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It's one thing for a photographer to be in the right place at the right time, another to open the shutter at the right moment. Harder still with tear gas, police dogs, fire hoses, and billy clubs swirling around you. In a talk titled "Four Decades Behind the Camera," the veteran lensman for Life and Magnum will discuss his most recent collection, Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65 (St. Ann's Press, $65), which includes images of arrests in Birmingham and more peaceable scenes such as the one above. In his long career, Davidson's shot Marilyn Monroe, Brooklyn hoods, and daily life along Manhattan's East 100th Street. Davidson isn't a conventional photojournalist looking for the lurid and sensational; instead he seeks the luminous and the still. His frames are mainly in repose, letting his subjects' stories speak silently for themselves, even when they're making history. (An exhibition of his work opens at Greg Kucera Gallery Thurs., Dec. 4.) 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 2. $4-$10. Henry Art Gallery Auditorium, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2281. BRIAN MILLER




It's 1974 and New York City is going straight to hell. The fastest, grimiest, most sulfurous way to get there? The subway, of course, until Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, and other goons hijack the train and demandcue your best Dr. Evil voice to say this$1 million in '70s pre-inflation ransom. The top cop on the case is the late, great Walter Matthau, who embodies everything great about the N.Y.C. of that era: He's loose, shambling, dissolute, funny, and easy to underestimate. Battling crooks and city bureaucrats at every turn, he always pretends to be one step behind when, in truth, he's actually waiting for the rest of us to catch up. (This is the restored CinemaScope print.) Fri., Nov. 28-Thurs., Dec. 4. $7.50. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. BRIAN MILLER




OK, fine, this looks really stupid. And certainly when your press quotes includes such accolades as "' . . . black-clad stoners . . . ' Los Angeles Magazine," that's not a good sign. But I'm sorry, the clips on their Web site made me laugh as these three stand-up comics from L.A. (their résumés boasting of appearances on various late-night talk shows) devote some 80 minutes to riffing on all things weed, spleef, bong, and baked. Dude, set your alarm so you don't miss it. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 29. $10-$25. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-292-ARTS. MARK D. FEFER




Forget The Reagansif conservatives were really savvy, they'd be worrying about Mike Nichols' long-awaited HBO movie version of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-winning Broadway epic. Kushner's enthralling, expansive sociopolitical fantasia effectively decimates old Ron and other Right wrongdoers for their inhumane response to the AIDS epidemic, and now it has Al Pacino (above), Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson to help knock that sentiment home. The show will air on two Sundays beginning Dec. 7, but tonight there's a preview screening to benefit Intiman (which staged the play several seasons ago), AIDS Housing of Washington, and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 1. $15 suggested donation. Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., 206-269-1901 ext. 345. STEVE WIECKING




It's pretty rare for a Jewish organizationor I suppose any organizationto put on an event whose sole purpose is to edify and delight, and not to raise funds, recruit, or incite. The New York-based Nextbook is doing exactly that, with a series of free author appearances and library programs whose only goal is to help promote awareness and enjoyment of Jewish culture. Nextbook launched its Seattle series with a hugely successful appearance by Michael Chabon a few weeks ago; next up is lesser-known Iranian-born novelist Gina Nahai, a lyrical writer and insightful thinker on issues of exile and belief. Her Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith will be the subject of book club meetings at the Queen Anne and Mercer Island libraries on Fri., Nov. 28 (see for details). 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 3. Free. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and University Street, 888-621-2230 for reservations.


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