APR 6, 2006


Friese Undine

Why: (ART) I Too Am in Arcadia is Chicagoan Friese Undine's reference to the Latin inscription on a tomb in a 17th-century Nicolas Poussin painting of muscle-bound shepherds in the bucolic hills considering death's intrusion in the idyll. Undine draws from the history of expressionist graphics and propaganda—those buff WWI Russian poster girls come to mind—to sharply redress false idealization. His latest solo show runs through April 30 at William Traver, with the uncompromising steel paintings of Merrill Wagner. (William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St #200, 587-6501. Reception 5–8 pm, free.)

APR 7, 2006



Why: (MASHUP DJ) You know a DJ has made it when he/she accumulates legions of haters. Such is the fate of Diplo, who's rocketed to underground-ish stardom through his deck work with Anglo-Sri Lankan pop star M.I.A. and via his keen crate-digging and mixing skills. Cat does his research, spends time in the lab, and emerges with sets that have lots of wonderfully strange and cheekily familiar flavors, many surprisingly juxtaposed and blended, and all guaranteed to get you lifted. (Trinity, 111 Yesler Way, 447-4140. 9 pm, $15, 21+.)

APR 8, 2006


DJ Eddie

Why: (TECHNO) "KRAKT IS FUCKING TECHNO" screams the flier for this notorious monthly event. Truer words... Which is why it has become increasingly popular among heady hedonists who love the uptempo 4/4 thumpathons KRAKT's DJs typically provide like philanthropists of the Technics. Seattle's DJ Eddie has always been outrageously generous with the highest quality techno this godforsaken world has to offer. His ability to read crowds' moods and satisfy their needs is nearly unrivaled in this city. (Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873. 9 pm, $3, 21+.)

APR 9, 2006


Mike Daisey

Why: (THEATER) Seattle's favorite displaced storyteller returns for four nights of world-premiere new works. Each night of Great Men of Genius finds Daisey delivering a "bio-logue" on a different subject, including Bertolt Brecht (Thurs), P.T. Barnum (Fri), Nikola Tesla (Sat), and tonight, the freak de résistance, L. Ron Hubbard. See any one for kicks, see all four for a kaleidoscopic portrait of 20th-century brilliance and hubris. (Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 1-800-838-3006. April 6–9, 7:30 pm, $18.)

APR 10, 2006


'The Intruder'

Why: (FILM) Claire Denis is the most fascinating director currently working, and her cinematographer possesses some mad-movie-alchemist ability to transform light into touch-it texture (coarse sand, storm-chopped water, hot blood on snow). The Intruder concerns a black-market heart transplant, a drifter with a crown of flowers, a Tahitian shack, and a gap-toothed beauty named Queen of the Northern Hemisphere. It is vraiment bizarre and absolutely not to be missed. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 267-5380. 7 and 9:30 pm, $5–$8.)

APR 11, 2006



Why: (FILM) This movie is not perfect. I will even go as far as to say it is far from perfect. But the material of its story is incredibly rich: A small unit of Israeli soldiers commandeer the large, concrete home of a well-to-do Palestinian family and use its top floors as a watch-post while the family is forced to live on the ground floor. Private is certainly the most direct representation in film of the tension that has always existed between the institution of the family (which is based on love) and the oppressive apparatus of the state (which is based on violence). (See Movie Times for details.)

APR 12, 2006


Yuri's Night

Why: (WORLDWIDE SPACE PARTY) Forty-five years ago, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to survive a trip into orbit. (Rumor has it he murmured: "I don't see any god up here.") Tonight, revelers in scores of cities, on every continent, and even on the International Space Station will celebrate Yuri's Night. Seattle will party with NASA astronauts and UW professors, mission films, and music by Optimus Rhyme, Plan B, and others. (Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S, 764-5720. 7 pm, $25–$30, all ages.)

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