Pearl Jam Gives Green

The band boosts local environmental groups. Plus: Bumbershoot, dance, and art news.


Pearl Jam is donating big bucks to nine environmental organizations to offset the "climate footprint" of the band's 2006 world tour. The idea behind the band's so-called Carbon Portfolio Strategy is to encourage carbon emission reduction—in part to compensate for the environmental damage caused by its own touring. The band acknowledges that the airplanes, trucks, buses, and concert venues it uses produce thousands of tons of carbon dioxide a year—not to mention all those concertgoers driving all those cars to see the group's shows. Among the local recipients of Pearl Jam's $100,000 gift are the Cascade Land Conservancy, EarthCorps, IslandWood environmental learning center, and the Washington Clean Energy Initiative. For details, see LYNN JACOBSON


The latest lineup announcement from Bumbershoot shows a nice balance of both national and local acts. Blondie and the Steve Miller Band have both been tagged on as headliners, and locals faves such as Invisible Eyes and the Can't See get plenty of representation alongside hip-hop acts Abssynian Creole and the Saturday Knights. But perhaps even more exciting than the tunes this year are the two stages (finally!) of comedy, which will boast performances by Tinkle, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and the Upright Citizen's Brigade. Bumbershoot runs Saturday, Sept. 2, to Monday, Sept. 4, at Seattle Center. For info: BRIAN J. BARR


Left Field Dance is calling it quits after two years to pursue various endeavors. The collective's shows, like last year's Dancey Dance, have been playful, personal, strange, and thought-provoking. While Jules Skloot and Molly Ouellette are skipping town (to earn an MFA in choreography at Sarah Lawrence and to attend chiropractic college in Portland, respectively), Heather Budd is "cooking something up" locally and Jody Kuehner is busy with a forthcoming d9 show. For more on that: RACHEL SHIMP


At 8:30 Saturday night, July 8, on Ballard Avenue across from the Tractor Tavern, two women sat up to their knees in an inflatable pool. As someone in the crowd said, "What's the attraction?" Ostensibly, it was the swimming pool–inspired art exhibit, "Water Wings," inside 20twenty, a boutique selling mostly retro '80s gear. A laptop DJ, cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon, and a packed house made quite a scene. But with an obstacle course of clothing racks to paw through to get close to the art—mostly photographs of people (and a pair of mannequins) in bathing suits—the event seemed less about the art and more about trying to get the crowd to go not swimming but shopping. ADRIANA GRANT

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