeline, which is “dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington.” What a nice way to start the New Year. (Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave NW,, 9 pm, $7 adv/$8 DOS, 21+)

JAN 6, 2013


Lauri Chambers

Why: Abstract painter Lauri Chambers has been working within what sound like strict limitations for years—black and white only, except for dashes of blue that appear like something out of the corner of one’s eye—and this means that what her art teaches you is to dive in further to search for the smallest variations, which quickly begin to seem not small at all. She has so many versions of black and white, and so many ideas about what they can do to each other. (Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N,, 1–5 pm/reception 2–4 pm, free)

JAN 7, 2013


King Noodle

Why: Feeling chilled? Head down to King Noodle for a bowl of Chinese noodle soup or congee. You begin with a checklist menu, choosing a soup base (chicken or fish broth, Szechuan, sour and hot, etc.) and your favorite type of noodle (udon, vermicelli, etc.). For both soup and congee, there’s a myriad of toppings: fish balls, enoki mushrooms, barbecue duck, tofu skin, pumpkin, and much more. A condiment bar offers pickled peppers, vinegar, and chili sauce. Customizing your own meal means you can pick just what you want. Wonderful! (King Noodle, 615 King St, 748-9168, 10 am–10 pm)

JAN 8, 2013


Steven Arntson

Why: If you’re sick of Twilight rip-offs, maybe you should give Steven Arntson a try. The local author has published two books that read more like classics in young adult literature (like A Wrinkle in Time) than cynical cash-grabs. His newest novel, The Wrap-Up List, is about a teenager who receives a letter from the grim reaper warning that she’ll die in a week’s time. Arntson’s book-debut parties involve lots of live music and great conversation about a female character who doesn’t fall hopelessly in love with a wan vampire creep. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave,, 7 pm, free)

JAN 9, 2013


Jenny Holzer

Why: Jenny Holzer is famous for her words, which are all over the world. Her piece Inflammatory Essays, in Elles: SAM, is a wallpapering of brightly colored posters featuring texts by intellectuals, politicians, and ideologues. She began writing her own Truisms in 1977 (“Abuse of power comes as no surprise,” for one). It will be fascinating to hear what comes out of her actual live-and-in-person mouth in tonight’s conversation with SAM modern and contemporary curator Catharina Manchanda. (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave,, 7 pm, $10)

JAN 10, 2013


‘The Book of Mormon’

Why: After Dan Savage saw the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, he went on Keith Olbermann’s news show and gushed about the brilliance of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s musical masterpiece for 10 minutes straight. Reports from the road say the touring production is just as mind-blowing as the original. The entire run of Book of Mormon at the Paramount is sold out, but there will be 20 $25 rush tickets available by lottery two hours before every performance. (Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St,, 7:30 pm, $25)

JAN 11, 2013


Pleasureboaters, Mass Games, Absolute Monarchs

Why: Pleasureboaters are back! After a four-year pause, the beloved thrash-punk trio has unexpectedly reunited—it’s like coming home from work and finding a raging surprise party in your living room for no occasion whatsoever! If their 2013 live shows are anything like their performances of yore, prepare yourself for the splattering chaos of 1,000 Watermelon Four Lokos and the caterwauling turmoil of a bobcat in a dryer. (No bobcats were harmed in the writing of this Suggest.) (Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave NW,, 10 pm, $8, 21+)



Why: There is so much to love in this superb work of American cinema. There is the opening montage, the music during this montage (George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”), and the city captured in the montage. There is the year the film was made (1979—the end of an age and mode of being), the comedian (Woody Allen) at the height of his powers, the stupid beauty of Mariel Hemingway, the brilliance of Diane Keaton, and, of course, the iconic Queensboro Bridge moment. This movie will always show us how to love a city. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St,, 7 pm, $8)

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