Jennifer Loomis

Also: Chemical Brothers, Northwest Yoga and Meditation Festival, Seattle Poetry Festival, and Purple Rain Sing-Along.




For many of us in Seattle, it's old news that the idea of family has broadened to include parents who are lesbian and gay. Nevertheless, in a time when gay marriage is debated in the courts and the new pope once deemed homosexuality an "intrinsic moral evil," there's a real need for Jennifer Loomis' show of photographs, "We Are Family." The acclaimed maternity photographer collects images of 11 families—and whether the images show two lesbian grandmothers with their Korean grandchild or a gay couple who sued for preventing them from adopting, the message is clear: What defines a family is love and responsibility. Opening reception: 7–9 p.m. Sat., April 30. Exhibit runs through May 31. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun. Free. Seattle LGBT Community Center, 1115 E. Pike St., 206-323-5428. ANDREW ENGELSON




Last year, anyone who cared about the Chemical Brothers was worried about them—their single, "The Golden Path," had signaled that they might become a Starbucks institution for recovering ravers, complete with pasted-in Flaming Lips cameo. The February release of Push the Button (Astralwerks) may not demonstrate that Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have lost their taste for questionable guest stars ("Left Right" features a lousy vocal from rapper Anwar Superstar, while "Galvanize" features an iffy-sounding Q-Tip), but their feel for club beats and synthetic textures is thankfully steelier than at any point since 1997's Dig Your Own Hole. Whether they're recapitulating their classic sound with the filtered breakbeats and sitar riffs of "Marvo Ging" or moving into near trance with "Surface to Air," the album seldom steps wrong. 9 p.m. Wed., April 27. $30 adv. Premier, 1700 First Ave., 800-325-7328 (TicketsWest). MICHAELANGELO MATOS




I always wondered what the "Y" in Generation Y stood for. It wasn't until I discovered Babar's Yoga for Elephants that I finally understood. In the book, intended for children, Laurent De Brunhoff's famed cartoon elephant advocates Downward-Facing Dog and Warrior I, then explains the meditative mindset behind the posing and breathing. The third annual Northwest Yoga & Meditation Festival brings Himalayan-themed films and mandala sand paintings to Seattle Center, along with "paths of study" for yogis of every level—and species, perhaps. Thurs., April 28–Sun., May 1. $15 (one-day open pass) to $435 (full festival pass). Seattle Center (Northwest Rooms), 206-362-9642. NEAL SCHINDLER




Three days of workshops, readings, and open-mike events at Richard Hugo House are launched with a gala event downtown, where local boy Sherman Alexie (pictured) joins Boulder, Colo.–based Anne Waldeman (In the Room of Never Grieve) for an evening of stupendous stanzas and terrific trochees. How many of us are aware that April is National Poetry Month? Not enough, but there's still time to do something about it. You may just be inspired to put pen to paper—well, cursor to PowerBook—before the weekend's through. Opening night: 7 p.m. Fri., April 29. $25–$50. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4747. All other events: Fri., April 29–Sun., May 1. $10–$20. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030, BRIAN MILLER




Let's go crazy. Applying the sing-along formula to Prince's 1984 sturm-und-Minneapolis-drang musical only makes sense when you consider The Sound of Music was the last title to go the audience-participation route. In addition to the title song, Purple Rain's killer soundtrack includes "I Would Die for U," "When Doves Cry," and (from Morris Day and the Time) "Jungle Love"—all of them considerably funkier than Rodgers and Hammerstein. And isn't Prince dry-humping the stage really the dramatic equivalent of Julie Andrews bellowing in the Alps? The screening will be preceded by an "'80s Slut Pageant"—presumably open to guys and girls—and Prince tribute by San Fran drag artist Peaches Christ. U would be a fool 2 miss it. (R) Midnight Sat., April 30. $9. Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. BRIAN MILLER

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