The Don’t-Miss List
DO | Arts & Social Change Showcase
How does art change the world? This event will showcase a curated mix of emerging and ethnic visual and performing artists who focus their work on social justice through live performances, visual exhibits and displays for presenters and curators who book regional talent in Washington state. The showcase is presented by the Washington State Arts Commission, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Center. Where: Meydenbauer Conference Center When: Jan. 27
PLAY | Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
LISTEN | Pony Boy Records presents jazz at Boxley’s
Jazz has long been alive and well on the Eastside. Lovers of the great American art form flock to venues like Bake’s Place and the Eastside Jazz Club in Bellevue to take in the sounds and sights of modern day scat men. But you might want to consider trekking out to North Bend the next time you want to get smoke in your eyes. At Boxley’s, a jazz venue off West North Bend Way, Pony Boy Records books jazz artists young and old from across the Northwest. The independent label, headed by drummer/composer Greg Williamson, has been vetting musicians with proven performing presence for 20 years. “Jazz is a varied and rewarding art form,” Williamson said. “It can be easy to listen to, or it can challenge the listener. It can be subtle, swinging-the-doors-off, or outside the planetary sonic space. It has the potential to always be fresh and exciting.” Where: 101 West North Bend Way, North Bend When: Thursdays-Sundays; visit www.boxleysplace.com for schedule
WATCH | Around the World in 80 Days
Based on Jules Verne’s popular novel, Village Theatre presents the hilarious story of Phileas Fogg’s whistle-stop journey to satisfy a wager and circumnavigate the world in 80 days. But with bandits, a damsel in distress and transportation problems around every corner, will he be able to make the deadline? Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound as this adventure is cleverly brought to the stage with five extraordinary actors performing 39 different characters from around the world.
Where: Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front Street North, Issaquah
When: Jan. 22-March 15
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Yes, January is the month Grand Theft Auto V will finally release for Windows. Yes, it will offer hi-rez graphics and a frenetic first-person play mode. Yes, we’ll probably buy it. But this month our pick is Saint’s Row: Gat out of Hell. The first two entries in Volition’s Saints Row series were ambitious but otherwise straightforward GTA clones; then the next two entries spun off into the stratosphere of beautiful nonsense, featuring zombies, aliens and game-breaking superpowers. With last month’s release of a Little Mermaid-esque musical trailer featuring Satan and his rebellious daughter, it’s safe to say this latest installment will only up the ante. When: Jan. 20 Platforms: Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
LAUGH | Gabriel Rutledge
A past winner of the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition, Rutledge has made television appearances on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Nickelodeon’s Nickmom Night Out and the nationally syndicated Comedy.TV and Comics Unleashed. The comic makes his home in Olympia. Where: Laughs Comedy Spot, 12099 124th Ave. N.E. Kirkland When: Jan. 15-17
DRINK | Beat the Geek
This is trivia night, pure and simple. But what sets Blue Martini’s quiz bowl apart is that it’s set in a polished, modern space with one of the best stocked bars in the city. Strictly to up the difficulty level answering questions (Yeah, let’s go with that) Beat the Geek quiz nights feature $3 wells, wine and beer on top of the bar’s tapas menu. Where: Shops at the Bravern, 700 110th Ave NE, Ste. 295, Bellevue When: Mondays, 8 p.m.