Poor Carrie Whitehigh school is difficult enough even without telekinetic powers, a religious freak for a mother, and classmates who think dumping


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Poor Carrie Whitehigh school is difficult enough even without telekinetic powers, a religious freak for a mother, and classmates who think dumping pigs' blood on you is a real hoot. Brian De Palma's operatic film adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel has long been ripe for spoofing; you can't set Piper Laurie off hollering about Sissy Spacek's "dirty pillows" and not expect someone to call in the camp brigade. Playwright Ryan Landry has responded with this musical celebration of a tormented virgin's bummer of a prom night. You'll probably die laughing if the cast is any indication. Heather Hughes (pictured), who knew just how to nudge the one-liners in Annex's Stage Door, plays the troubled teen; and ridiculously funny Money & Run veteran Brandon Whitehead is probably already chewing on his script in preparation for his role as Carrie's stark raving mum. Opens Fri., Oct. 31. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Also 10:30 p.m. Sat. Indefinite run ends sometime in mid-December. $17. JewelBox Theater at the Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave., 206-722-9569. STEVE WIECKING




"Imagine a real Utopia, where no one was in need and there was no pain, disease, or war. But through a sudden catastrophe, the Fall, Utopia disappears and in Raven's Mill, the smith Edmund Talbot and Bast the Wood-Elf must face the disaster together." Yes, that's the plot outline of There Will Be Dragons (Baen Books, $25), which the author will sign and read from in this free in-store event. Dragons are scary enough; then there's this Wood-Elf character; then check out the hottie on the coverwho is this woman? What does she intend to do with that bow? And will aficionados of the military/sci-fi genre come dressed in character? We're intrigued and yet scared. 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 30. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400. BRIAN MILLER




Yes, David Cronenberg has his troublesome fetishesand, no, let's not talk about Crash nowbut once in a long while, they pay off with some chills. His 1979 The Brood, a horrific contemplation of repression and child abuse, is probably his scariest flick: You know there's trouble when Oliver Reed is the doctor in charge of healing Samantha Eggar's psychological woundsand that's not even getting into the bunch of brutal, navel-less little munchkins running around killing everybody. And, yeah, Cronenberg gets in his usual disgust with female physiology (let's just say crackpot Eggar doesn't need a midwife for her glorious new arrival). Whateverit'll give you the creeps. 11 p.m. Fri., Oct. 31-Sat., Nov. 1. $5-$7.50. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. STEVE WIECKING




Mexico's hybrid mix of cultures is especially potent on the Day of the Dead, when the ancient gods are evoked along with newer Christian traditions. The celebration at the Seattle Center includes dances of the Orisha (guardian spirits from the African traditions), dances from Aztec and Native American sources, and modern dance incorporating all these influences. Also look for sand painting (a tapete by Isaac Hernandez Ruiz, pictured), community altars to the dead, Guatemalan kite making, music from the engaging duo Correo Aereo, and, finally, a procession lead by La Catrina, the personification of death. She invites us to honor our dead by calling out their names. Noon-8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 1. Free. Fisher Pavilion and Center House, Seattle Center, 206-684-7200. SANDRA KURTZ




Jason Webley will die tonight. The accordion player's elaborate death shows combine music, puppetry, and dance with a macabre climax. Last year, a knife came down from the ceiling and penetrated Jason's silhouette as blood splattered onto the sheet in front of him. Moments later, his limp body was tied to a pole, carried away by "spirits" into the woods, and fastened to a treewhere he hung through the freezing night until onlookers left at 4 a.m. This time, he's booked a larger venue and a backing band, but expect the same result: Webley (pictured) will not leave this show alive. 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 1. $9. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., tickets at the door or BRANDON IVEY

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