Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Events Jan 6–12

Jamaican reggae, Cuban rhythms, and THE cult classic flick: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Jeremy G. Novak January 6, 2014

James Balog sacrificing for the shot in "Chasing Ice"

In 1964, the sci-fi author Isaac Asimov visited the New York World’s Fair and was moved to write an essay making predictions about 2014. Along with colonies on the moon and elevated moving sidewalks, Asimov predicted the human race would be incurably and mind-numbingly bored. No matter your wallet, we’ve got this week’s cheap entertainment to help make sure he’s wrong about the latter. Fingers crossed for those sidewalks, though.     

Tuesday, Jan 7
Chasing Ice

Photojournalist James Balog created this visually arresting documentary about the disappearance of glaciers after being sent to the arctic for National Geographic. After taking home awards at the Seattle International Film Festival and Sundance, this in-depth look at global warming finds a proper home on a big screen in terms of both weight and aesthetic. Balog travels by dogsled, wrestles with maintaining cameras in the harshest environment on earth, and goes out on the weakening ice ledges he is documenting. Kane Hall 120 at University of Washington, Free. Registration is full, but walk-ups accepted as space allows. 

Wednesday, Jan 8
Pablo Neruda: All the Odes 

All the Odes. Seems excessive. But when it’s the collection of the master, Pablo Neruda, it’s only right. Author and professor Ilan Stavans has collected each of Neruda’s 225 odes and published them in this bilingual book, the first ever complete collection. Stavans will read the words of the famous Chilean poet who wrote so prolifically celebrating the beauty around him, from onions and tomatoes to friendships and the most beloved locations of his homeland. Town Hall, $5.

Thursday, Jan 9
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tim Curry has had many fine roles in fan favorites; Clue ranks high, as does the seasonal classic Home Alone 2. But there’s a clear pinnacle of his cult films, and let’s be honest, career: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Central Cinema will screen this classic for the first time in its history with hosts the Mismatched Unmentionables. For you virgins: Bring your props and costumes and see the alternative classic in this perfect offbeat venue. Central Cinema, $8.

Friday, Jan 10

SuperSones play the rural Cuban dance music called “son,” which translates to “rhythm.” This acoustic style blends Cuban beats with Spanish guitar and has many famous offspring like salsa, cha-cha, and bolero. With this performance, the 7-piece band kicks off a month of Friday happy hours at The Triple Door—not a bad way to start the weekend. The Triple Door, free.

Saturday, Jan 11
The Georgetown Orbits

Sometimes you need joyful music, upstrokes, building horns, and swaying—in other words, reggae. With the music’s penchant for getting crowds moving you can expect a packed, lively stage, both because of the Georgetown Orbits’ large band and their habit of inviting the audience up to dance. They’ll be playing with the Longshots and KEXP’s own DJ Kid Hops for this truly Seattle showcase of roots reggae and ska. Columbia City Theater, $8.

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