Two things Seattle Times writers love this week: the CD "Great Howl at Town Haul" and the movie "Argo."


‘Great Howl at Town Haul’

In early 2011, Deep Listening Band (trombonist Stuart Dempster, pianist-flutist David Gamper, accordionist Pauline Oliveros) unleashed their computer-enhanced sonic cosmos at Seattle’s Town Hall. This live CD of the concert marks Gamper’s last public appearance with DLB before his death in September 2011. Shimmering minimalism, surging cascades of sounds and house-of-horrors vocals all figure into it. If Gamper had to go, “Great Howl at Town Haul” is a magnificent note to go out on.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer

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This thriller has a lot going for it — nail-biting pacing, engaging actors — but it’s also the judicial and pitch-perfect use of television clips, fashion and even office accouterments that help you tune out the Twitter era. TVs tuned to a youthful Tom Brokaw, a grave Walter Cronkite’s signoff during the hostage crisis and the unmistakable metallic rat-a-tat-tat of an IBM Selectric typewriter take you right back to 1980 quicker than the bow blouses and shaggy facial hair. Now showing at several Seattle-area theaters.

Melissa Davis, Weekend Plus editor