Arts Picks

Jumpers, David Banner, The Shining, Howard Dean, and Dave Eggers




The Seattle Weekly readers who recently voted ACT Seattle's best theater company should be very happy when this Tom Stoppard classic opens. Stoppard's typically rambunctious intellect, which here has the murder of an acrobat inspiring contemplation on the existence of God, provides a good opportunity for the once deflated theater to showcase its newfound bounce. Jeff Steitzer directs a cast that includes several company favorites, including R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette, and the set (the model of which is pictured) is the brainchild of local maestro Matthew Smucker. Previews begin Fri., Aug. 27. Opens Thurs., Sept. 2. 7:30 p.m. Sun. and Tues.–Thurs.; 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat.; 2 p.m. matinees select Sat.–Sun. Ends Sun., Sept. 19. $15–$54. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676. STEVE WIECKING




You can't accuse David Banner of being lazy. The burly (physically, aurally, vocally) rapper has put, count 'em, four albums out in the past year and a half. And while it's true that two of them don't completely count, since they're screwed and chopped versions of Mississippi: The Album and MTA 2: Baptized in Dirty Water (both Universal), it's also true that the remixes are often deeper and more interesting than the vocal discs. That's not to take away from Banner's presence—which from most accounts is even bigger onstage. 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 26. $25/$40 VIP. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-6151. MICHAELANGELO MATOS




Stephen King has never been given a more memorable, disturbing, boldly surreal movie adaptation, so go figure: He can't stand Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece. The rest of us know better. Fans have a laundry list of shock-and-awe moments to anticipate, from the eerie natural sound of little Danny's Big Wheel rumbling over the Overlook's floorboards to—old-school spoiler alert!—that primal ax swing to Scatman Crothers' chest. No other popular horror feature is so closely identified with winter, so it's fitting that this is the Fremont summer movie season's swan song. (R) Dusk Fri., Aug. 27. $5. Fremont Outdoor Movies, 3410 Stoneway Ave. N., 206-781-4230. ANDREW BONAZELLI




There's no doubt about it—John Kerry owes a lot of his current momentum to Howard Dean. After the bland nonevent that was Al Gore in 2000, this doctor son of a wealthy New England family somehow pulled even jaded progressives out of the woodwork with his "People-Powered Howard" campaign. Deaniacs still mourning his defeat in the primaries should get the thrill of their lives: Their idol will be shaking hands and signing his new call to action, You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America. 12:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. 31. Free. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400. NEAL SCHINDLER




The love-him-or-be-bugged-by-him Dave Eggers will read from Created by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's, Humor Category, a work that, as he claims in its introduction, "will fill you with such joy that you may want to beat your head on a rock." Hmm. Of course, McSweeney's also means it's hip and literary, and that the hiperatti will be there to see and be seen. And two Seattleites will be on hand to read their contributions— go revel in the words of locals Sean Carman and KUOW's John Moe. 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 1. Free. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400. JOANNE GARRETT

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