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Cheap Week Seattle: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Events May 5–11

Songs about drunk dads, over 60 years of sci-fi, and one of the only transgender film festivals: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Conor Romack May 4, 2014

To-be-shown at Translations: Seattle's Transgender Film Festival, My Prairie Home follows transgender singer/songwriter Rae Spoon as they embark upon a modest tour across Canada.

All Week
Sci-Fi Film Festival
What do Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Clockwork Orange, and The Matrix have in common? Not a whole lot…save for that they will all be featured in Cinerama’s second annual sci-fi film festival. The landmark theatre hosts a 12-day festival of otherworldly proportions, featuring 30 films and covering over 60 years of visionary filmmaking. Following showings of Close Encounters of a Third Kind and 2001: A Space Odyssey on Friday and Saturday, there will be time for Q & A with Douglas Trumbull who was integral to the special effects of both movies. Cinerama, $9.

Monday, May 5
Steve Early, Arun Gupta, and Seattle Labor Chorus
Are we living in a bold new era or is it simply a tough time for organized labor? Labor journalists Steve Early and Arun Gupta grapple with tough questions like this and weigh in on international workers’ movements. They are joined by the Seattle Labor Chorus, a choir of about 40 singers from all walks of life who strive to inspire and educate on issues of economic and social justice—in four-part harmony. Elliott Bay Book Company, free.

Tuesday, May 6
Seattle-based trio Lakefight wail their ugly-pretty songs about drunk dads, child gods, and feeling alienated over guitar rhythms that are as intriguing as they are cacophonous. Joined by fellow local rock groups SOVA, whose diverse range of songs defies genre, and The Genghis Con Artist, a four-piece indie pop-rock group, the evening shows that rock is still alive and well, whatever form it may take. Sunset Tavern, $6.

Thursday – Sunday, May 8-11
Transgender Film Festival
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people. One of the few transgender film festivals in the world, Translations seeks to create a safe space for the exploration of transgender identities and the issues facing the transgender community, as well as a celebration of the community as a whole. Some highlights include The Naked I: Insides Out, a live performance exploring queer and trans experiences through monologues, video clips, and spoken word, and My Prairie Home, a musical documentary following Rae Spoon, a transgender singer/songwriter as they embark upon a modest tour across Canada. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, $8-$16.

Saturday, May 10
A Savage Chat with Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes which tackled numerous contemporary issues including AIDS, conservative politics, and sexuality. Joined by The Stranger’s Dan Savage, he discusses the topics and themes covered in his play, from sexuality to politics to race, which are still relevant years after its debut performance in 1991. Town Hall, $10.

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