Brandishing a riot-grrrls-meet-The-Go-Go’s sound, Tacocat charms fans with funny songs about waiting for the No. 8 Metro bus, fear of toxic shock syndrome and a psychic cat that predicts nursing-home deaths. Band members Emily Nokes, Lelah Maupin, Bree McKenna and Eric Randall—who have described their vibe as “feminist sci-fi” and “equal parts Kurt and Courtney”—have been cranking out clever lyrics and infectious pop punk tunes since 2007. This month (2/25), Tacocat releases its second full-length record, NVM (as in “never mind”), on local label Hardly Art.
The Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games have technically already happened, but NBC will air them tonight at 7:30 EST. Our Washington State athletes have been busy tweeting photos and adorable musings about their visits thus far in Sochi. Herewith, a roundup of a few of our faves:
Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games begin tomorrow, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. EST (on tape delay). And while NBC will be live-streaming all sporting events on its website, take note that it is not streaming tomorrow's fanfare, so hole up in your living room or find a sports bar to catch all the Sochi opening festivities.
Must WatchCatch a Flick at the Asian American Film Festival(2/2 to 2/9, times vary) — This annual festival screens shorts, features and documentaries by and about Asian Americans, including basketball phenom Jeremy Lin (Linsanity) and a young Cambodian struggling to get out of a Seattle gang and become a break dancer (Raskal Love).
The Seattle mag crew is lucking out tomorrow with front row seats for the biggest happening in a long time: the Seahawks victory parade.
The parade starts at 11 a.m., with a route that takes the celebration from Seattle Center at Denny Way, south through downtown on Fourth Ave (smack dab in front of our new digs), and ends at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.
Since 1994, homeless and low-income vendors have been selling Real Change newspapers on Seattle streets as a more secure alternative to panhandling. Over two decades, the local publisher has proved adaptable to the needs of both purveyors and customers, and now Real Change is addressing a new reality—our increasingly cashless economy.
Must SeeThe Long History of African-American Baseball in WA(2/1 to 11/9, times vary) — Washington state didn’t have a professional Negro League team until 1946, which means much of the state’s black baseball history has gone undocumented. But the Northwest African American Museum’s new exhibit “Pitch Black” aims to rectify that, with artifacts, photographs and oral histories from this unheralded community.
Must MarvelChildren’s Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum(1/23 to 2/2, times vary) — A popular event for film-o-philes of all ages, the ninth installment of Children’s Film Festival Seattle boasts its biggest program yet. This year’s event features more than 130 films from 32 countries—including Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Morocco, Indonesia and Iran—which means kids in attendance will gain instant film cred.
One of Seattle magazine’s 2013 Spotlight Award winners, dancer/choreographer Kate Wallich and her company, The YC, are swiftly rising stars in the contemporary dance scene. Known for creating intense, highly atmospheric works that shift from super slo-mo to fast-paced popping, Wallich builds visual worlds that resemble haute couture fashion spreads come alive. February brings the world premiere of her first evening-length piece, Super Eagle.
Whether you’re actively boycotting the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (2/7–2/23) because of Putin’s anti-gay policies or you just can’t afford the trip, never fear, there are plenty of ways to experience the best parts of Russian culture right here in Seattle.
Lead singer for longstanding Seattle band Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA), Chris Ballew is also known as kindie rocker Caspar Babypants. This month, PUSA releases a new album and celebrates Presidents Day with two local shows: 2/15 at Showbox and 2/16 at The Triple Door.LOCATION: Ballew’s tiny home recording studio in West SeattleBallew’s DRINK: Ginger tea *No actual coffee consumed.NG: PUSA turns 21 this year—how do you keep the old songs fresh?
Drivers complain about reckless cyclists and bristle at the idea of having to share the roads. Increasingly, attention is being paid to the number of bikers fatally hit by cars, with drivers often going unpunished even when they are at fault. That trend prompted a recent New York Times op-ed writer to ask, “Is It OK to Kill Cyclists?”
Must SeePhoto Center NW’s Visual Exploration of Being a Black Male(1/16 to 3/8, times vary) — “What do black men have in common?” In Question Bridge: Black Males, the new video installation at Photo Center Northwest (PCNW), African-American men pose such questions, and African-American men answer, in straight-on, close-up, fascinating video recordings.