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Kehinde Wiley takes the whiteness out of classic European portraiture with A New Republic at Seattle Art Museum.

Kehinde Wiley, Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005.

Tue, Feb 9
Meat Wave 
Chicago punk band Meat Wave makes its way to Seattle to deliver its insane music to a world that might not quite be ready for it. Fusing cutting social criticism with music that grabs you by the crotch and doesn’t let go, Meat Wave offers a visceral rocking evening alongside local openers Wolfgang Fuck and Mutiny Mutiny. Sunset Tavern, $10

Thur, Feb 11
Yann Martel 
Lovers of Life of Pi and Yann Martel rejoice! The critically acclaimed author has just released his latest book, The High Mountains of Portugal, a story that is equal parts treasure hunt, ghost tale, and fable. Taking place at three different intervals within the 20th century, the novel weaves through time and the human soul. Head to Central Library early to hear Martel read from the novel and experience the marvelous, masterful worlds that only he can create. Seattle Public Library, Free

Feb 11–May 8
Kehinde Wiley
New York painter Kehinde Wiley revels in shaking up the traditions of his go-to artistic genre. Using his African American brethren from Harlem, Wiley mimics the grandeur of classic European portraiture without its stuffy whiteness. Each work bursts with vibrant colors and sets the lively subjects against loud, colorful patterns that jump off the canvas and demand the viewers’ attention. Seattle Art Museum, $20 

Sat, Feb 13
EMP Sound Off!
See the freshest faces in the Seattle music scene as EMP kicks off the 15th year of Sound Off!, its 21 and under battle of the bands competition. Over the years Sound Off! has featured notable the talents of Sol, the Lonely Forest, Kithkin, Manatee Commune, Brothers From Another, and Brite Futures, proving its worth as a breeding ground for up-and-coming acts. The four-weekend event kicks off with performances from Copalis, Cosmos, Jazzy Tee, and Party Shark before culminating in the finals on March 5. EMP, $14

Sun, Feb 14
Valentine’s Day with Chastity Belt and Lemolo 
Whether you’re dateless and looking for a distraction or have a boo that’s cool with lovingly rocking out, the Valentine’s Day show at Nectar Lounge should make for the perfect night. Chastity Belt, Seattle’s most Tinderific band, provides enough endearing cynicism match even the hardest of hearts, while the always lovely dream pop of Lemolo will have the whole crowd swooning over Meagan Grandall. Nectar Lounge, $12–$15 

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