End of Days

(FILM) On the eve of the millennium, an ex-cop torn by loss must regain his faith in order to quell the end of days. But first, a little turkey. I can think of no better way to celebrate how the pilgrims broke bread with the natives (before methodically stealing all their land) than by heading out to the theater to watch End of Days. Satan (Gabriel Byrne, dressed like a pilgrim) has been placing personal ads looking for the perfect bride (Robin Tunney, dressed like Martha Washington). To win her over, first he's got to outsmart Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger, dressed like a big turkey), a mere mortal who now runs "an elite security outfit." Big deal. Fifty bucks says Satan wins. ANDY SPLETZER

Now playing at a theater near you.

Sexiest Man Alive

(VIDEO TIP) Feeling tingly and craving a home viewing of Richard Gere, People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 1999? Best bet: Jim McBride's 1983 remake of Godard's Breathless. The film is no threat to the original, but if you give yourself over to its overheated pop fantasies, it's great for a cold autumn evening. Gere's persona as a strutting, rutting dog has never been as feverishly exploited; he's practically pawing himself here. Fast-forward to about the 45 minute mark and try to pretend you're above his hyped-up striptease to "Suspicious Minds," which he performs before nailing Valerie Kaprisky in the shower and telling her, "I want us to smell like we've been fuckin'." Mmmmm. STEVE WIECKING

At a video store near you.

FRIDAY 11/26

Marshall Crenshaw

(LIVE MUSIC) Though Marshall Crenshaw did help the Gin Blossoms pen the hit "Til I Hear It from You" in 1995, that's no reason to scoff at this truly gifted songwriter and performer. The dare-you-to-be-unhappy, jangly brilliance of "Someday, Someway," off his 1982 self-titled debut, was a fine introduction to the string of wonderfully romantic tunes that would follow. His latest release, No. 447, still resonates with heart-on-his-sleeve loneliness, but there's a timely feeling of maturity within the disc that makes it another winner, of an entirely different sort. KATHLEEN WILSON

I Spy, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492, 8 pm.

Busiest Shopping Day

(SHOPPING TIPS) As everyone and their drunk Aunt Lucy knows, the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. And with malls and plazas packed to the gills with psychotic consumers and overwhelmed employees, smart shoppers will want to strategize, strategize, strategize. If you simply must go to a mall today, go early and go armed. Nothing disperses a crowd faster than a craftily detonated stink bomb (available at all decent convenience stores), and crafty consumers should never underestimate the persuasive power of a sharp elbow to the ribs. For you non-violent types, remember: Adult diapers worn outside your pants are a one-way ticket to the front of any line. DAVID SCHMADER

At a shopping outlet near you.

Ricky Martin: One Night Only

(TV SPECIAL) Pre-adolescent girls and adult gay men will fill living rooms all over Seattle tonight, illustrating yet again that, as demographic populations, they are interchangeable. Only this time, it's for something meaningful. Not only will Ricky Martin be performing "La Vida Loca," and my personal fave, "Shake Your Bon-Bons," but he'll be shown livin' it loco in his native Puerto Rico, where his shiny wealth could buy him all the bonbons he wants. JEFF DeROCHE

Channel 7, 8 pm.



(FILM) Andy Warhol's 1963 film Sleep is, naturally enough, a film about a guy sleeping. Conceived as a real-time movie showing Brigitte Bardot through an entire night's eight-hour sleep, Sleep wound up, due to limited technology and Bardot's inaccessibility, being shot on and edited together from four-minute lengths of film, all showing poet John Giorno in bed. It's five hours and 21 minutes long, is rarely screened, and is no doubt a little tiring to sit through. So when it shows as the final entry in Consolidated Works' film series, it'll be presented as part of a party, with drinks and a pair of DJs. Appropriate dress includes pajamas and nighties; BYO slumber-party accoutrements (nail polish, facial masque, etc.). ERIC FREDERICKSEN

Consolidated Works, 410 Terry Avenue North (South Lake Union neighborhood), 860-5245, 8 pm.

SUNDAY 11/28

Crusty Pancake Breakfast

(SOULFULLY GRATIFYING PARTY) There's no shrugging shoulders at Seattle's 800 homeless youth--our pockets are too thick not to help the young and hapless. Peace from the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS), along with a slew of sponsors great and small from Lucky Devil Piercing to QFC, are throwing a party to benefit PSKS' advocacy work. A Valentine Killers and Blööd Hag concert is on the bill, in addition to raffles, a silent auction, improvised hairdos by stylists from Vain, and of course, those delectably crusty flapjacks. BRIAN GOEDDE

The Elysian Brewing Company, 1221 East Pike Street, 860-1920. Pancakes, raffles, auction at 10 am, concert at 1 pm, $5 per person or $10 for "sponsorship of a street-involved youth."

Hell of a Show

(LIVE MUSIC) We've written great things about Calvin Johnson, Tight Bros, Unwound, and the Bangs many times before, so I don't think I need to explain to you why The Stranger would endorse this bill. Besides, what could we tell you about Calvin Johnson that you don't already know? His favorite brand of toothpaste? His private phone line? His social security number? People, people, that's sick. Give the man some privacy and just enjoy the show. ERIN FRANZMAN

Graceland, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 381-3094, 1:30 pm, $8, all ages.

MONDAY 11/29

Aliens in America

(THEATER) Seattle Rep favorite Charlayne Woodard has postponed her new one-woman show until next year, but in her place we get the acclaimed Sandra Tsing Loh. Loh's been making a name for herself with her vibrant stories, essays, appearances on NPR's This American Life, and solo show Aliens in America, which kicks off its run at the Rep today. The show--a wry remembrance of growing up German and Chinese in the Southern California wasteland--arrives here with glowing praise from both The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and the promise of not a few knowing laughs. STEVE WIECKING

Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222, runs Nov 29-Jan 15, $10-42.

The Golf War

(FILM) Tiger Woods stars in this documentary about the building of a new golf resort in the Philippines. ExceptÉ oh boyÉ this screening is taking place during the big WTO celebration. That means Tiger and the golf developers must be the bad guys. The underdogs are the protesters who want to block the free trade agreements that inevitably lead to the loss of agricultural and ancestral lands to the tourist industry. Apparently, they don't appreciate the glorious game of golf. It's sudden death! Can the protesters beat Tiger Woods at his own game? See review in Film Shorts, page 85. ANDY SPLETZER

Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Way S, 415-626-5510,, 6:30 pm, $5 suggested donation.


Ralph Nader

(LECTURE) Come hear some classy corporate bashing from the man who's been standing up to Fortune 500 CEOs since before any of those planning WTO protests were even born. The man who invented the corporate accountability movement--not to mention an army of litigious watch-dog groups--Nader will debate a, no doubt, brainwashed clone from the corporate world government. JOSH FEIT

Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 221-2585, 7:30 pm, free (tickets required; available at University Book Store).



(ART) Curated by Beliz Brother, and coinciding with the arrival of the World Trade Organization's Third Ministerial Conference, Outbound: Art at the Forefront of International Exchange presents a positive view of cultural trade. Twenty Northwest artists--including Claudia Fitch, Charles Krafft, Amy Denio, Matthew Lennon, Jack Mackie, Spike Mafford, and Jarrad Powell--show the fruit of their international initiatives. Tonight, exhibiting artists Brother, Denio, Charles Parriot, and Sally Cloninger talk about their work in a panel discussion moderated by SAM curator Pamela McClusky. ERIC FREDERICKSEN

Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, Third Floor, 585-3200, 7 pm, free.

For the Ca$h

(FILM) Who wouldn't pay five bucks to see a shitload of Seattle's rock star scenesters playing a short-fused pizza delivery driver (Murder City Devils' Coady Willis), a murderous gangster (Gas Huffer's Matt Wright), ghosts (Sunny Day Real Estate's William Goldsmith and Jeremy Enigk), and other homicidal maniacs (The U-Men's John Bigley, MCD's Spencer Moody and Dann Gallucci, members of Botch and Gas Huffer)? Matt Matsuoka's For the Ca$h screens tonight at Sit & Spin, and should boast the most star power since the illustrious premiere of Hype!. KATHLEEN WILSON

Sit & Spin, 2219 Fourth Ave, 441-9484, 9 pm, $6.