Barsuk Records is turning 15 this week! If you were lucky enough to get a ticket before they sold out, enjoy. If not, don't despair: There are many other great events going on around town.
Cheap Wine and Poetry
Hugo House, Thurs. 11/7 at 7 p.m., FREE
This lovely series continues. This time with local writers Frances McCue, Johnny Horton and Erin Malone reading their best and/or latest at the final Cheap Wine and Poetry event of 2013. I haven’t gotten to read any of their poetry, but verse read aloud is usually such a pleasure, and if not — you've got the 2-buck Chuck.
Cass McCombs, Michael Hurley
The Crocodile, Fri. 11/8 at 8 p.m., $13
Folksinger Cass McCombs will be touring in support of his seventh studio album Big Wheel and Others, a collection steeped in the mythology of the West. McCombs’ songs pulse with energy and the wry observations of a born raconteur. Pitchfork called him “that rare folksinger who actually sings about the folk.” He’s joined by folk legend Michael Hurley, now in his 70s and still going strong.
Seattle Civil Rights in the 60s: Martin Comes to Town
Douglass Truth Library, Sat. 11/9 at 2 p.m., FREE
Dr. Trevor Griffey, co-founder and Project Coordinator of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, will lecture on Seattle's civil rights history, starting with MLK’s visit to the Emerald City in the early sixties. While Griffey’s career has been pretty short, he’s researched a wide range of topics related to our state's race politics and history, including the KKK in Washington in the 1920s and the history of the United Construction Workers Association. Most recently, Griffey has been creating the FBI and Civil Rights History Project.
Third Place Used Book Sale
Third Place Books and Ravenna Third Place Books, Sat. 11/9- Sunday 11/10
Ravenna Third Place Books is my favorite bookstore in Seattle for many reasons, not the least of which is their excellent selection of used books. Save 40% on all used books (which are organized by author and placed right next to their full-priced brethren), then head down to the Pub at Third Place for some ridiculously good tapenades, or mussels and fries alongside local microbrews.
2013 Seattle Shorts Film Festival
SIFF Film Center, Sat. 11/9, $10 each (or $24 for series pass)
Billing itself as “the festival for film lovers with short attention spans,” (something I can most definitely get behind), the Seattle Shorts Film Festival celebrates its third year of bringing us quick films from around the world. There are three programs on Saturday (at 11:30 a.m., 2:15 and 4:20 p.m.) and each is sure to be a treat.
UCLA Festival of Preservation
Northwest Film Forum, Fri. 11/8- Wed. 11/13, $11 each showing ($20 for double and triple feature passes)
The UCLA Festival of Preservation (drawing from UCLA’s extensive film archives) hits the road for a remote festival here in Seattle. The films vary widely, organized by themes such as “Silent Starlet” and “Thrills and Chills.” I’m most excited about the Folk Heroes Double Feature on Sunday, featuring a film on poet Robert Frost, and a documentary on Edweard Muybridge, the pivotal 19th century photographer.
What are you doing this weekend? Let us know in the comments area below. And if you hear of any interesting – under $15 - events in or around our grand city, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.