On the List | Cobain documentary makes exclusive weeklong run at Egyptian

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Kurt Cobain committed suicide at his Lake Washington Blvd home in April 1994. For most millennials, that puts the Nirvana frontman in the realm of Seattle music legend. For those old enough to have seen Nirvana perform here, Cobain’s legacy is enriched by memories of his shows and the surreal period of time he and the city were riding the crest of pop culture.

A new documentary on Cobain, Montage of Heck, attempts to paint another portrait of the artist, expressed through home videos, animated art, and the piles of journals Cobain kept throughout his life.

Starting Thursday night, Capitol Hill will be home to a one-week exclusive theatrical run of the film at SIFF Cinema Egyptian prior to the documentary’s May 4th release on HBO.

The film premiered at the Cinerama theater Wednesday night followed by a discussion with director Brett Morgan. “As I was coming into Seattle on the plane it just felt so right. There’s no place we should be than here,” Morgan said.

More on the film — and this weekend’s lineup of Capitol Hill-area events, below.

Montage of Heck, named after the title of a legendary Cobain mix tape, mostly avoids delving into what was happening locally in Olympia and Seattle during the peak of Nirvana’s success. Those interested in seeing archival footage from local bygone venues of the late 80s and early 90s won’t find much here.

Interviews also play a relatively small role in the film for a documentary, though rare discussions with Cobain’s parents offer a window into their son’s genius as well as his debilitating depression. It’s actually Cobain who provides some of the most captivating audio through dictations of his own journals.

The soundtrack is almost exclusively comprised of recordings made throughout Nirvana’s career, as well as some of Cobain’s solo recordings.

Beyond playing music, Cobain was a prolific visual artist and writer and Montage of Heck draws heavily on using a trove of Cobain’s creative work to animate the film. Several years ago, Morgan was given access to a storage space filled with Cobain’s art and journals, which is how the film began.

Any discussion of Nirvana, let alone a documentary about the band, is bound to stir up some strong opinions in Seattle. During the director discussion Wednesday night, one woman who claimed to know Cobain accused Morgan of only telling “Courtney’s story,” referring to Cobain’s wife Courtney Love. The comment sparked a heated exchange over Morgan’s use of intimate home videos shot near the end of Cobain’s life when he was clearly struggling with heroin addiction.

“(The film) strips away some layers of the myth to reveal the man,” Morgan said. “As harrowing as it can be, I hope you realize it’s also a celebration.”

For more events around the neighborhood including the opening of Bunnies at Annex Theatre and tree climbing in Volunteer Park, check out the CHS Calendar.

May 10 @ 1:00 PM – Jun 10 @ 7:00 PM Goethe Pop Up Seattle
Stop by the Goethe Pop Up Seattle to enjoy avant-garde, critical comics from Germany, presented by “Le Monde diplomatique” and the Goethe-Institut. Le Monde diplomatique is the largest monthly newspaper on international politics and current affairs in the world and is translated … Continue reading
May 16 @ 7:30 PM – May 25 @ 9:30 PM Broadway Performance Hall
Vocalpoint! Seattle presents, “Boogie Fever” – an evening of 70’s Funk, Disco and Soul! “Boogie Fever” features the vocal, dance, and dramatic talents of the 40-member Vocalpoint! Seattle ensemble, a select group of high school men and women from throughout … Continue reading
May 17 @ 7:30 PM – May 26 @ 9:30 PM Broadway Performance Hall
Vocalpoint! Seattle presents, “Boogie Fever” – an evening of 70’s Funk, Disco and Soul! “Boogie Fever” features the vocal, dance, and dramatic talents of the 40-member Vocalpoint! Seattle ensemble, a select group of high school men and women from throughout … Continue reading
May 18 @ 7:30 PM – May 27 @ 9:30 PM Broadway Performance Hall
Vocalpoint! Seattle presents, “Boogie Fever” – an evening of 70’s Funk, Disco and Soul! “Boogie Fever” features the vocal, dance, and dramatic talents of the 40-member Vocalpoint! Seattle ensemble, a select group of high school men and women from throughout … Continue reading
May 20 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The SweatBox Yoga
Now you can drop into a class at The SweatBox every weekday at noon. Monday-Vinyasa; Tuesday-Hot Hybrid; Wednesday- Yin; Thursday- Hot Hybrid; Friday- Vinyasa! Share:TweetEmail
May 20 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Chophouse Row
Many students are looking for career opportunities in Germany. And many professionals are interested in experiencing what Germany has to offer as a work or research destination. Goethe Pop Up Seattle’s workshop series, organized and lead by Dominik Winkel, DAAD … Continue reading
May 20 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Washington State Labor Council
Feminist Discussion Group – Mondays, 6:30pm, 10 sessions beginning March 25   High Voltage Women Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light   An inspiring new book on affirmative action pioneers who broke gender and race barriers, forged links of solidarity, … Continue reading
May 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Russian Community Center
Join the Seattle Swing Dance Club, one of the country’s longest running dance clubs, for the new-and-improved West Coast Swing (WCS) class series! WCS is a modern and smooth form of swing dancing with roots in Blues and Lindy Hop. … Continue reading
May 20 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Poco Wine + Spirits
Join us for your weekly dose of brainy drinking. – Max team size of 6. – Winning team takes home a $40 gift card!Share:TweetEmail
May 21 @ 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM The SweatBox Loft
Find the softer side of your flow practice with Slow Flow in The SweatBox Loft. In Slow Flow, we’ll intentionally weave together traditional postures. This class will be unheated and very beginner friendly (aka- no Chaturangas!) Slow your practice down … Continue reading
May 21 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based artist Gretchen Frances Bennett explores issues related to visual perception at the intersection of personal and historical memory. Working primarily in drawing, she demonstrates a preoccupation with mundane yet cinematically-inflected moments that retain the fascination of a time diffuse … Continue reading
May 21 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The SweatBox Loft
Downtime at Lunchtime Everyone needs a way to feel at ease when life gets challenging and it’s possible to find this even during your short lunch hour. iRest (Integrative Restoration) Yoga Nidra helps you tap into a place that is … Continue reading
May 21 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM The SweatBox Yoga Loft
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with asanas (poses), that are held for longer periods of time-five minutes or more per pose is typical. Yin, which is not a heated class, is a great pairing with a more … Continue reading
May 21 @ 7:05 PM – 9:00 PM Sam's Tavern
Seattle Bar Trivia  Tuesdays, 7:05 PM http://seattlebartrivia.com Teams: 8 players or fewer Cost: Free Prizes: Winning team receives a $50 gift certificate; Runner-up gets $25 More fun than a barrel full of monkeys. There are six rounds featuring a picture … Continue reading
May 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Broadway Performance Hall
Jericho Brown is the award-winning author of three books of poetry, including a forthcoming collection with Copper Canyon Press. His work poses questions about race, masculinity, and sexuality. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The … Continue reading
May 21 @ 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM Contact for Location
Join Chabad of Capitol Hill for our weekly Kabbalah and Coffee Tanya – A Masterpiece of Chassidic wisdom written by Rabbi Shneur Zalmen of Liadi (1745 – 1812). Based on the Kabbalistic works of the Zohar, the Baal Shem Tov … Continue reading
May 21 @ 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM Center for Urban Horticulture
2019 Urban Forest Symposium: Trees for the Future The critical role of urban forests in combating the climate crisis Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 9am-4pm Reception to follow: 4–6pm The Honorable Hilary Franz, Washington State’s Commissioner of Public Lands, will be … Continue reading
May 22 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based artist Gretchen Frances Bennett explores issues related to visual perception at the intersection of personal and historical memory. Working primarily in drawing, she demonstrates a preoccupation with mundane yet cinematically-inflected moments that retain the fascination of a time diffuse … Continue reading
May 22 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Chophouse Row
Chophouse Row is getting ready to host a weekly farmers market in its courtyard running every Wednesday night from 4 to 8 pm, year-round, rain or shine with the first market scheduled for November 2, 2016. Organized and curated by … Continue reading
May 23 @ 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM The SweatBox Loft
Find the softer side of your flow practice with Slow Flow in The SweatBox Loft. In Slow Flow, we’ll intentionally weave together traditional postures. This class will be unheated and very beginner friendly (aka- no Chaturangas!) Slow your practice down … Continue reading
May 23 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based artist Gretchen Frances Bennett explores issues related to visual perception at the intersection of personal and historical memory. Working primarily in drawing, she demonstrates a preoccupation with mundane yet cinematically-inflected moments that retain the fascination of a time diffuse … Continue reading
May 23 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM The Cloud Room
Relax, unwind, and learn how to blend a nourishing facial serum in this 90 minute skincare workshop. Elevate your skincare. In this class, you’ll learn about skin types, carrier & essential oils, facial massage techniques, & other helpful tips to … Continue reading
May 23 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM The SweatBox Yoga Loft
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with asanas (poses), that are held for longer periods of time-five minutes or more per pose is typical. Yin, which is not a heated class, is a great pairing with a more … Continue reading
May 23 @ 7:30 PM – Jun 1 @ 9:30 PM Broadway Performance Hall
Vocalpoint! Seattle presents, “Boogie Fever” – an evening of 70’s Funk, Disco and Soul! “Boogie Fever” features the vocal, dance, and dramatic talents of the 40-member Vocalpoint! Seattle ensemble, a select group of high school men and women from throughout … Continue reading
May 23 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Benaroya Hall
The Moth – hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by The Wall Street Journal – is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly … Continue reading
May 24 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based artist Gretchen Frances Bennett explores issues related to visual perception at the intersection of personal and historical memory. Working primarily in drawing, she demonstrates a preoccupation with mundane yet cinematically-inflected moments that retain the fascination of a time diffuse … Continue reading
May 24 @ 1:00 PM Stumptown Coffee
Stop by for our Public Tastings each Friday. Reservations recommended: stumptowntastings.eventbrite.comShare:TweetEmail
May 24 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Central Co-op
Join Central Co-op every Friday for a spirited Adult Beverage Tasting! Every week we highlight a different aspect of our selection: wines from Washington and the world, Fair Trade imports, holiday libations, local craft beers, ciders, meads and more. Free … Continue reading
May 24 @ 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM 18th & Union
Lowbrow Opera Collective’s inaugural production will be the West coast premiere of a new opera titled #adulting. The story follows four roommates, recently brought together via craigslist, through their first forays into adulthood. Ruth, Tony, Bucket, and Drew come across … Continue reading
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