Sango. Photo by Canh Solo

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

Baile funk-influenced hip-hop, a duet with a CPR dummy, a museum curator/club DJ and more.

JANUARY 25, Wednesday

You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened Reading Arisa White’s latest book “takes its titles from words used internationally as hate speech against gays and lesbians.” This visiting author highlights a night of poetry written and read by powerful women of color—Seattle authors Natasha Marin and Naa Akua. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 322-7030. $10. 21 and over. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Geumhyng Jeong

We often anthropomorphize the tools and machines we use, giving our cars cute names or talking to the copy machine as if it could talk back, but performance artist Geumhyng Jeong takes those relationships seriously. Her duet with a backhoe has an erotic bite, but it’s her work with a CPR dummy that has real pathos, as she lies next to it with her head on its chest, listening for a heartbeat that doesn’t exist. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 217-9888. $25. CPR Practice: 8 p.m. Wed., Jan. 25–Thurs., Jan. 26; Oil Pressure Vibrator: 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 28 & 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 29. SANDRA KURTZ

Jubilee Miami is as about far from Seattle as one can get in the lower 48, but the influence of its late-’80s/early-’90s hip-hop experiment—the hollow sound of Roland 808s known as Miami bass—extended far and wide. Witness Sir Mix-A-Lot’s collab with DJ Magic Mike, “Drop the Bass.” Raised in that swampy musical stew, Jubilee imbibed the best of those stripped-down drum patterns before heading north to marry them with the hyperkinetic club culture of New York City. And while “Brooklyn’s bass sweetheart” makes her home on the Mixpak label, she never forgets her Florida roots even as she blends dancehall, grime, and R&B. With Dr. Jeep, Zion’s Gate Sound, Wristboi. Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway Ave., 432-9306. $11. 21 and over. 9 p.m. GREGORY SCRUGGS

JANUARY 26, Thursday

In the Cold As Seattle prepares for the annual homeless survey—at the beginning of a year that will be dominated with discussion of how to deal with Seattle’s booming homeless population—our Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, hosts a reading and screening of a film to remind us of the human side behind the numbers. City Hall Plaza, 600 Fourth Ave. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Rizzla Critical theory and the dance floor are not always the best combination, but trained museum curator Rizzla puts his intellectual chops to expert use. Once a forward-thinking resident behind Boston’s queer-alternative night Nu Life, now signed to underground club-music imprint Fade to Mind and a founding member of NYC queer DJ collective KUNQ, he deconstructs homophobic dance-hall tunes, flipping them for gay-friendly reclamation. The results land in the frenetic middle of a Venn diagram overlapping Caribbean music and rave sounds. With Wristboi, Howin1000, DJ Zai. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., 682-2935. $10. 21 and over. 10 p.m. GS

Sango Even though he’s from Seattle, this hip-hop producer’s many fans down in Brazil mistakenly think he’s a native. They have good reason—Sango’s heat-inducing, hyper-rhythmic beats, whose titles are often in Portuguese, seamlessly fuse baile funk with trap. On his most recent collaboration with local rapper Dave B, Tomorrow, the producer grounded the tones closer to home, cloaking his beats in a distinctly overcast gray. Catch him tonight to see which flavor he’s whipped up next. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., showboxpresents.com. $25. All ages. 8 p.m. KELTON SEARS

JANUARY 27, Friday

Seattle Symphony: [untitled] About a half-century ago, after the Soviet Union’s cultural diktats began to loosen—allowing, if grudgingly, its composers to acknowledge that the previous 50 years in music history had actually happened—those composers were confronted with a new problem: What now? The sudden freedom has made Russian music in recent decades fascinating in its undoctrinaire unpredictability; the next piece you hear could offer visceral anger, bleak despair, melting prettiness—or why not all three? Four works from this period—by Silvestrov, Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, Karmanov, and, most gripping of them all, Galina Ustvolskaya—make up tonight’s Seattle Symphony concert, part of its [untitled] sit-on-the-floor series in the Grand Lobby. Benaroya Hall, Third Ave. & Union St., 215-4747. $16. 10 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERT

Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival Summer music festivals are a dime a dozen, but winter festivals that feature a well-curated soundtrack, hot toddies, and hundreds of warm-bodied fellow music fans, like this two-day getaway offered by the folks at Artist Home, are far too rare. Head over the mountains to Leavenworth, where pop-literate punk outfits the Thermals and Wimps will warm you up, along with newcomers Lucy Dacus, DoNormaal, Sloucher, Crater, and many more. Leavenworth, Wash., winter.timbermusicfest.com. Ends Jan. 28. MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Undoing Project Reading Ever since The Big Short and Moneyball became runaway sensations, every new Michael Lewis book has become an event. His newest book documents the unconventional team of two Nobel Prize-winning Israeli psychologists. Lewis appears in conversation with Steve Scher to discuss how our understanding of decision-making was changed forever in their work. University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd Ave., ubookstore.com. $32.78. 7 p.m. PC

JANUARY 28, Saturday

Bring Down the House The Upstart Crow collective burst onto the scene in 2006 with an all-female production of Shakespeare’s King John. A smash, it left an indelible mark on current Seattle Shakespeare artistic director George Mount, who was drafted to design the poster for that production. Now Mount is bringing the company and its director Rosa Joshi to Center Stage to share its abridged (but still two-part) take on Henry VI, again with an all-female cast. Center Theatre at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200. $35–$45. 7:30 p.m. Ends March 12. MB

The Poet Is In After speaking out for homeless Seattleites on Thursday, Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna makes herself available to Seattleites who’d like to make “poetic explorations” into their city. Castro Luna has been a ferocious advocate for poetry in Seattle; if you have any embarrassing questions that you’d like answered in a nonjudgmental fashion, this is your big chance. Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636. Free. All ages. 2 p.m. PC

JANUARY 29, Sunday

Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival: Encore Screening Why aren’t we recommending the SFFSFF that takes place on Saturday? Because that event long ago sold out (though there might be some tickets at the door). This annual celebration is a fan favorite, and while at the encore screening you will miss out on the pomp, circumstance, and awards, you will still get to catch the 20 jury-selected films, one of which features Seattle Seahawks battling monsters in the streets of Seattle. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., 324-9996. $22. All ages. MB

Residencies Revealed Residencies are one of the best parts of being a writer: You get a roof over your head and time (and permission) to do nothing but sit there and write. Today, representatives from Northwest residencies and local writers will talk about what they’re like, how to get them, and which residencies are right for you. Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636. Free. All ages. 2 p.m. PC

JANUARY 31, Tuesday

The Cherry Orchard In case you were wanting to pitch yourself headlong into the abyss—rather than just wallowing in it—The Seagull Project presents Anton Chekhov’s classic play about social decay and uncertainty, which should have a certain unwanted resonance right now. Thankfully, the Russian playwright spiked his otherwise bleak tale with irreverence and a smidgen of hope. We’ll take a smidgen. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676, acttheatre.org. $20. 7:30 p.m. Ends Feb. 19. MB

Loud Mouth Lit Playwright and memoirist Paul Mullin has been thinking a lot about what makes readings special. His brand-new series looks to combine the smarts of a literary reading with the energy of a theatrical production. Tonight’s debut features Mullin alongside Scot Augustson, who’ll tell a story about time travel and corpses. St. Andrews Bar & Grill, 7406 Aurora Ave. N., 523-1193. Free. 21 and over. 8 p.m. PC

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