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)