FRI
FEB 15, 2013


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Greg Lundgren

Why: What is ambition in art? Is it competitive or collaborative? Greg Lundgren is a Seattle artist and entrepreneur (the Hideout, Vito’s, Lundgren Monuments) who sees Seattle as a place with everything it needs to succeed—except the success. He’s been floating big ideas like turning the Lusty Lady (or some other equally delicious and central space) into a contemporary art center that focuses on launching artists into the global art world, not just featuring them here. But what is your version of ambition for art in this city? Discuss, tonight. (Hedreen Gallery, 901 12th Ave, seattleu.edu/hedreen, 6:30–8 pm, free)

SAT
FEB 16, 2013


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‘Undo’

Why: Tonight is your last chance to catch local playwright Holly Arsenault’s debut, Undo. The premise is so simple and brilliant—what if a divorce were a public event precisely like your wedding, with guests and presents and an officiant and tons of booze?—that it threatens to overpower the show itself. But Arsenault’s sharp wit and ear for honest dialogue, which focuses on realistically mundane details and then telescopes to huge family drama, makes the concept work beautifully. Bring someone to talk it over with after; you’ll surely want to. (Annex Theater, 1100 E Pike St, annextheatre.org, 8 pm, $18 adv/$20 DOS)

SUN
FEB 17, 2013


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The Ruby Suns

Why: Has this winter been cramping your style? Are you so fed up with the gray that you’ve been considering replacing your eyeballs with slices of star fruit and tie-dyeing your skin? If so, the Ruby Suns have got your number—go ahead and dive headfirst into their ocean of bright ’80s sound waves. Though their latest album may be inspired by a breakup, those layers of beaming synthetic pop just might be extroverted enough to combat the blanket of gunky wet fog weighing us down. (Barboza, 925 E Pike St, thebarboza.com, 8 pm, $12, 21+)

MON
FEB 18, 2013


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Jewel of India

Why: There are fancier Indian restaurants in Seattle and, lord knows, there are nicer parts of the Ave than this gritty stretch near 50th. But sally forth anyway. Jewel of India is the most delicious Indian restaurant in town. The spices are bold and balanced and fragrant, the sauces are robust, and some dishes are luxuriously creamy without tasting blandly fattening (like some better-known places that will remain nameless). The weekend afternoon buffet is lavish—big cubes of paneer cheese, hunks of meaty butter chicken, kofta balls in korma sauce—and the evening entrées are even better. (Jewel of India, 4735 University Way NE, jewelofindiacuisine.com, 11 am–10 pm)

TUE
FEB 19, 2013


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Think & Drink: The Future of Marijuana Post I-502

Why: If you have questions about the passage of Washington’s new recreational marijuana law—like, where can I buy pot now? Is it legal to grow in my closet? Can I start my own pot delivery service or will I be slide-tackled by the Feds?—it’s best to consult the experts. Fortunately, Humanities Washington has them on hand. Grab a drink and join ACLU attorney (and Initiative 502 author) Alison Holcomb and Seattle police sergeant Sean Whitcomb as they guide you through the tricky logistics of our new, greener Washington. (Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, humanities.org, 7 pm, free, 21+)

WED
FEB 20, 2013


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‘Tabu’

Why: Tabu, the third feature by the talented Portuguese director and critic Miguel Gomes, at first appears to be all about two things: one, Portugal’s colonial past and postcolonial present, and two, the current austerity policies that are choking the country’s poor and working classes. But these politically charged themes turn out to be only a small part of the picture. The film’s main theme is about what human life really comes down to: love and happiness, love and pain, love and loss, and love and regret. If you find Tabu’s story uninteresting, your heart is made of stone. If you find its cinematography unremarkable, your eyes are made of wood. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, nwfilmforum.org, 7 and 9:15 pm, $10)

THU
FEB 21, 2013


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Double Duchess, Glitterbang, Hoot N Howl

Why: Have you ever made your booty pop? I don’t mean silicone-padded underwear that makes your butt look higher and rounder or some weird brand of microwave popcorn. The BP is a dance move. I recommend practicing to Keaira LaShae’s “How to Booty Pop” video on YouTube, and then going to this show to bust your new moves with Seattle’s number one “lady-wolf gang”—DJ/MC/dance troupe Hoot N Howl. The BP would also work nicely with Glitterbang’s experimental electronica and Double Duchess’s campy, queer, and hilarious electro-hop. Pop-pop and you don’t stop! (Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, chopsuey.com, 9 pm, $10, 21+)

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