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In previous work, Miller painted from snapshots he stole from Costco. Making sure there were duplicates in each packet, Miller would steal a set for himself and surreptitiously return the others. He readily acknowledges the moral slipperiness of his experiments in art voyeurism, and now that Costco has caught on and changed its photo procedure, he's turned to happenstance: A new series of paintings called "Zion" is based on a single roll of film Miller discovered during a camping trip to Utah's Zion National Park (including this detail from Mother and Son, pictured). The anonymous tourists are captured against a vast, empty canvas, and the figures pop out of the empty space with such vibrancy, they seem to shout, "Hey, it's me!" Who knows—it might be you. Reception 6–8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 12. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat. Ends Sat., Sept. 18. Free. Howard House, 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. ANDREW ENGELSON




Dotty, potty Lotty Wilton (Julie Briskman, left) spots a news­paper ad for a Medi­terranean villa and buttonholes prim Rose Arnott (Suzanne Bouchard, right) to rent it with her and leave the husbands behind. Adapted by a ham-fisted Matthew Barber from Elizabeth Arnim's 1922 novel, this tale of Brit women who succumb to enchantment in defiance of men's wishes is not at all easy to pull off. But sure-handed director Warner Shook has a cast as precise and inspired as anyone in the business, and deploys it to brilliant effect. The play may lack the transforming sorcery of true drama, yet as a sweet and funny hit show, it does the trick. Extended performances 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 11–Thurs., Aug. 12. $15–$54. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676. TIM APPELO




For those who consider great cooking to be on a par with sculpture or painting, this annual buffet is the ultimate Art Walk. Featured dishes this year include Cascadia's refreshing cucumber soup with Oregon sweet shrimp and mojito sorbet; Canlis' fail-safe Misty Isle steak with peppercorn bordelaise; the Georgian's crispy duck hash with tomato carpaccio; and a scallop saltimbocca with goat cheese, potato dumplings, and bell-pepper coulis from Six Seven, whose proficiency with scallops our own Tim Appelo has raved about in these pages. Expect hot tunes to match the haute cuisine, courtesy of the Dudley Manlove Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 13. $60–$150. Pike Place Market, between Pine and Virginia streets, 206-774-5262. NEAL SCHINDLER




This is the sort of fan-friendly mega-event that would get a Star Wars freak's light saber glowing with anticipation. All three of Peter Jackson's critically and commercially blessed Tolkien adaptations will run sequentially, one for each night of the weekend, outdoors and free of charge. Down your mead and ale beforehand, snuggle for warmth with your favorite gender-unspecified hobbit, and witness Orlando Bloom's lone non-laughable, ass-kicking performance as ace archer Legolas (pictured); Christopher Lee and Ian McKellen's climactic battles of the flowing, white, wizardly tresses; and, oh yeah, possibly the biggest gamble in cinematic history paying off big time in almost every way. (PG-13) Dusk Fri., Aug. 13–Sun., Aug. 15. Free. Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St., 206-684-7200. ANDREW BONAZELLI




Americans have rarely been as politicized as we are now, and this might go double for music fans, so this visit from punk's tenured iconoclast is well timed. The 57-year-old shows no sign of slowing down, and images of antiwar and civil rights protests should beef up the relatively benign tracks from the recent Trampin', making the show a love­fest with spark-plug power—even if she is preaching to the converted. Likely worth the admission price on its own is the 13-minute "Radio Baghdad," which Smith (pictured, with her band) sings from an unlikely, and perhaps much-needed, point of view. 8 p.m. Sun., Aug. 15. $20/$29. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-443-1744. LAURA CASSIDY

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