MAR 17, 2013


Smash Putt

Why: Remember Smash Putt? The temporary bar where people played Rube Goldberg–style mini golf? Seattle's industrial-art freaks have brought it back: the golf-ball cannons, the pneumatic ball-smashing devices, the mazes and catapults, the tests of timing and coordination, and the booze. Always the booze. It’s a hell of a time, but it will only be around for a few weeks. You should buy tickets online soon—the early dates are already selling out. (Smash Putt, 1950 First Ave S,, $10–$15, 5 pm–late, 21+, through April 28)

MAR 18, 2013


Everything at Fogón

Why: For lunch today at Fogón, I planned to get a chile relleno, which is my favorite thing to eat at a family-style Mexican place—well, that and mole. Like everything at Fogón (the Mexi-pop soundtrack, the decor, the service), the chile relleno is better than usual: lighter batter, greener and firmer and more flavorful chile, cushy queso fresco instead of oozy Monterey Jack. Then I saw that they have chilaquiles at lunchtime, another favorite thing. And what do you know—they were better than usual, with still-crisp house-made totopos, a smoky-tomato spice, and avocado on top. (Fogón, 600 E Pine St, 320-7777, 11 am–11 pm)


‘West of Memphis’

Why: The case of the West Memphis Three—wherein three teenage outcasts in Arkansas were convicted of child murders they had nothing to do with—has already inspired three amazing films: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost trilogy, one of the great documentary works of American cinema. Amy J. Berg’s West of Memphis elegantly summarizes these previous films before breaking new ground, following the men of the West Memphis Three through their grossly imperfect plea deals and reentry into a world they were taken out of as kids. It’s a beautiful, infuriating film. (See Movie Times:

MAR 19, 2013


Dance Cinema

Why: Copresented by Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center, Dance Cinema is the quarterly series pairing classic movies containing amazing dance sequences with thematically linked short films from iconic dancers and choreographers. Tonight’s offerings: 1961’s West Side Story, featuring the Oscar-winning direction and choreography of Jerome Robbins, and Meredith Monk’s short film of 1981, Ellis Island. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,, 8 pm, $10)

MAR 20, 2013


Ark Lodge Cinemas

Why: The quality of the moviegoing experience at Columbia City’s new Ark Lodge Cinemas blows me away every time. The picture is crystal clear, and the sound system is amazing. A lot of chain theaters simply amp up the bass so you feel explosions in your gut and pretend that’s good enough. But Ark Lodge’s sound system surrounds you with large and small noises—it’s like sitting in the middle of the action, in the best way possible. Bonus: It’s less than five minutes to walk from the light rail. If you love going to the movies, you owe it to yourself to go. (Ark Lodge Cinemas, 4816 Rainier Ave S,

MAR 21, 2013


Cheap Beer & Prose

Why: With bargain-basement beer prices ($1 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon) and all the readers vetted for maximum entertainment value, Cheap Beer & Prose is always a safe bet for a good time. But tonight’s is an especially exciting lineup of fresh new faces in Seattle fiction, including Corinne Manning, Anca Szilágyi, and Kristen Millares Young. And the headliner is someone you’ll be hearing a lot about this year: Nicole Hardy, the local poet whose memoir about Mormonism and sex, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, is bound to make a splash when it’s released in August. (Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave,, 7 pm, free, all ages)

MAR 22, 2013


Kingdom Crumbs

Why: The opinion held by this paper’s leading hiphop critic, Larry Mizell Jr., about Kingdom Crumbs’s position in the 206 is also held by me: This quartet of rappers and producers (Mikey Nice, Jerm D, Jarv Dee, and Tay Sean) is one of the best things happening right now in “the town.” A part of the productive Cloud Nice collective, Kingdom Crumbs released a self-titled album last year that contains not only solid electronic beats and post-underground raps, but a kind of sensibility that makes it clear to any listener that Seattle really is a center for some of the most advanced thinking and creativity in hiphop today. Kingdom Crumbs will open for THEESatisfaction. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $12, 21+)

MAR 23, 2013


Chelsea Light Moving

Why: Some Sonic Youth fans are still reeling from Thurston Moore’s split from Kim Gordon. But maybe the breakup spurred Moore to kick out the jams with the vengeance of ’80s SY milestones like Sister and EVOL in his latest project, Chelsea Light Moving. The new eponymous album erases the blahs left by SY’s last few albums with songs that blowtorch rock into gnarly shapes. At 54, Moore has rejuvenated his radical vocabulary of odd guitar tunings and rediscovered the exhilarations of high-velocity songwriting. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $15, 21+)

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