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The Henry Art Gallery's annual one-day summer extravaganza opens two very different exhibits: a celebration of ultra­modern Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and a solo show by Vancouver, B.C., multimedia artist Alex Morrison. Photographs, video, sketches, and project models will explore the working methods of Calatrava, an architect best known for high-tech, soaring arcs and swoops (including the airport in Lyon-Sartolas, France, pictured). British-born Morrison records youth in rebellion and how commerce co-opts the revolutionary impulse. Festivities will include a lecture on Calatrava, performances of choreographer Trisha Brown's Floor in the Forest, plenty of DJs and food, and an evening of music from Seattle electronica duo the Beehive. Daytime program 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (free) and evening program 6–10 p.m. ($8–$10) Sat., July 17. Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280. ANDREW ENGELSON




As spearhead of the Drive-By Truckers, Hood is the most important Southern rocker of his gen­eration and maybe the most important since R.E.M. It's the story of another Southern band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, that the Truckers dedicated 2001's ripping Southern Rock Opera to, but it's last year's Decoration Day that hits hardest, balancing no-hope narratives against woollier, lighter stuff like "Marry Me." Hood is just one of three singer/songwriters in that band, so his solo debut, Killers and Stars (New West), gives him a chance to show off. 9 p.m. Wed., July 14. $10. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 800-965-4827. MICHAELANGELO MATOS




Watts goes up in flames during the eighth installment of Mosley's acclaimed Easy Rawlins mystery series, Little Scarlet (Little, Brown, $24.95), the title of which refers to a black murder victim whose case the cops are unwilling to solve. They suspect a white perp but fear an investigation could further inflame racially polarized L.A.; Easy begins to suspect a serial killer of a different color. As usual, Mosley's economy with language echoes Easy's direct manner of solving crimes. Also back is Easy's dangerous gangster pal, Mouse, whispering in his ear that Easy will never get the respect he deserves. Mosley, on the other hand, earned ours long ago. 7:30 p.m. Wed., July 14. Free. Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. BRIAN MILLER




Barely two years out of the hospital after nearly self-immolating while freebasing cocaine, Richard Pryor wasn't the sort of comic to duck his past troubles. This 1982 concert movie represented a career comeback for the comedy pioneer, who today counts Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and others among his heirs. He's frank about race, coke, white people, and an eye-opening trip to Africa. The routine is as much social commentary as stand-up, since his best humor is based in anger—at others' hypocrisy and his own misdeeds (R) Fri., July 16. Runs through Thurs., July 22. Grand Illusion, Northeast 50th Street and University Way Northeast, 206-523-3935. BRIAN MILLER




Yeah, she's the girl who just wanted to have fun, but there has always been more to Lauper than her '80s hits and a singular way with hair color would suggest. Her most recent release, 2003's At Last (Sony), showcases a mature vocalist capable of shaking up the most familiar of American popular standards, including a double-barreled take on the Etta James title track that will blow anyone away who doesn't yet realize how much the former She Bopper can sing. That voice really carries live—her pier show may well have distant sailors sobbing to "Time After Time." 8 p.m. Sat., July 17. $36. Pier 62/63, 1901 Alaskan Way, 206-628-0888. STEVE WIECKING

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