Tomorrow night, a few locals are getting together at the Sorrento Hotel for "Valentine's Day is Over," a general F you to the depressing holiday. While the premise might be a little boring, the lineup is intriguing, to say the least. Erin Jorgenson looks like a tattooed punk rocker but actually sings very softly in French and plays Serge Gainsbourg tunes on the marimba.
Opinions vary with regard to Sean Nelson. I saw him play a solo acoustic set at Town Hall once and it was joyful, in that way that only perfect hooks and harmonies can be. Try to forget he was in Harvey Danger and is chiefly responsible for that one song.
The two are teaming up for a "musical symposium" under the organization of Michael Hebb—local food innovator and founder of One Pot, the guerilla meal and conversation enablers. After the music, there's a conversation led by City Arts editor Mark Baumgarten.
Tomorrow night at 8 pm, at the Sorrento Hotel (900 Madison Street). Tickets are $12.
Also of interest:
1. The folks who represent Seattle down in Olympia are holding town halls all around the the city tomorrow to talk about issues affecting their constituents and the state budget crisis.
In the 11th District (South Seattle, Burien, Sea-Tac, Tukwila, Renton), Reps. Bob Hasegawa and Zack Hudgins, along with Sen. Margarita Prentice, will be at South Seattle Community College, Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Avenue S, Building C, Room 208, starting at 11 am.
In the 34th District (West Seattle, Burien, Vashon Island), Reps. Sharon Nelson and Eileen Cody will join Sen. Joe McDermott at High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Avenue SW, from 11 am to 1 pm.
In the 36th District (Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard), Reps. Mary Lou Dickerson and Reuven Carlyle, along with Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, will meet at the downtown Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 First Ave., Room 8, from 10 am to noon.
In the 37th District (Southeast Seattle, Renton, Tukwila, and unincorporated King County), Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew will join Sen. Adam Kline from 10am to noon at the Zion Preparatory Academy, 4730 32nd Ave. S. to discuss issues affecting the 37th Legislative District and the state revenue shortfall.
In the 43rd District (Greenlake, University District, downtown, Capitol Hill), House Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. Ed Murray and Rep. Jamie Pedersen) are meeting at the Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., from 1:30 to 3 pm.
If you aren't in Seattle, Niki Reading has put together a comprehensive guide to all the town halls going on tomorrow across the state.
2. The Noir City film festival, presented by SIFF, starts tonight and runs through Tuesday.
On Sunday, the festival is putting on a double feature classic noir The Postman Always Rings Twice (at 1:30 pm and 6 pm) and He Ran All the Way (4 pm and 8:30 pm), a movie about a guy who robs a bank to break up his monotonous life and ends up shooting a cop.
Later that day, there's a free Noir City event—an interview between local film critic Sean Axmaker and Noir City creator Eddie Muller at the Sorrento Hotel.
The movies are at SIFF Cinema (321 Mercer Street), and tickets are $10 for non-members (a ticket gets you into both shows). Sunday night at 3:30, at the Sorrento Hotel (900 Madison Street). Free.
Maybe it's because I grew up in Colorado, which must have the highest number of white people with dredlocks per capita of any state in the union, but the rise in popularity of Sound Tribe Sector 9 in recent years really disappoints me. The band has attracted a broader audience and has moved their sound considerably from the electro drug funk they mined a few years ago, but it's still annoying and repetitive and highly dependent on an audience with no discerning taste.
Evidence: their latest album is called "Peaceblaster."
Poor taste in hats.
A typical STS9 show generally consists of a lot of expanded pupils and the kind of oblivious, flailing dancing made infamous by Grateful Dead fans in '60s and '70s. I don't think jam bands are categorically bad. But STS9 is.
Tomorrow night and Sunday night at 7 pm, at Showbox at the Market (1426 1st Ave). Tickets are $23.