On the List | Valentine’s art walk, Taiko festival, Cornish dance (+26 more)

Thursday’s Blitz Capitol Hill Art Walk lands mid-February but luckily hearts and doilies are not the focal point in this Top 12 ArtPlace. What we’re looking forward to: These Streets show at Project Room featuring artifacts and video about Seattle women who rocked in the ’80s;  the textile show at Blindfold Gallery (left), the photography of Vivian Maire at Photo Center NW (below), and the recent works of Jason Puccinelli at Joe Bar. A full list of events and shows is on the Blitz website and Facebook page

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Thursday February 14th

  • Love Like the 20s Night with big jazz, servers dressed in their finest and pre-prohibition cocktails. Poco wine + spirits, 4p ’til late.
  • Wine and Chocolate Tasting at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, with Theo Chocolate, Divine Chocolate and Wildridge Wine. Entry times are 5p or 6p or 7p.
  • Seductive wine tastings make you weak in the knees. Go on a taste adventure with samples from Italy, Spain, France, and Bainbridge Island. Several are rare treats and hard to come by. Vino Verite, 5 – 8p. 
  • Last chance to see Undo, a play on divorce, is this weekend as its run through Saturday. Our friends at The SunBreak have this to say: “Undo is an evening of blissful anguish watching two people sever ties to each other completely — a funny, dark look at how relationships end and all that goes into undoing what’s done.”  Annex Theater, 8p.
  • The play A Behanding in Spokane offers a pay-what-you-can night as part of Blitz art walk. Theater Schmeater (1500 Summit Ave), 8p.
  • Author Jeffrey Frank reads from Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage. Mildly amusing to us that this book reading happens on V-day. Give us you kissy faces, Ike and Dick.  Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p. 
  • Single’s Club features single sized desserts  and pastries alongside musical guest The Oeuvre. Ticket includes five dessert selections and one cocktail. Arabica Lounge, 7 – 11p. 
  • “Mad performance art” is promised in A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup with LeFrenchword. Electic Theater (1214 10th Ave), 8 – 10p.

  • Cuban Love Songs with Juan-Carlos Formell, the Grammy-nominated Cuban guitarist, composer and vocalist.While the dinner+show is sold out, you can still get tickets for the show only. Town Hall, 8 – 10p.
  • Cornish College of the Arts BFA Dance Concerts run this weekend and next. Four separate programs include student performances and works commissioned from guest choreographers. Feb 14 – 16 and February 21 – 23. Tickets are free, but reservations required. Broadway Performance Hall, 8p. 

Friday, February 15th

  • Woman’s Century Club historical society presents a talk with Kit Bakke on the antiwar movement in Seattle. Harvard Exit Theatre, 12 – 1:30p
  • Everything is just fine: a conversation about art and ambition in Seattle with artist/entrepreneur Greg Lundgren. Hedreen Gallery 6:30 – 8p.
  • Friday gaming with Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Since we last mentioned this regular meetup, we have learned alternative board games (such as Tsuro of the Seas) can be quite fun. Particularly with sake (or beer).  Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
  • Do you still miss Firefly, the too-short-lived SyFy series? Get your Nathan Fillion/Mal Reynold and Joss Whedon fixes with the screening of Serenity through Monday at Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave), 930p. 
  • Author Dina Nayeri reads from her coming-of-age novel set in Iran, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p
  • Party with the Intruder Comics Release 5 crew with drinks, convo, screenprints and artwork. Cairo, 7 – 10p.
  • Made at Hugo House: Midyear Reading features readings from six writers participating in the Made at Hugo House fellowship program. Bar will be open. Drink! 7:30p.
  • Guest artist Jeremy Wade’s solo dance performance in Fountain is a “unique encounter of aesthetic, sociological, and neurological dimensions.” Performance followed by a post-shw speakeasy conversation with the artist. Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave), 8p. 
  • Double feature theater performance at Eclectic Theater: Call Me Crazy is a solo show  by Sarah Harris about a woman’s journey through the mental health system. Zaniac Comedy and Variety Show with Alex Zerbe includes stunts, audience participation, physical comedy and more. Eclectic Theater (1214 10th Ave), 8p. 
  • Movie Night brings DJs Jon Francois and Nik Gilmore in house to remix (live!) quirky feature films with vinyl gems. This month’s pick is Greta Garbo’s last silent film, Irene. Northwest Film Forum, 8p.
  • Release show for The Redwood Plan’s new album Green Light Go. And go you should to see the band who hatched their plan at The Redwood, the neighborhood bar on Howell. Also playing are Head Like a Kite, Chaos Chaos (nee’ Smoosh!), and more. We anticipate confetti. Neumos, 8p – 1a.

Saturday, February 16th

  • Children’s Storytime at the Castle in Elliott Bay Book Company, 11a.
  • The Indigenous Showcase series shine light on emerging talents in indigenous communities. This month features the film My Louisiana Love;  director Sharon Linezo Hong will be in attendance. Northwest Film Forum, 5p. 
  • Barrio Fiesta 2013: Northwest Side Story (Tulay Dugtungan) is an annual event in it’s 19th year at Seattle University. Presented by the school’s United Filipino Club, the fiesta features dance performances, a full-course meal of Filipino cuisine, raffle prizes and a sari-sari variety store. Campion Ballroon at Seattle University (914 E Jefferson), 5:30p. 
  • Melanin: a dance party benefit for womyn, queer and trans folks of color, with allies and friends. Proceeds go to Gabriela Phillipines an organization which advocates for women’s rights. Black Coffee Coop, 8p – 12a.
  • Author readings by contributors to The Better Bombshell, a Seattle-based project pairing authors and artists which addresses the lack of positive multidimensional female role models in media. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30p. 

Sunday, February 17th

  • Day of Remembrance 2013 Taiko Festival honors the Japanese American Day of Remembrance, and annual observance of the signing of the executive order which ordered 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry to be imprisoned in concentration campus during WWII. The festival features taiko group performances and exhibits, including photographs from Minidoka an internment camp in Idaho. Pigott Auditorium (1016 E Marion St), 1p.
  • OMG It’s Ultimate Frisbee plays in rain, shine, or killer bees. Give it a try.  Cal Anderson Park, 1:30 – 4p. 
  • Nocolai Fenchin and China: a lecture by Shengtian Zheng, co-founder and Managing Editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. Frye Art Museum, 2 – 3p. 

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