14 plays in 48 hours, and the McLeod Residence, Belltown's new high-concept art space

Theater14/48 Fourteen plays in 48 hours, that is. A theme is drawn from a hat (on Thursday) or suggested by the audience (Friday), and then each participating writer is assigned the number and gender of actors they will write for. Ten-minute plays are due the next morning (ouch) and then cast, rehearsed all day, and performed that night. At press time, seven playwrights, seven directors, and a couple dozen actors have signed on for each weekend of the whirlwind event that's been selling out annually since 1997. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1612 12th Ave., 800-838-3006,, $15. 8 and 10 p.m. Fri., Jan. 5–Sat., Jan. 6, and Fri., Jan. 12–Sat., Jan. 13. GAVIN BORCHERTArtsy OpeningMcLeod ResidenceIf the First Thursday art walks of Pioneer Square (and, increasingly, Belltown) only leave you wanting more creative stimulation, this is the month to do double duty and strike out on a Friday. This new high-concept art space is a former apartment building now making distinct uses of its five rooms. Masterminded by Lele McLeod and Buster McLeod (names have been altered to increase the suspense), tonight's gallery opening, phase one of its Factory-like development, is to be followed in the spring by a variation on a membership-based lounge. Seattle bar patrons will lay down their martinis long enough to mutate into bar participants (look to First Hill spot the Hideout's quarterly magazine for proof), but will a barrier-breaking establishment play in Belltown? See (and be seen) for yourself at tonight's art show, which includes digital 2-D images mounted on light boxes, a multimedia installation of lasers and music by Paul Rucker, and a sitting room done up in 19th-century parlor style. McLeod Residence, 2209 Second Ave., 5–9 p.m. RACHEL SHIMP

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