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See "Ballot Box Bunny" and other classic politcal shorts when Northwest Film Forum hosts Election Cavalcade: Democracy on 16mm, 1932–1977.

Thru Nov 15 
Dangerous Liaisons
Exposing the monstrous ways of the one-percent is nothing new or intrinsically American. In Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuse (based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's 1782 novel), France’s 18th century aristocracy reveals its seedier underbelly. Set in the foreground of the French revolution, the play centers on Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two members of the Parisian elite, who engage in games of sexual manipulation in a twisted tale of love, revenge, and seduction. What will happen when their rival schemes tailspin out of control? ACT Theatre, $20-$68

Wed, Oct 26
Timothy Egan
Between winning the National Book Award for his Dust Bowl tome The Worst Hard Time and earning a Pulitzer for race reporting in The New York Times, it’s difficult to dispute that Timothy Egan is Seattle’s premier nonfiction author. His latest book, The Immortal Irishman, chronicles the life of Thomas Francis Meagher, a revolutionary Irish orator during the Great Famine who escaped banishment to Tasmania to become a U.S. Civil War hero and eventually the territorial governor of Montana. Benaroya Hall, $20–$80

Thur, Oct 27 
Lit Crawl Seattle
A bar crawl, with books. Seattle's iteration of Lit Crawl has again run with this simple premise to create the year's most Seattle-wide celebration of Seattle writers. For one night, dozens of readers take to the stage—or the back corner booth, or the loft—of bars and venues across the Capitol Hill and First Hill to read their works and imbibe.  For its fifth anniversary, the Crawl promises an expanded schedule, with five hour-long phases instead of four (6—9:45), followed by a raucous after party!  The ample lineup of readers and performers includes Washington State Book Award winner Peter Mountford, poet and songwriter Hollis Wong-Wear, and Seattle’s civic poet, Claudia Castro Luna. It's not possible to see everyone, so check out the schedule and plan your route. Various venues, Free–$5

Thur, Oct 27
Election Cavalcade: Democracy on 16mm, 1932–1977
If you have election blues, regain a bit of patriotic vigor with this special Northwest Film Forum screening of 16mm political shorts. Through cartoons, propaganda films, satire, and short documentaries, Election Cavalcade explores the failures and triumphs of American democracy over a 45 year period from 1932–1977. Highlights include archival presidential footage, an award winning mini documentary on women’s suffrage, and a satirical musical comedy about a tap dancing president played by seven-year-old Sammy Davis Jr. If even that's not enough, perhaps watching a campaign run by Bugs Bunny might just restore your faith in the American democratic system. Northwest Film Forum, $11

Fri, Oct 28 
Haunted Happy Hour: B-Movie Bingo
Campy clichés, interactive movie watching, live comedy, and high-stakes competition? Bingo! Before attending the EMP’s Haunted Happy Hour: B-Movie Bingo, be sure to bone up on your B-movie clichés such as fencing with wordplay, awesome silhouettes, the cops just won’t believe the protagonist, and three mustaches on screen at one time. Portland comedy group Wolf Choir hosts the Halloween edition of not-your-grandma's bingo night and screens the laughably bad slasher flick, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan. EMP, $7

Sat, Oct 29 
Come As You Aren't

Don’t be alarmed if you see Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham or Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett mysteriously risen from the dead at the Skylark's spooky battle of the bands. Using a bit of black magic, the West Seattle outpost's 10th annual Come As You Aren’t Halloween party revives classic bands for a rocking night of cover acts. Witness local bands do their best impressions of Nine Inch Nails, the Kinks, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, the White Stripes, and Death from Above 1979 in order to compete for a coveted prize, the golden cowbell (and prize money). Hopefully there won't be any booing from the audience. Skylark Cafe, $10

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