Through 2/14 - Cupcake Royale's lovingly lethal Valentine's Day treat, the Deathcake Royale ($6.65) is back. Made with Theo Chocolate, Stumptown espresso ganache and a decadent chocolate cake, this deadly concoction (which weighs about a thousand pounds) is the perfect sinful gift for your sweetie (or yourself!). Available at all four Cupcake Royale locations (Capitol Hill, Ballard, Madrona and West Seattle; online at cupcakeroyale.com) through February 14.
Noir City at SIFF
Friday - Thursday (2/11 – 2/17) - Listen here, skirts and palookas, it’s time to get off your keisters, put on your glad rags and high-tail it to the fifth annual Noir City, see? This year’s theme is kooks and goofs—crazies, got it? We’re talkin’ a coupla psycho twins (Among the Living, 1941, and The Dark Mirror, 1946), a sexy-creepy heiress (Angel Face, 1952), a hinky baby-sitter (Don’t Bother to Knock, 1952) and a sex addict (They Won’t Believe Me, 1947). The joint is lousy with drifters, jailbirds and boozehounds, and with full series deals and double features, it ain’t even gonna cost you much cabbage. See all 14 films in seven days and count yourself among the jingle-brained. Times vary. $7–$12. SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall, 123 Mercer St.; 206.633.7151; siff.net.
Must Plan Ahead
Sasquatch Tickets on Sale
Monday (2/14) - For its 10th anniversary, the famed music fest at the Gorge is pulling out all the stops and expanding to include a fourth day (5/27–5/30). Leading this year’s locally-connected lineup: the Foo Fighters, Deathcab for Cutie and Modest Mouse, The Head and the Heart, Mad Rad and P Smoov, among others. Tickets are likely to sell out even faster than usual, so be proactive in your summer prep! Single-day tickets on sale starting 2/14. $79.50. sasquatchmusicfestival.com.
Monday -Thursday (2/15 - 2/17) - Bainbridge Island–based author Evison dishes on his just-released West of Here, an epic tale centered on the 1890s founders of a fictional Washington coast town based on Port Angeles. The coming-of-age novel All About Lulu, which earned the 2009 Washington State Book Award, and the just-released West of Here, an epic tale centered on the 1890s founders of Port Bonita, a fictional Washington coast town based on Port Angeles. Launch party at Eagle Harbor Books (2/15; 7 p.m.); Elliott Bay Book Company (2/17; 7 p.m.); University Books (2/17; 7 p.m.); Third Place Books-Lake Forest Park (2/18; 6:30 p.m.). See westofherethebook.com for details.
Ten Tiny Dances
Friday - Monday (2/11 - 2/13) - As artists know, constraints imposed upon creative work may seem initially frustrating but often turn out to be the very thing that inspires genius. Such is the premise of “Ten Tiny Dances,” a concept originated by Portland choreographer Mike Barber and replicated by Seattle choreographer Crispin Spaeth. In this case, participating dancers are bound by constraints of both time and space—no piece can run longer than eight minutes, and all performances must take place on a 4-by-4-foot raised wooden platform in the round. For this year’s Seattle edition, Spaeth added a thematic constraint: Valentine’s Day (expect “dynamic” interpretations). Choreographers in the all-star local lineup include Donald Byrd, Dayna Hanson, Haruko Nishimura, Salt Horse and Sandstrommovement, as well as Spaeth and Barber. Prepare for big fun with diminutive modern dance. 2/11–2/13. 8 p.m. $18–$22. Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., Suite 100; 206.325.8773; velocitydancecenter.org.