Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Inter Alia in Seattle - January 2010

Welcome to the January 2010 issue of Inter Alia, my monthly guide to Seattle events for University of Washington and Seattle University law students. I enjoy preparing this guide so much that I'll probably continue publishing it for the foreseeable future, and have set up a separate mailing list for anyone not in my graduating class who wishes to subscribe:


Local journalist and "found comedy" connoisseur David Schmader makes fun of Madonna's film "Swept Away" on Jan 4 @ 7pm in Central Cinema.

The next Salon of Shame is scheduled for Feb 16, but tickets go on sale online Jan 24 @ 1pm. This event has gotten so popular that the only reliable way to get tickets would be to click "buy" on the online order form right at 1pm, but maybe that's part of the fun.


The next "Mobile Chowdown" (a gourmet food truck and mobile food stand contest) will be held on Jan 9 from 11am-3pm at 1616 Bertona in the Interbay neighborhood. The Food Network may be covering this event.


If you know how to waltz, enjoy doing so, and don't mind the idea of dressing up in a formal masquerade outfit, then life probably doesn't get any better than the Century Ballroom on Jan 29 @ 8:30pm.


If your desired career trajectory is to work 100 hours a week for the next fifteen years and purchase a yacht once you make partner, then you'll probably need some inspiration to keep you going through all those late nights. And, what better inspiration could there be than touring an actual yacht? With this in mind, the Seattle Boat Show runs from Jan 29-Feb 6. At the last of these boat shows, they had the original vessel "The Minnow" from the 1960's TV show "Gilligan's Island" available for tours.


The Science Fiction Museum and SIFF present the Science Fiction Short Film Festival on Jan 30 @ 4pm and 7pm at the Cinerama (awards ceremony to follow the 7pm series).


John Esposito (author of the text on Islamic law many of us read for Comparative Law in our 1L year) just finished his latest book The Future of Islam. He speaks about his new book, and the implications of the new polling data underlying it, on Jan 4 @ 7:30pm in Town Hall Seattle.

Paul Ehrlich (author of the controversial 1968 text The Population Bomb) speaks about his new book The Dominant Animal on Jan 11 @ 7:30pm in Town Hall Seattle.

Patti Smith (legendary rock musician) just completed her autobiography and will speak on Jan 25 @ 7:30pm in Benaroya Hall.

Charles Falco (chair of condensed matter physics at University of Arizona) will give an interesting talk on science and art on Jan 26 @ 6:30pm in UW Kane Hall 120, sharing some recent discoveries supporting David Hockney's controversial claim that Renaissance artists used optical projections to make their paintings more lifelike. Free.

Live Music (Classical)

If you enjoy hearing excellent classical music at a reasonable price (i.e. only $10 if you're under 25), then your best bet this month is probably the Seattle Chamber Music Society's Jan 28-31 winter series at Benaroya Hall.

If you enjoy seeing world-famous performers, and don't mind paying a little more for the privilege, then your best bet this month would probably be violinist Itzhak Perlman with the Seattle Symphony on Jan 27 and 28 @ 7:30pm.

If you enjoy strange and experimental music by living composers, then your best bet this month might be the Fisher Ensemble on Jan 13 @ 7:30pm in Jack Straw Studios. Free.

Live Music (Popular)

Seattle's thirteenth annual amateur Elvis impersonation contest will be held on Jan 8 @ 8pm in Club Motor. Last year it almost sold out, so if you want to go you may wish to purchase tickets in advance. Winner is determined by clap-o-meter.

Infected Mushroom (live psy-trance) performs on Jan 15 @ 8pm in Showbox at the Market.


The KEXP DJ's who specialize in electronic music (including DJ Riz and Kid Hops) spin on Jan 17 @ 8pm in Neumos. and

I recently discovered a new Seattle-based radio station (internet-only at this point) which reminds me quite a bit of what KEXP used to be like, back in the day when it was called KCMU and broadcast from the UW campus. It's a solid bet if you find that strangeness, including found audio, unusual music, and people talking about their dreams, amuses you.


The IMA is offering a new co-ed sport for University of Washington students called "Innertube Basketball." Apparently it's just like regular basketball except you're in a pool, and move by paddling around in an inner tube. If you'd like to form a team and participate, play begins Jan 19.

The Rat City Rollergirls, a Seattle roller-derby league, competes on Jan 31 @ 3:30pm in Key Arena. All home teams are playing for a designated charity.


In my opinion, the most enjoyable organized bicycle ride in Washington State is the Cascade Bicycle Club's two-day ride from Seattle to Vancouver BC, to be held this year over Aug 13-14. In recent years it has sold out almost immediately. This year, registration opens for CBC members on Jan 4 @ 9am, and for the general public on Feb 1 @ 9am, though since you get a discount on registration if you're a CBC member you might as well join if you want to participate.

Tickets for the 2010 Burning Man festival (to be held Aug 30-Sep 6) go on sale Jan 13 @ 10am. This is the best opportunity to purchase Burning Man tickets at the lowest possible price.


The live theatre pick for this month is probably the award-winning but edgy "Hunter Gatherers," whose run begins Jan 8 @ 7:30pm at Washington Ensemble Theatre.
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