The Must List: Celebrate the Art of Butchery, the Geology of Seattle Center and Vintage Apparel

Temporary Distortion: Newyorkland
New York City–based performance company Temporary Distortion throws projected video, confining sets and minimalist live acting into a blender—and the resulting smoothie makes for a mesmerizing evening of film, visual art and theater. For this new piece, Newyorkland, the group takes 1970s cop dramas as atmospheric inspiration for a tale of four NYPD police officers trying to stay alive on the mean streets.
11/17-11/20, 8 p.m. $25. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St.; 206.217.9888;

Susie Q First Look, First Choice Event

Proprietor Susie Jarvis is hosting a special event to celebrate her Susie Q vintage line. Pop in to her Fremont store, Vintage Angel Company, to get the early bird’s choice of re-crafted vintage dresses (with elastic waists! Bring it on, Thanksgiving!). Never mind the short sleeve styles; she will also set out a collection of tailored leather jackets and great fall boots to complement these seemingly summery wares.
11/17, 7-9 p.m. 3519 B Fremont Place North, 206.501.8957;

Carolee Schneemann: Mysteries of the Iconographies

This artist has exhibited at almost every major American museum throughout her career, ever since her provocative performance art -- featuring anything from nude performance to personifying a vulva (yep, you read that right) -- put her on the map back in the 1960s. Now she’s in Seattle to present one of her signature “performative lectures” as a complement to the retrospective exhibition of her work currently on view at Henry Art Gallery. This should be an excellent opportunity to gain some insight into the inner workings of a truly unpredictable mind. If you miss the Friday night event, she’ll also appear at a special symposium on Saturday, called Streaming to the Moon.
11/18, 7-9 p.m.; $10-$15. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE & 41st St; 206.543.2280;       

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Seattle World’s Fair

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a full day of events and activities centered around Century 21 nostalgia. Among them is the opening of Space Ages: A History of the Century 21 Exposition Grounds, a new exhibit which looks deep into the history of the Seattle Center grounds, right down to its geologic history. Also on November 19, you can see a presentation by Paula Becker and Alan Stein, authors of The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy. You can even watch a special intro on how to explore the library’s new Century 21 digital collection, which features oodles of original photographs and vintage post cards that will make any sixties-style lover drool.
11/19-9/30/12, times vary. Free. Level 8 Gallery at the Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave; 206.386.4636.


Skillet Butcher's Benefit Dinner with Farmstead Meatsmith

This one is for you, meat lovers. Josh Henderson of Skillet and Vashon Island butchery Farmstead Meatsmith have teamed up to create an instructional video about small-scale animal processing in what Meatsmith calls “a marriage of old-world alchemy and new-world magic.” To celebrate the completion and release of the video, they’re hosting a marriage of theatrical butchering, eating and drinking in the industrial warehouse space of fabulous Ballard newcomer Hilliard's Beer, where they'll also screen “On The Anatomy of Thrift, highlighting how to use the lesser known cuts on the lovely pig." This, of course, will be sharing the spotlight with an actual pig being butchered, as Henderson says, “on stage under the lights,” whilst he and his crew grills and dishes up the pig over a six-course meal.
11/20; 5-9 p.m. $75 (Tickets at Hilliard’s, 1550 NW 49th St.;