Pho Bang w/the King Cobra, Anna Oxygen
(GAYS) Bent, Seattle's annual festival of queer music (whatever that is), rears its fancy head once again--and what better way to celebrate than with the fine folks of Pho Bang? There'll be a handful of very worthy offerings around town in the coming week (my ears are particularly keen on Saturday's Shoplifting show at Vera, and Sunday's Vibrator night at the Croc, see page 79), but this evening's show, with the metal majesty of Olympia's the King Cobra and the keytar pop of our very own Anna Oxygen, is sure to be packed with more gays than you can... well, I'll let you provide the punch line. (Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873, 8-10 pm. ) ZAC PENNINGTON
FRIDAY JUNE 27
!!!, Out Hud
(MUSIC) An extensive amount of musical incest joins !!! (Chik Chik Chik) with Out Hud, spanning scenes based in D.C., NYC, Sacto, S.F., and now, via record label Touch and Go, Chicago. Let's all take a moment to applaud such an impressive effort as this! Now, while both bands share multiple members, and their sounds are equally sultry and danceable, !!! features hot-pants vocals while Out Hud conveys heat through pure instrumentation. Make sure you're outfitted in sexy underwear before leaving the house--chances are quite favorable you'll be looking to get laid the moment this show is over. (Graceland, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 262-0482, 6 pm, all-ages, 10 pm, 21+.) KATHLEEN WILSON
SATURDAY JUNE 28
'Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin'
(FILM) Bayard Rustin was the brother who organized the historical March on Washington in 1963, a central figure in the civil rights movement, an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., a trained singer, and a trained peace activist who studied nonviolent resistance in India. Bayard Rustin was also gay. This is why his accomplishments are so impressive--he had serious difficulties not only with white America but with black America as well. At 84 minutes, Brother Outsider is way too short to do justice to the life of this great American. Nevertheless, if you don't know who he is, the film offers an excellent introduction to this handsome man with a beautiful soul. (Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 12:45 pm, free. ) CHARLES MUDEDE
SUNDAY JUNE 29
'Dreams from Wounded Mouth'
(PERFORMANCE) Dreams from Wounded Mouth finds the musical performance troupe Degenerate Art Ensemble joining forces with members of Defibrillator Productions, P.A.N. dance, and the Infernal Noise Brigade to create this large-scale performance-art happening, exploring "humanity in conflict, surveillance, and mass manipulation" and leading its audience through an array of installed environments en route to a final theatrical performance. (Degenerate Art Ensemble at Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218. $10. Thurs-Sun June 26-29 at 8 pm.) DAVID SCHMADER
MONDAY JUNE 30
'The Impure Glance'
(FILM) The major problem with surrealist cinema is that it seems easy--all you have to do is film a weird dream and there you have it: surrealism. This is why when a director actually makes a great work of surrealist art, as is the case with Giuseppe Rocca's The Impure Glance, it's important to spread the good news. Set in Naples in the '50s, The Impure Glance is about a boy who has the regular oedipal problems (he wants to kill his father and fuck his mother)--but the director manages to take this very tired triangle and produce numerous original images. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935. Fri June 27-Thurs July 3, 7 and 9 pm. No show Mon. Early shows Fri at 5 pm, Sat and Sun at 3 and 5 pm. ) CHARLES MUDEDE
TUESDAY JULY 1
(ART) Most of John Seal's paintings are very large, very glossy, and of people and things that have nothing to do with you. Seal himself appears in a couple of them--hanging out with friends, just chilling, looking back at you. If all this seems impenetrable, you need to take his brief audio tour, narrated by computer voice and full of wry observations on the state of art these days. The tape plays on little "Spirit of Truth"-brand tape recorders, used by missionaries to bring the audio-book Bible to Third World countries; this is part and parcel of the absurdity that makes Seal such a treasure. It's your last chance; the show closes this week. (Tom Landowski Gallery, 403 Cedar St, 380-2172. Through July 2. ) EMILY HALL
WEDNESDAY JULY 2
(DJ) Dynamo Productions are Andy Smith and Scott Hendy, both of whom are turntablists from the capital of triphop, Bristol, and members of two great triphop bands. Andy Smith is the touring DJ for Portishead, who, with the Wu-Tang Clan, dominated the '90s. Scott Hendy is the DJ for the lesser-known but still wonderful Purple Penguin, who, though more English in terms of vocals and song themes, are more hiphop than Portishead in terms of beats. This show is a sure winner. (Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, $10, 21+. ) CHARLES MUDEDE