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Toast the return of Pickwick with a brew while raising money for the ACLU.

Mon, Feb 20
John Darnielle
After a National Book Award–nominated debut (Wolf in White Van), the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle returns with Universal Harvester. The novel centers on a video store employee in late-’90s small-town Iowa. When customers begin complaining about tapes spliced with dark, violent home video footage, his curiosity leads him on an unsettling journey to find the truth. Town Hall, $5 

Mon, Feb 20
Not My President's Day: Outrage Onstage
This Presidents’ Day, many Seattleites will channel their frustrations with the current POTUS into activism. And what better way to resist than through artistic expression? An array of Seattle artists (from singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira to Teatro Zinzanni performers) head to West Seattle's Sanctuary at Admiral to join in solidarity with 50 cities across the US to release collaborative burst of anger through song, dance, spoken word, comedy, drag, and more. These eclectic performances conjoin around a single expression—outrage. Sanctuary at Admiral, Free

Feb 20–Feb 25
Cinerama's 2017 Oscar Best Picture Marathon
If you’re accustomed to feeling a bit bewildered while viewing the Academy Awards due to lack of information, Cinerama is here to remedy the situation with its annual Oscars marathon. Over the course of the week before the award show telecast, Cinerama screens all nine Best Picture nominees on its colossal screen. This year’s nominees feature a variety of stories including small town Texas bank robbers (Hell or High Water), African American women overcoming challenging odds and discrimination to provide the math needed for NASA's first space launch (Hidden Figures), an Indian man searching for his long lost family (Lion), the struggles of growing up as a gay black man (Moonlight), overcoming language barriers with extra terrestrials (Arrival), and pretty white people singing and dancing (La La Land). Cinerama, $16

Thru Feb 22
Noir City
While there’s no shortage of blockbuster spectacle on the big screen these days, there’s a notable void of slow-burning cinematic dramas like the film noirs of old. SIFF’s annual Noir City minifest brings in noted Czar of Noir Eddie Muller to present forgotten black-and-white classics filled with moody mystery, intrigue, and crime. SIFF Cinema Egyptian, $15

Thur, Feb 23
Dude York: 'Sincerely' Release Show
Dude York has been one of Seattle’s best bands for years, but the energetic melodic rock trio really comes into its own on Sincerely. Frontman Peter Richards still doles out wailing vocals and shredding licks over drummer Andrew Hall’s tight fills, but the addition of lead vocals by bassist Claire England on a few tracks (“Tonight” is power pop perfection) gives the group extra sonic pep and depth. The trio shows off Sincerely's new tunes with a release show at Chop Suey featuring the blissfully unkempt punk shredding of Mommy Long Legs and failed figure skater turned diaristic pop punk solo act Lisa Prank. Dude York also plays a free in-store gig at Sonic Boom on Friday. Chop Suey, $10

Sun, Feb 26
Pickwick and Friends: ACLU Benefit
It's been a while since we've heard anything soulful sounds from the Pickwick camp. The Seattle indie R&B band has spent the past couple years readying Love Joys, the followup album to 2013's Can't Talk Medicine. Get a taste of the new tunes when Pickwick's always energetic live act returns to the stage to headline an incredibly loaded ACLU benefit that also features Seattle standouts Beat Connection, Telekinesis, Erik Blood (who produced the new Pickwick album), SassyBlack, Porter Ray, Grand Hallway, and the Maldives' Jason Dodson. The Crocodile, $20 

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