Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Events Feb 2–9

A kickoff film festival and party, live acting/projection theater, and one of the more interesting trivia nights: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Jeremy G. Novak February 2, 2014

Image courtesy of the artist. Miwa Matreyek's shadow interacting with a projection.

The ever energetic, ever shirtless Anthony Kiedis ripped through “Give It Away” when the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage for last night’s Super Bowl halftime show. Apparently, a good number of venues in Seattle were listening because all but one of this Cheap Week’s events are free. Unfortunately for the Broncos, Peyton Manning also seemed to take his advice. Congrats champs.  

All Week
Art Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Illustrated Man
The “illustrated” man is not merely tattooed as he may seem at first. In Ray Bradbury’s classic collection of 18 dark stories this man’s brilliant illustrations come to life at night and move across his body to tell their tales. A pretty perfect theme for an art showing in a tattoo studio. Stop in before Sunday to see these works, and get any ink you may be thinking of. Hopefully yours will stay put. True Love, Free.

Monday, Feb 3
Miwa Matreyek: Myth and Infrastructure
Artist Miwa Matreyek integrates her shadow into oceanscapes, cities, and nature in a dreamlike exploration. Her incredible piece Myth and Infrastructure is a combination of projected images and live acting, and it was first premiered at TED Global 2010 in Oxford, England. An accompanying original score by Anna Oxygen and others completes the otherworldly performance. RSVP right away to reserve a spot; the first show is followed by an artist talk. Poncho Concert Hall, Free.

Tuesday, Feb 4
The Golem and the Jinni
A clay golem is brought to life by a tinkering magician, and a fire being—trapped for centuries in a metal flask—is released somewhere in Lower Manhattan. Can’t they write anything original these days? Hear author Helene Wecker read from her (ok, fascinating) new book The Golem and the Jinni about this pair trying to fit into New York City at the end of the 19th century. Third Place Books, Free.

Thursday, Feb 6
‘Linsanity’ and Opening Night Party
When Jeremy Lin came off the bench for the Knicks in January of 2012, he lead a turnaround for a team that had lost 11 of its last 13 games. A few weeks and wins later Lin hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer for the win. “Linsanity” begins. Seattle’s Asian American Film Festival opens with a close exploration of this phenomenon and the NBA’s first Asian-American star player.  The ticket includes entry to the opening night party with performances and DJ. Ark Lodge Cinema/Columbia City Theater, $13.

Friday, Feb 7
Sexy Valentine’s Trivia
80s prog rock bands, The Simpsons, literature of the 1950s, even sports; trivia nights can have a wide array of topics. Valentine’s Day is approaching though, so head to Babeland to test your knowledge of seduction and romance. You won’t win free beer, but the prizes will  be more interesting. Plus, winning is sure to impress way more than knowing a ton about TV shows. Babeland, Free.

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