Curious about what to see at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)? Head over to the Bourbon Bar at the Columbia City Theater at 7 PM tonight to preview a selection of women-directed films playing at SIFF. This free event will highlight the female directors with films showing at this year’s festival and give a sneak peak of each movie. Mingle with like-minded film-goers and chat with SIFF programmers about the films highlighted tonight, as well as other must-see movies at the festival. Check the Facebook event listing above to RSVP for the event, and view the full catalog of films showing at SIFF on the festival website.
The first of three Seattle concerts to benefit Drew Grow, the frontman of Northwest band Drew Grow & The Pastors Wives who sustained serious injuries in a car accident last month, is 8:00 pm this Saturday, February 19, at Columbia City Theater. This weekend’s show will feature performances from a bevy of local acts including The Maldives, Kevin Murphy of Moondoggies, Mychel Benjamin Goodweather of Campfire OK, Bryan John Appleby and more—all of whom have come together to raise funds to support The Pastors’ Wives and Drew while he makes his recovery. In addition, an online donation fund in Drew’s name has been established to help cover medical bills, lost wages and replacing the Pastors’ Wives’ tour van, which was totaled in the accident. For information on tickets for the benefit shows or to donate to the online fund, be sure to check out the above links.
Brown Paper Tickets
After representing Seattle during Iceland Airwaves music festival in Reykjavík last October, Yuni in Taxco has been in the lab working on a new record. With a title as random as the band’s name, their new album Sanpaku will drop Feb. 18 on Cakes and Tapes Records, a Portuguese netlabel that allows free downloads of all music. Don’t miss the release party happening the same day at Columbia City Theater with opening slots filled by Feral Children and Ocean Age. Tickets are 10 bucks and can be purchased at the link above. If you forgot what a summer day in Seattle looks like, check out the KEXP presented video below of the band doing their thing at Seattle Center’s Mural stage, immersed in rays of sun mind you.
Sound on the Sound
Columbia City Theater is hosting an exciting night of free music tonight. The night is curated to feature several lesser known but very promising new talents from the Seattle area. These musical acts include Lemolo, Bryan John Appleby, Youth Rescue Mission, Luke Stevens, Kimo Muraki and Elk & Boar. It’s all happening tonight starting at 9 pm. Follow the link above for more details.
Seattle Weekly has announced its 25th Anniversary edition of the “Best of Seattle” list. The listing features categories such as Arts and Entertainment, Food and Drink, People and Places and others. Everything from Grynch’s “My Volvo” video (Best Video from an MC This Year) to The Physics (Best Free EP to Light Up Your Summer) to Columbia City Theater (Best New Venue for Free Shows) to Sunset Tavern (Best Place to Stand at a Club Show) are recognized. Check out the full list of the “Best of Seattle” after the link.
Columbia City Theater
Help continue the celebration of the grand reopening of the historic Columbia City Theater, which hosted such acts as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jimi Hendrix. From neighborhood movie theater, to jazz club, to home of the DIY punk movement, the theater has been a staple in the Seattle arts scene. The newly renovated theater reopened on June 25 and is marking the event with a full line-up of concerts, which you can peruse by following the link. Be sure to check out the Sound on Sound FREE presentation of The Maldives on July 2.
Columbia City Theater
The Columbia City Theater was built in 1917 and is the oldest vaudeville theater in the state of Washington. Throughout its storied history it has played host to legends including Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix. A major fixture in the Seattle music scene from jazz to rock, punk, and raving the theater has undergone a major renovation and will reopen on Friday, June 25. Join them in celebration all weekend for free concerts. Friday night features Mash Hall, Cloud Nice, and DJ Suspence. Saturday night belongs to Grand Hallway, Drew Grow, and The Pastors Wives.