$15 or Less: Dolly Parton birthday revels, 80s-90s mashup dancing

Plus, documentary-brunch pairings at SIFF and Town Hall readings - all for $15 or less.
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"Vampires" author Karen Russell comes to Town Hall.

Plus, documentary-brunch pairings at SIFF and Town Hall readings - all for $15 or less.

There's a lot of great stuff happening this month but nothing is as exciting to me as the new SIFF DocBrunch series on Sundays. And Town Hall events (seemingly better than ever!) make the world of literature and civics look sparkly.

Karen Russell
Town Hall, Friday 1/17 at 7:30 p.m., $5
Writer Karen Russell will be in town to read from her newest book, a collection of short stories called Vampires in the Lemon Grove (which I'm halfway through). A thread of magic winds through each story, which paint worlds that are at once dark and precious. Russell is an all-star,  a MacArthur Genius Grantee, one of the National Book Foundation's five best authors under 35 and author of Swamplandia!, which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. How can you stay away?

Bootie Mashup: 80s vs 90s Mashup Night
Chop Suey, Friday 1/17, $5 before 10 p.m, $10 after
New month, new bootie mashups! This night will feature Seattle and San Francisco Djs along with the catchiest, most danceable, cringeworthy tunes that the '80s and '90s have to offer.

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