(ART) One of my favorite art exhibitions of 2000 was an army of Greer's animals--deer with elegantly sequined anuses, a horse with lacy testicles, some long birdlike legs springing out of nowhere--provocatively assembled at Soil against walls painted sherbet colors. Now there's Sunshine & Shadow, a new installation with more animals, more darkness, more--if you can imagine it--delightful memento mori. Just what the doctor ordered for your existential crisis and loss of humor. (Opening reception Thurs April 3, 6-8 pm, King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, second floor, 296-7580. Through April 25.) EMILY HALL

(DOCUMENTARY) In advance of what I hope will be a long and prosperous run, Steve James' amazing documentary Stevie hits the screen for one night only at the Seattle Art Museum. Here's what I can tell you about Stevie. Years before Steve James' co-creation of the documentary masterpiece Hoop Dreams, he was a college student and a Big Brother volunteer in the Chicago area. His charge was a 10-year-old kid named Stevie, raised in the Illinois countryside partly by his grandmother, partly by the foster system. Ten years later, Steve James returns to Illinois to find Stevie, and the results are something you must see for yourself. I haven't had a moviegoing experience this involving, surprising, and rich since Hoop Dreams. And I haven't seen a movie this upsetting ever. (Seattle Art Museum, 100 University Street, 682-1770, 7 pm, $8/$5 students.) DAVID SCHMADERSATURDAY APRIL 5'The Far Side of the Moon'
(THEATER/PERFORMANCE ART) Written, directed, and performed by world-renowned theater artist Robert Lepage (with a score by world-renowned theater artist Laurie Anderson), The Far Side of the Moon is Lepage's one-man theatrical exploration of the twin themes of sibling rivalry and humanity's seemingly insatiable drive for space exploration. Promising "breathtaking theatricality, ingenious material manipulations and mind-bending meditations," the show has garnered raves and awards, and we're lucky to have it. (And in the wake of the Columbia's explosion, the show's bound to resound more eerily than ever.) (Fri-Sat only. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 467-5510, 8 pm, $26-$46. Through April 5.) DAVID SCHMADER

(MUSIC) Part dance machine, part karaoke king, Portland's Panther shakes and sings like no one else can (or would dare to attempt), while his backup "band" (really, just a shoddy CD player) supplies the beats to rock the booty. He's (strangely) sexy, he's absolutely hilarious, he is Panther. You cannot miss this show. (Center on Contemporary Art, 1420 11th Ave, 728-1980, 8 pm, $7, all ages.) MEGAN SELING

(ENJOY THE STREETS) The Ave is the only street in Seattle with a wealth of decent bookstores, and an economy that not only sustains these bookstores (best of which is Magus Books, which is just off the Ave) but also increases their number and size (Twice Sold Tales recently replaced a jewelry store on the corner of NE 45th Street and the Ave). For the past three or so months, a long section of this street has been shut down and accessible only to pedestrians. This has created new and unexpected shopping pleasures; consumers, students, street performers, drunks now freely walk up and down or across the street without the noise and panic of impatient automobiles. Enjoy these civilized freedoms while they last, because soon the cars will have their way. CHARLES MUDEDE

TUESDAY APRIL 8"Five at Five"
(DINNER BARGAINS) From now until the dreaded April 15, Chow Foods--the local restaurant chain behind popular neighborhood spots like the Jitterbug Cafe, Coastal Kitchen, 5 Spot, and Atlas Foods--is offering "tax-relief specials" at all Chow Foods locations. Show up early (dinner service starts at 5:00 p.m.) and stick to your limited budget with $5 entrées: mac 'n' cheese on Mondays, beef stew on Tuesdays, spaghetti on Wednesdays, meatloaf with buttermilk mashed potatoes on Thursdays, and chicken 'n' dumplings on Fridays. Skip the ramen tonight and treat yourself to some good, cheap grub. (Jitterbug Cafe, 2114 N 45th St, 547-6313; Coastal Kitchen, 429 15th Ave E, 322-1145; Atlas Foods, 2820 NE University Village, 522-6025; 5 Spot, 1502 Queen Anne Ave N, 285-7768.) MIN LIAO

(READING) There are a million reasons to love Lydia Davis, and some of them are stories only as long as this Stranger Suggests item. Another reason is that she's a translator, and translators are a particular breed: obsessed with nuance of meaning, with how meaning transmits itself down to the level of sentence syntax. And you know what? Only a translator could pack so much meaning into a story only as long as this Stranger Suggests item. Tonight, she delivers a lecture, called "Loaf or Hot Water Bottle," on translating Proust, who wrote stories that are much, much longer. (Kane Hall 110, University of Washington, 543-9865, 7:30 pm, free.) EMILY HALL