Your Weekend Events

HONKUPY: On Saturday, local HONK musicians will gather at Seattle Central Community College to give our local movement a beat. You are encouraged to join, as a player, a protester, a participant. Bring an instrument (acoustic and mobile, naturally) and some all-weather gear. The season is turning, and the more people show, so too will public opinion.
Saturday NOON // Seattle Central Community College // FREE

GET TANKED: Tonight, the Triple Door Musiquarium has a sweet twofer for those with strong constitutions and/or their own wetsuit. First, starting at 4:30, Vaudeville Etiquette will make a dinghy flotilla of Depression Era jazz, folk, Americana, and rock, with kazoo sails and a pedal steel rudder. You could cruise the castle ruins for hours, or until 7:30 p.m., when the band will gracefully dock and make their way to the bar. At that point, Theoretics, all fiberglass hulls and slinky profiles, will cut wakes with their jazz-flecked beats and dueling MCs. Don’t be a sucker fish, it might be free but you should bring some fins.
Today 4:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. // The Triple Door Musiquarium Lounge // FREE

TRAVELING MUSIC: From the Triple Door to a terrific triple bill: also tonight (yes, you will have to make some choices), The Russian Cultural Center hosts Bonaca, Orkestar Zirkonium, and Sazerac Orchestra. Each pursues Balkan and Eastern European folk music in their own fashion, which is to say: furiously, boisterously, and volcanically. Respectively.
Today 8:00 p.m. // The Russian Center // $12 admission for adults, $6 for students aged 14-20, and $20 for families of three or more. Children 13 and under get in free.

TRUST US: It’s the third Saturday of the month, and you know what that means: time to shake scalp to soul. The Baltic Room is throwing TRUST, the dance party that tells you what to do right in its name. This time around, KEXP’s Kid Hops, Suntzu Sound, and Flammable’s Brian Lyons will hold down the mix to set you loose.
Saturday 9:00 p.m. // Baltic Room // $10 (21+)

Your Weekend Events!

ACCORDION MONSTER: Jason Webley is at The Moore Theatre tonight for a barn burner of a show. We’ve heard he’s actually built a barn on-stage and will set it on fire. We remain cautiously optimistic about that. What we do know for sure is that Webley is one of the best performers in town, able to rouse crowds with nothing more than his energy, voice, and ever-present accordion. You would do well to go, especially as this is said to be one of his last shows for quite a while. Much like when Webley used to die in Autumn and be re-born in Spring, but this time without the promise of the coming year. And since the new growing season will not unearth him, pay your respects tonight.
Friday 8:00 p.m. // The Moore Theatre // $11

ACCORDION MONSTER REDUX: And if you miss Webley tonight–pobrecito!–you can still catch the afterparty tomorrow at the Fremont Abbey featuring The Petrojvic Blasting Co, The Shook Twins, Ribbons (Jherek Bischoff), Led to Sea, Tom Dickins (of Jane Austen Argument) and many more. Hell, Petrojvic is worth double the ticket price all on their own. Go.
Saturday 7:00 p.m. // Fremont Abbey // $13

GET YOUR GLITTER: As we’ve mentioned before, this weekend marks the Glitter Sale, the annual blowout of jewels, fur, glamour, and God knows what else that Goodwill’s been stocking up for the past year. If you need to glam up your wardrobe, this is the place to be. Which is why you’ll be fighting with what will seem like half the city’s population over that amazing costume broach, those supple Gucci sandals, and just about everything else. While high-dollar names and sparkles are the name of the game, all items are marked at Goodwill prices, so keep your elbows out and eyes peeled.
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. // Dearborn Goodwill // FREE (except for whatever bejeweled fur muffs you buy yourself. That, you have to pay for.)

WRITE FOR YOUR LIFE: In case you didn’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. Awkward, yes, but short. Basically, a bunch of nuts (including the author of this post in years past) spend November writing a novel or 50,000 words, whichever comes last. If it sounds crazy, it kind of is, and yet it’s also incredibly fulfilling. For those who are already on the path, and those who want to join them halfway through–seriously, some do, and some of them succeed–the Hugo House is hosting a halfway party/all-day write-in on Saturday. Show up anytime for games, word sprints, novel excerpts, cake, and the chance to call yourself a novelist.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. // Hugo House // FREE

SLACK OFF: In Hawaii, it’s called ki ho`alu, which translates to “loosen the key”. You’ll recognize it as the finger-picked, loosely paced guitar stylings of our island state, a warm, slow aloha of ukuleles, slide guitars, and gentle harmonies. And that’s precisely why you should invite yourself to the Third Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival this Sunday at Town Hall. This year features a diverse range of Hawaiian musicians including Cyril Pahinui, Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim, Makana, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, Greg Sardinha, and ukulele prodigy Kunia Pahinui-Galdeira. As it gets colder and cutting outside, warm up on some traditional big island sounds.
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. // Town Hall // $35-$125

Your Weekend Events

PUNCH DRUNK: Somehow, seven other times we’ve missed the fact that there’s a Drunk Puppet Night here in Seattle. Don’t know how, as that’s the sort of event name that catches at least two of our Google alerts. Anyway, this weekend brings the eighth go-around of drunk puppeting to Hale’s Palladium in Fremont. Come out for the surprising, the bizarre, and the artistically excellent, all done up in marionettes and finger jockeys. It promises to be awesome, slightly insane, and instantly memorable.
Friday (through Saturday November 12th) 8:00 p.m. // Hale’s Palladium // $10 – $15

PARTICLE POETRY: All this weekend, Wave Books presents its 2nd annual (and, perhaps appropriately, literally named) 3 Days of Poetry festival. This time around, Wave is celebrating Poetry in Translation with readings in the James Turrell Skyspace, and exhibitions, lectures, and discussions throughout the gallery. Amid so much else, you can attend a lecture on how to choose a translation of Rainer Rilke on Friday, have Kevin Craft run you through editing translations on Saturday, and
listen to Summer Robinson tell you who translates what on Sunday. Listen specifically, write earnestly, and make your own breaks.
Friday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m // Henry Art Gallery // $15 – $25

ILLICIT GENTLEMEN JUGS: There are times when we feel like we were born years too late. Moments when the hustle, bustle, and zoom of the current day doesn’t suit us at all. So consider us chuffed to find an evening’s entertainment that shares our anachronistic yearnings. This Saturday, the Conor Byrne Pub welcomes NYC’s Two-Man Gentlemen Band, an aptly-named duo who perform traditional vaudeville songs with kazoo and harmonies; Mouce Manouche, who swing hard on vibraphone, guitar, french horn, and voice; and The Illicit Jug Cartel, whose repertoire is heavy with ragtime. blues, and jazz numbers from the 1920s and 30s. Toss on your flatcaps, gents, and ladies, fluff your petticoats, it’s going to be a fine time on the old town (tomorrow (to)) night
Saturday 8:30 p.m. // Conor Byrne Pub // $5

FLIPPER FLICKERS: Even as you read this, pinball players from around the country are gathering in Belltown. For tomorrow and Saturday, they will test their mettle at Shorty’s 14th Annual Pinball Tournament. Lest you think this is a gimmick or lark, know that the competition is sanctioned by the International Flipper Pinball Association and points are awarded toward world championship rankings. Look for dirty skirmishes between Vancouver’s Regional Pinball Association, Portland’s Crazy Flipper Fingers, and Seattle’s Pinball League, but don’t feel left out: anyone over the age of 21 can enter. And even if you don’t compete, you can still pick your favorites and cheer them on, pint in one hand, hotdog in the other.
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. // Shorty’s // FREE (or $10 to enter the competition)