This is yet another week where I feel fortunate to live in a city like Seattle. Not just because the city I say is my home is a place that has something going on every single night but also because it supports and recognizes standouts in the community itself.
The Stranger’s Genius Awards, Saturday, September 13 at the Moore Theater
For all of the things The Stranger does under its guise: juvenile humor, amateur porn contests, labeling certain local journalists as “stupid fucking credulous hacks”, that one recent story by Charles Mudede about Barack Obama (and very little of that I actually disapprove of), the annual Genius Awards are one of their true good deeds in the city.
$5,000 checks are arbitrarily given to artists that they feel are “geniuses” and deserving of lavish praise for their work. The choices are always daring and deserving. This is the sixth year “Seattle’s Only Newspaper” has been doing this and the categories are literature, visual arts, theater, film and an arts organization. The party is at the Moore Theater and doors open at 9 and it’s free and includes performances by artists like Dyme Def (arguably one of the best hip hop crews in town) and Emerald City Soul Club.
What has gotten me most excited, though, is that the genius for visual art is Wynne Greenwood. She is best known for her performance art “band” Tracy + The Plastics, which is 3 piece electronic band with Greenwood playing the parts of singer Tracy and band members Nikki and Cola -- at the same time. Sort of. It’s surreal to watch and amazing to watch her pull it off. Here’s some footage of the act:
Squeeze and Theresa Andersson, Tuesday, September 16 at the Showbox at the Market
Squeeze is the legendary powerpop and/or new wave UK band. The principle members, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford reunited and began touring in 2007. Tuesday night they stop by with a show at the Showbox. They are known for their partnership with Difford writing the lyrics and Tilbrook writing the melodies. Together they have written some of the most well-constructed pop songs over the past few decades, including hits like “Black Coffee in Bed”, “Tempted” and “Cool for Cats”.
When I talked to Difford last week (really!), he told me to expect lots of songs from the early Squeeze years.
Also on the bill is Theresa Andersson, a lovely singer/songwriter from NOLA (by way of Sweden) whose video for her song “Na Na Na” has been a sensation on YouTube as of late. She’s seen in her kitchen playing all of the instruments to the song and looping them (and adjusting knobs with her toes). She’s also a very smart songwriter and has a gorgeous voice. See for yourself here:
I think I’m Go Go,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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