The Weekly Wire: The Week’s Recommended Events

WEDNESDAY 8/26Comics: Baker's DozenContinuing through September 9, Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists is just that: A wall-size sampler of local talent to whet your interest in buying books, conveniently stacked nearby. Or you may be prompted to purchase individual one-off drawings from a dozen prominent local artists, including Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Ellen Forney, and Pat Moriarity. Most are small, inked black-and-white pages; none would really work poster-size. They're meant to be read, up close, as well as appreciated for their graphic art. Is there a uniquely Northwest school of cartoon art? It would be nearly interchangeable, I suppose, with the Fantagraphics roster (some of whose staff are also represented here). And that school would be dark, cynical, ornery, a tad cantankerous. Perhaps not so different from cartoonists in other cities, but ours are more demographically concentrated, clustered like an inkblot on the map. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 S. Vale St., 658-0110, Free. 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. BRIAN MILLERFilm: Welcome to SherwoodThe Wednesday-night Metro Classics series continues with The Adventures of Robin Hood, one of Warner Brothers' very best movies of the '30s, and that's saying something. Errol Flynn is suitably dashing, Olivia de Havilland suitably chaste, Basil Rathbone suitably evil, Alan Hale suitably jolly, and Claude Rains suitably, um, Claude Rains to make this rousing 1938 Technicolor adventure a perfect family film outing. The swordfights are thrilling, the horse chases exciting, and Flynn carries it all off with signature panache and good cheer. Don't you miss the days when heroes were actually cheerful and unconflicted about being heroic? When did every guy with a sword or gun have to become Hamlet? And the script is downright witty. Says Marion to Robin, "Why, you speak treason!" "Fluently," he replies. (Next week: Newman and Redford in The Sting.) Metro, 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., 781-5755, $7–$10. 6:45 and 9 p.m. BRIAN MILLERTHURSDAY 8/27Sports: It's All Over Now, Navy BlueBarring the greatest September winning streak in the history of baseball, the Mariners will not be making the playoffs this year. Last year, this news could have struck fans (and did, and then some) as a major disappointment. But this year's different: The M's were supposed to suck, and that was before the team had to deal with a never-ending onslaught of injuries to key players. Instead, they gamely remained in the postseason hunt until mid-August. This entire year was supposed to be about next year, or the year after next. But instead, this year's been about this year—until now. If Adrian Beltre heads to a contender via trade or waivers, fans needn't fret. That's what happens to veteran players in the final month of their contract. Instead, revel in the fact that Matt Tuiasosopo, the M's third-sacker of the future and a member of perhaps the Northwest's greatest multigenerational sporting family, will get the reps he needs to make a run at a full-time job in 2010. Which doesn't mean the Mariners won't remain competitive, especially if they're playing a perennial bed-shitter like the Kansas City Royals, in town tonight to begin a four-game stand. Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., 622-HITS, $8–$70. 7:10 p.m. MIKE SEELYSATURDAY 8/29Soccer: Kilometers Are for Communists (and Canadians)Seattle Sounders FC vs. Toronto FC fast facts: 1. At press time, Toronto is in third place in the Eastern conference, Seattle in fourth place in the Western. 2. The last time we played Toronto, in April, the Sounders won 2–0. 3. 86 percent of all soccer games end with a score of 2–0. 4. Fredy Montero is MLS's #2 scorer, with 10 goals in 20 matches. Toronto's top scorer, Dwayne De Rosario, has nine goals in 20 matches. 5. Toronto midfielder Amado Guevara is the captain of the Honduran national team. 6. Toronto is the second-newest team in the league, after us (or rather, before us), joining in 2007. 7. The Sounders' Tyrone Marshall played for Toronto that first season. 8. Both teams include a former model: Freddie Ljungberg for Calvin Klein, Toronto's Brian Edwards for Sta-Snug Parkas and Toques. 9. Toronto's CN Tower, coincidentally, is exactly three times as tall as the Space Needle. (1,815 ft./605 ft. or 553 meters/184 meters if you're a Communist!) 10. An expansion team is slated to begin play in Vancouver (B.C.) in 2011. 11. Why haven't Canadians started their own professional league? Why do they need to play in ours? 12. You know who else advocated socialized medicine? Hitler. Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., $20–$85. 1 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERTSUNDAY 8/30Vikings!: Meet the MaraudersLike everyone else in town, you're probably caught up in the frenzy and fervor of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition centennial. After the Klondike gold rush a decade prior, the 1909 AYPE secured Seattle's position on the map. As part of that celebration, 100 years back, our ample Scandinavian community crafted a longboat called the Viking that sailed from Kirkland to the AYPE, sited on today's UW campus. (A voyage from Ballard was impossible, since the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Montlake Cut didn't yet exist.) This year, you guessed it, they're doing it again for the AYPE Norway Day Centennial Celebration. The Nordic Spirit will be launched amid much festivity—food, Norwegian choral music, kids' activities, and perhaps some paddling around Salmon Bay. It's a family-friendly event, sponsored by the Nordic Heritage Museum. But should you see looters and flames at the freshly-pillaged Ballard Fred Meyer, you'll know who's responsible. Fishermen's Terminal, 3918 18th Ave. W., 789-5707, Free. 1 p.m. BRIAN MILLERMONDAY 8/31Karaoke: Way, Way Off Key88 Keys is better known for its dueling piano action than for its Monday and Tuesday karaoke nights. And that's why it's ideal for musically challenged crooners to sing their hearts out. Unlike at some karaoke joints, the crowd here is forgiving. Nobody takes themselves too seriously. Tone-deaf patrons typically knock back a few (happy-hour specials: $2 Bud bottles, $4 wells) before bursting into earnest renditions of eye-roll-inducing '90s hits like Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life" or Aqua's "Barbie Girl." A spunky host comes to the rescue, when she notices someone straining to reach C, by hitting the high notes herself. Admittedly, the bar's livelier the other five nights of the week, when professional pianists rule. But that means fewer witnesses of you making a complete ass of yourself. 88 Keys Dueling Piano and Sports Bar, 315 Second Ave. S., 839-1300, Free (21 and over). 8 p.m.–2 a.m. ERIKA HOBARTAlbum Art: Martinis on the MoonIt's refreshing to see a museum exhibit that doesn't pretend to offer great music or great art. Culled from the collection of an L.A. music industry executive, Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers (through December) cheerfully acknowledges its own kitsch and nostalgia value. Thrusting rockets, friendly aliens, Mr. Spock, buxom space babes, The Jetsons (of course), and tuxedoed lounge musicians wandering aimlessly on the moon ("Which way to the gig, Daddy-o?")—this is not the stuff of a serious connoisseur. Rather, as Rhino's Cheryl Pawelski and others explain on a loop video, the record industry and the space industry suddenly found themselves on parallel tracks. 45s were giving way to the larger pictorial surface of LPs just as Sputnik and NASA brought outer space into shag-carpeted American rec rooms. The eerie, wailing theremin—and there's one here you can play!—supplied the soundtrack to countless sci-fi flicks of the drive-in era. And at the same time, the record biz pumped out countless novelty albums with a space-age theme. The few (very few) recognizable names here include the Ventures, André Previn, Mel Torme, and Zubin Mehta—if that sounds random, that's because it is random, and enjoyably so. Say, when does cocktail hour begin on Mars? Science Fiction Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 724-3428, $12–$15. 10 a.m–5 p.m. BRIAN MILLERTUESDAY 9/1Music: The B-Side of FameLike Seattle's grunge phase in the '90s, Detroit's Motown era in the '60s had more talent than it could support. For every group like the Miracles or the Supremes that went national, there were 20 equally talented singers who got overlooked. Until recently, that was the story of Bettye LaVette's life. The Detroit-bred soul singer briefly toured with Otis Redding and Ben E. King in the early '60s on the strength of her song "My Man, He's a Loving Man," and she had a short stint with the James Brown Revue. But aside from being vocally astute and possessing chops like a split between Martha Reeves and Tina Turner, true fame seemed to elude her. During the early '70s, when she was arguably at her best, fame eluded her again. (The album she recorded, Child of the Seventies, was shelved at the last minute and sat unreleased until 2000.) Since then, she's bounced among various labels and cut 45s here and there. Only in the current decade has LaVette, now 63, received acclaim long overdue. Tonight and Wednesday she'll perform songs from her 2007 The Scene of the Crime, in addition to older tunes that made her almost famous four decades ago. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, $24.50. 7:30 p.m. JONATHAN CUNNINGHAM

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