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Comedy of Horrors Film Festival, 'Dry Powder' at Seattle Rep, Poet Alice Notley and more

The cast of Dry Powder, photo by Jenny Graham

Wednesday, April 5 – Sunday, April 9

Dry Powder

This taught and fast-paced one-act play by Sarah Burgess takes place in the twisted world of private equity. Hana Lass gives the stand-out performance in this production at Seattle Rep, landing a steady stream of one-liners as the play pokes at the ethics of deal-making. Who knew high finance could be funny? Dry Powder runs through April 15. —Leah Baltus
Seattle Repertory Theatre


Wednesday, April 5

Alice Notley

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner and national treasure Alice Notley reads from her latest collection, Certain Magical Acts, which examines the world and its difficulties— disappointment in democracy and other political systems, the human proclivity for violence, the recent economic crisis and climate change. —Sarah Galvin
McCaw Hall


Thursday, April 6

Central Comedy Show Presents: Ron Lynch  

I’ve raved before about the Central Comedy Show; it’s the alt-comedy flagship this city needs. This month’s headliner is the astounding Ron Lynch, who you might recognize from The Sarah Silverman Program, Adventure Time, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bob’s Burgers. I once saw Lynch do an entire set at Bridgetown Comedy Festival in which he acted as if his mouth were glued shut and communicated entirely by means of prerecorded dialogue from a small pocket tape recorder. He is utterly amazing. —Brett Hamil
Central Cinema


Thursday, April 6

Daniel Carrillo and Joe Rudko

The First Thursday Art Walk heat is at Greg Kucera this week, with solo shows by both Daniel Carrillo and Joe Rudko (a 2015 Future Lister). Carrillo has ushered the dinosaur of the daguerreotype into the 21st century with haunted photographs taken in a variety of local artists’ studios, and Rudko’s complex collage work only keeps getting impossibly better with time. —Amanda Manitach
Greg Kucera Gallery


Thursday, April 6

Community Reading Circle of The Turner House

I'll be at NAAM for two events: First, a discussion of The Turner House, the 2015 debut novel by Angela Flournoy, which tells the story of a Detroit family in the 20th century. Second, the current Inye Wokoma exhibit, An Elegant Utility, which explores the history and identity of Seattle’s Central District neighborhood. —Barry Johnson
Northwest African American Museum


Friday, April 7

Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam

If you’ve never been a Youth Speaks event, you’re missing out. These young poets are the truth—brilliant, passionate, visionary, brave. Come be moved by them (I’ll bring the tissues) as they compete to go to the International Youth Poetry Slam in SF this summer. Plus: Poet, teacher, organizer, lawyer and mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver hosts; you’ll find out fast why folks are so excited about her run for the city’s top office. —Leah Baltus
Town Hall


Friday, April 7

Captured! By Robots, Xoth, The Crüd Güns

Ever wonder what the animatronic animal band at Chuck E. Cheese would sound like if they started cranking out vicious speed metal, enslaved the pizza cook and forced the poor shackled schlep to front the whole wall of cacophony? Spoiler: It’d probably sound something like Captured! By Robots, the weirdest one-man band you will ever see. —Tony Kay
The Funhouse


Saturday, April 8

Civic Saturday

I have yet to get to one of Eric Liu and Jená Cane’s Civic Saturdays—so I can’t wait to finally check it out. Sorta like secular church for citizens, Civic Saturday started after the election last fall and they’ve been growing ever since. (For deeper background, read the feature about Liu—Seattle’s citizenship guru—that Jonathan Zwickel wrote for our March issue.) —Leah Baltus
Town Hall


Saturday, April 8

The BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival

I never miss The BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival. It’s a legit horror-palooza, with scores of comedy horror shorts, feature films and live music (this year, it’s the Supersonic Soul Pimps). The fest’s programming never disappoints: Cult hits like Grabbers and Wolfcop have made their Seattle premieres at past iterations. —Tony Kay
SIFF Cinema Uptown