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    $15 or less: Weekend listings for the budget-conscious culture lover

    Detroit's art revival, real-life 'Spellbound,' the sculpture park seeks indigenous inspiration and women writers gather at Hugo House.
    The Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park.

    The Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. Photo: Flickr user ~C4Chaos

    Cheap Beer & Prose

    Richard Hugo House, Thursday, 3/21 at 7 p.m., Free (plus PBR costs)

    The Richard Hugo House regularly hosts this night, which this time will feature all local ladies. Writers Nicole Hardy, Corinne Manning, Anca Szilagyi and Kristen Young will all read from their work. Make the night even better by springing for PBR – $1 per can.

    Visions of Indigenous Land and Sea

    Olympic Sculpture Park, Thursday, 3/21 at 7 p.m., Free

    Local native artists working in an array of mediums will discuss what it means to be a native artist. Unsurprisingly popular, this talk will have some spots available day of. Irrespective of event, The Olympic Sculpture Park, my personal favorite contingent of SAM, is always free and, as is the case with public art installations, a different experience every time you go.

    The Men of Dodge City

    Northwest Film Forum, opens Friday, 3/22, $10/general

    “The Men of Dodge City” tells the story of three twenty-something friends attempting to realize their dream of turning a cathedral in Detroit into a sustainable art space. The post-industrial city of Detroit provides the perfect backdrop for a story of reinvention and coming of age. Director will be in attendance Friday.

    How to Disappear Completely

    On the Boards, Friday - Sunday, 3/22-3/24 at 8 p.m., $12 under 25

    In this play, Jerusalem-born playwright Itai Erdal chronicles his life after his mom asks him to help her take her own life. Erdal is best known in the theatre community for his successful work as a lighting designer, and this unique perspective propels his poignant story.

    Elissa Altman

    Elliott Bay Book Company, Saturday, 3/23 at 7 p.m., free

    Chef and food writer Elissa Altman will read from her memoir, “Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Art, Desire and the Art of Simple Cooking.” I’m a sucker for any storytelling told through a specific lens and Altman’s story is no exception; she entertainingly and tenderly interweaves food and love. You can also see her at The Book Larder in Fremont on Sunday 3/24 at 11 a.m.

    Chelsea Light Moving

    Neumos, Saturday, 3/23 at 8 p.m., $15 in advance

    Former Sonic Youth member Thurston Moore will be performing with his latest project, Chelsea Light Moving. Look forward to charged, driving guitar and self-described “raw-glam-destructo” vocals.


    Harvard Exit Theatre, all weekend, see showtimes

    This haunting, complex film follows 14-year-old Lore as she attempts to navigate her four younger siblings through post-WWII Germany. The gorgeous cinematography and verdant setting itself make the film worth viewing, but more gripping still is watching Lore grapple with her identity, and the identity of her country.

    King/ Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee

    Town Hall, Sunday, 3/24 from 1-3 p.m., free

    All of the drama and sweaty palms that come with the territory of middle school channeled into a totally worthy cause: the regional spelling bee. Town Hall lovingly describes it as “a rock concert of literacy.” What is there not to love about this?

    Vicki Halper and Lawrence Fong on the Letters of Morris Graves

    Seattle Public Library, Sunday, 3/24 from 2-4 p.m., free

    Morris Graves, who lived from 1910-2001, was known for his prolific painting career in the Pacific Northwest, and the influence of eastern art and philosophy. Two curators (Halper and Fong) will be at Central Library to discuss their recently compiled collection of Graves’ letters. 

    MovieCat Trivia

    Central Cinema, Tuesday, 3/26 at 7 p.m., $6

    MovieCat Trivia is the allegedly addictive iPhone game come to life, hosted by people in giant cardboard cat costumes and featuring prizes. What better place to be social and assuage your iPhone-pawing thumb cramps than at a theater that serves food and alcohol?

    Nicole Capozziello is a former Wisconsinite with a past split between cheesehouse and liberal arts college. She has called Seattle her home since 2009. She currently works at TOPS alternative school, and at Theo Chocolate, where she lives the dream as a chocolate factory tour guide. She enjoys cooking, exploring Seattle’s lovely parks with her dog and wonderful friends and attending author readings.

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