100 University St, 654-3100.
* BAJA TO VANCOUVER: THE WEST COAST AND CONTEMPORARY ART
See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Thurs Oct 9, 5:30 pm-midnight. Through Jan 4.
Prints about aphorisms. Opening reception Sat Oct 11, 7-10 pm. Sev Shoon Arts Center, 5200 Ballard Ave NW, 782-2415. Through Nov 4.
* LEIV FAGERENG
Bright new paintings of the disturbingly accessorized real world. Opening reception Fri Oct 10, 6-9 pm. Gulassa & Co, 10 Dravus St, 283-1810. Through Nov 3.
All things dying, death, and afterward. Opening reception Fri Oct 10, 6-10 pm. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave S, 374-8977. Through Oct 31.
* ROY McMAKIN
McMakin's work involves everyday domestic stuff--drawers, bookcases, refrigerators--and is sometimes altered and unusable, and sometimes more subtly provisional. Some people love this; others are driven crazy by it. Opening reception Wed Oct 8, 6-8 pm. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Nov 15.
An installation, called There Is No There There, that includes salt, Q-tips, and a human body. Opening reception Fri Oct 10, 7-11 pm. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Oct 12.
* KATY STONE
In Degrees of Appearance, Stone creates a shifting, ephemeral-seeming space with layers of painted acetate. Opening reception Fri Oct 10, 5-7 pm. Artist talk Sat Oct 11, noon. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 684-7312. Through Jan 9.
Art about shoes. Opening reception Thurs Oct 9, 6-9 pm. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. Through Nov 14.
* JOHN GRADE
Sculpture that is at once biological, landscape, monumental, and creepy/fuzzy. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Nov 1.
Funny paintings with charming little Japanese-style characters: toast, bunnies, pandas... excellent! Fancy, 1932 Second Ave, 443-4621. Through Oct 31.
Visual and audio field recordings from Seattle's survey stations. Jack Straw New Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Nov 26.
CHLOE RIZZO, CHAUNEY PECK
Rizzo's crocheted-together body parts combine the homey and the repellent. With Peck's paintings of animals and fish. Priceless Works Gallery, 619 N 35th St, Suite 100, 349-9943. Through Nov 2.
Inspired by mathematical and economic principles, Schultheis' paintings have more life and mystery than most abstract work. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Oct 31.
Dangerous cover girls, in Siren. Lipstick Traces, 500 E Pine St, 329-2813. Through Nov 1.
* DAN WEBB
"Aspects of insomnia's sliding world are tied together by a ball that runs along a carved wooden track throughout the gallery. Somnolent, crazy, repetitive, unexpected--the only thing that sets the ball in motion is our own will to do so." (Emily Hall) Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Oct 18.
* ARBITRARY ART GRANT
See Stranger Suggests. Sat Oct 11. Send submissions to email@example.com.
THE ART OF HISTORY
A conversation with John Boylan, Robin Oppenheimer, Andrew Schulz, and Astrid Larsen. Mon Oct 13, 7-9 pm at Otis Cafe, 1005 Boren Ave, 342-9866.