Bang for Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: February 23–March 1

A belated symphonic celebration of the Chinese New Year and writing on (and about) the Metro: the best ways to spend your week without spending much

By Darren Davis February 23, 2015

Shenzhen, China's symphony orchestra celebrates the Chinese New Year (a little late) at Benaroya Hall.

Tue, Feb 24
Writing the City
For many people, building a relationship with a city means getting to know its public transit system. Produced in partnership between Hugo House and Sound Transit, Writing the City brings together seven Seattle-based writers, each reading pieces about lives interconnected via public transit. The event is hosted by Charles Tonderai Mudede and features 2013 Stranger Genius Award winner Maged Zaher, as well as Deepa Bhandaru, Marc Lampson, and Cary Moon. Hugo House, Free

Wed, Feb 25
Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra
Trade between the U.S. and China extends well beyond tangible goods, and both countries are culturally richer for it. Local nonprofit the Pacific Northwest Cultural Exchange Council brings the pristine players of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra to Benaroya Hall for a belated celebration of the Chinese New Year (actually on February 19) with its repertoire of classic music. Benaroya Hall, $20–$40

Thu, Feb 26
THEESatisfaction: EarthEE Album Release Show
Having followed the Bandcamp-release-to-studio-release format, Seattle hip-hop group THEESatisfaction is ready to drop their second Sub Pop album EarthEE. The duo's jazz/rap/R&B/soul fusion pulls from '90s sensibilities without relying on nostalgia as an aesthetic. Tracks like "Recognition" blend earnest, authoritative lyricism with energetic percussion and a youthful energy. The duo is joined by Gifted Gab and DJ Mursi Lane. Neumos, $12

Feb 27–Mar 5
Fists and Fury
Earn your cinematic black belt with Cinerama's Fists and Fury film festival. The theater will screen 20 movies that display the visceral thrill of hand-to-hand combat and swordplay at its best, including the films of master director Akira Kurosawa (YojimboSeven SamuraiRashomon), stars like Bruce Lee (Enter the DragonThe Way of the DragonThe Chinese Connection) and Jackie Chan (The Legend of Drunken MasterSnake in the Eagle's Shadow), the Oscar-nominated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and even a Kill Bill double feature. Cinerama, $12

Sat, Feb 28
Sync Music Video Festival
SIFF's Sync Music Video Festival allows for directors and artists to showcase their collected work in the music video format and engage in a deeper discussion about the art form. For its third year, Sync features directors Celene Ramadan, Ransom and Reason, Tristan Seniuk, with an artist spotlight on Seattle favorite Shabazz Palaces. To close the night, a Best Director prize is awarded, with proceeds from the event going to fund the winner's next project. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $15

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