Happy New Year! No better way to slip into 2019 than with some witchcraft, theatre tour-de-force, hip-hop and an open mic. If you need more tips on what to do, check out the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9: Seattle artist Meghan Elizabeth Trainor is intrigued by digital witchcraft, occult power, feminism and technology. With her new art installation, Witancræftlic (old English for “scientific”), which opens tonight, she creates a sculptural landscape with jars, bones and magical symbols, a timeless land that dissolves our contemporary division of magic or folk healing vs. technology and science. M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery at Seattle Central College, 5-7 PM
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JAN 4–12: Whether 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival is actually the world’s quickest is hard to say (it’s not in the Guinness World Records, for one) but that the festival is an absolute tour de force is certain. Writers are given a theme and write a play on that theme by the next morning, after which they have about 24 more hours to cast, design, direct, score and rehearse the 14 plays premiering the next evening. The audience will help choose the theme for the following weekend, and then the whole thing starts all over again. ACT Theatre, 8 PM
SUNDAY, Jan. 6: Chicago emcee/rapper Mick Jenkins has been hailed as one of the hottest young talents in hip-hop. Though far from a mainstream star, Jenkins is busy cementing his reputation with his second album “Pieces of a Man,” which dropped last fall. Inspired by the work of influential jazz/spoken word poet, singer and musician Gil Scott-Heron, the album reflects his personal growth and deals with issues such as consent in the #metoo era. Neumos, 8PM
MONDAY, Jan. 7: Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump. This catchy untruism is the title of the self-published new book by Seattle writer and University of Washington professor David Shields. The crux: we hate Trump because he’s inside of us, he is us. According to Thoughtcatalog, the book “can be read in a variety of ways: as a psychological investigation of Trump, as a philosophical meditation on the relationship between language and power, as a satirical compilation of the ‘collected wit and wisdom of Donald Trump,’ and above all as a dagger into the rhetoric of American political discourse.” If you also have questions about psychoanalyzing both the country and its president, Shields’ talk at Elliott Bay Book Company presents the perfect occasion. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 PM
MONDAY, Jan. 7: If you haven’t been to the beautiful mess that is SHT GOLD, you’re missing out. The bi-monthly open mic performance nights and dance floor of Velocity Dance Center are open to all artists of all genres, for five minutes at a time. Often, works —be it poetry, dance, performance and anything in between and far beyond— are still in progress and artists ask the audience for feedback. Other times, you might just find yourself, along with the audience, lying on your back on the dance floor singing harmonies. Surprise is really the only thing you can be sure of at SHT GOLD. Velocity Dance Center, 10 PM