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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

Short and sweet at SIFF ShortsFest. "Diana of Dobson's": an early view of life as a 1 percenter. Plus, Tacoma Arts Museum, the 15th anniversary of Capitol Hill's HoneyHole and music by Zepparella.

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Tech N9ne and Freddie Gibbs

Freddie “Gangster” Gibbs is a hard man to write about. Some would argue he’s the last true street poet, and if he’s done half the things he claims to have in his music, even listening to it is a complex moral decision. But Gibbs’ newest release with producer Madlib “Pinata” is head and shoulders above any hip-hop I’ve heard this year. His raps sway from empathetic to sociopathic, telling stories about sweeping societal inequalities and a glorified hood lifestyle (“Life was like a movie, all I did was play my f***ing part”). Gibbs is the opening act for Tech N9ne.

If you go: Tech N9ne and Freddie GibbsShowbox SoDo, May 23 ($28.50) — J.S.H.

Honeyhole’s 15th Anniversary *

Here’s an event to show your appreciation for 15 years of the glory that is the Capitol Hill establishment Honeyhole. It takes heart and pizzazz to make a truly great sandwich: high-quality ingredients (including gluten-free bread options), inventive yet satisfying flavor combinations and ample portions. Here’s just one example of what Honeyhole creates: The Bandit, which pairs slow-smoked Painted Hills beef brisket with BBQ sauce, coleslaw and melted sharp cheddar on a baguette. With a side! Honeyhole offers up the food with a casual, anytime atmosphere, $3.50 daily microbrew pints, and a $4 daily cocktail (all of which I’ve tried; I’ve also ordered seconds). Throughout this special anniversary day, beers will be $3.50 and local band Country Lips will perform at 6 p.m.

If you go: Honeyhole’s 15 th Anniversary Party, Honeyhole, May 24. (Free) — N.C.

Zepparella 

Zepparella, the San Franciso-based all-female Zeppelin cover band, will be wailing away at the Tractor this week. Maybe the gender switch-up was a ploy to get people in the door initially, but it feels immaterial when watching them perform. The group’s interpretations are razor sharp, and hauntingly faithful to the originals. Lead singer Noelle Doughty’s voice doesn’t have the frayed-edge effect that made stars out of singers like Robert Plant and Janis Joplin, but her more melodic reworking is wonderful in its own right.

If you go: ZeparellaThe Tractor Tavern, May 24 ($25). — J.S.H.

Crosscut's arts coverage is made possible through the generous support of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.


Joseph is a full-time landscaper, part-time journalist and full time culture junkie discovering the hidden joys of life as a UW graduate in Seattle. When not taking care of plants or writing, he spends his time in the company of good friends enjoying film, music and the great outdoors.

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.

Florangela Davila is Contributing Arts Editor at Crosscut. A freelance journalist, she is also a regular contributor to NPR-affiliate KPLU-FM. She's a former faculty member at the University of Washington and a former reporter at The Seattle Times. You can follow her arts-centric Twitter feed @florangela or email her at florangela.davila@crosscut.com.

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