Arts Picks

Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2003




Pat Graney is frequently as much a kind of animator as she is a choreographer, taking images from visual art to start her movement investigation. With The Vivian Girls, shes working with rich and disturbing materials by outsider artist Henry Darger, who wrote 15,000 pages of stories about a group of young girls in perilous situations, then illustrated them with pictures painstakingly copied from comic books and advertising of the 1930s and 40s. Like Dargers images, which maintain their sweetness in a twisted world, Graneys pinafored dancers (including Cathy Sutherland, pictured) seem endowed with special powers, playing hopscotch in a minefield. 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 30Sat., Jan. 31. $25$35. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-292-ARTS. SANDRA KURTZ




The orchestral world plans so far in advance that its impossible to react quickly to buzz; even when a new work makes a splash, it can take years for other orchestras to program it. John Adams Naļ¶„ and Sentimental Music was a sensation at its 1999 L.A. Philharmonic premiere, and though a recording came out in 2002, Seattleites who were curious to hear it live are only now getting the chance. Adams familiar fingerprints, the gently chugging rhythms and shimmering sonic surface, are there, along with the sweep, richness, and depth of a composer at the peak of mastery. The Seattle Symphony plays it, with Adams conducting, this weekend. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 29; 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 31; 2 p.m. Sun., Feb. 1. $12$80. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-215-4747. GAVIN BORCHERT




Libido need a feeding? All manner of two- and three-dimensional art will pay homage here to various and sundry sexual preferences, perversions, and predilections. Youll find an impressive breadth of material by nearly 200 local and national artists, including Annie Sprinkle, Barbara Nitke, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Ellen Forney, Tomiko Jones, Erin Norlin (whose Pan is pictured below), Blair Wilson, and Randy Wood. In a panel discussion, Seattle gallery owner Greg Kucera will be joined by sex activist Aubrey Hart Sparks and others to discuss What Is Erotic? Theres also a Sex on Film series (see our film calendar listings), and, to top it all off, entertainment will feature titillating gyrations by the talented folks at BurningHeart Burlesque. Gala opening and preview: 811 p.m. Fri., Jan. 30. Exhibits and events: noon-midnight Sat., Jan. 31; noon 11 p.m. Sun., Feb. 1. $5 weekend pass, $5 additional for each Burlesque and Sex on Film performance. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave., 206-270-9746 or www.seattle for schedule info. ANDREW ENGELSON




Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki is honored with a family-friendly Saturday- afternoon series of four beautiful titles that culminates with his Oscar-winning Spirited Away (pictured) on Saturday, Feb. 21. First up is the G-rated My Neighbor Tortoro (1988), which similarly concerns the Shinto spirit world and the (literal) enchantment of nature. Two little sisters move to the country, where they meet up with a host of magical forest spirits. The plot works kind of like a haunted-house movie in reverse: Each time the girls push open a spooky door or encounter an unknown creature, wonderment, not terror, results. Viewers are drawn closer, like Satsuki and Mei, to appreciate the spiritual realm that lies within the arboreal. 1:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 31. Free. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3121. BRIAN MILLER




The recovering Republican, Bill Maher buddy, and Al Franken cohort brings her charming, somewhat unplaceable Euro accent to Shoreline, where shell bash Bush without the smile ever leaving her face. Her Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America (Three Rivers Press, $13) is new in paper and probably more timely than everwhat with those Halliburton and other oil-crony contracts being awarded in the 51st state of Iraq. (Or is that 52, counting Afghanistan?) You may also expect a few tart words about Martha Stewart and the Enron felons; so many CEOs are doing the perp walk these days that Huffington could host her own corporate malfeasance cable channelor write another book. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 4. $10$15. Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-546-4590. BRIAN MILLER

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