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WEDNESDAY 6/17Photography: Miniature InmatesCheryl Hanna-Truscott spent more than six years photographing women in the Washington Corrections Center's prison nursery program, near Shelton, Wash. These women—most in their 20s and 30s—maintain custody of their children while completing sentences for crimes like auto theft and burglary. Hanna-Truscott sheds light on their unique circumstances in her intimate portrait series "Protective Custody." Here we see a woman gazing in awe at her newborn son, his yellow blanket the only hint of color in the otherwise dreary room. In another frame, a mother pushes a stroller through the minimum-security campus. Hanna-Truscott explains that her biggest concern was that her subjects trust her. "These women are often incredibly vulnerable," she says. "They're willing to share their stories, but...the last thing they want is to have someone come in and give their situation a sensational spin, like 'Babies Behind Bars!'" Hanna-Truscott deals tenderly both with mothers and children, focusing on maternal bonds, not the felonies behind them. Her work is part of the PCNW Thesis Exhibition (through July 10), which also features six other artists in the program. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave., 720-7222, Free. 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m. ERIKA HOBARTFRIDAY 6/19Basketball: Hardwood ParadeThe Storm's Lauren Jackson is healthy and killing it, as she always does when she's healthy. Last year she was hurt, but the year before that she won the WNBA scoring title. The runner-up that season was Minnesota's Seimone Augustus. They meet tonight in a game between the Lynx and the Storm that promises to provide a slew of entertaining ballers. The Storm's Swin Cash is getting old (she's been dogged by a herniated disk for which she recently had surgery), but staying money. The Lynx's Charde Houston is still young and even more money. Her name's Houston, but she went to Connecticut, which is also the alma mater of Sue Bird, the Storm's starting point guard and a former WNBA Finals MVP. Finally, for novelty value, the Lynx's Rashanda McCants is the sister of NBA player Rashad McCants—he used to date Khloe Kardashian—and has the same haircut as 2005 NBA MVP Steve Nash had that year. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200, $15–$160. 7 pm. DAMON AGNOSFilm: Otis B. DriftwoodHard to believe now, but the Marx Brothers' great antiwar comedy Duck Soup was a flop in 1934. Zeppo retired, then MGM mogul Irving Thalberg, a bridge crony of Chico's, signed the boys on the condition they add structure and story to their antics. The result, 1935's A Night at the Opera (running through Thursday), is a classic, yet also a collision between anarchy and propriety—which neatly encapsulates the dynamic of most Marx Brothers movies. So here we have the polished MGM style and studio supporting players as a backdrop to Marxian zaniness. The opera sets are lavish and authentic; while on the ocean-liner crossing to New York, the folks in steerage break out in a song-and-dance frenzy that puts Titanic's Irish reels to shame. The juvenile-lead love story, usually Zeppo's province, is actually pretty credible—and cast with two young performers who can actually sing (Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones). Meanwhile, Harpo plays his harp and Groucho (as Mr. Driftwood) torments Margaret Dumont. Before filming, Thalberg had the brothers road-test the script with an abbreviated vaudeville tour—which made a stop here in Seattle in 1934! If only we could've seen that. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935, $5–$8. 7 and 9 p.m. BRIAN MILLERSATURDAY 6/20Outdoor Movies: Two Words: ABBAIf my life had a soundtrack, it would be filled with the songs of ABBA. For me, the tunes of Sweden's greatest export (sorry, Ikea) will never get old or out-of-date. Ever. So to say I'm excited for tonight wouldn't even begin to describe what I'm feeling. Fremont Outdoor Cinema begins its 2009 season not in Fremont (where the rest of the Saturday-night series continues), but at Magnuson Park. The film is Mamma Mia!, with Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and (yum) Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan. And, God help me, it's a sing-along! Does life get any better than this? Well, yes, actually it does, because there will also be a pre-show costume contest and ABBA karaoke. (I call "Fernando"!) The rest of the season (through Sept. 12) brings titles like Edward Scissorhands, The Big Lebowski, The Godfather, and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Selected movies, like Some Like It Hot, will be dubbed with new dialogue as one of Jet City Improv's "Twisted Flicks." Each show is preceded by entertainment, like improv comedy, photo-booth contests, and a prize—including an Xbox—awarded to the best themed costume. (Anyone know where I can get a pair of sparkly platform go-go boots?) See you tonight; I'll be the one in ABB-ecstasy. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., $5. 7 p.m. SUZIE RUGHStreet Fairs: Summer, UncoveredIt's coming. The weekend that unites tree-hugging hippie moms, gawking teenagers, and quasi-sketchy graybeard voyeurs. Yes, I speak of the Fremont Fair—more commonly known as the site of the Summer Solstice Parade (at noon today). Or, alternatively: "Dude! Naked people riding bikes!" Calm down, horrified parents; your children have surely seen worse online. Families shouldn't overlook the rest of the (generally clothed) activities, live music, and good food. Balagan Theater will perform excerpts from The Taming of the Shrew in Canal Park (10:30 a.m. both days), while Cirque du Soleil's René Bibaud practices her rope routine (1 p.m. Sunday). The I Heart Rummage gang is also holding a two-day sale, and double-dutch teams will jump at amazing rpms today (3 p.m., Waterfront Stage). For art- and car-lovers alike, there's the weekend Art Car Blowout, where jalopies are adorned with ribbons, sparkles, paint, and glue; these are fairy-tale automobiles you'll want to take home. (I'm still looking for the "Woodland Nymph"–themed car I saw several years ago.) Meanwhile, the fair's educational EcoZone provides what might as well be the fair's motto: Come for the breasts, save the planet. Downtown Fremont, 297-6801, $1 (recommended). 10 a.m.–8 p.m. BRITT THORSONArt Events: Really Cheap SeatsFor tonight's free Moore Inside Out event, the gorgeous 1907 theater will submit to an occupation by artists. More than 50 of them—including Lead Pencil Studio, Iole Alessandrini, and Jason Puccinelli—will fill the balconies, hallways, and backstage areas with installations and performance pieces. Groups like Awesome, Seattle School, and Orkestar Zirkonium will provide a soundtrack for you to examine and experience these works. "Back when the Moore was built," artist No Touching Ground explains, "African-Americans, poor people, and Jews were not allowed onto the ground floor. There is an entrance that goes from the alleyway to the second floor." In a nod to the building's segregated history, NTG will install graphics of current African-American Nova High School students ascending the stairs to the second floor. Organized by the Free Sheep Foundation, tonight's gathering also celebrates the centennial of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and offers a closer look at the intimate architectural details of a building rich with history. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 467-5510, Free. 6–10 p.m. ADRIANA GRANTMONDAY 6/22Books: Salary DumpYou've heard of coffee-table books, but have you heard of bathroom books? We're talking about the sort of easily digestible paperback that can be completed over the course of 200–300 separate squats in six months to a year. The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists (Running Press, $14.95), compiled by longtime sports journalists Art Thiel, Steve Rudman (both of the late printed P-I), and Mike Gastineau (KJR's "Gas Man"), is a noble entry in this porcelain genre. While the book's lack of photos is a tad perplexing, as is its failure to include the Mariners' selection of Brandon Morrow over Tim Lincecum in the "Dreadful Draft-Day Debacles" chapter, it's nevertheless an exhaustively researched, highly entertaining reminder that Seattle—Seattle University, even—has a richer sports heritage than generally credited. The book is a must-have for even casual observers of local sports, especially those prone to frequent bowel movements. The three authors appear tonight to discuss and defend their lists. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 366-3333, Free. 7 p.m. MIKE SEELYTUESDAY 6/23Visual Arts: Kicked ApartIt's the world's game, football, played with wads of rags and twine in countries where kids are too poor to buy actual soccer balls. And those balls, in the bad old days, were once hand-sewn by children in Third World sweatshops. But what do you get when you deconstruct a soccer ball—cut the stitching, separate the hexagonal panels, and pull out the bladder? For German artist Heidi Hinrichs (who also divides her time in Seattle), the results can be decorative, useful, or just plain weird. In her show "Rose Belongs to Lotus" (through June 26), a bisected, inside-out ball can look like a bowl or, yes, a lotus flower. Another assemblage, dangling from threads above the floor, is like some colorful sea creature—maybe a jellyfish or coral-reef inhabitant. Her material comes from balls of all colors, many with Nike logos, grass stains, scuff marks, and what look to be hand-drawn decorations by their original owners. A group of resewn, inverted balls suggests giant seed pods, or alien eggs waiting to hatch; some are now oblong instead of round, and the hexagonal pattern makes one think of a beehive, too. On the floor, black bladders connected by bicycle inner tubes resemble the kelp we might find washed onto our beaches. No longer made of leather, these soccer-ball carcasses have been chopped up and reassembled to mimic forms that are almost organic—appropriate for a game that should be played on grass. Howard House, 604 Second Ave., 256-6399, Free. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

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