MAR 27, 2013


‘KINGS: A Boylesque Extravaganza’

Why: KINGS is the one-night-only extravaganza that will gather celebrated male burlesque performers from all over the world onto the swanky stage of the Triple Door. On the bill: NYC’s the Evil Hate Monkey (an abused circus monkey turned furiously liberated primate), Australia’s Captain Kidd (the self-proclaimed “brat child of Aussie circus and burlesque”), Chicago’s aggressively panracial Stage Door Johnnies, Portland’s Russell Bruner (the world’s current Best Boylesque title holder), and Seattle’s own Waxie Moon. Hosting the evening: London writer, musician, and performance artist Mat Fraser. (Triple Door, 216 Union St,, 8 pm, $25–$35, 17+)

MAR 28, 2013



Why: Lorraine Barlow knitted a shroud that her husband, Howard, will be buried in. The shroud, with a cast of Howard’s body in it, is lying on the gallery floor. It has a stripe of x’s and o’s knitted down its length. On the wall above it is Howard’s grid of red bullet casings, each one with a piece of her wedding dress and a handwritten memory of her stuffed inside. When she dies, she gets a 21-gun salute. The two 30ish artists are in the prime of their lives. For now. (Punch Gallery, 119 Prefontaine Pl S,, noon–5 pm, free, through March 30)

MAR 29, 2013


Verse Chapter Verse

Why: I’ve been hosting The Stranger’s books-and-music series for a couple years now, featuring hot local bands like Tomten and blockbuster out-of-town authors like Cory Doctorow, Michael Chabon, and Colson Whitehead. But because this next Verse Chapter Verse is tied in with APRIL, the great local independent literature festival, I finally had the opportunity to ask one of my very favorite local authors, Sherman Alexie, to headline the event. This should be fun, especially because the band is the up-and-coming hiphop duo Fly Moon Royalty. It’s all about the hometown pride tonight. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 6 pm, $7 adv/$10 DOS, 21+)


Vox Mod

Why: Vox Mod’s ascent through Seattle’s musical ecosystem has been as thrilling as his densely detailed electronic symphonies. All of Vox’s rigorous research and development have culminated in his riveting new album, SYN-ÆSTHETIC. Collaborating with Palaceer Lazaro (Shabazz Palaces), Irene Barbaric (Eighteen Individual Eyes), Erik Blood, and others, Vox Mod (Scot Porter) has crafted a varied, organic-sounding collection of outward-bound songs that ingeniously commingle hiphop and techno tropes. These compositions sprawl elegantly into silky vastness, all stellar melodies and sleek propulsion. (Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave,, 9 pm, $5, 21+)

MAR 30, 2013



Why: Not only have local garage masters Mudhoney remained a band for 25 years, they’ve managed to do so without succumbing to the jazz-fusion ambient dance phase, dabbling in Auto-Tune, or replacing their original members with Peter Gabriel. Their first album since 2008 (and ninth full-length total), Vanishing Point is still as wry and dry as ever—Mark Arm rips into such topics as downtown douchebags, his disdain for all things grandiose in the music biz, and sycophants at the grocery store. Phew, Mudhoney still sound like Mudhoney! (Disclaimer: I helped shout some backup vocals on this record.) (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $15 adv, 21+)

MAR 31, 2013


Eat a Giant See’s Egg for Easter!

Why: Fuck Peeps and hollow, waxy-tasting chocolate rabbits. Screw those Easter candies that are just humdrum everyday candies pressed into egg form and gussied up in pastel foils. If you want to celebrate Jesus’s Resurrection the right way, then haul your ass to See’s Candies and buy the Holy Mother of edible idolatry: a chocolate butter egg with pecans. Hailed by See’s as “the largest chocolate egg we make,” this ostrich-egg-sized monstrosity weighs just under a pound, thanks to its chocolate buttercream innards. It’s also “cheerfully hand-decorated” with piping and motherfucking pink roses. One egg contains 1,800 calories. Praise Jesus! (See’s Candies, 1518 Fourth Ave, 682-7122, noon–5 pm, $16.80)

APR 1, 2013


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ with Jinkx Monsoon

Why: Don’t you wish Jinkx Monsoon would come to your living room and watch RuPaul’s Drag Race with you? Maybe sit just to the side of the screen and, during the commercials, with the TV muted, answer all your questions about behind-the-scenes tears and jeers? Well, look, this can totally happen. Just not in your living room. You have to go to Jinkx’s living room, i.e., Julia’s on Broadway. They have a giant screen, a giant screaming audience, and a mute button for the commercials. Plus, cohost Ben DeLaCreme! Get there super-early! Like yesterday! (Julia’s, 300 Broadway E, 860-1818, 8 pm, free, all ages)

APR 2, 2013


LoPriore Bros. Meatball Sandwich

Kelly O

Why: The meatball sandwich at this Pike Place Market lunch counter is served on fresh-made garlic toast. On top of that, they stack tender, juicy meatballs that fall apart in your mouth like candy. Then it’s covered in marinara sauce that’s garlicky and fresh and not too thick. It’s served open-faced, and if you tried to somehow get this thing into your mouth with just your hands, it would wind up looking like the Civil War happened on your face. For $8.50, it’s lunch with leftovers, and hands down the best meatball sandwich in Seattle. (LoPriore Bros., 1530 Post Alley, 621-7545, 11 am–5 pm, $8.50)

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