As the rest of the country is bracing for all out bombogenesis, we in Seattle are feeling our own cold snap. Take heart that it could be worse, bundle up and get out to some of the great events and performances happening this weekend.
Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15: Hypnotikon at The Triple Door
The second annual Hypnotikon music and arts fest returns to the Triple Door tonight and tomorrow with a wide range of cerebral psychedelia. Local bands will expand their horizons with visuals and additional chorus, alongside rare performances from international musicians, including headliner Martin Rev. For those unfamiliar, Martin Rev was a major mover in the ’80s Paisley Underground in California, leading synth punk bands Suicide and the Rain Parade. As the organizers rightly put it, Hypnotikon is “a fascinating survey of the psychedelic-music underground…augmented by the stunning video art of Christian Petersen (I Want You) and Aubrey Nehring (Portable Shrines).”
Other performers include Bitchin Bajas (Chicago), Tjutjuna (Colorado), Residual Echoes (California) and Corum (Oregon). Seattle bands include New Weather, Newaxeyes, Kingdom of the Holy Sun and Midday Veil, who will be expanding their already dense and layered compositions with the addition of an accompanying chorus. I want to be there for that if nothing else on Friday. (But, in fact, I’m excited about everything else, too.) 21+. $25 per night or $40 for both. Tickets available online.
Friday, November 14, Doors at 6:30 PM
Main Theater: Martin Rev, Bitchin Bajas, Food Pyramid, Midday Veil. Musicquarium Lounge: New Weather, Corum
Saturday, November 15, Doors at 6:30 PM
Main Theater: Rain Parade, Master Musicians Of Bukkake, Tjutjuna, Residual Echoes. Musicquarium Lounge: Newaxeyes, Kingdom of the Holy Sun
Saturday, November 15: Capitol Hill Arts District Ceremony at Hugo House
Capitol Hill will be Seattle’s first neighborhood to be designated an Arts & Cultural District by the Office of Arts & Culture this weekend, following the creation of Arts & Cultural Districts Program. In 2013, Artplace America named Capitol Hill one of America’s Top Twelve Artplaces—areas that densely populated by artists, arts organizations and creative venues alongside independent businesses and restaurants. Of course, a lot has changed in the last year and the future of Capitol Hill as an “artplace” seems uncertain among so much ill-conceived, mass development that—let’s face it—is pretty much the antithesis of vibrancy and creativity.
Hopefully the program will raise more awareness about the arts and make people want to be more involved or at least supportive. A christening ceremony will be held on the morning of Saturday, November 15 at The Hugo House (1634 11th Ave), starting at 11 AM. Mayor Ed Murray will speak, and artist and curator Amanda Manitach will present November 14, 2014, a collective work created in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday’s event by many Capitol Hill artists, including Ben Beres, Jed Dunkerley, Sarah Galvin, Alice Gosti, Jesse Higman, Charles Mudede, Megumi Shauni Arai, Rafael Soldi, Timothy Rysdyke, Jennifer Zeyl and Manitach herself. This event is all ages, free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Doors at 11 AM, remarks begin at 11:30, followed by open houses at Capitol Hill cultural venues from noon to 2 PM.
Saturday, November 15: A Taste for Blood Album Release Party at the Tractor
Local rock quintet Smokey Brights have recently released their first full-length album, A Taste for Blood, and it is gorgeous. They perform this Saturday at The Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW), along with Ravenna Woods and Kelli Schaeffer. Listen to the title track of the new album below. 21+. Doors at 8 PM, music starts at 9 PM. $12. Advanced tickets are available online and recommended, as this event will likely sell out.
Darling drag diva Robbie Turner returns to Hard Rock Cafe at Pike Place (116 Pike Street), and he’s got an all new show of singing, dancing and sketch comedy—all in high glamour, of course. It’s a one-night-only event bound to please fans of his last sell-out run and newcomers who want to see one of the brightest stars of Seattle’s wildly talented drag and burlesque scene. Tickets will likely sell out for this event, too, so buy yours in advance online. The fun starts at 8 PM. 21+. Admission is $15.
One final reminder: This is the last weekend of ACT Theatre‘s production of the Tony-award Winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. with Sunday’s 2 PM matinee performance closing out its successful run. Check it out if you haven’t. It’s a good reason to Get Out when you don’t want a late night. Buy tickets online.