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Cheap Week: February 13–19

Lemolo offers Valentine's Day comfort at Nectar Lounge, Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter tape their bookish podcast live at Town Hall, and Northwest Film Forum screens top South Asian documentaries.

By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld February 13, 2017

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Get a taste of Taqwacore (Muslim punk rock) via South Asian International Documentary Festival's Kominas.

Tue, Feb 14 
Lacking a love to share the romantic holiday with this year? Let Lemolo be your musical Valentine. For the second year running, the band heads to Nectar Lounge on Valentine’s Day. Swoon the night away as Meagan Grandall’s enchanting voice and riffs create an alluring dream pop soundscape. Lemolo isn’t going stag, as Natasha Kmeto and Headwaves open the show. Nectar Lounge, $13–$18 

Feb 15–19
Seattle Festival of Improv Theater
The 15th edition of Seattle’s annual improv festival features 29 groups from around the globe coming together for five nights of stellar and diverse comedy that's made up on the spot. Far-traveling acts include Screwbuki (improvised kabuki theater from Honolulu) and India's Improv Comedy Mumbai, which incorporates Bollywood troupes into its uproarious scenes. There is also plenty of local variety represented, ranging from adult comedy puppet shows (Cotton Gin) to queer feminist satire with ice cream (Feelings). Jet City Improv, $18

Fri, Feb 17 
A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment
Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter’s podcast A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment was an earworm for bookworms. With readings, special guests, and plenty of sharp, wideranging conversation between two of Washington’s finest authors, the show highlighted the pair’s joy for the written word. Dormant since October 2015, the project returns with a live taping at Town Hall featuring MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer fiction finalist Karen Russell. Town Hall, $20 

Fri & Sat, Feb 17 & 18
Cloud Nothings
After going full throttle for most of its first three albums, Cloud Nothings has slowed slightly to zoom out and see a larger worldview on its new album Life Without Sound. It’s not that frontman Dylan Baldi has found a sense of calm, but he’s at least considering searching for one. There’s still plenty of driving rock to enjoy when Cloud Nothings heads to Barboza for two nights of shows. Barboza, $18

Thru Feb 18
USA Curling Nationals
After winning the 2016 curling national championship, Lynnwood’s Brady Clark and his Seattle-based team looks to repeat at the 2017 USA Curling Nationals. And this time, they’ve got home ice advantage. Catch all the shuffleboard-esque action when top men’s and women’s teams from across country gather at Everett’s Xfinity Arena (which will boast 5 lanes of action) for a week of fierce and frigid competition. Xfinity Arena, $10–$100

Sat & Sun, Feb 18 & 19
South Asian International Documentary Festival
This year’s festival of South Asian films comprises myriad documentary productions from diverse communities. The free films screened range from Cities of Sleep—which explores the trails, tribulations, and sleepless lives of two impoverished Indian men who must search and scrap (including dealing with the infamous “sleep mafia” of Delhi) to find safe sleeping places every night—to the world premiere of Kominas, the story of a Muslim punk band on tour as its members come of age during a tour across the United States. Northwest Film Forum, Free

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