Get Out! Cultural Events to Kickstart your 2016, January 5-10

Posted on January 04, 2016, 3:55 pm
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The holiday bustle is over. We actually know what day of the week it is again, and that’s a good thing because the days and nights are filled with art walks, gallery talks, film screenings, listening parties, theatrical and musical performances…the works.

Tuesday, January 5

Youryoungbody / Zoolab / Dream Journal / Soft Horizons at Vermillion

The nights are still long and dark, which is perfect for the atmospheric music of this lineup of young local musicians at Vermillion. (We’re particularly fond of Youryoungbody and Zoolab.) Not familiar with the bands? Listen in advance on Soundcloud: Youryoungbody, Zoolab, Dream Journal, Soft Horizons.

21+, no cover, party starts at 8 PM at Vermillion (1508 11th Ave)


Wednesday, January 6

#frenchface w/ DJ Jesy Fortino at Revolver

Ready for a chill, mid-week night out? Check out the new monthly, #frenchface at Revolver, featuring “guest musicans and collectors moonlighting as DJs,” spinning “an all-vinyl night of “weird and underground French/Euro sounds.” Can’t make it this week? No worries. It’s every first Wednesday.

21+, no cover, set starts at 9 PM at Revolver (1514 E Olive Way)

Thursday, January 7

First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square

The downtown and Pioneer Square art galleries are opening back up after the winter break with a bevy of group shows and several solo shows from veteran painters. Read my gallery guide for the month and chart your course, then get a cocktail and a bite at one of the great local restaurants like Bar Sajor, Damn the Weather, E. Smith Mercantile or The London Plane to make a night of it.

Sculpture by Matt Sellars at Platform Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist and Platform Gallery.

Sculpture by Matt Sellars at Platform Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist and Platform Gallery.

Magnifico! presents Il Grido/The Cry at Seattle Art Museum

SAM and Festa Italiana co-present a series of Italian films this winter, beginning this Thursday with Il Grido/The Cry. Tickets are generally purchased as a package for the entire series ($68 general), but a limited number of tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 7:25 PM at the auditorium entrance for $8 (cash/check only).

All ages, at SAM’s Plestcheef Auditorium (1300 1st Ave)

“Conversations in the Stratosphere” (Nep Sidhu + Ishmael Butler) at The Frye

Frye Art Museum educator Negarra A. Kudumu hosts a dialogue between artists Nep Sidhu and Ishmael Butler (AKA Shabazz Palaces), who will ask each other ten questions which they have not previously discussed. The pair worked together to create the installation SonicArchiTextile in the Frye’s Genius exhibition, inspired by Malcolm X.

Butler and Sidhu will give a talk that highlights their personal engagement with the life and work of Malcolm X, and the inspiration and impact it has had on them individually and in the making of SonicArchiTextile.

Read more on the event page on FB. All ages, 6 PM at The Frye Art Museum. (704 Terry Ave)


Friday, January 8

Salish Sea Early Music Festival opens at Christ Episcopal Church

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival begins this week at Christ Episcopal Church with chamber music performed by Jeffrey Cohan (flute), Oleg Timofeyev (guitar) and Stephen Creswell (viola) on early 18th century instruments. Check out Claire Biringer’s post for more info about the upcoming events in this event series.

All ages, suggested donation ($15-25), 7:30 PM at Christ Episcopal Church (4548 Brooklyn Ave NE)

Noma: My Perfect Storm at Northwest Film Forum

Food lovers and documentary lovers will enjoy this look into one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants, Copenhagen’s Noma. Founded in 2003 by chef René Redzepi, Noma was at the forefront of restaurants using only locally sourced ingredients…which has led to some very innovative approaches to food and cooking. Noma: My Perfect Storm plays through Thursday, January 14. See the NWFF website for details.

"Noma: My Perfect Storm." Photo by Pierre Deschamps.

“Noma: My Perfect Storm.” Photo by Pierre Deschamps.

“Pat O’Neill: The Early Films” at The Henry

The career of experimental filmmaker and artist, Pat O’Neill, began with key early works, and scholar Johanna Gosse will host this night of screenings, including 7362 (1967), a three-screen version of Runs Good (1970), Easy Out (1971), Last of the Persimmons (1972) and Down Wind (1973). Gosse will introduce the program and lead a post-screening Q&A.

$10 general admission, 7 PM at The Henry Art Gallery (15th Ave NE and NE 41st St)


Saturday, January 9

Curator Talk for Pae White: Command-Shift-4 at The Henry

Pae White‘s gorgeous, colorful installation Command-Shift-4 has transformed the main lower gallery of The Henry, creating a fantastic immersive experience. But what does it all mean, and what informed it? Curator Nina Bozicnik reveals the historical influences and personal choices behind this stunner.

2:30 PM at The Henry Art Gallery (15th Ave NE and NE 41st St)

Art Attack in Georgetown

Art Attack in Georgetown this week is looking to be quite special, from the book launch for Frank in 3D at Fantagraphics (with artist Jim Woodring in attendance) to a new installation at studio e (609 S Brandon St) by Curtis Steiner titled Tobey in Blue and everything in between, from 6 to 9 PM. Get more info and maps at


Sunday, January 10

Last but not least, several shows come to an end this weekend. This is your last weekend to see the Frye’s current show Genius / 21st Century / Seattle. In addition…

Book of Mormon at the Paramount Theatre

The Book of Mormon concludes its run at Paramount Theatre with two performances at 1 Pm and 6:30 PM. Get tickets online.

Closing Party for Art AIDS America at Tacoma Art Museum

*and last chance to vote for the People’s Choice exhibition

Art AIDS America ends its premiere run at Tacoma Art Museum before continuing on to other venues. This is your last chance to see this devastating, important show and to celebrate the work of the artists involved, their lives and the lives of others lost to the disease. The event is free and open to the public from noon to 4 PM, but an artist talk at 3 PM with Gran Fury is $5-10 a head. (Seating is limited.) Learn more on the Facebook event page.

It’s also your last chance to vote for your favorite pieces from TAM’s collection for their upcoming show, Celebrating 80 Years: People’s Choice, opening in February. From the PR:

TAM is also asking voters to comment on why certain works are their favorites, what else they would like to know about the artworks and artists. The resulting quotes and questions will help shape the look and themes of the show, and a selection of questions and responses will be on view in the galleries.

Crowd-sourced curation is a tricky thing. The Frye did it last year with #SocialMedium (and we thought it went pretty well). This is a more straightforward affair, using traditional ballots instead of social media. (Seems apt for an election year, too, eh?) Rock the vote.

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.