Tue, Jan 27
Movable Type: A Literary Mixer
Become the Seattle stereotype your parents already think you are by grabbing your favorite book, ordering your favorite cocktail, and joining a reading party at the Hideout. Not so much a silent reading party (like the Sorrento Hotel's famous get-togethers) as a social reading mixer, meet fellow book worms (e-readers are welcome too), talk shop, argue about the novel as a form, etc. Literacy Source, the adult education center, will also hold a discussion with about promoting literacy in the city. The Hideout, free.
Jan 29–Feb 1
Argentine Mariano Pensotti’s Cineastas is a meta-movie on stage. Or stages. The production is physically split between two levels: one that tells the story of four film crews and their respective productions, while actors on the other level simultaneously act out those movies. Cinematic techniques—such as flashbacks and montages—are also woven in to make this unique theatrical experience even more self-referential. On the Boards, $12–$23.
Thur, Jan 29
After moving from Seattle to New York City in 2014, rock duo Iska Dhaaf returns home for a night of sweet noise at the Crocodile. Like its name, a rough translation of the Somali word for "let it go," Iska Dhaaf's music pulls from a number of different influences, including (but in no way limited to) Sufism, the restraint of formal poetry, and the duo's individual examined lives. The group's sound too inhabits a sort of amalgamated space: guitar that invokes British post-punk, with catchy, contemporary melody. The Crocodile, $10.
Sat, Jan 31
Seattle Rock Orchestra Social Club Performs Arcade Fire
The Seattle Rock Orchestra began in the humble halls of the Fremont Abbey before expanding to cavernous venues like the Moore and Paramount Theatres to play orchestral versions of the Beatles, Radiohead, and more. This month the volunteer orchestra scales back to the old days for the first performance of the SRO Social Club, which offers a more communal vibe than the flagship ensemble. First on the slate: Arcade Fire's soaring emotional chamber rock. Fremont Abbey, $12–$15.
Jan 31–Oct 4
Star Wars and the Power of Costume
Jedi robes. Han’s vest. Leia’s slave bikini. Vader’s cape and helmet. Stormtrooper armor. C-3PO’s golden exterior. Star Wars provided the most diverse set of iconic outfits in pop culture history (just think of all the Halloween costumes), and now you can get an up-close look at it. The otherworldly garb and concept designs from George Lucas’s galaxy far, far way will be on display at EMP in Star Wars and the Power of the Costume. Experience Music Project, $18.