The Pick List: This Week's Recommended Events

Wednesday, February 10

Tables & Chairs
Curated by Ing Anything associated with Seattle’s oddball jazz collective/label Tables & Chairs is guaranteed to be the opposite of boring. Tonight, as part of the group’s regular Vermillion night, local “lullaby rock” singer/songwriter Ings will curate a very visual night of music, starting with the debut of her music video. Following her will be William Hayes, guitarist of experimental/industrial group Newaxeyes, performing a score he wrote to “microscopic footage of organisms.” Rounding out the evening is Netcat, an improv group with an incredibly strange setup, including cello, drums, a number of computers, and something called a “chango,” a synthesizer computer program that emits sounds based on the intensity of the light received by a camera. Remember what I said about this being the opposite of boring? Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, vermillion $5–$10. 21 and over. 8–11 p.m.

February 11

Chat Room
The Internet. You’re probably on it RIGHT NOW. Local artist Minh Nguyen’s new quarterly forum Chat Room hopes to get audiences thinking deeply about the impact the web is having on art and artists in the 21st century. Yes that means memes and GIFs and Tumblr, but also more rigorous topics like getting paid. Tonight’s debut will feature a number of digital artists and researchers exchanging thoughts about “value, labor, and the quantification of art work,” which is becoming increasingly murky for artists in the age of one-click reposts, shares, free streams, and Creative Commons. And no, you can’t illegally download tickets to this, you jerk. Northwest Film For um, 1515 12th Ave., 329-2629, $8. All ages. 8 p.m.

February 12

Julian Schwarz
After studying cello privately as a Lakeside student and then at L.A.’s Colburn School, Julian Schwarz is finishing a master’s degree at Juilliard—but not before this week’s homecoming tour, which encompasses several performances and master classes throughout the Puget Sound area. Prior to weekend recitals in Shoreline and Tacoma (Beethoven, Schumann, Poulenc, and more with pianist Marika Bournaki), a Friday concert reunites him with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, which—taking up the family business from his father Gerard—he served as assistant conductor while in high school. With LUCO he’ll play Édouard Lalo’s suavely dramatic Concerto in D minor (1876), all about lyrical intensity and rich tone—parts of it sound like a baritone opera aria transcribed for cello. The rest of the year takes Schwarz as concert soloist and chamber musician to Mexico, Nova Scotia, Chicago, and coast to coast. See for full details. LUCO: Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., $13–$18. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 13

It’s been five years since Los Angeles trio King first gained notice with a three-song EP of mid-tempo, synth-skinned R&B. Prince, an early champion, even took the trio—Anita Bias and twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother—on tour. Yet aside from a few guest appearances and one-off songs, King had been silent until this month’s release of We Are King, an album that picks up where the EP left off so long ago, delivering an ornate and seductive collection of love songs that would fit perfectly alongside those of Babyface, Erykah Badu, and Luther Vandross. This isn’t a cynical take on an outdated sound; it is an earnest continuation, executed by three women who reportedly do all their own writing, playing, recording, and bookkeeping. The only thing more surprising than the group’s freshly reminiscent sound is the fact that since their EP was released, no one has succeeded in copying it. Then again, it’s difficult to imagine anyone doing it better. With Sassyblack. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, $13. 21 and over. 7 p.m.

Evocative of Serge Gainsbourg’s cosmopolitan wispiness and Steely Dan’s mellow ’70s simmer, local four-piece Draemhouse (born of the ashes of Sub Pop psych group Rose Windows) is all about that sensual slow burn. Only Friends, the band’s new EP, delivers on the promise of its previous single, the earwormy “Woundlicker,” with four songs that assert songwriter Chris Cheveyo’s mature chops, buoyed by the bouncing bass and dreamy vocals of Emma Danner. It’s going to be extra dræmy tonight as lilting Dallas shoegazers Season of Strangers open things up. With the Good Wives. Central Saloon, 207 First Ave. S., 622-0209, central $5 adv./$8 DOS. 21 and over. 9 p.m.

Chop Shop
Chop Shop is the smartypants brainchild of local choreographer Eva Stone—a very mixed repertory show with works from local and international artists. It’s a chance to catch up with multiple artists from our own territory, and get a look at other dances from other places. The world of modern dance is as varied as the artists themselves, and this program is always stuffed with beautiful things—like a big Valentine’s Day gift of dance. (Also 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 14.) Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, 425-637-1020, $23–$28. 7:30 p.m. SANDRA KURTZ

Sunday, February 14

Valentine’s Day With Chastity Belt
One of the first songs that got me hooked on Seattle’s Chastity Belt was 2012’s “God Damn.” The tune, equal parts drunk and dreamy, perfectly soundtracks that feeling when you spot a hottie at a party and go slack-jawed, briefly imagine a life together, then return to your initial inebriated lusting, in that order. “God damn/That boy is hot damn/OH! Ohhhhh . . . .” front woman Julia Shapiro howls. “I think he’s the one for me/He’s better than a Nic Cage movie/He’s gold.” “God Damn” is just one of many Chastity Belt songs featuring lyrics begging to be printed on novelty Valentine’s Day cards, including “Cool Slut” (“Ladies it’s okay to be slutty”) and James Dean (“This is sex/This is war/This is me fucking you on the dance floor”). Instead of buying your significant other a cheesy teddy bear, buy them tickets to Chastity Belt tonight for some guaranteed swoons. With Lemolo, Iji. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, $12 adv./$15 DOS. 21 and over. 8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16

Matt Ruff
There are a million ways to talk about race in this country, but we could always use another. Enter Matt Ruff, the acclaimed Seattle novelist who will be celebrating the release of his latest, Lovecraft Country, in a sit-down interview with Paul Constant of The Seattle Review of Books tonight. Set in mid-century America, Ruff’s story follows a young Army veteran named Atticus Turner as he searches for his missing father alongside his uncle, who happens to be the author of The Safe Negro Travel Guide. Along the way, Ruff deftly pairs the horrors of racism with those found in the work of H.P. Lovecraft as Turner finds his father impris- oned by the malevolent Order of the Ancient Dawn. Ruff’s revelation is both sobering and hopeful, and his writing is irresistible. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, Free. All ages. 7 p.m.

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