1. Senator Patty Murray and Governor Chris Gregoire, and U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen, Jim McDermott, and Adam Smith will be at this year's Democratic Party Crab Feed. The event, the Democrats big annual party fundraiser, is just outside Olympia in Lacey. It's $50 for last-minute tickets.
Saint Martin's University Pavilion (5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503)
2. It's President's Day today, which means you just might have the day off. It's a little gloomy outside--perfect day for a movie. Magically, there's a ton of great cinematic events going on around town today.
Central Cinema is showing Wim Wender's classic (and PubliCola FilmNerd Alexandra's favorite movie ever) Wings of Desire. The movie is supposed to be a great post-Soviet meditation on Berlin (I've always meant to see it); Central Cinemas is an awesome spot in the Central District where you can drink beers (and eat a classy dinner) while you watch the movie.
Tonight at 6:30 and 9:30 at Central Cinemas (1411 21st Avenue). Tickets are $10.
SIFF Cinema concludes its Akira Kurosawa marathon tonight with Kurosawa's arguably most famous movie, Seven Samurai. It's a slow, shadowy, and emotional. Kinda perfect for simultaneously distracting from and wallowing in rainy-day melancholia.
Tonight at 6 pm, at SIFF Cinema (321 Mercer Street). Tickets are $10.
The Northwest Film Forum is showing Red Shoes, from 1948, about a ballerina who chases a role in a production of the same name. The film is packed with color, music, intense choreography—a hugely-influential film that, in the scale of its aesthetics, broke significantly with the Hollywood cookie-cutter movies of its time.
Tonight at 7 pm and 9 pm at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 E 12th Ave). Tickets are $9.
On tomorrow's calendar:
1. Mayor Mike McGinn is giving his State of the City Address at City Hall tomorrow afternoon. After the address, there's a scheduled 15-minute public comment session, and then the full meeting of the City Council.
Tomorrow, at 2 pm, at City Hall's council chambers (600 4th Avenue).
2. Alec Ounsworth, who is playing a solo show tomorrow night at Neumos, was once the singer of a band called Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, which, back in like 2005, was one of the freshest hipster bands around. They had a very distinctive, 70s Bowie-meets-New-Wave-bass-lines sound, and featured Ounsworth's voice (exactly like a cracked, wobbly David Byrne) very prominently.
Some time in 2007, they seemed to vanish without a trace.
Ounsworth is back, by himself, with a new fedora and a country rock sound. The songs make less of a nuisance out of his voice than CYHSY did, and without the hipster baggage.
Tomorrow night at 8 pm Neumos (925 E. Pike Street). Tickets are $13 (advance).
3. Tomorrow night, Joann Green Byrd is reading from her book Calamity, which is about the Great Heppner Flood in Oregon. The 1903 flood killed 238 people, a quarter of the town's population. After a rainstorm, a nearby damn burst, sending a two-foot wave of water hurling toward the town.
If you want to know more about the great Heppner flood, please consult this documentary, made for the ceiling-mounted television at the Heppner museum (or a public access television channel in Eastern Oregon? Who knows. It's awesome.)
After Seattle, Byrd starts a book tour across rural Oregon. No doubt she'll hit up Heppner, which has exactly the same population it did in 1903.
Tomorrow night at 7 pm, at the Bellevue Regional Library (1111 110th Avenue NE). Free.