Around the Town – 01.14.10

Food:

Belgianfest 2010
Engine Room, Rainier Brewing Building
5890 Airport Way S
Seattle (Georgetown)
Sat Jan 23, 12–4 and 6–10 pm.
Beer/Wine/Booze

The Washington Beer Commission showcases the brews of Belgium with a day of delicious drinking. Admission buys you a tasting glass and ten 4-oz. samples to be savored during one of the day’s two-hour sessions. Designated drivers get in for $5, but you might want to take the bus. $35; $30 in advance.

Seward Park Community Spaghetti Dinner
Environmental Learning Center at Seward Park
206-762-1976
5902 Lake Washington Blvd S
Seattle (South Park)
Fri Jan 29, 6–8 pm.

Sit down to a spaghetti dinner with friends and strangers in the Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center. Audubon staff will teach you about the nocturnal animals that inhabit the park, some of which you might encounter on the “complimentary moonlit stroll” after dinner. $4 per adult, $3 per child.

Books:

Grand Re-Opening Party
Couth Buzzard

8310 Greenwood Ave North
Seattle (Greenwood)
Sat Jan 16 at 9 am.

There will be food and entertainment and a “special evening cabaret” at this re-opening celebration party for the great, newly resurrected bookstore the Couth Buzzard. Free

The Bar Room Writers Offensive
Barca

1510 11th Ave
Seattle (Capitol Hill)
Sat Jan 16 at 6 pm.

The unstoppable poetry machine known as Doug Nufer hosts a reading with authors like Dave Johnston, Eric Greenwalt, Mortimer K, and Cristien Storm. They will all read something having to do with urban legends. Free

Music:

Goodybagg
Paragon

2125 Queen Anne North
Seattle (Queen Anne)
Thurs Jan 14 at 9:30

Funk, soul, hip-hop…there’s a little bit of everything in the Goody Bag!! Start time 9:30pm. Free

Jubilee
Musiquarium (Triple Door)

216 Union St
Seattle (Downtown)
Friday Jan 15 at 5:30

Hailing from the sub-basement of their neighborhood library in Seattle, Jubilee climbed to the top of the indie rock scene in 2007 with their debut album, Love is on the Rise. The band’s album, Greenlake Sessions, with tracks such as Time at Sea or In the Mountains, will layer Curtis Romjue’s insightful lyrical stylings with road-seasoned production to produce some seriously inspired creations. With standout tracks like “Time at Sea,” Jubilee is an essential addition to any music lover’s library. Free

Art:

The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest
Museum of History and Industry

2700 24th Ave E
Seattle (University District)
Mon–Sun. Through Jan 18.

The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest: Glass and metalwork, ceramics, textiles, graphics and book arts, and photography.

A Balancing Act
Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave
Seattle (Downtown)
Wed–Sun. Through April 11.

A Balancing Act: Alexander Calder: A happy modernist is a funny thing. But here he is, and this 40-work survey of his career—taken from the collection of Jon and Mary Shirley— includes mobiles, monumental sculptures, jewelry, works on paper, and miniature maquettes.

Theatre:

Electra
Center House Theatre

Seattle (Seattle Center)
Thurs-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Jan 31.

“You will never see another Electra like Marysa Sea Kaminski’s Electra. There’s not much plot to this version of the Greek ur-Hamlet (a child laments a murdered father and rages against the mother who married his killer), but it takes uncommon guts to digest Kaminski’s searing performance. She mourns, yowls, pities, self-pities, and suffers through all the other difficult emotions so hard you’ll want to take her home, wrap her in a blanket, and feed her a bowl of soup. The other actors do not—cannot match the crucible of Kaminksi’s performance. But they don’s have to. She is all you need.” (Brendan Kiley) Seattle Shakespeare Company at Center House Theatre.

Xanadu
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St
Seattle (Downtown)
Opening Tues Jan 19 at 7:30 pm. Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Jan 24.

“Xanadu slew the critics when it hit Broadway with its arsenal of disco balls, frosted lips, roller skates, and stretch-pants. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called it ‘simultaneously indefensible and irresistible’ and it won a pack of awards including a Tony nomination for best musical.” (Brendan Kiley)

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