There’s no denying: it’s a good time for Seattle. Native son (and constant representative) Macklemore just took home best new artist and best rap album at the Grammys. After an incredible season the Seattle Seahawks will be taking an even larger stage at Super Bowl XLVIII. Almost equally exciting: there’s a ton of interesting free and cheap events this week.
Tuesday, Jan 28
Sex-Positive Story Slam
“Sex-Positive Story Slam” is a string of words just as great as the event. Black Coffee Cooperative will offer up a space to tell five-minute stories about sexuality, particularly those that may be outside of the mainstream and have trouble finding a stage. We’ve all got ‘em, so stop by to listen or share, and buy one of the various delicious drinks to support this healthy and open venue for sharing sex stories. Black Coffee Cooperative, Free.
Wednesday, Jan 29
It can be hard to live in the moment in this age of speculative media buzz and endless smartphone notifications. But being fully present has its benefits, both in appreciating art and, more generally, life. The Frye Art Museum offers quick mindfulness-meditation practice in collaboration with Swedish Medical Center every Wednesday. Yes, there’s always a million things you have to get to, but maybe that’s a good reason why this should be one of them. Frye Auditorium, Free.
Thursday, Jan 30
Writers Under the Influence: Rebecca Brown on Kafka
Franz Kafka said, “a book must be the ax for the frozen sea inside us,” which is no surprise considering his terse, jarring text that tends towards the bizarre. Authors Rebecca Brown, Ryan Boudinot, and Eric McMillan will read from Kafka’s work and round out the event with bad existential jokes and Kafka paraphernalia. Bring a friend and a healthy appetite for discussing the absurdity of life. Hugo House, Free.
Friday, Jan 31
The Jesus Rehab Record Release
With a stated mission of making music that inspires madness, the brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese will attempt just that as they celebrate the release of their third album “The Zoo at Night”. Their grungy driving pop has graced both coasts with tours over the last few years, as well as Austin TX with multiple shows at SXSW, but has always found an especially good fit in Seattle with mainstays at multiple local venues. Sunset Tavern, $8.
Sunday, Feb 2
12 Minutes Max
This recurring On the Boards showcase gives local artists a chance to try out their new and progressing works in front of a live audience. The series is far more interesting and serious than an open mic because your reactions will help shape final projects. February’s show includes Brazilian jazz, solo and group dance, projections, and standup storytelling. Easily one of the most interesting ways to spend $6 if you prefer to be the 12th man for the arts. On the Boards, $6 Sunday or $8 Monday, Feb 3.