Tonight in Seattle:  

Inside Llewyn Davis

{Inside Llewyn Davis opens in Seattle on Friday, 12/20 and is screening at Sundance Cinemas Seattle and The Harvard Exit}

Greenwich Village. 1961. Folk Music. These are things which I know little about, and also things in which I am only mildly interested. What I am interested in is the Coen Brothers and their ability to tell so many different kinds of stories so goddamn well.

Joel & Ethan made their own special brand of magic happen again with Inside Llewyn Davis (that’s Lew-N, in case you’re wondering); the story of a folk musician who’s trying REAL hard to make it on his own.

In the course of a week, Llewyn (Oscar Davis—man, this guy is good) has to deal with losing a generous friend’s cat, an unexpected pregnancy with near-constant verbal assault from the expectant mother, an unsympathetic agent, a lecherous club owner, a heroin-addicted jazz player, and a best friend whose success is imminent, because he’s clearly “selling out.”

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Recommended Shows: A very imaginary holiday weekend at the Volterra Drawing Room {12/20 and 12/21}

The holidays are in full swing, and what better way to get into the spirit than to spend the evening in a cozy venue with a bunch of awesome local bands doing acoustic sets? My buddies Marco Collins and Michelle Quisenberry TOTALLY have you covered! 

Marco has curated an Acoustic Christmas in Ballard: a great selection of amazing musical talents playing two intimate Christmas shows next weekend at the Volterra Drawing Room! Tickets are $15 for standing-room GA, or $25 for reserved seats. AND: you can make a reservation at Volterra restaurant for a pre-show dinner for only $30 (trust me. the food, it is good.) awesome, awesome, and more awesome!  

The holiday-tastic line-up is as follows: 

Friday Night {12/20}

KRIS ORLOWSKI
BRADEN BLAKE (Super Deluxe)
BEN CARSON (Hot Bodies in Motion)
NOAH GUNDERSEN
EXOHXO

Saturday Night {12/21}

HOLLIS WONG-WEAR
HOBOSEXUAL
ADRA BOO (Fly Moon Royalty)
KATIE KATE
WANZ

{Acoustic Christmas in Ballard | Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21 | Doors at 7pm, Showtime at 8pm | All Ages | Volterra Drawing Room, 5407 Ballard Ave NW | $15 standing GA | $25 Reserved Seating}

Celebrate 25 Years of Scarecrow Video this weekend {12/6-12/8}

My favorite Seattle institution, Scarecrow Video, is celebrating TWENTY-FIVE FREAKING YEARS this weekend with all kinds of specials and things and stuff and stuff and things.

Look, y’all, I can’t say this enough: Scarecrow is awesome. Scarecrow opened its doors on December 9, 1988 and started with an inventory of 600 titles. Now, it has something like 120,000 (blink blink). There is nothing like stepping into a video store and really LOOKING around, discovering new films, re-disovering old favorites, getting suggestions from the people who work there, and striking up conversations with fellow film-lovers. If there was ever a time for you to either go in for the first time, or return there after a long absence, THIS is it. This is the time. Now. 

Anyway. About the stuff and things: 

Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8, Scarecrow is going to have a ton of special things happening, including ONE FREE RENTAL per customer, and an ultra-cool amnesty on late fees (got an old late fee and haven't been in for awhile? update your account and rent something, and they will wip the slate clean -- unless you never returned the movie at all -- there are limits, people!), plus:

50% off all used titles
$1 VHS and Laserdiscs
$3 off Criterion titles (this is an ongoing sale)
Markdowns  on select box sets and out of print titles
Packs of 10 pre-paid rentals for only $25 (that's a $15 savings!) 
Raffles & giveaways
Favorite movies screening all weekend 
A scavenger hunt
You can also buy a copy of their amazing limited-edition 25th Anniversary poster by Marc Palm: $25 each (25" x36" - shown above) 

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Recommended show: Brite Lines at the Crocodile

Mark your calendars, imaginary friends! Brite Lines, who stole the show at last year's Imaginary Holiday Spectacular {and are currently taking over the immediate internet with their recent mockumentary} will be middle slot at the Crocodile this Friday, and we highly recommend their set! Here's what we had to say about them last year, which still rings true today:

Brite Lines is fronted by our pal Zach Gore, and even in the band's simplicity, they span such a wide array of adjective from song to song (as evidenced on this year2012's EP Make Shift) that they're hard to sum up in a few short sentences. The music is earnest, rooted in New America; part haunted songwriter; broken-hearted and hopeful, with an all-encompassing catchy post-indie rock-folk vibe. Somewhere between the pain of breaking up with your last girlfriend and the day that the sun finally shines through the clouds on your face lies your allegiance to this band.

In addition to everything we know and love about Brite Lines already, you can hear a beautiful and evolving facet of their signature sound on a single that came out earlier this year, "Greenville, WA":

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An important message from Tennis Pro about Black Friday

It's been awhile since I've talked about how great Tennis Pro is, and this new video for "Shopping Day" is just one of the meany reasons I think they're awesome. They're not asking you not to shop the day after Thanksgiving; they're just asking you to remember how strong your love is. And love them, we do! How can we not love a band that has a song called "Imaginary Girl?"

Please, don't break Tennis Pro's heart on Black Friday, you guys. That would be tragic. 

{Psst: You can find "Imaginary Girl" on the Imaginary Mix CD of Very Imaginary Songs, which comes with our 10-year Anniversary 'Zine! Just sayin'.}