Tue, Feb 10
Seattle Arts and Lectures Literary Arts Series: Sheri Fink
Journalist Sheri Fink thrives on the frontline of emergency medical field reporting. Her 2010 Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times Magazine piece, “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” exposed the traumatic life-and-death decision making at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Fink visits Town Hall to discuss her book Five Days at Memorial, which expands on the harrowing story. Town Hall, $15–$50.
Seattle Asian American Film Festival
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival heads to Northwest Film Forum with documentaries highlighting this year’s slate. Expect films about sriracha, a Pulitzer-winning undocumented immigrant, George Takei, and the obscure Chinese volleyball-like sport, nine-man. Northwest Film Forum, $11–$13.
Thur, Feb 12
Tiny Messengers: Aurora EP Release Show
Listening to the new record Aurora EP, it's difficult to sense that Tiny Messengers write their music in the rainy, grey Northwest. Their bright tracks mix a lot of country western with a little Elvis Costello, invoking images of summer days driving with the top down on wide, open roads. They can also get down on the big, achy power ballad like "One Fine Morning," where strumming banjo seems from a another place far outside of Seattle. Barboza, $6–$8.
Feb 12–May 17
Seattle Art Museum has long been at the forefront of displaying regional native art, and Indigenous Beauty expands the focus from coast to coast. Drawing from Charles and Valerie Diker’s celebrated collection, the exhibit features over 100 vivid cultural relics in a variety of mediums that illuminate the styles and traditions of tribes from across the continent. Linger awhile to experience the companion exhibit Seattle Collects Northwest Coast Native Art, featuring 60 exquisite works from local private collectors. Seattle Art Museum, $20.
Medicine Ball: Playwrights vs. Poets
This literary boxing match pits practitioners of verse and stagecraft against one another in a no-holds-barred battle over love and sex. Poets and playwrights are placed in teams and given a prompt to write toward, tackling the big issues over Valentine's Day, then an acting company performs each. The audience then votes, and after three days of matches a winner is crowned. The stakes couldn't be higher, either. The winner gets a bottle of Two Buck Chuck, while losers receive a warm bottle of PBR. West of Lenin, $20.