APR 10, 2013


‘The Shining’: Forwards and Backwards

Why: The Shining: Forwards and Backwards is exactly what it sounds like: a screening of The Shining with a (silent) reverse projection of The Shining screened on top. While I don’t believe the conspiracies that Stanley Kubrick hid secret messages in the movie, the man was a notorious symmetry junkie, and the structure of the film makes for some eerie moments, like the “Here’s Johnny” scene superimposed over a calm, pre-freak-out Jack Nicholson being welcomed to the hotel. You’ve seen lots of haunted-house movies, but have you ever seen a movie haunt itself? (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne N,, 7 pm, $11)

APR 11, 2013


The Quiet Ones

Why: Tonight, Seattle’s own the Quiet Ones celebrate the release of Molt in Moments, a record that’s filled with fat, buzzing guitar riffs, harmonies that sound like they’re being sung on a summer day in the 1970s, and acoustic guitar that flirts with Americana. But even with the bright moments, which have become indicative of the Quiet Ones’ sound, Molt in Moments is more aggressive than the band has ever been—singer-songwriter John Totten says he was inspired by “medical issues that shifted my focus to my own mortality.” Whoa. With Marty Marquis and the Young Evils. (Barboza, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $8, 21+)

APR 12, 2013


Trey McIntyre Project

Why: Trey McIntyre is one of those choreographers (along with Pat Graney and Donald Byrd) who prove you don’t need to live in New York to have a dance career, or to get love from the New York Times. McIntyre’s company comes to us from Boise with dances about Basque culture and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. McIntyre has a taste for feats—some choreographers focus more on small, nuanced expression and others more on eye-popping corporeal wizardry. McIntyre is one of the latter. (Meany Hall, UW Campus,, 8 pm, $39–$43, April 11–13)

APR 13, 2013


‘Pieces of a Whole’

Why: Sean Johnson is the allegorical sculptor who tapes couches to gallery walls, turning them into anxious monuments, and he hasn’t had a solo show in a few years. This one is almost entirely new works: Wealth, an enormous pyramid of pennies (about 70,000 of them); Last Seen Nov. 1 2007 and Last Seen Jan. 30 1989, portraits of missing children made of nails on drywall; and what Johnson refers to as “a new balancing piece about the government.” “Balancing” in this case meaning precariousness incarnate. (LxWxH, 6007 12th Ave S,, 6–9 pm, free, through May 4)


Moisture Festival Vaudeville-a-Thon

Why: Back in the halcyon days, vaudeville producers used to put on marathon shows, sometime 12 hours or longer, of people juggling, contorting, telling jokes, farting into trumpets, setting themselves on fire while riding unicycles, and more. This year, for its 10th anniversary, the Moisture Festival (which started as an urban incarnation of the hippie, neo-vaudeville Oregon Country Fair) will spend one day bringing the tradition back. You can come, go, eat, drink, and wear your pajamas, with constant vaudeville wallpapering your brain. (Hale’s Palladium, 4301 Leary Way NW,, noon–midnight [or later], $75 all-day pass/$10 more for dinner service)

APR 14, 2013


‘Grey Gardens’ Mimosa Brunch

Why: Between Jinkx Monsoon’s towering impersonation of Edith Bouvier Beale on RuPaul’s Drag Race and the musical now running at ACT, Grey Gardens is having a distinctly Seattle moment. Submerge yourself in the film that started it all and remains a standard-bearer for American documentaries: the Maysles brothers’ messy masterwork Grey Gardens, which will be preceded by a mimosa reception and followed by a continental brunch and a screening of The Beales of Grey Gardens, the Maysles’ follow-up documentary using footage left out of the original film. (SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center Northwest Rooms,, 11 am, $15)

APR 15, 2013


Shawn Vestal

Why: Idaho is built on top of a huge, thick crust of weird. Shawn Vestal’s short story collection, Godforsaken Idaho, reminds us that our eastern neighbor is not-quite-right down to the core. From lustful country boys who plot against the tiny dogs carried around by beautiful out-of-town women (lapdogs, the narrator explains, are “wrong” because they make “us feel defensive about our whole lives”) to two Mormons out to bring a sinner back into the fold, Vestal cracks open the dry, dusty ground and lets the weirdness spill out. It’s savage and apocalyptic and endlessly funny. (Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE,, 7 pm, free)

APR 16, 2013


Le Fournil

Why: Every time I walk into this French bakery, its glass case of pastries nearly breaks my spirit with desire—I want one of everything. But here’s the secret of Le Fournil: You can buy luscious things at very reasonable prices, treating yourself regularly to a kind of cheap luxury that feels like cheating. Croissants are light, flaky, and balanced; glistening fruit tarts and chocolate éclairs make every day feel like your birthday. Their specials are particularly thrifty and decadent, and the whole place is run by lifelong French baker Nicolas Paré, who still makes each baguette himself. (Le Fournil, 3230 Eastlake Ave E,, 7 am–6 pm)

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