Arts Picks

THURSDAY

VISUAL ARTS

NICK KOSCIUK

A gallery you usually bypass during First Thursdayin the heart of Occidental commercialism, it's home to pretty glass and decor-friendly abstract paintingsD'Adamo this month hosts something worth a look: Nick Kosciuk's large-scale paintings of kids at an orphanage in Belarus, the desperately backward former Soviet republic and home to Chernobyl. The Seattle artist visits his subjects several times a year, and returns annually with these direct and compelling, even if sentimental, portraits. Reception: 5-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 4. D'Adamo/Woltz Gallery, 307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414. MARK D. FEFER

WEDNESDAY

STAGE

ABUNDANCE

If On the Boards didn't have such a stellar track record for booking must-see mavericks, we'd be wary of this latest Marty Pottenger's multimedia piece shaped from interviews the performance artist conducted with people from both ends of the economic spectrum, asking questions like "What is enough for you?" We'd fear the results would involve something wincingly obvious, like a bunch of terribly earnest New Yorkers imploring us not to covet Gap jeans when so many others do without. But On the Boards does have said track record, so in the spirit of the season, we're thinking, hell, maybe Marty Pottenger's on to something and the rest of us should check it out. 8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 3- Sat., Dec. 6. $22. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888. STEVE WIECKING

THURSDAY

STAGE

BRENT OR BRENDA?

Glen or Glenda, beloved crap filmmaker Ed Wood's 1953 plea for cross-dressing eman-cipation, is inherently funny. Scot Augustson, the profanely Python-esque mind behind randy shadow puppet shows like Gone Are the Days, is Seattle's funniest playwright. That Augustson uses Wood's deranged transvestite treatise as inspiration for a tale of one man at war with his own nature should be outright hilarious. Staging this "Anti-Holiday Holiday Show" is Ed Hawkins, whose previous spoof at the Re-bar was the gut-busting Deflowered in the Attic, and the night also promises a "totally gratuitous musical number." Likely to be even more hysterical than the Paramount's Rockettes show. Opens Thurs., Dec. 4. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat., Dec. 27 $12. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 206-323-0388. STEVE WIECKING

FRIDAY

FILM

POINT BLANK

"We blew it." Two years before Easy Rider, this 1967 John Boorman revenge flick put the same bitter line into the bitter mouth of bitter killer Lee Marvin (above). Walker is betrayed by a pal and his own wife, left gut shot and bleeding after a heist gone bad, but he can't be killed. Unless, of course, he's already dead and the rest of the filmas Walker slays his way up the ladder of a moblike "organization"is a ghost story in which all the treacherous living are pulled back down into the grave. Set in a spooky, soulless L.A., the picture's stark tone and influence has echoed through many subsequent pictures. Fri., Dec. 5-Thurs., Dec. 11. $7.50. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. BRIAN MILLER

TUESDAY

BOOKS

MABEL CABOT

In Vanished Kingdoms: A Woman Explorer in Tibet, China, & Mongolia 1921-1925 (Aperture, $35), museum curator Mabel Cabot relates the remarkable trekking explorations (partly funded by the National Geographic Society) of her late mother, Janet Wulsin. The original photographsmany of them hand-coloredare both gorgeous and desolate, while Janet Wulsin's diary entries convey both wonder and practical mindedness. Cabot will explain how she reconstructed Wulsin's amazing travels from forgotten Harvard archives following her mother's 1963 death. 6 p.m. Tues., Dec. 9. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333. Also 7:15 p.m. Tues., Dec. 9, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400. BRIAN MILLER

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