Must Tune In
Wheedle’s Groove on KCTS 9
Thursday (11/18) • Once upon a time, the city’s music scene pulsed with Seattle bands—groups that played original songs at packed venues nightly, groups whose records were in regular rotation at the local independent radio station—and there wasn't flannel shirt or a ripped pair of jeans in sight. This was Seattle in the 1960s and ’70s, when soul and funk bands, most based in the Central District, had the city on its feet (and sporting platform shoes). The Black on White Affair, Cookin’ Bag, Robbie Hill’s Family Affair and Cold, Bold & Together—all are bands that once sparkled in the local limelight. So why hasn’t anyone ever heard of them? Wheedle’s Groove, the documentary by local film producer Jennifer Maas (Humpday), traces the rise and fall of this lost scene via archival footage and interviews with the central players (including Kenny G, who started out as the sole Caucasian in Cold, Bold & Together). Narrated by Seattle hip-hop phenom Sir Mix-a-Lot, the film earned acclaim on the festival circuit (it won the Audience Award at Indie Memphis in 2009) and stands as an impressive, invaluable record of a forgotten slice of Seattle’s history. See it again (or for the first time) on the small screen tonight. 10 p.m. KCTS 9. http://kcts9.org/reel-nw/wheedles-groove
Cackle: Mother Knows Best
Friday (11/19) • For its annual literary series, Richard Hugo House asks renowned writers to pen brand new work along a theme. This time a funny bunch—local cartoonist David Lasky, local author Stacey Levine and formerly local one-woman show writer Lauren Weedman—tackles the prickly topic “Mother Knows Best” with wide-ranging and wondrous skills. 7:30 p.m. $15–$25. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.; 206.322.7030; hugohouse.org
Built to Spill
Friday & Saturday (11/19 & 11/20) • Boise-based rockers Built to Spill have been making acclaimed albums since the ’90s (their most recent, There Is No Enemy, came out in late 2009), pioneering the Northwest indie movement that helped spawn local bands such as Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse. Catch the beloved band’s guitar-driven tunes (and sing along with the always clever lyrics) during this extensive American tour. 8 p.m. $20. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave.; 206.628.3151; showboxonline.com
Must Go Gaga
Lady Gaga Dance Off
Saturday (11/20) • Tap into your inner diva and head to the Century Ballroom for a Dance Off of Gaga proportions. Local teams and solo performers will channel the pop icon through impersonation and abstract routines to help raise funds for Velocity’s new home. Audience and celebrity judges designer Mark Mitchell, Seattle mag Spotlight Award winners Cherdonna and Lou and Seattle mag arts and culture editor Brangien Davis will. An intermission dance party and audience dance off will also give audience members will have a chance to join in on the fun. 8 p.m. 21 and up. $15-20. Century Ballroom (West Hall), 915 E Pine St. velocitydancecenter.org/events/gaga.
Seattle Food and Culinary Arts Show
Saturday & Sunday (11/20 & 11/21) • Indulge your inner foodie just before Thanksgiving. Bulk up on new recipes, play with the latest cooking gadgets, watch demonstrations by local celebrity chefs (including Lisa Nakamura of Allium on Orcas Island and Paul Vigil of the Capital Grille in Seattle), check out booths from area restaurants and pick up some fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market to make your own kitchen magic. With more than 100 exhibitors (and don’t miss the impressive “hall of decorated cakes”), your cooking and entertaining arsenal will be restocked with fresh ideas and flavors heading into the holiday season. The event even showcases gluten-free items as well as natural and organic foods. The $20 admission price includes a subscription to Bon Appétit magazine and a canvas shopping bag, plus grocery products and coupons. 11/20, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 11/21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St.; 206.852.3366; seattlefoodshow.com.