Three Imaginary Girls recommend a week of Annie Hall, Showgirls, and a dance party!


photo by Chona Kasinger

After just finishing up a pretty intensive week of hanging out in rock clubs and going to shows nearly every night, I’m not sure I’m up for another one for a while, yet there is still so much going on, show-wise and not, that it will be tough to stay at home.

Annie Hall and Manhattan at the Seattle International Film Festival Cinema, Friday May 9
I’m very excited to be covering SIFF this year for TIG and am still working on my itinerary since the schedule just came out yesterday. In the meantime, two of my absolute favorite films of all time are playing at the SIFF Cinema for a double feature tonight: Annie Hall and Manhattan.

Anyone who has ever had a conversation with me about film or the weather or work or had random small talk at a party with me knows that I’m a huge Woody Allen fan, so I am quite excited to recommend two nearly perfect, bittersweet romantic comedies from the late 1970s. They are both heartbreaking and hilarious. Even better: you’d be seeing these two masterpieces on a big screen with new, 35mm prints.

Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head at the Vera Project, Saturday, May 10
As exhausted as I am right now, I should not be recommending a dance party, should I? And if it was any other band, maybe I wouldn’t, but NPSH are the most fun live band in Seattle this side of their older siblings in spirit, USE. Saturday night they’re playing a homecoming show at Vera that is sure to be packed with kids carelessly having a blast.

NPSH is goofy and young and don’t take their selves too seriously but their songs are perfect little electro-dance pop numbers that are almost too infectious. Can you laugh and dance your asses off at the same time? Saturday night is as good a night as you’ll ever get to try when they play “Sophisticated Side Ponytail” and “Beard Lust”.

2Tue: Capitol Hill Art Walk, Tuesday, May 13
25 local businesses along the Pike/Pine corridor are showing off art from some of the most talented artists around. A full list of the happenings can be found on MySpace but I’m especially interested in seeing artist Joe-Vollan’s art on display at the Pretty Parlor – and not just because they are offering free drinks. Although that doesn’t hurt either.

David Schmader hosts Showgirls at the Triple Door, Wednesday, May 14
I’ve been dying to catch The Stranger’s David Schmader’s narration of the campy, cult-classic for years now. They are, by all accounts I’ve read and heard, hilarious experiences and you are unlikely to find a swanker venue than the Triple Door for one of the most unintentionally funny movies you’ll see.

See you out and about,
Chris Burlingame
*Three Imaginary Girls*

High iPod rotation:
Mouseheart Factor
Robert Forster
The Jet Age

(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)

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