Autumn Almanac

Reasons to Live

Fight Club

Being John Malkovich

Autumnal Picks 2001

Fall Trends in Porn


Film Calendar

Interactions with Instability

Passage to Juneau:

The Remains of River Names


Books Calendar


70 Scenes of Halloween

Theater at Home!

Art Online

Theater Calendar

Visual Arts Calendar

Ronnie Spector

DJ Eva

Wha'choo Lookin' At?!?



CD Release Calendar

Inside Out


Local Repertory Booking/Film Festivals/Events

Compiled by Sean Nelson.

911 Media Arts Center
117 Yale Ave N, 682-6522


Fri Sept 7: Planet of the Vamps, The Stench of Satan (dir. George Kuchar). Two genre-bending new works by extreme low-budgeteer Kuchar. 8 pm, $6/$4 members.

Mon Sept 10: Open Screening. Bring a VHS tape (10 min. limit) and you're in. 8 pm, $1.

Fri Sept 14: Cinema Rocks, an evening of film (Polterchrist) and local music (Nod and Smile, Wimbledon). 8 pm, $7/$5 members.


Mon Oct 8: Open Screening, 8 pm, $1.

Fri Oct 19: Hong Kong Youth Video Festival. International youth-produced vids on tour. 8 pm, $4/$2 members.

Fri Oct 26: Tributary (dir. Russ Forster). Tribute band documentary covering 25 bands from NYC, Detroit, Chicago, Seattle (!), PDX, S.F., and L.A. 8 pm, $7/$5 members.


Fri-Sun Nov 2-4: Mira Latino Film Festival. Fourth annual festival of works by and about local and national Latino filmmakers; includes Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Times, prices TBA.

Mon Nov 5: Open Screening. 8 pm, $1.

"Depth of Focus"
Relatively new monthly screening series of all manner of film. All shows at 7:30 pm at the University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, 419-1401. Free food and drink before the show; discussions after. Filmmakers scheduled to attend: Ann Marie Fleming, Bruce Baillie, Lynn Shelton, Jon Behrens, Joanna Priestley, Les Blank.

Thurs Sept 20: Biography and Autobiography.

Thurs Oct 18: Weird Film. Includes films from Universal, Jean Epstein, James Watson, and Melville Webber. Free apples and pumpkin pie will be served.

"Distinguishing Features"
A monthly series of Northwest-related films curated by Warren Etheridge. Tuesdays at 7:30 pm (doors at 6:45) at Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St. $7/$36 for series pass. Info: 675-8730.

Tues Sept 18: Crash Fans (dir. Paul Killebrew). Auto racing.

Tues Oct 23: Lover's Lane (dir. Jon Ward). Teen horror.

Tues Nov 27: Nowheresville (dir. Bishop Trout). Romantic comedy.

"Independent Exposure"
Joel Bachar's six-year-old series of experimental independent short film screenings. Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave at Denny Way. Info: 322-0282.

Thurs Sept 27, 9 pm: "Northwestern Exposure" edition, featuring local works.

Thurs Oct 25, 9 pm: "Halloweird" edition, PLUS party celebrating the end of the sixth season of IE.

Northwest Film Forum
Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St at University Way, 523-3935



Hybrid (dir. Monteith McCollum, 2001). Beautiful b/w documentary about corn, of all things.

A Real Young Girl (dir. Catherine Breillat, 1975). Very French curio about adolescent eros from high-class porno stylist Breillat.

The River (dir. Tsai Ming-Liang, 1997). Rebels in Taipei make the classic mistake and drink the water.

Late Nights:

Girls Take Over--Aggressive Women in Exploitation Cinema Series.

Fri Aug 31-Sat Sept 1: Invasion of the Bee Girls (dir. Denis Sanders, 1973).

Fri-Sat Sept 7-8: Cat Women on the Moon (dir. Arthur Hilton, 1953).

Fri-Sat Sept 14-15: When the Girls Take Over (dir. Russell Hayden, 1962).

Fri-Sat Sept 21-22: Switchblade Sisters (dir. Jack Hill, 1975).

Fri-Sat Sept 28-29: The Devil in Miss Jones (dir. Gerard Damiano, 1972). Rated X, for eXistential.



Eric Rohmer's Moral Tales (Oct 5-25). New prints of Rohmer's classic, career-defining cycle about the inner life of women, Paris, love, and knee fetishes. Shown in order, not to be missed.

Fri-Sun Oct 5-7: The Girl at the Monceau Bakery (1963, 23 min.). Suzanne's Career (1963, 54 min.).

Mon-Thurs Oct 8-11: La Collectioneuse (1967).

Fri-Sun Oct 12-14: My Night at Maud's (1969).

Mon-Thurs Oct 15-18: Claire's Knee (1970).

Fri-Thurs Oct 19-25: Chloe in the Afternoon (1972).

Also in October:

Performance (dir. Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell, 1970). Mick Jagger and James Fox in one of the best movies ever made.

Wisconsin Death Trip (dir. James Marshal, 1999). Documentary about a colossally ill-fated Wisconsin town in the 1890s.

Late Nights:

Fri-Sat Oct 5-6 & Fri-Sat Oct 12-13: Seattle Underground Film Fest surprises.

Fri Oct 19-Sat Nov 17: David F. Friedman retrospective: Nudie Cuties, Roughies, and Beyond--Classic '60s and '70s Exploitation Cinema.

Fri-Sat Oct 19-20: Starlet (1969).

Fri-Sat Oct 26-27: Trader Hornee (1970).



Princes and Princesses (dir. Michel Ocelot, 2000). Silhouette animation from the director of Kirikou.

Three Luis Buñuel revivals, to play in conjunction with the University of Washington cinema studies conference on Buñuel (Fri Nov 9).

American Astronaut (dir. Cory McAbee, 2001). Totally insane and brilliant cowboys in space musical; played at SIFF.

Late Nights:

More David F. Friedman (through Sat Nov 17).

Fri-Sat Nov 2-3: She-Freak (1967).

Fri-Sat Nov 9-10: 2000 Maniacs (1964). Herschel Gordon Lewis' chef d'oeuvre!

Fri-Sat Nov 16-17: The Erotic Adventures of Zorro (1972).

Fri-Sat Nov 23-24: American Job (dir. Chris Smith, 1995). From the director of American Movie, a documentary about a wage slave on the decline.

Little Theatre
608 19th Ave E at Mercer St, 675-2055


First Person Cinema Series:

Thurs-Sun Sept 6-9: Part One--Personal Documentary. Works by Ross McElwee, Anne Robertson, Caveh Zahedi, and local director Rustin Thompson.

Thurs-Sun Sept 13-16: Part Two--Experimental Essays. Chris Marker, Su Friedrich, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Jay Rosenblatt, and locals Lynn Shelton and Lilith.

Thurs-Sun Sept 20-23: Part Three--Close-ups. Portrait documentaries by Serge Gregory, Sarah Price (producer of American Movie), and others.


Tues Sept 18: Washington Lawyers for the Arts Q&A for filmmakers.

Wed Sept 19: Super 8 Open Screening First Anniversary.


· Seattle Underground Film Festival.

· Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

· Mira Latino Film Festival.

· Super 8 Open Screening on Halloween.


Mau Mau Sex Sex (dir. Ted Bonnitt). Documentary of exploitation filmmakers.

New Experimental Works by Seattle's Jon Behrens. Includes optically printed film and direct animation.

Seattle Art Museum
100 University St, 625-8900.


Thurs Sept 6: Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night (1955). A rare screening of Bergman's classic, Shakespeare-influenced comedy. Plestcheeff Auditorium, 7:30 pm, $7/$5 members.

Fall Noir Series:

Plestcheeff Auditorium, 7:30 pm, series pass $50/$45 members.

Thurs Oct 4: Murder, My Sweet (dir. Edward Dmytryk, 1944).

Thurs Oct 11: Fallen Angel (dir. Otto Preminger, 1945).

Thurs Oct 18: Decoy (dir. Jack Bernhard, 1946).

Thurs Oct 25: Road House (dir. Jean Negulseco, 1948).

Thurs Nov 1: The Big Clock (dir. Jean Farrow, 1948).

Thurs Nov 8: Caged (dir. John Cromwell, 1950).

The Sixth Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Fri-Thurs Oct 19-25 at the Egyptian, the Little Theatre, and other venues TBA. $5-$15 per program.

Seattle Underground Film Festival

October: Details are notoriously elusive, but this festival is worth searching out. Venues, films TBA.

Movie Releases

Compiled by Bradley Steinbacher and Sean Nelson.


Fri Sept 7:

The Musketeer--Alexandre Dumas' classic character D'Artagnan gets the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon treatment.

Rock Star--Marky Mark graduates from chimps to hair metal, with similar results.

Fri Sept 14:

The Glass House--A thriller starring Helen Hunt lookalike Leelee Sobieski and Stellan Skarsgard, who looks nothing like Helen Hunt.

Hardball--A rip-off--er, sorry--film "inspired" by the brilliant Bad News Bears. Starring Keanu Reeves as Walter Matthau.

Fri Sept 21:

Training Day--A police drama/thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.

Fri Sept 28:

Don't Say a Word--Michael Douglas' daughter has been kidnapped! The only one who can help find her is a catatonic young woman! Sure to put the "shh" back in "shhit."

Zoolander--Ben Stiller's attempt to create a franchise à la Austin Powers, by playing a male model. Co-starring Owen Wilson, quite possibly the funniest man in America.


Wed Oct 3:

The Wash--Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg pull a Friday in the latest film by DJ Pooh.

Fri Oct 5:

Joy Ride--John Dahl's thriller (obviously inspired by Steven Spielberg's Duel) about three teens on a road trip being stalked by a trucker.

Serendipity--John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale in a sappy romantic comedy.

Fri Oct 12:

Corky Romano--Another lame Saturday Night Live spinoff, this time starring Chris Kattan (co-star of the prior lame SNL spinoff A Night at the Roxbury).

Mulholland Drive--David Lynch's new film. See p.24.

Fri Oct 19:

From Hell--A new Jack the Ripper film starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham. Directed by the Hughes Brothers.

Waking Life--Richard Linklater's latest, which fuses film and animation in a completely startling way.

Wed Oct 24:

Bones--Snoop Dogg is a pimp back from the dead to unleash vengeance on the ones who have slain him!

Fri Oct 26:

Heist--David Mamet's latest, starring Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito.

K-PAX--Kevin Spacey is crazy! Or is he merely an alien?

13 Ghosts--A haunted house movie starring the (often naked) Shannon Elizabeth.

Affair of the Necklace--Bellingham's own Oscar-winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry) gets gussied up for a period piece.


Fri Nov 2:

Brotherhood of the Wolf--A French scientist and his Iroquois blood brother are conscripted by Louis XV to kill a man-eating wolf. Stop me if you've heard this one before....

Monsters, Inc.--The geniuses at Pixar (Toy Story, Toy Story 2) take on the monsters under the bed.

The One--Jet Li! Jet Li! Jet Li!

Fri Nov 9:

The Man Who Wasn't There--No, not a re-release of the 3-D Steve Guttenberg film; it's the new Coen Brothers noir, starring Frances McDormand, Billy Bob Thornton, and James Gandolfini!

Shallow Hal--Gwyneth Paltrow dons a fat suit in the new film from the Farrelly Brothers. Also starring the brilliant Jack Black.

Windtalkers--A WWII action/drama starring Nicolas Cage and directed by John Woo.

Fri Nov 16:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--Chris Columbus brings the absurdly popular children's book to life.

Wed Nov 21:

Black Knight--Martin Lawrence in a new version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Spy Game--Robert Redford (a hunk of the past) and Brad Pitt (a hunk of the present) team up for intrigue under the direction of Tony Scott (a hunk of shit).

Fall TBA

Adaptation--The new film from Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. See calendar on p.24

The Business of Strangers (fall/winter)--Dark thriller about two ambitious businesswomen (Julia Stiles, Stockard Channing).

Frailty--A serial-killer movie directed by Bill Paxton and starring Matthew McConaughey.

Gangs of New York--Martin Scorsese's latest mob epic. See p.24.

Heaven--The new American film from Tom (Run Lola Run) Tykwer, starring Cate Blanchett.

No Such Thing--The first studio effort by the great Hal Hartley finds Sarah Polley as a guileless girl who befriends a vicious, Grendel-like ogre, then destroys his life by bringing him to civilization.

The Third Wheel--Ben Affleck thwarts Luke Wilson's attempts to score with... um, Denise Richards? Thanks, Ben!

Waking up in Reno--Two redneck couples--played by Patrick Swayze (check), Charlize Theron (check), Billy Bob Thornton (check), and Natasha Richardson (huh?)--share an adulterous road trip to the biggest little city.

compiled by Jeff DeRoche and Sean Nelson


Clean, Get Away (Merge). Featuring New Zealand's David Kilgour, Clean pioneered the New Zealand jangle sound.

Heather Duby & Elemental EP (Sub Pop). Duby works with the ambient drum and bass collective, Elemental, which features members of Maktub and FCS North.

Eric's Trip, The Eric's Trip Show (Teenage USA). A compilation of live recordings from Moncton's finest defunct indie rock band, issued for their current reunion tour.

The Faint, Danse Macabre (Saddle Creek). The title says it all. Dark, sexy, new-wave music for danse-ing.

Howe Gelb, Lull Some Piano (Ow Om/Thrill Jockey). Giant Sand's frontman makes more perfect bedtime ballads for your broken heart.

Bill Janovitz, Up Here, (spinArt). Ex-Buffalo Tom frontman continues the departure from his former band's alt-rock sound.

Freedy Johnston, Right Between the Promises (Elektra). This underappreciated singer/songwriter puts the "needy" back in "Freedy" with another album of sad, perfectly crafted songs.

Pullman, Viewfinder (Thrill Jockey). Come's Chris Brokaw plays guitar with this instrumental acoustic ensemble that veers toward the experimentalism of John Fahey's later work.

Quasi, Early Recordings (Touch and Go). Early recordings from the original Mates of State.

The Sword of God (Touch and Go). The beautiful new album from one of your favorite bands.

Shannon Wright, Dyed in the Wool (Quarterstick/Touch and Go). Gorgeous, surprisingly high-energy rock songs from an adept and beautiful singer/pianist.

Sun Ra, Nuclear War (UMS/Atavistic). The most important and prolific composer in the history of the world--and beyond!

Superchunk, Late Century Dream EP (Merge). Likely in the brighter, pop vein of Come Pick Me Up.

Tricky, Evolution Revolution Love EP (Anti/Epitaph). Crazy pot-blowing paranoia at its most beautiful. Aack.

Zen Guerrilla, Shadows on the Sun (Sub Pop). The fifth full-length from a revved-up band of San Franciscan retro rockers.

New Order, Get Ready (Warner Bros.). Get ready for another mediocre album.

Skinny Puppy, Back & Forth Vol. 5 (2xCD; Nettwerk). A two-CD live set for the home or the meth lab.

Slumber Party, Psychedelicate (Kill Rock Stars). The second release from this great, sleepy Velvet Underground-influenced band.

Stereolab, Sound Dust (Elektra). Our favorite bilingual, socialist electronic band--and yours as well.

Laurie Anderson, TBA (Nonesuch). The white Yoko Ono. Your mom will never be this cool.


Automaton, Clarions and Banners (Pacifico). More great experimental pop from this Seattle band, which only plays private parties and "big shows."

Orbital, The Altogether (Sire). Notable for mixing Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place On Earth" and Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" into the song "Halcyon and On and On."

Blondie, Autoamerican; Blondie; Eat to the Beat; The Hunter; Parallel Lines; Plastic Letters (Rhino). Reissues of classic albums that stand up better than most of what's coming out this fall.

Ben Folds, Rockin' the Suburbs (Epic). Not Billy Joel, not Randy Newman. Plays the piano. Skinny dude.

Solex, Low Kick and Hard Bop (Matador). Quirky indie hiphop. A female Beck, but interesting.

Spiritualized, Let it Come Down (Arista). Jason Pierce from Spacemen 3. Spacey and psychedelic, like Pink Floyd. This album will feature a 96-piece orchestra.

Son, Ambulance, Euphymistic (Saddle Creek). Like Conor Oberst on Xanax.

They Might Be Giants, Mink Car (Restless). After recording the companion CD for the last McSweeney's, this brainy Brooklyn duo returns with its most sexual album title to date.

Tori Amos, Strange Little Girls (Elektra). Yes to strange. No to little girl. Girl, you're 38. And wipe off that damned piano bench.

Superchunk, Hide and Sketch (Merge). Full-length follow-up to Late Century Dream EP.

Ryan Adams, Gold (2xCD; Lost Highway). The prolific and excellent Whiskeytown frontman apparently has over 100 songs written and ready. He graces us here with a double disc's worth.


Dismemberment Plan, Change (DeSoto). It's about motherfucking time! See p.24.

Death Cab for Cutie, The Photo Album (Barsuk). More great, gentle indie pop from one of the Northwest's most beloved bands.

Idaho, Levitate (Idaho Music). More moody, beautiful indie rock.

Elvis Costello, Brutal Youth (2xCD; reissue; Rhino). Later-but-still-good Costello, recorded on antique equipment and reissued by Rhino.

Elvis Costello, This Year's Model (2xCD; reissue; Rhino). Vintage. Costello at his brainy best.

Aphex Twin, Drukqz (Warp). The leader of the ambient/iDM revolution, if there is such a thing.

Fugazi, The Argument (Dischord). Isn't it always?

Her Space Holiday, Manic Expressive (Tiger Style). More laptop indie rock from this quiet storm.


764-HERO, TBA (Tiger Style). Perhaps the finest power pop in Seattle.

Bad Religion, TBA (Epitaph). Oh, please.

Beachwood Sparks, TBA (Sub Pop). Southern California psychedelic country rock. Sounds like the Byrds.

Beat Happening Box Set (K). Nine records of fawnlike sexuality and faux-stumble rock from one of the true godhead NW punk bands.

Belle and Sebastian, TBA (Matador). Still twee. The Smiths for your skinny, gay children.

Belle and Sebastian, Storytelling (Film score; Matador). Same as above, minus the whiny vocals. Sorry, plaintive vocals.

Breeders, TBA (4AD/Elektra). Promising a follow-up since 1993.

The Catheters, TBA (Sub Pop). Adolescent fuck-me punk for everyone.

Coldplay/At the Drive In, TBA (Country Album; TBA). This had better be a joke.

Curve, Gift (TBA). Give this gift with a receipt.

DJ Shadow, TBA (TBA). Brainiac downbeat from a man who understands the mind-body connection.

Tanya Donelly, TBA (4AD/Beggars Group). Belly up.

Jay Farrar, Sebastapol (TBA). Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo frontman releases a hotly anticipated solo album.

Future Bible Heroes, TBA (Instinct). Stephen Merritt's least interesting side dish. Like disco Muzak.

Gas Huffer, The Rest of Us (label TBA). Silly-billy or punk-rock-plus?

The Get Up Kids, TBA (Heroes & Villains/Vagrant). Bouncy, energetic, excellent pop punk.

Handsome Family, TBA (Carrot Top). Twisted husband-and-wife alt-country to scare the bejesus out of you.

Helium, TBA (Matador). She looks sleepy.

Imperial Teen, TBA (TBA). Sugary power pop with hooks galore!

Calvin Johnson, What Was Me (K). Mr. K Records/Dub Narcotic Sound System uses his off-kilter brilliance to figure out what he was.

Lambchop, TBA (Singles Compilation; Merge). This sprawling soul/country outfit collects its disparate singles.

Love as Laughter, TBA (Sub Pop). More quirky brilliance from one of Seattle's finest songwriters, Sam Jayne.

Mirah, TBA (K). Precious Liz Phair. Fuck and stay.

Jim O'Rourke and Jeff Tweedy, TBA (Drag City). Post-rocker meets post-twanger.

Elliott Smith, TBA (Dreamworks). More Elliott Smith.

Sparklehorse, It's a Wonderful Life (Capitol). Mark Linkous delivers a follow-up to Good Morning Spider that features PJ Harvey and Tom Waits.

The Spells, TBA (K). Carrie Brownstein and Mary Timony team up once again to work their voodoo on you.

Tristeza, Remixed (Tiger Style) Spacious, indie instrumental pop.

Handsome Boy Modeling School, TBA (Tommy Boy) Prince Paul and Dan the Automator put quality and comedy into their hiphop project.


Compiled by Emily Hall



Bellevue Art Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-3322

· Doug Hall--Large-scale photography.

Bryan Ohno Gallery
155 S Main St, 667-9572

· Brandon Zebold.

Commencement Art Gallery
902 Commerce St, Tacoma, (253) 591-5341

· Rick Lafluer, Josie Bockleman, Nathan Galphin

Davidson Galleries
313 Occidental Ave S, 624-4588

· Marion Peck, Adrienne Sherman, Antoniou, George Burr

Esther Claypool Gallery
617 Western Ave, 264-1586

· Eric Stotik, Norwood Viviano, Nancy Blum

Eyre/Moore Gallery
913 Western Ave, 624-5596

· Reid Bannecker, Rich Lehl

Greg Kucera Gallery
212 Third Ave S, 624-0770

· Terry Winters, Morula

Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280

· Hanabuki--Sculptor Jeffry Mitchell creates environments to correspond with heaven and earth.

Howard House
2017 Second Ave, 256-6399

· Joseph Park

James Harris Gallery
309A Third Ave S, 903-6220

· Squeak Carnwath

King County Art Gallery
506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580

· Eve Cohen--The Family of Lost Fauna.

Nu Tribes Art Collective Annual Art Exhibit
Featuring the work of former and current members. Pratt Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1902 S. Main St, 328-2200.

Roq La Rue
2224 Second Ave, 374-8977

· Jim Blanchard, Glenn Barr--Check out Blanchard's show-stopping "sticker paintings": Charlton Heston, and other great role models rendered in industrial stickers and paint.

Seattle Art Museum
100 University St, 654-3100

· Annie Leibovitz: Women

Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery
1334 First Ave, 654-3240

· Gallery: TEXTures.

· Window: Mrs. X--An installation and performance by Leslie Straka.

Secluded Alley Works
113 12th Ave, 839-0880

· Jeff Ross

SOIL Artist Cooperative
1205 E Pike, 264-8061

· Five Painters--Curated by Dylan Mosley.

Vital 5 Productions
2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475

· Self-Censored--Work by photographer Maria Cordova and painter Erik Strickland.


Sat Sept 7
Controlled Slide

· A slide show and discussion, produced by Arts411 and Nu Tribes Art Collective, featuring artists of color discussing relevant social and cultural issues. Info: 324-9411 or



Bellevue Art Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, (425)454-3322

· 2001 Pacific Northwest Annual--Juried this year by Sue Spaid, a curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

· El Poder de Humanidad/The Power of Humanity: Contemporary Mexican Art--Work by 16 Mexican artists, in all media.

Bryan Ohno Gallery
155 S Main St, 667-9572

· Lisa Zerkowitz

Commencement Art Gallery
902 Commerce St, Tacoma, (253)591-5341

· Rebecca Luncan, Hamid Zavareei, Ben Meeker, Nikki McClure

Davidson Galleries
313 Occidental Ave S, 624-4588

· Selene Santucci, Gwen Davidson, Peter Brauninger

Esther Claypool Gallery
617 Western Ave, 264-1586

· Sarah Peters, Alexander Schweder

Eyre/Moore Gallery
913 Western Ave, 624-5596

· Experiments at the Intersection of Art, Science, and the Sublime--Work by Andrew Bordwin, Susan Jennings, and Charles Lindsay.

Howard House
2017 Second Ave, 256-6399

· formlinecolor: hard edge abstraction to architecture.

James Harris Gallery
309A Third Ave S, 903-6220

· Peter Rostovsky--Rostovsky comes at portraiture sideways, asking his subjects for written descriptions of themselves, which he then turns into thickly impastoed paintings.

2419 First Ave, 441-1999

· Kustom Purse--Artist Elizabeth Jameson has asked 30 artists to make customized purses. Her artist roster includes Jennifer West, Yuki Nakamura, Patrick Holderfield, the Susans (Robb and Dory), and Jesse Paul Miller.

Roq La Rue
2224 Second Ave, 374-8977

· Jeff Kleinsmith.

Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery
1334 First Ave, 654-3240

· Place.

Seattle Arts Commission Gallery Space
Key Tower Building, 700 Fifth Ave, Level 3

· Seattle Collects 2001--Recent works acquired through the SAC's Seattle Collects program.

Secluded Alley Works
113 12th Ave, 839-0880

· Diana Adams, Amy Ruppell, Jean Hicks

Suyama Space
2324 Second Ave, 256-0809

· Peter Shelton--Site-specific installation about space and the elements.

Vital 5 Productions
2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475

· Failure



Bryan Ohno Gallery
155 S Main St, 667-9572

· Lisa Buchanan

Commencement Art Gallery
902 Commerce St, Tacoma, (253)591-5341

· Renee Cortese, Tyler Cufley, Polly Purvis, Eva Westerlind

Davidson Galleries
313 Occidental Ave S, 624-4588

· Brian Novatny, Matthew Landkammer, Kathleen Rabel

Esther Claypool Gallery
617 Western Ave, 264-1586

· Andrew Keating, John Stamets

Eyre/Moore Gallery
913 Western Ave, 624-5596

· David deVillier

Greg Kucera Gallery
212 Third Ave S, 624-0770

· William Kentridge, Kathryn Van Dyke

King County Art Gallery
506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580

· Karen Liebowitz

Linda Farris LOOK
3425 E Denny Way, 322-0994

· LOOK is a super-sexy new store for art, fashion, and design.

SOIL Artist Cooperative
1205 E Pike, 264-8061

· Inflated--A collaboration of SOIL member artists that investigates how inflatable structures shape an environment.

Vital 5 Productions
2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475

· Fake--Appropriation as inspiration: a group show of local artists who reproduce famous 20th-century artists.


The Shades of Parkland

· Installation and performance produced by Curtis Taylor. See profile on p.31.

Compiled by Rebecca Brown



Aug 31-Sept 3

Farnoosh Moshiri will be reading from her second novel, The Bathhouse. Among other worthy local and national writers on hand is poet Diane DiPrima, whose recent autobiography, Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, recounts how she made a place for herself in the almost exclusively male Beat circle. Hopefully DiPrima will read from her decades-in-progress epic poem, Loba. If DiPrima is a bit wild for your taste, check out Jayne Anne Phillips, whose first book, Black Tickets, is still a lovely read. Seattle Center. $12 a day.

Sept 10

A few years ago I picked up a book for 75 cents at a church sale and it became my favorite novel to give people. Kurzweil's A Case of Curiosities is a clever, humane, and beautifully written work of historical fiction about an l8th-century man who, after a career as a pornographic bookseller, invents a talking mechanical head with whom he has many adventures. Kurzweil's new book, Grand Complication: A Novel, should be a winner too. Elliott Bay Books, 624-6600, 7:30 pm. Free.

Sept 12

Over the last quarter century, while corporate publishing has gone to hell, the collectively run Calyx has continued to maintain its artistic and political integrity and publish innovative work by women. Some of those women--Colleen McElroy, Kathleen Alcala, Carol Guess, Diana Ma, and Kirstin Becker--will be on hand to read. Founding mother Margarita Donnelly is also likely to be present. Elliott Bay Books, 624-6600, 7:30 pm. Free.

Sept 18

Once when Rushdie came to town it was a big, sexy deal because he had to be smuggled in--he was in hiding from those arch literary critics, Muslim fundamentalists. This time Rushdie's only got his new novel, Fury, to recommend him. Town Hall, 624-6600, 7:30 pm. $5 (advance tickets available at Elliott Bay starting Aug l8).

Sept 25

One of America's great prose stylists and major smarties will read from her new book, Political Fictions. Benaroya Hall. 621-2230, 7:30 pm. Tickets $8.50/$18.



Oct 3

This popular natural-science writer once said he would "give (almost) anything for 60 seconds inside a turkey vulture's head." He merits our attention. Seattle Arts & Lectures, Benaroya Hall, 621-2330, 7:30 pm. Tickets $8.50/$18.

Oct 5-7

The theme of Hugo House's annual weekend word- and art-fest is "Maps." Among the highlights of the festival, Sherman Alexie and Naomi Shihab Nye read at 8 pm on Oct 5, and Judith Barrington reads at 7:30 pm on Oct 6. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030. Call Hugo House for ticket prices.

Oct 11

Mueller's epic poem, What the Ice Gets, tells the story of the Shackleton Expedition that tried, unsuccessfully, to cross the South Pole between 1914 and 1916. Mueller's spare, evocative language captures the physical and spiritual torments these men endured. This reading is in conjunction with an exhibit about the Shackleton Expedition currently at the Burke Museum on the UW campus. Burke Museum, 543-5590, 6:30 pm. Free.

Oct 16

Urban legend has it that when Mark Morris got his MacArthur 'genius' grant he spent it on buying pot for his dance company. Find out what these UW professor "geniuses" have been doing with their half a million smackers. Three of them will read in this weekly series--genius poet Linda Bierds kicks the series off. All readings at Kane Hall, Room 220, on the UW campus. Free.

Oct 20-21

The least book-friendly building on the planet hosts the seventh annual Bookfest. Perhaps in an attempt to undercut the yuckiness of the physical environment of the Stadium Exhibition Center, this year's theme is "Word of Mouth," which means that the door to the vast hall will be reshaped as "an enormous red-lipped mouth" through which one must pass to get to the T-shirts, coffee cups, face-painting, books, and authors, among whom will be some of the Northwest's finest, like Jack Cady, Walt Crowley, Carole L. Glickfield, Kitty Harmon, Ursula Le Guin, Chuck Palahniuk, and Bob Shimabukuro, and out-of-towners Diane Ackerman, T. C. Boyle, Amos Oz, and the ever brilliant Susan Griffin. The organizers are seeking original work for an anthology to be published coincident with the fest. Submit original work to Bookfest by Sept 21, 2001. Seattle Stadium Exhibition Center, 378-1883, 10-6 pm. Donation.

Oct 30

As author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, and Three Tall Women, and three-time winner of the Pulitzer, Albee is one of America's most important playwrights. He doesn't show up here often, so if you want to see him, go to this. Seattle Arts & Lectures, Benaroya Hall, 621-2230, 7:30 pm. Tickets $8.50/$l8.


GASLIGHT by Carol Guess (Odd Girls Press)

Western Washington University prof Carol Guess is the author of two previous novels, Seeing Dell and Switch. Her smart, slippery prose has examined death, memory, genderbending, and rearview mirrors of cars. This new book is a memoir wrapped around a novella about rape, beauty school, anorexia, drowning, dead babies, and deer.

THE COMPLEXITIES OF INTIMACY by Mary Caponegro (Coffee House Press)

Caponegro is the author of two extremely intelligent and strange previous collections, The Star Cafe and Five Doubts. This collection of five stories about a family should be fine.


Graphomaniac Vollmann produces another big, fat book about guns, animals, violence, science, and the history of the American continent.

LEASH by Jane DeLynn (Semiotexte)

DeLynn's novel Don Juan in the City was a refreshingly nasty look at love and sex in l980s lesbian New York. Her long-awaited new book tells the story of a terminally hip New Yorker who answers a personals ad and starts a relationship with a woman she can only address as "Sir." The publisher describes this book as "part Georges Bataille, part Fran Lebowitz--The Story of O told with a self-referentially perverse sense of humor."



Nov 6

See above listings for details. Genius fiction writer Charles Johnson reads today.

Nov 27

Author of plays, movies, TV scripts, a biography of James Joyce, and more than 20 novels, O'Brien was one of the first women to break through the boys' club of Irish letters. Seattle Arts & Lectures, Benaroya Hall, 621-2230, 7:30 pm. Tickets $8.50/$18.


LOVE IN THE DAYS OF RAGE by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Overlook Press)

This is a reissue of a lefty classic from l968. Back then Ferlinghetti was railing about capitalism, materialism, and vapidity in America. Unfortunately, this book, which is about an affair between a painter and an anarchist, is still just as appropriate to our heinously corrupt financial and hideously mediocre artistic cultures as it was 30 years ago.


Compiled by Bret Fetzer


All month long--Herbert Matthews Goes to the Sierra from Printer's Devil Theatre at various locations. See calendar on p.25.

Sept 5--Lady Chatterley's Lover from Book-It: A remount of the popular Lawrence adaptation, featuring young lovers tucking flowers in each other's pubic hair.

Sept 7--Unfair Arguments with Existence from A Theater Under the Influence: An evening of short, absurd plays from Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Sept 7--Campfire from Unexpected Productions at the Market Theatre: Improvisational comedy.

Sept 7--Subway Farce at Northwest Actors Studio: Misfits collide with fate on the subway.

Sept 13--The Danube from Defibrillator Productions: This promising experimental-minded troupe tackles one of Maria Irene Fornes' eerie, elliptical plays.

Sept 13--On the Side from Rockhopper Dance: An eclectic mix of dance and theater by local choreographers.

Sept 14--Our Country's Good from Theater Schmeater: Australian convicts put on a show!

Sept 14--Patricia Barker 20th Anniversary Celebration at Pacific Northwest Ballet: A tribute to PNB's principal dancer.

Sept 14--Johnny Tremain from Seattle Children's Theatre: The tale of an apprentice silversmith in the American Revolution.

Sept 14--Straight from Northwest Asian American Theatre: The Stranger's David Schmader hauls out his witty tale of homosexual conversion therapy.

Sept 18--Contact at the Paramount: Tony-winning musical, but damn if I can figure out what it's about.

Sept 19--Another American: Asking and Telling from Seattle Repertory Theatre: A one-man show by Marc Wolf about gays in the military.

Sept 20--Subscriber's Choice from Pacific Northwest Ballet: Excerpts from PNB's most popular ballets.

Sept 20--A Little Night Music from A Contemporary Theatre & 5th Ave: The Sondheim classic about mismatched lovers.

Sept 25--The Vagina Monologues at the Moore: Eve Ensler returns to use the v-word over and over and over again.

Sept 26--Joyful Noise from Taproot Theatre: The Behind the Music version of Handel's Messiah.

Sept 26--Giselle from American Ballet Theatre at the Paramount: A peasant girl dies for love, then comes back from the grave!

Sept 26--Little Murders at Seattle Public Theater: Jules Feiffer's dark farce of random violence and sexual dysfunction.

Sept 28--Every Day from LeGendre Performance at Velocity MainSpace: A remount of three well-received pieces, Salvation, Sissy, and Molt.

Sept 28--Clue, the Musical from ArtsWest: Yes, Clue, the Musical. One of the low points of Western civilization; probably fun in its way.

Sept 28--The Servant of Two Masters from Intiman Theater. See profile of Bart Sher on p.27.


Oct 4--ROOM by Anne Bogart & SITI at On the Boards: A visual extravaganza sparked by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

Oct 4--Utilities at Northwest Actors Studio: George McKibben's one-man show from San Francisco. They sure liked it there.

Oct 5--Not a Nice Girl at Northwest Actors Studio: Cheryl King's one-woman show from Chicago. They sure liked it there.

Oct 6--Dysfunction from Lingo dancetheater at the Kirkland Performance Center: "A brilliant piece about how self-centeredness ruins everything... cinematically swift." (Barley Blair)

Oct 8--Proof from Seattle Repertory Theatre: Pulitzer-prize-winning play that demonstrates mathematical geniuses are as fucked up as anyone else.

Oct 10--Philip on Film at the Paramount: Four nights of Philip Glass movie soundtracks, including his score for Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bête.

Oct 11--Guangdong Modern Dance Company in the UW World Series: China's first professional modern dance company.

Oct 12--XXX new works festival, from Open Circle Theatre: Three works in progress, presented by OCT's new experimental wing. Not, so far as I know, pornographic.

Oct 12--The Laboratory of Hallucinations from A Theater Under the Influence: A remount of its popular Grand Guignol production, one of the first shows it ever did.

Oct 14--Macbeth from the Seattle Shakespeare Company: How to move up the corporate ladder, c. A.D. 1040.

Oct 18--Burt from Theatre Babylon: One of the best shows from the past Fringe Festival, about a troubled young boy in an asylum.

Oct 19--China Doll from Northwest Asian American Theater: Award-winning play about America's first Chinese American film actress, Anna May Wong.

Oct 19--Engine Anthem from Crispin Spaeth Dance Group. See calendar on p.25.

Oct 23--The Primary English Class from Bridges International Repertory Theatre at Richard Hugo House: A farce about an eager young teacher and her ESL class.

Oct 24--Shockheaded Peter at the Moore. See calendar p.25.

Oct 25--Grand Magic from A Contemporary Theatre: Italian play about a wife magically spirited away from her jealous husband.

Oct 26--Ballet Nacional de Cuba at the Paramount: The "Bolshoi of the Caribbean," say the producers.

Oct 25--Progression from Burnt Studio Productions: A tale of gender politics, featuring a blue boy and a pink girl.

Oct 26--(Symbol for square root) 3 from a contemporary movement ensemble (acme): A concert of new work from choreographers Holly Eckert, Richard Ayres, and Michael Foley.

Oct 31--Night of the Damned II: Yet Another Nightmare from A Theater Near You and Dramatists and Actors Meeting Now!: The title pretty much says it all....


Nov 1--The Shades of Parkland from Vodvil: See profile of Curtis Taylor on p.31.

Nov 1--Alonzo King's LINES Contemporary Ballet in the UW World Series: A mix of ballet, modern, and African dance.

Nov 2--Anne (of Green Gables) at ArtsWest: A theatrical version of the ever-popular children's book.

Nov 2--Swink & Swerve from A Theater Near You: An updated version of Chaucer's The Miller's Tale.

Nov 2--Twyla Tharp Dance at the Paramount: High-energy avant-garde dance.

Nov 5--The Beard of Avon at Seattle Repertory Theatre: The latest play from playwright Amy Freed (The Psychic Life of Savages) about the "Was Shakespeare Shakespeare?" controversy.

Nov 8--Don Quixote from Pacific Northwest Ballet: Battling windmills--en pointe!

Nov 9--The Laramie Project from the Empty Space: A documentary theater piece about Matthew Shepard and the madness surrounding his death.

Nov 9--Subterranean Homesick from Theater Schmeater. See calendar on p.25.

Nov 15--Trilogy from Random Dance & Multimedia at On the Boards: High-speed dancing and high-tech projection combined.

Nov 15--Two by Fo & Rame from A Theater Under the Influence: Two one-acts that mix physical comedy and feminist commentary.

Nov 16--The Hoboken Chicken Emergency from Seattle Children's Theater: Featuring a 266-pound chicken named Henrietta. Based on the book by Daniel Pinkwater.

Nov 16--Home Season Performance from Lingo dancetheater: Improvisational dance with special guests.

Nov 23--What I Tell You in Darkness from Golden Fish Theatre: The newest play from Stuart Greenman, whose play Silence, Cunning, Exile was produced at the Rep in 1994.