January in Seattle: dreary, cold, altogether depressing. We haven’t seen the sun for a while and still won’t; maybe those TV ads for San Diego are starting to persuade you. But this week is full of Northwest events that you can solidly file under “reasons not to run away to California”. Plus they’re all way cheaper.
Monday, Jan 13
Silent Movie Mondays
STG and Trader Joe’s reprise their popular Silent Movie Mondays with four different features throughout January and February. Jim Riggs will provide the music for each silent film on the Mighty Wulitzer Organ, starting with the kick off Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. This 1927 film follows the demise of a good farming couple when one of those scandalous city women enters the scene, and won multiple academy awards at the very first ceremony. Paramount Theater, $10.
Tuesday, Jan 14
Benjamin Verdoes: ‘The Evil Eye’ Release Show
Benjamin Verdoes is primed for a big 2014. The former Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band front man makes up half of the most buzzed about band in town—Iska Dhaaf (which is set to release its first full length record)—and his new solo record, The Evil Eye, showcases his indie songwriting prowess at its best. It's slow-burning dynamite. Tractor Tavern, $8.
Monday, Jan 13; Wednesday, Jan 15; Thursday, Jan 16
Moe Bar 20th & Neumos 10th Anniversary Shows
Moe Bar and Neumos are halfway through their week of anniversary celebrations, but there are still three shows to catch at the excellent 2 for $20 deal. Local folk-pop favorites Hey Marsilles begin the week with melodious songs of heartbreak, and then the celebration changes speed to the frenzied energy of other Northwest natives the Thermals. Capping off with the bizarre country-gone-wrong sound and distinctive aesthetic of Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, it’ll be tough to choose just two. Neumos, 2 for $20.
Thursday, Jan 16
King County Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
King County clearly knows the importance of our nation’s greatest civil rights leader. Paramount Theater opens its doors to all to revere the reverend with featured speakers from the Martin Luther King County Council including Larry Gossett, a fervent civil rights advocate, who will give the keynote address. The day’s celebrations will also feature award-winning spoken word artist Christa Bell as well as music by the King County MLK Singers. Paramount Theater, Free.
Friday, Jan 17–Sunday, Jan 19
Nordic Lights Film Festival
With an expansive array of topics, from political sex scandals to transgendered love stories to coming of age on the tundra, the Nordic Lights Film Festival offers one of the few opportunities to see screenings of award-winning films from this part of the world. A director from Greenland and a Norwegian producer will make appearances for their respective films adding to the experience of these unique cinematic traditions. SIFF, $10.