Arts Picks

THE VALENTINO SERIES

His name still conjures up images of overheated sexual passion, though most people alive today have no conception of his once-extraordinary popularity. When Rudolph Valentino, the silent screen's "Great Lover," died in 1926 of peritonitis, over 100,000 people lined up outside Campbell's Funeral Home in New York waiting for a chance to faint. In an era that allows casual rutting on even the tamest reality TV show, Valentino's flamboyant carnality will be a little mystifying to the uninformed—this was back when a stare was meant to do the penetrating—but the five films offered as part of this Silent Movie Mondays package at least prove that Valentino was indeed a fine-looking specimen of manhood. The mystique dates; the physique doesn't. Series opens with 1921's The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse at 7 p.m. Mon., Aug. 2. $12 or $27–$30 series pass. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-292-ARTS. STEVE WIECKING

THURSDAY

STAGE

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

No, this isn't the first time you've seen Nick Garrison (pictured) in these pages, and it won't be the last from the looks of it. We're obviously not alone in our admiration for the wonders he's been working at Re-bar as Seattle's favorite transgender rock icon—Hedwig has packed the house for eight weeks straight and just extended its run into September. If you still haven't seen it, now's your chance to find out what everybody else knows: This is one of those transcendent shows that reaches beyond a niche audience. It's loud, and it's lewd, but it's really just the universal story of someone trying to overcome a broken past and feel like a whole human being. We've told you and told you, and we'll tell you again: Don't miss it. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. Ends Sat., Sept. 11. $16–$18. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 206-323-0388. STEVE WIECKING

FRIDAY

BOOKS

RICK ANDERSON

Fresh from our front pages, intrepid Weekly reporter Rick Anderson discusses his Home Front: The Government's War on Soldiers (Clarity Press, $14.95). The story of the Bush administration's shameful treatment of injured and traumatized soldiers grew from Anderson's SW cover story last year. Of the some 696,000 troops deployed in the first Gulf War, "214,000 of those veterans have filed disability claims for war-related injuries, diseases, and conditions, and so far 161,000 are receiving war-related disability payments," Anderson writes. The costs will be even greater for today's soldiers. 6 p.m. Fri., July 30. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 206-366-3333. BRIAN MILLER

FRIDAY

MUSIC

THE HIVES

It's a bumper month for fans of snarling snot-rock, thanks to the one-week-apart releases of the Hives' Your New Favorite Band (Sire), a European compilation seeing U.S. shelves at regular prices for the first time, and Tyrannosaurus Hives (Interscope), the band's newest album (the designation "full-length" seems inappropriate for a disc that clocks in at 29:58). How's the new one? Same as the old ones, which is to say pretty good. Howlin' Pelle Almqvist (center) still lives up to his name, the guitars and drums still ramalama along at a daunting clip, and the band still writes songs with joyous fuck-you titles like "B Is for Brutus." Why wouldn't you want to see them? 8 p.m. Fri., July 30. $16 adv. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151. MICHAELANGELO MATOS

SATURDAY

FILM

TWIN PEAKS NIGHT

Local followers of David Lynch's cult television series will again converge at SAM for this 13th annual celebration of cherry pie, strong coffee, and deadpan non sequiturs. Lynch's 1992 movie prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, will be screened for the occasion. Sharp-eyed locals will spot all the North Bend locations, where the Twin Peaks Festival will take place Friday through Monday (see www.twinpeaksfestival.com for info). Also on hand at SAM, even though she's not in the movie, will be series bad girl Sherilyn Fenn (pictured). Go ahead, ask her about the cherry-stem scene for the 10,000th time. You know she'll answer with a smile. (R) 7:30 p.m. Sat., July 31. $6–$8. Seattle Art Museum, 3410 100 University St., 206-654.3121. BRIAN MILLER

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