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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 9–12
Jerry Springer gets operatic, girls shred at Vera, and the Seahawks battle in the playoffs.
Fri, Jan 10
Girls That Shred
Some of Seattle’s women gather for an all-ages night of local music, headlined by Chastity Belt’s sleepy punk snarl and Tacocat’s chipper feminist rock. They’ll sing songs about parties, man ponytails, and Tonya Harding. Proceeds from the show go to Skate Like a Girl, an organization that puts on gender--inclusive skateboarding events in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Vera Project, $10.
Moe Bar 20th & Neumos 10th Anniversary Shows
A Capitol Hill institution celebrates a double birthday in January. Moe Bar and its concert venue companion Neumos respectively turn 20 and 10 years old. To mark the occasion, the venue is putting on a week of shows featuring some of its favorite acts (both old and new): the Posies, Hey Marseilles, the Thermals, Telekinesis, and more. Tickets are $15 per concert, or you can snag tickets to two shows for $20. Neumos, $15; Buy 2 for $20.
Anytime a play’s synopsis starts with “Christopher Walken falls off a ladder in Russia,” things are already getting off on the right foot. There There chronicles the story of Karen, who must step in to replace an injured Walken in his one-man Chekhov-inspired show despite only having read the script once and not knowing how to speak Russian. On the Boards, $20.
Jerry Springer: The Opera
The Jerry Springer Show defined trash TV during its late-’90s heyday. Profane, sexually explicit, and prone to violence, it was anything but high art. But that was before Balagan Theatre’s Jerry Springer: The Opera. After getting shot during a taping, Springer must put on a show in hell and judge humankind for God. Moore Theatre, $18–$35.
Dubbed “The World’s Quickest Theater Festival,” 14/48 distills theatrical magic out of pure chaos. Fourteen randomly assembled collections of playwrights, directors, actors, and musicians are allotted 48 hours to make all new, one-off, world-premiere performances, proving that creativity can thrive under forced limitations. ACT Theatre, $20–$25.
Jan 8–Feb 27
Robin Layton and Piper O’Neill
The combination of Robin Layton: Capturing Energy and Piper O’Neill: Marking Time makes for sharp contrast. Stark framing makes Layton’s photographs of the mundane—water in motion or basketball hoops (from her book Hoop: The American Dream)—seem almost otherworldly. O’Neill displays mixed-media collages and sculptures that draw on cherubic children’s iconography from the Depression Era. Winston Wächter, free.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Revenge, dirty desires, backstabbing, lies, and divas; Rigoletto may sound like a hugely popular reality show, but it’s actually one of the world’s most famous operas. Seattle Opera performs Verdi’s classic tragedy about a hunchbacked court jester and the vicious path for vengeance. McCaw Hall, $72–$278.
Sat, Jan 11
Charlie Murphy's Acid Trip Tour
There's more to Charlie Murphy than stories about Prince playing basketball and Rick James acting crazy (made famous on Chappelle’s Show). While he's not going to match his brother's level of stardom (Eddie, maybe you've heard of him?), he continues to entertain audiences as a standup with his natural storytelling ability. Neptune Theatre, $29.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival
In the CGI era, fantasy and sci-fi moviemaking has become synonymous with Peter Jackson’s big budget Tolkien epics and J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek lens-flare fests. But the upstart filmmakers competing in the annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival prove that smaller scales and smaller budgets don’t correlate with smaller imaginations. Cinerama, sold out. Encore screening on Jan 12 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, $11.
BOOKS & TALKS
Thur, Jan 9
Kurt Timmermeister with Dan Savage
In Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal, Vashon farmer and former Cafe Septieme restaurateur Kurt Timmermeister details the creation of a farm-sourced meal. And he goes deep: the birth of the calf who’ll provide milk for a sauce, trading cheese to his neighbors for seeds, etc. Timmermeister discusses the book and sustainable farming in conversation with Dan Savage. Town Hall, $5.
National Geographic Live!: Sacred Headwaters
The lush valleys of northern British Columbia remain one of the few virtually undisturbed swaths of nature in North America. Three of Canada’s best-known salmon rivers originate at a place called the Sacred Headwaters, a place that ethnobotanist and author Wade Davis calls home. He visits Seattle to speak about the region’s importance and how his photography book, The Sacred Headwaters, helped protect the area from big business. Benaroya Hall, $17–$19.
Sat & Sun, Jan 11 & 12
Seattle Wedding Show
For the betrothed who prefer one-stop shopping simplicity to over-the-top city-spanning bridezilla itineraries, there’s the Seattle Wedding Show. From cakes and dresses to boat charters and party favors, specialty vendors will cram the Washington State Convention Center for a weekend and offer up almost every wedding necessity or novelty imaginable. Washington State Convention and Trade Center, $17.
OUT OF TOWN
Fri & Sat, Jan 10 & 11
Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival
Hi 33°/Lo 20°: The average daily temperatures in Leavenworth on January 10 and 11, the days when the town will host the new Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival. The latest creation from Artist Home (the folks behind the wildly popular Doe Bay Festival) combines ski days with indie rock nights featuring Seattle favorites like Hey Marseilles, the Moondoggies, Telekinesis, and the Lonely Forest. Pack a coat. Leavenworth, $45.
Sat, Jan 11
NFL Divisional Playoffs: Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints
The playoffs are finally here and the Seahawks are the favorites to make it to the Super Bowl. The team kicks off its postseason journey at home versus the New Orleans Saints. The game is a rematch of a Monday Night Football game in December that the Seahawks won 34-7. Let's hope for a repeat performance. CenturyLink Field, sold out. Televised on FOX.