For all the music fans out there, SpIFF’s screening of The Glamour & the Squalor is something you’ll want to check out. Here are some recommendations to make Saturday night an all-out event with your boo or even best friend.
Bite before the show: You’re about to watch a film about a guy whose motto used to be “As long as I go to bed by noon.” No, the radio DJ’s partying lifestyle isn’t healthy, and neither is eating out every day. But this is just one night. Head over to D. Lish’s Hamburgers on Division before the show to fill up on delicious cheeseburgers and fries. It’ll get you in the mood to watch a film about excess and the great day’s of Seattle’s music scene. 1625 N. Division, dlishs.com
THE GLAMOUR & THE SQUALOR
Marco Collins was the first radio DJ to play Nirvana’s “Teen Spirit.” He didn’t just play it once on rotation; he played it three times in a row. It was the early-1990s at the then-new 107.7 FM "The End" and Collins was one of the ultimate tastemakers of the Seattle grunge and alternative music scene. With interviews from some of Washington’s biggest musicians like Carrie Brownstein, Ben Gibbard, Mike McCready and Macklemore, the 2015 documentary gives a hard look at the up and downs of Collins’ career. From the drug binges to dealing with his homosexuality in a business where that wasn’t always accepted, Collins’ life story is a worthy documentary subject. Told with the backdrop of Referendum 74 passing in Washington state, the film is a celebration of life and music, even when things aren’t perfect.
Discuss over a post-show drink: Is radio dead? That’s something to discuss on your way to Filt bar, just across the street from the Garland Theater. The somewhat new art space/beer joint is a great place to decompress after watching a film about the realities of music, radio and addictions. Also, be sure to check out the Inlander’s recent discussion with local radio DJs about the state of radio and Spokane music scene. 911 W. Garland, Facebook: Filt