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Architecture Tour: Historic Theatres Seattle is home to a number of truly grand theaters, and thanks to savvy renovation projects a portion of them have been saved, whether as performing spaces (ACT's Eagles Auditorium) or retail outlets (the Coliseum, now a Banana Republic). This backstage tour includes a history of how vaudeville and film contributed to the city's early culture. 10 a.m.-noon Sat. June 19 (advance registration required). Seattle Architectural Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave. Suite 300 (Rainier Square Atrium), $10, 206-667-9184.
Art Car Procession Gas is $2.50 a gallon, road rage is at all-time highs, and local traffic moves about as fast as a burning monorail. Cars aren't exactly fun these days. Unless, of course, you glue several thousand plastic dinosaurs to them. At this weekend's Fremont Fair, 60 artsy cars of all shapes and colors will parade from Golden Gardens Park to Fremont. 11:15 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. June 19. (cars also on display Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m) Golden Gardens to Fremont via Seaview, Market, Leary, and Evanston, free, 206-937-2058.
Idiot Wind 2 Back in 1992, the alternative gallery Room 608 sponsored an open-invitation performance art marathon titled Idiot Wind. Well, here's the sequel, and like any collection of un-juried performance stuff, there's bound to be a lot of—how to say it?—weird shit. But hey, this is art at its most democratic, and performers will get the hook after 7 minutes, so it can't be too unbearable, can it? 8 p.m. Wed. June 16. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave. N., $7, 206-381-3218.
Lecture: Shanghai Architecture Austro- Hungarian architect Laszlo Hudec was responsible for many of the Western-style buildings that gave downtown Shanghai a uniquely European character between the two world wars. UW doctoral student Lenor Hietkamp discusses Hudec's rising reputation in architecture scholarship. 7 p.m. Thurs. June 17. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., free with admission, 206-625-8900.
MONA Benefit Auction A gala series of silent and live auctions in support of La Conner's little gem of a museum, the Museum of Northwest Art. Donated art includes works by Alfredo Arreguin, Susan Bennerstrom, and William Morris. 5 p.m. Sat. June 19. (Auction preview: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. June 18 and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat. June 19). Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St. (La Conner), $75, 360-466-4446.
Student Art Exhibit Seattle Academy of Fine Art students showcase new paintings and sculpture. Opening night includes music by members of the Bellevue Symphony. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. June 19. Seattle Academy of Fine Art, 1501 Tenth Ave. E., $10 or art book donation, 206-526-2787.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Seattle's Iole Alessandrini installs a series of interactive lasers and other optical gizmos in this multimedia experience intended to explore, the artist says, "the distributed body, multiple-self and transmigration of presence." Reception: 7 p.m. Fri. June 18. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Greg Kucera Large, kinetic sculptures in wood and other smaller pieces by John Buck, whose work manages to be both whimsical and philosophical. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. June 17 (Artist talk: noon, Sat. June 19). 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Photographic Center Northwest A thesis exhibition of work by students graduating from PCNW's photography certificate program. Reception: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Fri. June 18. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery A collection of paintings and drawings by Seattle Academy of Fine Art instructors, including Suzanne Brooker, Gary Faigin, and Margie Livingston. Reception: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thurs. June 17. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Solomon Fine Art Abstract collages made from paint on Mylar by Fred Holcomb, aluminum sculpture by Josh Garber, and drawings by Chris St. Pierre. Reception: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. June 17. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Benham "The True Nature of Light" presents photographs by nude specialist Jock Sturges and chronicler of the garden Tod Gangler. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. June 19.
Bryan Ohno In her show of photographs, "60-Watt Fairy Tales," Anna Daedelus masterfully intertwines the realms of childhood and adulthood using light and shadow and a number of stuffed-animal costumes. 155 So. Main St., 206-667-9572, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends. Sat. May 15. Ends Wed. June 23.
Henry Art Gallery The University of Washington's 2004 MFA exhibition features work in video, sculpture, and painting, plus an installation of a complete house, garage, and lawn in the Henry's courtyard. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends Sun. June 20.
Winston Wachter New work from the sculptural, geometric California painter Kris Cox. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Wed. June 23.
Ace Studios In her solo show "Portraits of Men, Metaphors of Wood," Suzanne Brooker juxtaposes images of men with a variety of misshapen pieces of wood, resulting in pleasing and enigmatic figurative paintings. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat., or by appointment.
Artemis Rachel Maxi's new collection of realist oils on masonite evoke the sharp contrasts of light and dark found in urban cityscapes. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Atelier 31 Text, chairs, human figures, and other symbolic stuff haunt Michael Dikter's new series of paintings, while Italian painter Mario Ricci has his first American solo show. 2500 First Ave., 206-448-5250. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Tues.; 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Baas Gallery Fulgencio Lazo's vibrant abstract paintings allude to the community festivals of Mexico (the artist, originally from Oaxaca, splits his time between Mexico and the U.S.). 2703 E. Madison, 206-324-4742. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Sat.
Ballard/Fetherston Geoff Garza's decorative paintings recall, according to the artist, the interior details of his grandmother's south Texas home. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Bluebottle In mixed media sculptures called "Stolen," John and Robin Gumaelius meditate on why the hell someone would steal from a couple of struggling artists. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Davidson Seattle debuts by two New York artists: Lordan Bunch, who paints portraits from anonymous photo-booth portraits of the 1920s and '30s, and Miki Lee, a specialist in playful, abstract stripe paintings. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Francine Seders Port Townsend-based ceramic artist and onetime teapot maker Anne Hirondelle takes a turn toward the abstract with "Outurns," a series of lovely minimalist vessels that serve as elegant, pseudo-organic studies in form and texture. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
G. Gibson "Birds of Mississippi" features oil paint on photographs by Randy Hayes. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat.
Gallery 4 Culture "One, Two," features new paintings, drawings and mixed media work by Seattle artist Taylor Vogland Dreiling. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
Garde Rail In preparation for its big move from Columbia City to Pioneer Square, Garde Rail stages a "salon" show of favorite artists—all at 10 percent off the usual price. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Grover/Thurston New paintings by Anne Siems and Molly Hill, two artists who exemplify all that is trite and facile about this gallery when it strays from stronger artists such as Fay Jones. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Gulassa & Co. Trompe l'oeil paintings of cookbooks, credit cards, and other domestic detritus by L. Kelly Lyles, plus realist paintings from Susannah Anderson. 10 Dravus St., 206-283-181. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Howard House Ken Kelly's abstract paintings, made with stencils and mirrors, are thick with a kaleidoscopic array of forms that make references to human anatomy and symbols of danger. Also on the walls of Billy Howard's new space is the group show "About the House," featuring variations on the pleasures and pressures of domestic life. 2017 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Joe Bar New, lush paintings of critters caught in flagrante delicto by Kamala- Dolphin Kingsley. 810 E. Roy, 206-324-0407. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Kirkland Arts Center In "Fancy Cakes and Shore Lines," Sonja Peterson's ceramic sculptures and paintings refer to traditional Japanese Buddhist/Shinto stone figurines known as jizo, while Kiki MacInnis' phallic drawings of peach pits and root clumps verge on the abstract. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kuhlman Tom Bagley, Ellen Forney, Joe Newton, and Erin Norlin create their own twisted versions of 1970s ads from the Art Instruction Institute. 2419 First Ave. (Belltown), 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Lisa Harris I'm not at all excited about landscapes of the Tuscan countryside, but Kent Lovelace's approach is novel: he paints in lurid oils on copper plate instead of canvas. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Martin-Zambito Paintings, graphic arts, and photographs of Seattle landmarks from the 1940s to the 1960s. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Pitcairn Scott New York painter Brandon Friend's work is all over the place—absurd collage here, splashy abstraction there. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. Noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Priceless Works Richard Marquis' "Unintentional Art, Found Objects" turns glassblowing mistakes and acquired random junk into art. Meanwhile, Eric Whol's "Fowl" offers a menagerie of large glass chickens stuffed to the wattles with dirt, feathers, and thousands of handmade glass flies. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon- 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Suyama Space Jyung Mee Park's pretentious-sounding "Loss and Gain" elegantly arranges river-worn stones to address big-scale expanses of time. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Viveza Exaggerated and gritty nudes predominate in Raymond Morrow's "Beauty Is Nothing" while cartoony figures inhabit Terry Hecker's glazed pottery. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Western Bridge This fabulous new SODO art space designed by Roy McMakin showcases William and Ruth True's vast collection of contemporary art, and kicks off with "Possessed," a group show about "the things we own and the things that own us," featuring work by Adam Fuss, Zoe Leonard, Shirin Neshat, Tony Oursler, Paul Pfeiffer, Aïda Ruilova, and Cindy Sherman. 3412 Fourth Avenue S. 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
William Traver Oh-so-pretty glass by Venetian blower Lino Tagliapietra. 110 Union St., second floor, 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
William Traver Tacoma Enamel on glass and other mixed media by the collaborative art duo WD40+ (Walt Lieberman and Dick Weiss). 1821 E. Dock St., #100, Tacoma, 253-383-3685. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Zeitgeist Leiv Fagereng's "Crazylittledaisies" features more humongous hyperreal paintings chock-full of references to contemporary culture, endangered animals, and the New World Order. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Frye Art Museum "Here I Am! Passages in Portraiture" taps into the Frye's collection of paintings by John Singleton Copley, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, and others. And for those who don't know a watercolor from a mezzotint, the Frye's new selection of works on paper offers a tutorial in such techniques as lithography, drawing, and engraving. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Henry Art Gallery "Selections from the Collection of William and Ruth True" offers a sampling from the collection of these two keen-eyed art collectors, who've opened the Western Bridge gallery and are longtime patrons of the Henry. Included is a typically intense video by Trisha Donnelly, a portrait in paint samples by Vik Muniz, and a soothingly mindless video of skateboarders by Kristen Stoltmann. "Dance and Art in Dialogue, 1961–2001" chronicles Trisha Brown's collaborations with visual artists, displaying pieces of sets, costumes, and artworks that emerged from or inspired her work. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Glass Taking the medieval stained-glass panel as her launching pad, Judith Schaechter creates violent and just plain weird vignettes of early 21st-century life. Her recurrent themes are road kill, bathrooms, naughty women, children, and other tragedies. And it's all executed in absolutely gorgeous swirling, fractured bits of color. Also on display, 60 glass faces created by Marita Dingus during a recent five-day residency at the Museum and a retrospective of Italo Scanga, a buddy of Chihuly's who was a frequent guest artist at the Pilchuck School until his death in 2001. 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum "Van Gogh to Mondrian: Modern Art from the Kröller-Müller Museum" offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal (oh, just elbow your way through the crowds) with some truly great examples of Van Gogh's work. Also on offer in this traveling exhibit from the Netherlands are other exemplars of the modernist movement, including some early Picassos, cubist work by Juan Gris, freaky mythological scenes by Odilon Redon, and pictures by Leger and Seurat. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Thurs.
Seattle Asian Art Museum "Larger than Life Heroes" presents Ukiyo-e and woodblock prints on the subject of sumo wrestling. Yup, big sweaty fat guys grappling with each other in loincloths. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Tacoma Art Museum The theme of Tacoma Art Museum's latest Northwest Biennial is "Buildingwise," and it promises 100 works by artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thursday free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Wing Luke Asian Museum The juried exhibit "Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race" attempts to break open the lockbox of dialogue on race with Ronald Hall's rage-filled paintings, Wes Kim's short films, and MalPina Chan's monoprints of the immigrant experience, among others. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.