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Artist Ticket Picks: Indie Cello Rock, David Bowie, a Heavy Metal Opera and More!

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Friday, November 8 I Eastern Bloc Party with Ashia & The Bison Rouge, Clearly Beloved and Bucharest Drinking TeamSeattle, Washington   Ashia Grzesik’s songs and compositions, written and sung with the cello, reflect her longing for her Slavic roots, while adding the pop, rock, indie folk and the classical music from the land she grew up in. This comes naturally from being born in Wroclaw, Poland, raised in the US, and performing internationally. Her belief is to bring and celebrate Polish and Slavic culture and ancestry for new audiences, as well as using the cello, non-traditionally, as an instrument of accompaniment and melodic lead.

Her sound and voice, at once ethereal and demanding, are pop/rock, yet, exude classical and folk influences. Portland Monthly said: “…one can’t help but hear a collage of influences. Grzesik can certainly give Joanna Newsom a run for her whimsy, she possesses the old-world charm and quirky dramatics of Regina Spektor and the cello-punk instincts of Bonfire Madigan, and her voice vacillates between the throaty alto of Amanda Palmer and the ethereal soprano of Maria Callas. Simply put, she’s got a little bit of everything.”

Ashia & The Bison Rouge will be performing with Clearly Beloved and the Balkan-brass insanity that is Bucharest Drinking Team! Don’t miss this one kiddies!


Thursday, November 14 I Music Craft: David BowieSeattle, Washington   David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust is the unseen BBC documentary that tracks the beginnings of Ziggy and how he transformed art into fashion. Many new and unforgettable interviews from the original Spiders personnel are included in the film. As it documented this formative process for Bowie, the BBC hit on the key to his genius. Part of Music Craft, Northwest Film Forum’s ongoing series featuring rare concert footage from music legends. Bonus: Unseen 1973 Marquee Club (London) footage!


214247-250Starts Friday, November 15 I Aeterno Elementum: A Heavy Metal OperaEverett, Washington   Seattle’s only heavy metal opera, Aeterno Elementum, is returning to the stage this November at the Historic Everett Theater. Ara’Kus Productions will once again be performing its dark, atmospheric tale of betrayal, fate, and the end of the world in Aeterno Elementum‘s third successive year on stage. Featuring stunningly choreographed fights between fully armed and armored knights, live fire performance and a cast of talented actors all set to Ara’Kus’ soaring and epic operatic heavy metal music, Aeterno Elementum is a unique and provocative show that is as much experienced as it is seen.

In a world crippled by corruption and cruelty, a priest will seek to purge the world of evil and restore purity, causing the rise of four immortal generals. Once men but now twisted and corrupted beyond recognition, the generals will lead an army of twisted undead thralls in a campaign that will see the world brought down. It is a tale of treachery, faith, greed, lust and cruelty that will highlight that most important of qualities: hope. Told through the haunting lyrics of the Ara’Kus band and choir, the powerful performances of the actors, and intense action sequences between armored warriors, Aeterno Elementum is an unforgettable experience.


Friday, November 15 to Wednesday, November 20 I NostalghiaSeattle, Washington   A metaphysical exploration of spiritual isolation and Russian identity, Tarkovsky’s (Solaris, Stalker) penultimate film Nostalghia follows Russian expatriate and misanthropic poet Andrei (Oleg Yankovsky, The Mirror) as he travels to Italy to conduct research on an 18th-century composer. In the course of his study, he is overcome by melancholy and a longing for his home country, a sentiment reflective of the exiled Tarkovsky’s own struggle with displacement (this being his first film made outside of the USSR; the film’s Italian title translates as “homesickness”).

At its Cannes debut, Nostalghia won Tarkovsky the prize for Best Director as well as the Grand Prix du Cinéma de Création, an award he shared with Robert Bresson, but the Soviet government prevented the film from winning the Palme d’Or. With music by Debussy, Wagner, Verdi, and Beethoven, Tarkovsky’s “relentlessly poetic” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times) late masterwork also features stunning black-and-white flashback sequences.


Saturday, November 16 I Pigs on the Wing: A Tribute to Pink FloydSeattle, Washington   Imagine the energy and electric intensity of Dark Side of the Moon era Pink Floyd in an intimate theater or rock club environment. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Pigs on the Wing has been delivering that spellbinding experience to audiences throughout the Northwest since 2006.

Far from an attempt at Floyd-impersonation, POTW specializes in 70’s era Floyd but is unapologetic in the interpretation and improvisation of the music in ways that the band believes any Pink Floyd fan will appreciate. Rather than always obsessing over exact, note-for-note replication of Floyd albums or any sort of look-alike mimicry of band members, POTW rather seeks to capture the intense atmosphere and rock energy of Pink Floyd in as unpretentious a style as possible. The result is a show which is true to the original and yet also a refreshing take on the music and experience of Pink Floyd. Recent highlights of the band’s 2012-13 season have included material from Meddle, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, full performances of the classic albums Dark Side of the Moon and Animals as well as the live Wizard of Oz/ Dark Side of the Moon sync and much more.