If you’re one of the few who missed the first Mobile Chowdown last fall, here’s your chance to mend your mistake (full disclosure, Seattle magazine is a proud co-sponsor, along with Suzuki+Chou Communimedia and The Freehold Group). Hosted at a parking lot in Interbay, where big development is in store (see the plans at thefreeholdgroup.com and click on “Interbay”), Chowdown features the best trucks from the hot mobile eats scene including: Here and There Grill, Gert's BBQ, Veraci Pizza, Marination Mobile, Anita's Crepes, Kaosamai Thai, El Camion, Top Pot Doughnuts and Dante's Inferno Dogs. Jones Soda will be on-hand with drinks or head to the Seattle mag booth for free bottled water. Expect the same tasty benefits, shorter lines (we hope!) and even better: port-a-potties. 1/9, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Interbay, 1616 Bertona. For details, visit seattlemag.com
$5 Cover Online
If you’ve spent any time in the Seattle music scene, you’re aware of a Six Degrees of Separation effect, wherein every band is somehow connected to the next. All that overlap leads to a strong sense of community among musicians (and, yes, some drama), which is exactly what award-winning Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton captures in the second season of $5 Cover, MTV’s popular online series about live music scenes in American cities. (The first season, launched last April, showcased upstart musicians in Memphis.) The 12 episodes, each seven to eight minutes long (scheduled to launch all at once, sometime this month), are filmed in cinema verité style and feature an array of local bands—including The Moondoggies, The Maldives and The Lights—who, in addition to playing their own music, improvise scenes from Shelton’s structured story outline. Also exciting are the two companion documentary series, released simultaneously: $5 Cover Amplified, in which esteemed local filmmaker John Jeffcoat profiles the featured bands; and B Sides, for which Seattle producer Sue Corcoran concocted juicy clips of more Seattle musicians getting their groove on. Go to mtv.com/fivedollarcover/ for more info.
Seattle Shakespeare Company's Electra
While the company is named after everyone's favorite English bard, this weekend the Seattle Shakespeare Co. kicks off a production from a different writer of great tragedies. Local director extraordinaire Sheila Daniels gives us the adaptation of Sophocles' Electra. From seattleshakespeare.org: Filled with 90-minutes of raw emotions, this startling family tragedy will leave you shocked, dazed, and breathless for more. Starring Marya Sea Kaminski, a 2007 Seattle Mag Spotlight Award winner, this Greek tragedy is not to be missed. 1/8-1/31; Times vary. Center House Theater, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. For tickets call 206.733.8222. Amy Minor