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MAY 2, 2013


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'How Goes the Battle?'

Why: Tessa Hulls thought she’d just make a painting show, and she did—she brought to life an entire grouping of part-Klimt, part-mosaic paintings of women warriors in animal skins, tired of fighting. Each bright painting is paired with a poem by Kay Ryan. But at the last minute before the show opened, she realized these works were code for what was really going on: She was making art in the aftermath of a breakup. So she created a confessional comic book, too, and amazingly, she pulled it all off. You’ll not only enjoy getting to know this onetime Stranger art intern, you’ll see yourself in her. (Joe Bar, 810 E Roy St, joebarcafe.com, 7:30 am–9:30 pm, free, through May 7)

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FRI
MAY 3, 2013


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'Eden'

Why: I first saw Megan Griffiths’s Eden last May, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Based on one woman’s real-life tale of being kidnapped and trafficked for sex, Eden is fundamentally horrifying. But thanks to Griffiths’s smarts and artistry, and the expert lead performance of Jamie Chung (which won her a best actress award at last year’s SIFF), the film illuminates its world of inhumanity in the most humane way possible, without a hint of exploitation or salaciousness. It’s a miracle. (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, siff.net, 7 pm, $11, through May 15)



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Debacle Fest

Why: Run by label owner/musician Sam Melancon, Debacle is a bold experimental-music fest that keeps growing and improving. Now in its sixth year, Debacle hosts three days of subterranean sonic thrills in three venues. Tonight’s lineup taps questing national (Expo ’70, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Plankton Wat, Total Life, LA Lungs) and local (Brain Fruit, Panabrite, Secret Colors) acts whose styles encompass zoned drones, ragged ragas, fourth world exotica, ambrosial ambience, and other outlier expressions. (FRED Wildlife Refuge, 127 Boylston Ave E, debaclefest.com, 8 pm, $15 adv/$20 DOS, 21+)

SAT
MAY 4, 2013


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Dash Shaw

Why: Back in the 1990s, the names of cartoonists like Chris Ware and Dan Clowes were fringy talismans of cool. Dash Shaw is the modern equivalent of those cartoonists. His work, especially the epic Bottomless Belly Button, is pushing comics forward at a pace that no other artist is approaching. Shaw’s artwork is on display at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery through May 8, but tonight he’ll screen his new animated short, Seraph, and possibly debut work from his much-anticipated new book, New School. Here’s your chance to be in on an “I-knew-him-when” moment. (Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S Vale St, fantagraphics.com, 6 pm, free)

SUN
MAY 5, 2013


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Seattle True Independent Film Festival

Why: Back for a ninth year, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) offers up eight days of independent, underground, experimental, and zero-budget films at three University District venues. Among today’s offerings: the indie-rock tragicomedy The Crumbles, the innocence-lost dreamscape Complicity, the kidnapping thriller Confine, and the award-winning Bosnian drama Body Complete. (See trueindependent.org for schedule, through May 11)

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MAY 6, 2013


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Ezra Dickinson

Why: Here’s a first: a solo dance piece by a classically trained local talent, to be performed on the street outside the Greyhound bus station, in the plaza of the US District Courthouse, and in a nearby parking garage (where a music video will be projected on a wall). The subject is Dickinson’s relationship with his mother, a dance teacher with schizophrenia who called him up about 10 years ago to tell him she was living on the street. It’s called Mother for You I Made This, and Dickinson will be performing it at 7 p.m. every night for the next two weeks, rain or shine. (Meet on the 800 block of Stewart St, across from the Greyhound station, velocitydancecenter.org/ezra-dickinson, 7 pm, $18, through May 19)

TUE
MAY 7, 2013


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Square Knot Diner

Why: In this delightful year-old Georgetown diner, the decor is old-school workingman Seattle, and the menu includes some of the best straight-up eggs and hash-browns breakfasts you’ll find. They serve all the regular diner fare (the tuna melt and turkey sandwich are tops), prepared with a loving touch. On a recent visit, we were eating the fluffy housemade biscuits, and the server told us that the apple-butter recipe has been in her family for 100 years. Also milkshakes, sundaes, and homemade pie! (Square Knot Diner, 6015 Airport Way S, 24 hours a day)

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WED
MAY 8, 2013


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‘Bob’s Burgers’ Live

Why: Bob’s Burgers is the best show on television right now, and tonight we get to see the magic happen live, right in front of our faces! The voice actors from the animated series—H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, and John Roberts—will read bits from scripts, answer audience questions, and no doubt be absolutely hilarious, while saying things like “If boys had uteruses, they’d be called duderuses” and “When I die, I want you to cremate me and throw my ashes in Tom Selleck’s face.” Here’s hoping Mirman brings the fart-noise-making megaphone. (Neptune Theater, 1303 NE 45th St, stgpresents.org, $26.50 adv/$29 DOS, 8 pm, all ages, also May 9)



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Os Mutantes

Why: Formed in 1965 by Beatles-influenced teenage brothers Arnaldo and Sergio Dias Baptista and Rita Lee, Brazil’s wonderfully psychedelic Os Mutantes made mind-altering rock music in the avant-garde Tropicália arts movement, before fading away the following decade (heartbreak! Drugs! Politics!). By the 1990s, everyone from Kurt Cobain to David Byrne was hypnotized by the surreal beauty of their music, made even more intriguing with bizarre costumes and homemade instruments. A version of the band reunited in 2006, and the players have revolved since, but for now, Sergio Dias remains the freaky backbone of the ever-witchy South American tropicalistas. (Triple Door, 216 Union St, tripledoor.net, 7:30 pm, $28–$35, all ages)

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