An installation produced by the art group Arts411 about the relationship between African and indigenous American people. Opening reception Wed Feb 20, 5-7 pm. M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery, Seattle Central Community College, Broadway and Pine, room 2116, 344-4379. Through March 5.
BOYS AGAINST GIRLS/GIRLS AGAINST BOYS
Gender issues, as explored by the ArtDrill folks and some of their friends. Opening reception Thurs Feb 14, Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through March 10.
They've never publicly shown (their work) before. Opening reception Fri Feb 15, 6-10 pm. Aftermath, 928 12th Ave, 709-9797. Through March 21.
Truth in advertising: abstract work by Susan Dory, Betsy Eby, Caio Fonseca, Chris Gallagher, Alfred Harris, and Antonio Murado. Dory's blurred patterns--like gene prints, or wallpaper seen under the influence--are particularly good. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Feb 22.
* EFRAIN ALMEIDA
Did you know that some of the hottest contemporary artists are from Brazil? It's true! Almeida's sculpture includes strands of beads that are "drawn" over the floor, like a contour map, or a body outline. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through March 2.
TIM BISKUP, GARY BASEMAN, TONY MILLIONAIRE
Work that mines the fine gray area between art and illustration. Roq la Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through February 28.
New abstract work. Ballard/Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Feb 27.
AMZE and ALEX EMMONS
An installation, called Boomtown Expands, about gentrification and the urban economy. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Feb 21.
The Tent City Campaign features photographs from Goldstine's three months living in Tent City III. Independent Media Center Gallery, 1415 Third Ave, 328-9361. Through Feb 28.
Exciting new work in the little-explored medium of Etch-a-Sketch. Cut Kulture Gallery, 2018 First Ave, 374-8753. Through Feb 28.
Signs without words, in a photographic series called Signifying Nothing. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through March 6.
THE IMMORTALITY CLINIC
The riddle of finite existence revealed, through the work of artist Jason Puccinelli and other death-defying tricks. Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave N, 254-0475. Through March 1.
* FRANKLIN JOYCE
Joyce likes to take to the streets and the clubs armed with battery-powered backpack and mobile projection unit. The point is strictly interaction: projecting images onto people and spaces and becoming part of the action. As his final project for 911's artist in residence program, Joyce has created a window installation from his nighttime excursions. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Feb 17.
* LISA LIEDGREN, BLAIR WILSON
Both Liedgren and Wilson use the most ordinary of shapes--dots--but to entirely different ends. Wilson is a sort of cartoony post-Pointillist, while Liedgren's work looks more like Braille, or Morse code, or some other unreadable system. She's like Damien Hirst, only smarter. Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N Lawrence St, Tacoma, 253-879-3100. Through Feb 24.
* PEEPSHOW 28
For three weeks, the peep booths at the Lusty Lady will feature art videos on sexy and sexual themes. This show includes work by director Atom Egoyan, everyone's favorite porn star Annie Sprinkle (hooray for the Bosom Ballet!), and local dirty (and talented) old man Mark O'Connell. Bring lots of quarters. The Lusty Lady, 1315 First Ave, 622-2120. Through Feb 21.
* MATTHEW PICTON
See Art: Review. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through March 9.
* SALLY SCHUH
For a couple of years now, Schuh has been mining an extraordinary collection of photographs and notes that once belonged to a Jewish matchmaker. In less-talented hands, this might have turned into a maudlin and undigested act of appropriation, but with Schuh it's a long meditation on desire and its concomitant signs. Here, she's showing intaglio prints and some cropped images from the series. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through March 3.
* GARY SMOOT
In two new installments of his seven-part Wiener saga, Smoot continues to investigate the pathos of disintegration. If you missed the opening, you've missed the heart of it, but it's worth checking out the progressively sadder remains. CMA Gallery, Ceramics Department, University of Washington, 4205 Mary Gates Memorial Drive, 543-0178. Through Feb 23.
SOIL DOES HOUSTON
Hooray, they're back! Without this artist cooperative and this gallery, the Capitol Hill art scene felt quite faint. Now, a group show of SOIL members. Houston, 907 E Pike St, 860-7820. Through March 2.
TENTACLES OF LOVE, MEGHAN TRAINOR
Art and gifts for Valentine's Day (the most despised of holidays). With new art (asking new questions) from Trainor. The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Tentacles runs through Feb 17; Trainor's work up through Feb 24.
Underwater photography. FotoCircle Gallery, 562 First Ave S, suite 300, 624-2645. Through March 7.
WHAT IS ART?
Big question! Can it be answered? Rainier Square, 1333 Fourth Ave, 2nd floor. Through March 1.