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SIFF’s Anjelica Huston tribute, the NW New Works festival, a trio of queer-centric shows, and more

Anjelica Huston

Tuesday, June 6

Life’s Work: Dr. Willie Parker with Martha Plimpton and Lindy West

Dr. Willie Parker is an iconic figure in the fight for reproductive justice, a devout Christian abortion provider working in the Deep South whose moral evolution led him from a comfortable practice in Hawaii to a besieged career holding the front lines against the Republican’s War on Women. He’s joined by a trio of amazing feminist women: Martha Plimpton, Lindy West and Amelia Bonow. —Brett Hamil
Town Hall


Wednesday, June 7  

Anjelica Huston: Tribute Event

Anjelica Huston’s one of the planet’s best damned actresses, so I’m over the moon that she’s in town for this SIFF salute. Her newest film, Trouble, world-premieres after the tribute and Q&A. SIFF’s also screening two Huston classics that afternoon and June 10 (Stephen Frears’ The Grifters and Nicholas Roeg’s brilliant dark fairy tale The Witches, respectively). —Tony Kay
SIFF Cinema Egyptian


Wednesday, June 7

Contagious Exchanges: Queer Writers in Conversation, Chavisa Woods with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

The last Contagious Exchanges of 2017 features Cobalt Prize-winner Chavisa Woods, who’s on tour from Brooklyn celebrating the release of her new book Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country, described by Samantha Hunt as “Murakami meets the meth heads.” —Sarah Galvin
Hugo House


Thursday, June 8  

Golden Silence: The Score Feels

I don't know how this live audio-visual experiment will play out, but I dig the artists involved and trust Film Forum ED Courtney Sheehan's curatorial acumen, so. The gist: Forward-thinking rapper Astro King Phoenix leads a squad of Seattle's most talented and iconoclastic MCs, DJs and producers, including DoNormaal, Hansmjustin, J-Nasty, Sendai Mike and Dex Amora, soundtracking a film about working artists and collaboration in the city. —Jonathan Zwickel
Northwest Film Forum


Thursday, June 8  

Queer Feelings/Garden of Faggy Delights

Pride month rolls on tonight with two shows on Capitol Hill by a couple of queer artists to watch. At Vermillion, Adrien Leavitt documents the full spectrum of gender expression in a continuation of his expansive Queer Feelings, a photo project that revels in all shapes, sizes and colors of the queer form. Just over the Hill at Calypte, Andrew Lamb Schultz presents their latest collection of paintings and prints that are cute and charming at first blush, but pulse with a knowing glance of dark desire. —Dan Paulus
Vermillion/Calypte


Thursday, June 8  

Erik Blood, Western Haunts, Season of Strangers, OCNotes

Erik Blood’s luminous Lost in Slow Motion would not leave my earbuds or my turntable for a good four months after its release last year, but Blood’s live shows with singer/guitarist/kindred spirit Irene Barber are a whole ’nother, gorgeous performance-art animal. Shoegazers Western Haunts and Season of Strangers and hip-hop experimentalist OCNotes stack the bill nicely. —Tony Kay
Neumos


June 8–11

Electric Sky

This time of year I jump at any chance to spend time in the mountains; bonus points if there's art involved. Electric Sky is a fledgling confab that pairs the beautiful riverside scenery of Skykomish, a former train-switching outpost about 90 minutes east of Seattle, with the DIY artwork, electrified and illuminated. Three days of camping out and making stuff in a grassy field by the forest, one night (Saturday) to celebrate the au naturale installation. —Jonathan Zwickel
Skykomish Ball Park


Friday, June 9

Reading with Alessandra Lynch & Pimone Triplett

Poet and beloved University of Washington professor Pimone Triplett, author of several books of poems including Rumor, reads with poet Alessandra Lynch, who’ll be coming all the way from the mountains of Pennsylvania where she’s working on her second book. —Sarah Galvin
Open Books


Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11

NW New Works Festival 2017

The annual NW New Works Festival is a great way to take the temperature of our region’s creative cauldron and see what’s brewing. Sixteen companies and artists present short (20 minutes max) snippets of in-progress performance works, and this first weekend’s lineup includes Waxie Moon, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble and City Arts’ own Kaitlin McCarthy. NW New Works also runs June 16 – 18. —Gemma Wilson
On the Boards