'Spin the Bottle' at Annex, 'Yakuza Apocalypse' at SIFF, First Thursday Art Walk

Yakuza Apocalypse

Monday, Nov. 2 – Thursday. Nov. 5
Seeing a great animated short that’s not emblazoned with a Pixar stamp or a product logo is becoming increasingly rare, so the mere existence of The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows cause for celebration. Best of all, curator Ron Diamond’s selections this year couldn’t be better. If you really want to be dazzled, cracked up and moved to tears over the course of 90-some minutes, skip the multiplexes and hit this. –Tony Kay
SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Wednesday, Nov. 4
I know enough about the torrid life of deceased bassist Jaco Pastorius to believe the new documentary about him will be thrilling despite having not seen it. Pastorius described himself as the greatest bass player in the world and his solo recordings, his work with fusion supergroup Return to Forever and guest spots with Joni Mitchell forever defined the possibilities of the instrument. Produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and the Oscar-winning team behind Searching for Sugar Man, Jaco features gushing testimonials from the likes of Sting, Flea, Santana and plenty of non-one-named musicians. It plays in Seattle for one night only tonight at NWFF. –Jonathan Zwickel
Northwest Film Forum 

Thursday, Nov. 5
First Thursday Art Walk! Decorative gourds, when mentioned in the same breath as "art," are usually the punchline. Not in the case of artist Rob Rhee, who has developed a way of turning the humble fruit into a series of surreal sculptures bulbously bursting from steel encasements that simultaneously bind and create form. "Winter Wheat" at Glass Box Gallery is Rhee's first solo show in Seattle and should be your first stop among many tonight. This includes David Hytone's large-scale collage and paintings at Gallery IMA, Roger Shimomura's splashy, pop-inspired paintings at Greg Kucera, and Joe Rudko's always-seductive, kaleidoscopic collage at Roq la Rue. At Davidson Galleries, Ben Beres' etchings combine Renaissance printmaking technique and a twist on near-microscopic texts and high-concept doodles. At the Panama Hotel, inspired by King Tut and the cultural detritus that trickles down the millennia, Troy Gua imagines what artifacts will be unearthed in a distant future "tomb" of post-America. Finally, Project Girl Crush is moving from digital to print with its release of Crushed Magazine. The party for the inaugural issue is being held at The Piranha Shop and will feature a series of large-scale prints, free booze and, of course, copies of the magazine for sale. –Amanda Manitach
Various locations

Thursday, Nov. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 8
isn't a tragic play, it's a play about a tragic event—a distinction that may sound purely semantic but is theatrically crucial, and one of which New Century Theatre Company seems to be intently aware. Their production of this Danish-film-turned-British-play about a family's darkest secrets spilling out during a birthday celebration is fast-paced, emotionally annihilating, and unafraid to be really, really funny.  Festen runs though Nov. 21. –Gemma Wilson
12th Avenue Arts

Friday, Nov. 6

Seattle’s longest-running late night variety show, Spin the Bottle, presents a theatrical mélange every month, featuring anything from comedy burlesque to spoken word smut to sketch to one-offs too bizarre to be bound by genre. Each year they put on a special edition in which performers get exactly one minute each, accelerating the tilt-a-whirl of strangeness to lightning speeds. Sixty seconds can be a cruel limitation or it can be just the right amount of time to get a quick glimpse of the rarely seen reaches of the far-out fringe. –Brett Hamil
Annex Theatre

Friday Nov. 6 – Saturday, Nov. 7
Prolific Japanese cult auteur Takashi Miike pumps out batshit-crazy films so rapidly he makes Roger Corman look like Terrence Malick. The kicker is, a whole lot of Miike's output (Audition, 13 Assassins, Happiness of the Katakuris) is also really, really good. We’re not sure where Yakuza Apocalypse fits on the Miike sliding scale, but it comes equipped with yakuza vampires, martial arts, giant frogs and zombies in their skivvies, so it sure as hell won’t be dull. –Tony Kay
SIFF Cinema Egyptian

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