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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.

Jan 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
Jan 21 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect.Share this:TweetPrintEmail
Jan 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
Jan 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
Jan 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Center for Urban Horticulture
7 Tuesday evenings, January 21-March 3, 2020, 7-9:30pm Learn the basics of classical botanical watercolor painting, which will include techniques in measurement, drawing, and understanding how light reveals form, along with practice in color mixing.  The application of controlled washes … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Rebel Saints Meditation Society
Mindfulness Meditation Practice on Tuesday Nights in the heart of Capitol Hill… All levels of practice welcome. Learn to practice mindfulness meditation techniques and how to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through these revolutionary … Continue reading
Jan 22 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that … Continue reading
Jan 22 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect.Share this:TweetPrintEmail
Jan 22 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM WeWork Capitol Hill
The GSBA’s first networking event of the decade will take place at the newly-established WeWork Capitol Hill. Come meet the commissioners who represent the important needs of our diverse communities before our city’s government. There are over 70 boards and … Continue reading
Jan 22 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Adam Davidson is the founder of NPR’s Planet Money podcast and a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he covers economics and business. Previously, he was an economics writer for The New York Times Magazine. He has won many of journalism’s most prestigious … Continue reading
Jan 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
Jan 23 @ 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Center for Urban Horticulture
This 2-hour slideshow covers basic cuts, basic plant habits, and what Cass Turnbull called ‘the pruning budget.’ Then five plants which are relatively easy to prune are dealt with specifically: nandina, evergreen azalea, lilac, camellia, and yew. This lecture series … Continue reading
Jan 23 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that … Continue reading
Jan 23 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect.Share this:TweetPrintEmail
Jan 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
Jan 23 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM 12th Ave Arts
In 17th century Rome, painter Artemisia Gentileschi must fight for everything—her place at the easel, her father’s respect, credit for her visionary work. But in the aftermath of rape, she must fight for her truth, buoyed by her shared experience … Continue reading
Jan 23 @ 7:30 PM – Jan 26 @ 8:30 PM 18th & Union
Slip into something a little uncomfortable as comic stripper Woody Shticks gets trapped on a porno set with little more than his spicy signature blend of stand-up, strip, and story. In a night thick with slick satire and compromising positions, … Continue reading
Jan 24 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that … Continue reading
Jan 24 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect.Share this:TweetPrintEmail
Jan 24 @ 1:00 PM Stumptown Coffee
Stop by for our Public Tastings each Friday. Reservations recommended: stumptowntastings.eventbrite.comShare this:TweetPrintEmail
Jan 24 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM 12th Ave Arts
In 17th century Rome, painter Artemisia Gentileschi must fight for everything—her place at the easel, her father’s respect, credit for her visionary work. But in the aftermath of rape, she must fight for her truth, buoyed by her shared experience … Continue reading
Jan 24 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Town Hall Seattle
Carmen Maria Machado’s short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, has been called “beautifully atmospheric and weird, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking—and full of knife-sharp commentary on living as a woman in the world” (Electric Literature). It was a finalist for the … Continue reading
Jan 25 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Melrose Market
Bring your kitchen knives or camp knives or scissors or anything that you have that has a dull edge to Melrose Market on Saturday and have them hand sharpened while you wait or drop them off for pickup later the … Continue reading
Jan 25 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that … Continue reading
Jan 25 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect.Share this:TweetPrintEmail
Jan 25 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM 12th Ave Arts
In 17th century Rome, painter Artemisia Gentileschi must fight for everything—her place at the easel, her father’s respect, credit for her visionary work. But in the aftermath of rape, she must fight for her truth, buoyed by her shared experience … Continue reading
Jan 25 @ 7:30 PM – 9:15 PM St. James Cathedral
Over the course of 2020, St. James Cathedral, Seattle will present the complete organ works of composer Louis Vierne, the principal organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral from 1900-1937, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. For our first concert … Continue reading
Jan 26 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Ritual
Come practice gothy, slow-flow vinyasa to the musical stylings of dark wave bands like Joy Division, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and Depeche Mode in the weird and lovely Ritual space on Pike Street. This is a free karma … Continue reading
Jan 26 @ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Rebel Saints Meditation Society
Capitol Hill Meditation Sit/Class on with Rebel Saints Meditation Society. Sunday Morning10:30 AM to Noon Learn how to use the practice of meditation to become more kind, more compassionate and more forgiving towards yourself, towards others and towards the world. … Continue reading
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