The Top 12 Things to Do This Week

From Taiwanese rappers to boozy classical music, all the best things to do this week.

Sonny Liew's "The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye."

April 6


Lit Fix

The books-and-booze-and-bands reading series, founded on the revolutionary concept that readings can and should be fun, celebrates its third anniversary with a brand-new home at Chop Suey and a killer lineup: poet Michelle Peñaloza, author Anca Szilagyi, poet Anastacia Tolbert, young-adult author Sean Boudoin, novelist Gint Aras, and musical act The Wild. Chop Suey, 1325 Madison St., 538-0556, $5. 21 and over. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Classical@Capitol Cider

Seattle and I are now in our third decade of hearing classical music played in non-traditional venues. Yet every week seems to turn up a new article on the topic, breathless with astonishment (“It’s Bach! In a BAR!!! Well, have you EVER?”), as if the idea were freshly sprung from the skulls of dazzling genius visionaries. But, mindless journalistic hype notwithstanding, it’s still a fantastic idea. Classical@Capitol Cider is the latest such launch; they’re hoping to go monthly. Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St. Free. 7:30 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERT

April 7



Mattel just announced a “fully articulated Barbie,” which makes Jane Comfort’s Beauty even more timely. The postmodern choreographer deconstructs American views of female beauty using the iconic doll as a lens. Meany Studio Theater, UW campus, 543-4880, $35. 8 p.m. Thurs., April 7–Sat., April 9. SANDI KURTZ

Cheap Wine &Poetry

The long-running series pairing compelling poets with $1 wine will gather one last time on Hugo House’s stage. Readers Roberto Ascalon, Sarah Galvin, Tara Hardy, and—her again!—Michelle Peñaloza will see the series off in style. Will CW&P continue? Will it move with Hugo House or find a new venue? Stay tuned. Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

April 8


Full Tilt

This contemporary-dance mixed-rep show runs like clockwork—two performances an evening with five separate dances. With new works by Daniel Costa, Imana Gunawan, Mark Haim, Karen O’Branovich, and Maya Soto, if you’re feeling out of touch, it’s a great way to catch up on the local scene. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., 325-8773, velocitydance $18. 7 &9 p.m. Fri., April 8–Sat., April 9. SK

Pacific Northwest Ballet coaching Coppélia

Pacific Northwest Ballet looks great onstage, but the studio view is just that much closer. In a coaching session for their upcoming production of Coppélia, we’ll get a look at the details of performance, and how dancers fine-tune their approach to a role—a fascinating view of what is usually a private process. Phelps Center, Seattle Center, 441-2424, $25. 5:30 p.m. SK

April 9


Aristophanes 貍貓

Turned onto the Western world thanks largely to a feature on Grimes’ new record Art Angels, Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes 貍貓 will probably enthrall anyone willing to wander through her off-the-wall Soundcloud offerings. The 25-year-old MC rhymes in Mandarin over dreamy, disjointed beats that stutter and glitch-out like an overdriven dial-up modem abandoned in a flower garden. With Youryoungbody, Qualiatik. Cairo, 507 E. Mercer St., $10. All ages. 8 p.m. KELTON SEARS

Alice Gosti

In a world where things move fast, Alice Gosti has been specializing in slow; her Yellow Fish Festival investigates durational work—performance that takes its time. As part of the Henry’s Six Weeks, in Time exhibit, Gosti will show “a tiny act of kindness”—a small embrace repeating for three hours. Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, 543-2280, $10. Noon. SK

April 10


The End Is the Beginning and Other Things About Openings

How do you invite a reader into a story without over-setting the table, telegraphing the ending, or otherwise losing the audience? Donna Miscolta—author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced and the upcoming story collection Hola and Goodbye—hosts this writing class focused intently on beginnings. Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., 684-4711, Free. All ages. 2 p.m. PC

April 11


Sonny Liew

Singapore-based cartoonist Liew debuts his dazzling new book The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, a meta-biography of an influential Singaporean cartoonist who happens never to have existed. Liew will discuss comics history, Singapore, and more onstage tonight with Seattle Review of Books co-founder Martin McClellan. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

April 12


Jacqueline Woodson

Seattle Arts &Lectures lives up to its mission statement of bringing big names to town with Woodson, the National Book Award-winning author of exquisite young-adult novels like Brown Girl Dreaming, Beneath a Meth Moon, and Hush. Expect a conversation about the reality in her semi-autobiographical books. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, $15–$60. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC


Those concerned about the overabundance of pasty-white writers filling our newspapers should catch this panel discussion about media diversity, co-moderated by SW contributor Marcus Harrison Green and former editor-in-chief Knute Berger. Hear journalists expound on the obstacles faced by women and people of color in today’s news landscape. Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Free. 7 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

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