'Tipping the Velvet'
(FILM) Following a sold-out screening at last year's Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Tipping the Velvet--the campy, crowd-pleasing film version of Sarah Waters' celebrated novel of Victorian England's sexual demimonde--returns for a one-night encore. Originally released as a six-part BBC miniseries, Tipping the Velvet offers three hours of dykey Victorian slap-and-tickle, from female cross-dressers to SM-loving society ladies, all wrapped around a lesbian love story. (Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, 7 pm. No advance tickets, $10 suggested donation at the door. Seating is first come, first served.) DAVID SCHMADER
FRIDAY MAY 16
Jeff Krulik Retrospective
(BRILLIANCE) The Obsessed World of Krulik is a retrospective of shorts and features made by the hypertalented director best known for Heavy Metal Parking Lot. The best part is that Hitler's Hat, a humble, moving documentary about World War II soldiers, demonstrates that Krulik's sensibilities extend much further than outing the mulleted yahoos at a Judas Priest concert. The second-best part is seeing that those yahoos are still hilarious. Krulik will attend. (Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Fri-Sun May 16-18, 7 and 9 pm, $7/$4.50 members.) SEAN NELSON
(LECTURE) Dr. Sprinkle, sexologist, is the performer with the famous boobs that performed the Bosom Ballet and the famous cervix (which audience members were invited to gaze into) that fueled, in part, the early-'90s culture wars (and is at least as memorable as critic Robert Hughes' description of Jesse Helms' trembling "dewlaps of wrath"). Here, as part of Consolidated Works' Sex series, she gives a lecture billed as a stimulating "Intimate Informal Show and Tell Evening with Annie Sprinkle." All innuendo quite deliberate. (Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218. Fri-Sat May 16-17, 8 pm, $25 at the door, $20 in advance through Toys in Babeland, 328-2914.) EMILY HALL
SATURDAY MAY 17SPACE Spring Rummage Sale
(EVENT) What is so great about this benefit rummage sale for Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) is that it's full of great crap for making art--lots of art materials with great potential, things in multiples, plus tools and frames. A quick conversation with SPACE director Katie Kurtz revealed that the following items are available: one ton of space mucus, 30 sheets of green polycarbonate, a breadbox full of women's stockings, and a big box of broken robot clocks. There are non-art-material goods too, but people who need stuff like this will find that this is the kind of stuff they need. (Sand Point Arts & Cultural Exchange, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 522-9529. Benefit preview (with DJ and drinks) Fri May 16, 7-11 pm, $7. Sale Sat-Sun May 17-18, 10 am-4 pm, free.) EMILY HALL
SUNDAY MAY 18Theory of Ruin
(MUSIC) San Francisco-based Theory of Ruin is the latest noisy project from Fudge Tunnel's Alex Newport, who works his newest act into a massive junction of steely post-hardcore and feedback-heavy, riff-repetitive metal. The band's 2002 release, Counter-Culture Nosebleed, lives up to its name, smacking of aggression and jagged dissonance between Newport's dagger-sharp vocals. They blackened the ears of the Zak's crowd a couple months back, and while tonight's setting is definitely worlds away from their previous performance, the band should sound just as wonderfully destructive. (Center on Contemporary Art, 1420 11th Ave, 728-1980, 8 pm, all ages, $7.) JENNIFER MAERZ
MONDAY MAY 19Black Eyes
(MUSIC) Tonight is Black Eyes. I suggest you go. But what I really suggest you do before going to the show is go to the record store of your choice, buy Black Eyes' self-titled record, put it in your CD player, skip straight to "Deformative" (track seven), and dance like a motherfucker in the store, your car, on the sidewalk, wherever you might be at that very moment. "Deformative" is the best thing to happen in the year 2003. I mean it. (Center on Contemporary Art, 1420 11th Ave, 728-1980, 8 pm, all ages, $7.) MEGAN SELING
TUESDAY MAY 20'Down with Love'
(FILM) Color me queer if you must, but I find the prospect of a Doris Day-Rock Hudson-Tony Randall-style comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger rather tantalizing. Especially when the lines outside The Matrix Reloaded probably won't dwindle down to human size before the fall. Director Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Upright Citizens Brigade, Mr. Show) has a comedy pedigree that makes Down with Love a safe bet. (Various theaters, see Movie Times for details.) SEAN NELSON
WEDNESDAY MAY 21Farmers Markets
(LOCAL PRODUCE) When it comes down to the quality of what's on your plate, it's really more about the farmer than it is about the chef. Support indie agriculture and check out seasonal produce, free-range eggs, organic meats, local fish, and much more (cheeses, breads, flowers, etc.) at Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets, all opening for business this week. The Columbia City Farmers Market officially starts today at 3:30 pm--and there will be a rockabilly band, face-painting for the kids, and, of course, area vendors with delicious groceries. Stop by a Neighborhood Farmers Market and get schooled--when you buy your food directly from the people who produce it, you know exactly what you're getting. (Market locations: University District, Columbia City, West Seattle, Lake City, and Magnolia; see seattlefarmersmarkets.org or call 632-5234 for hours and more info.) MIN LIAO