Thru Jan 15
Black Bodies in Propaganda
Because of the inherent inhumanity of warfare, governments will always need to spin positive messages to inspire their citizens. Northwest African American Museum’s Black Bodies in Propaganda presents 33 vintage posters that attempted to persuade African Americans to enlist in the armed forces or contribute to the country’s war efforts (including the Spanish-American War, WWI, and especially WWII), even while they were being oppressed in the states. These images of power and patriotism help illustrate the ideological disconnect between the military battles across the ocean and the social ones at home. Northwest African American Museum, $7
Thur, Nov 10
Crater and Natasha Kmeto
As the year begins to wind down, reflection about 2016 highlights begins. With that in mind, Crater’s Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep is without a doubt one of the best Seattle records of the year. The local electronic pop rock duo created an eloquently dreamy dark soundscape that’s perfectly suited for dancing a night away in the subterranean bowels of Barboza. Catch Crater live with support from the alluring sounds of Portland electronic producer and vocalist Natasha Kmeto. Barboza, $9.
Cinema Italian Style
Italian film may not be revered as other foreign markets (see: France), but it has a lot to offer. SIFF Cinema Italian Style spotlights 15 of the year’s best Italian-made films. The festival starts strong with opening feature Like Crazy, a tale of blossoming friendship between two women with wildly different personalities during a cross-country road trip escape from a psychiatric clinic in Tuscany. It’s followed by a charmingly eclectic lineup that includes Solo (a witty fourth wall-breaking feminist comedy), Lost and Beautiful (a documentary that director Pietro Marcello turned into a fantasy drama about a masked man and a buffalo calf after his documentary subject unexpectedly died), and more.. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $12–$25; Festival pass $100.
Seattle Shorts Film Festival
SIFF’s annual Seattle Shorts Film Festival is back with 48 local and international shorts to fill up an entire weekend. Surprisingly, the action kicks off with feature film: Before I Disappear. The movie is a full-length adaptation of 2012 Oscar-winning short Curfew, which follows a man and his niece as they bond on a nighttime excursion through New York City. The remainder of these short but sweet films are presented in themed blocks (Musical Cinema, Cinematic School, etc.) which pack a punch. Among the offerings, there's an animated short about space garbage men (Trashonauts), a sci-fi comedy about robots expressing love for their co-workers (Rae), and a heartrending thriller starring James Franco as a man trying to unmask the secrets of his past (A Walk in Winter). SIFF Film Center, $12; Festival pass $45–$75
Nov 12–Mar 26
Coast to Cascades: C. C. McKim's Impressionist Vision
With an eye for our region’s majestic natural beauty and brushstrokes that conveyed a soft interpretation of light, Portland’s Charles C. McKim established himself as a paragon of Northwest impressionist painting in the 1920s. Tacoma Art Museum’s Coast to Cascades surveys McKim’s career to trace his influence on the area artists who followed. Tacoma Art Museum, $15