APR 17, 2013


Edgar’s Cantina

Why: Preseason rankings put the Mariners at number 14—that is, Safeco Field has the 14th most expensive hot dog and a beer at an MLB stadium, with a price tag of $10.50, according to Since you’ve already got your wallet open at the Safe, you might as well go to the brand-new Edgar’s Cantina, offering an amazing view into the bull pen and tasty $9 entrée-sized tortas/tacos/nachos concepted by Ethan Stowell (try the Painted Hills carne asada), plus even tastier $12.50 margaritas created by Rob Roy’s Anu Apte (made with Mr. Martinez’s own tequila). Tonight: the M’s versus the Tigers. (Edgar’s Cantina, Safeco Field,, home game days)

APR 18, 2013


‘Now Here Is Also Nowhere: Part II’

Why: Intangibility comes in many forms. It’s the force holding the thousands of straight pins in their cube formation in a sculpture by Tara Donovan. It’s the jostles and jerks of the subway that directed William Anastasi’s hand in making Untitled (Subway Drawings). It’s the strobe lights Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer shot into the darkened galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: There’s antiquity, now it’s gone. All these, plus pieces that involve hypnosis, infidelity, fish, and staring, are here, and nowhere. (Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St,, 11 am–9 pm, $10 suggested, through May 5)

APR 19, 2013


Luc Sante: ‘The Other Paris’

Why: Best known for Low Life, his book-length portrait of Manhattan’s underclass in the early 20th century, Luc Sante is the Belgian-born polymath who’s spent the past 30 years writing about social history and art. This week at Northwest Film Forum, Sante gives a live performance that explores his twin obsessions onscreen, mapping the underbelly of Paris via clips from such films as Maurice Cam’s Métropolitain and Jules Dassin’s Rififi and providing running commentary throughout. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave,, 8 pm, $15, April 18–20)


Lucy Knisley

Why: Lucy Knisley’s newest book is titled Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, and it’s a combination of food-related stories and recipes written out in cartoon form (which is a genius idea). If you haven’t read Knisley’s comics before, this is a great entry point to her work; unlike most autobio comics, which are scratchy, black-and-white affairs, her works are in glorious full color, and her stylish, detailed art will practically suck the eyes from your sockets. Tonight, Knisley will read from and sign her book, and she’ll offer samples of recipes from Relish. (Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S Vale St,, 7 pm, free)

APR 20, 2013


Mirah at Saint Mark’s

Why: Singer-songwriter-multicollaborator Mirah is an extraordinarily layered artist—happy to try any genre once, equally lovely when acoustic or electric, able to be both sweet and fierce in the same wispy, whispery line. It’s hard to imagine a better candidate for Fremont Abbey’s CATHEDRALS series, where they ask artists to put together sets with the unique acoustics of an “epic old unfinished cathedral” in mind. She’s playing in between Shenandoah Davis and the Moondoggies, and you are cautioned in advance to respect the “very very pin-drop quiet” of the cathedral space. (Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E,, 8 pm, $15, all ages)

APR 21, 2013


Dina Martina: ‘Spring in Seattle’

Why: Created by Grady West—winner of the 2012 Stranger Genius Award for theater—Dina Martina is the high-art, lowbrow drag queen who’s spent the past year knocking ’em dead from London to LA. Now she’s back in Seattle with an all-new show. Not everyone loves Dina Martina, but the many, many who do love her, do so with an unmatched passion. If you’ve somehow never experienced her mind-bending magic, do yourself a favor and go. (Re-bar, 1114 Howell St,, 2 pm, $20 adv/$25 DOS, 21+, through May 5)

APR 22, 2013



Why: Ridiculous album covers! Even more ridiculous lyrics! Brothers Ron and Russell Mael began their glam-camp new-wave odyssey more than four decades (!) ago, forming Sparks—one of the consistently catchiest wackadoo avant-pop duos ever. Sometimes the best thing about Sparks is Russell’s wild stage antics and gaudy outfits, not to mention his incredible space-falsetto. Other times, the best thing about Sparks is Ron’s deadpan grimace/smirk at the keyboards, or that mustache. If you’ve been looking for a reason to bust out a silk cape and your freakiest hairdo, tonight’s the night. (Neptune, 1303 NE 45th St,, 8 pm, $31.50 adv/$35 DOS, all ages)

APR 23, 2013


La Toscanella Bakery & Paninoteca

Why: La Toscanella’s large pastry case (aka heaven) is filled with colorful fruit tarts, fat slices of custardy rice pie, a variety of seasonal cheesecakes, short stacks of delicate mousse, and at least a dozen different kinds of Italian cookies at any given time, and everything I’ve sampled has been incredible. They also serve breakfast (a variety of egg dishes, mostly) all day, as well as rotating pasta specials for lunch and dinner, but they certainly won’t judge you if you skip straight to the sugar fix. (La Toscanella Bakery & Paninoteca, 116 Westlake Ave N, 682-1044, 6:30 am–6 pm)

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