Weapons of Mass Decibel

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Exhibit of Photographs This two-week Seattle Center exhibit, which contains 59 portraits of people supported by the Department of Social and Health Services, is intended to raise awareness and match up DSHS–assisted individuals with caregivers, mentors, or foster parents. Center House, 305 Harrison St., 206-684-7200. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Through Sat., Aug. 14.

Shoes for Orphan Souls Shoes, laces, and socks are welcome at Redmond Town Center's annual drive to collect footwear for orphaned, underprivileged children. 16495 N.E. 74th St., 425-867-0808. Through Thurs., Sept. 30.

Femme Talk "Feminine-identified queers" are invited to participate in this community forum, which meets on a weekly basis; tonight's discussion centers on "personal struggles with being feminine." Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E., 206-322-2437. Free. 6 p.m. Wed., Aug. 4.

Salish Oral History Exhibit The new Seattle Art Museum installation surveys Native American art from a largely anthropological perspective. Scheduled to run indefinitely, the exhibit includes a documentary on Skokomish artist Bruce subiyay Miller; a variety of sculptures and woven items; and recordings of "traditional paddling songs and gambling songs." SAM, 100 University St., 206-654-3100. $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Wed. 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Exhibit opens Thurs., Aug. 5.

Blue Angels at the Museum of Flight No need to duck and cover: It's just the Blue Angels, that high-precision jet squadron whose aerial antics are a Seafair tradition. Various events, including meet-and-greet sessions with the pilots, are scheduled for each day of the Angels' visit; hit the museum's Web site (www.museumofflight.org) for specifics. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. Outdoor display is free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 5-Sun., Aug. 8.

Seafair Fleet Arrival Get a good look at some bona fide U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels—and the strapping young lads on board, if you're so inclined—at the annual Seafair marine-fleet landing. Seattle Waterfront, 206-728-0123. Free. 1 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 5.

Bellingham Bay History Cruise Whatcom Museum education curator Richard Vanderway leads this informative evening tour of Bellingham. The voyage should bring cruisers up to speed on the region's colorful history. Meet at the Island Mariner Dock at Squalicum Harbor (Bellingham), 360-676-6981. $20. 7-9:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 5.

Hotrod-a-Rama Tacoma's Mischief Makers Car Club hosts the city's third annual lollapalooza of pre-1965 automobiles. Various musical styles—most of them rockabilly—will fill the hot Tacoma air, and the car talk will be prodigious. University of Washington-Tacoma District (S. Market St. and Jefferson St. from 19th St. to 21st St.), 253-564-9184. $15. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., Aug. 6-Sat., Aug. 7.

Sadako Statue Restoration Ceremony This event marks the restoration of a statue of Sadako Sasaki, the little girl who developed leukemia as a result of the Hiroshima bombing at the end of World War II. Last year, vandals removed a portion of the monument, prompting a World Peace Project for Children campaign to raise $3,000 and rebuild Sadako. Today, 59 years after the bombing, her brother, Masahiro Sasaki, will speak at the restoration ceremony. Seattle Peace Park (across from University Friends, 4001 Ninth Ave. N.E.), www.sadako.org. Free. 1-2 p.m. Fri., Aug. 6.

Art Vs. Bush The anti-Bush organization No Vote Left Behind masterminded this weekend art exhibit as a protest against the current administration; participating artists include local favorites Ellen Forney and David C. Kane, among roughly a dozen. Crespinel Studios, 2312 Second Ave., 206-427-1987. Free. 5-11 p.m. Fri., Aug. 6. Noon-5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 7. Noon-4 p.m. Sun., Aug. 8.

Hiroshima to Hope This memorial event at Green Lake, which concludes with a lantern-floating ceremony, is dedicated to those who perished in the Hiroshima bombing. Northwest shore of Green Lake, south of the Bathhouse Theater (7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N.), www.wingluke.org/publicevents.html. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. (Lantern floating at 9 p.m.) Fri., Aug. 6.

Nuke Pop To commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima (59 years ago today), Washington State University English prof Paul Brians will examine the varied depictions of nuclear war in American pop culture, in a multimedia lecture sponsored by the Science Fiction Museum. Experience Music Project, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-367-5483. $4. 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 6.

Salamanders of Mystery The title of this slide show and discussion pretty much says it all, but in case you still have doubts: Herpetologist Rob Arlen will rock your world as he illustrates the differences between European and North American salamanders. Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E. (Everett), 425-316-8592. $6. 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 6.

Political Film Screening The Freedom Socialist Party hosts a showing of a new documentary on Cuban youth, titled Cuba Va: The Challenge of the Next Generation. New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 206-722-2453. $3. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 6.

Magicpalooza This annual confab of professional magicians is billed as the American Idol of magic. Two evening shows hosted by Brit magician-comedian Simon Lovell highlight the conference, which also features Spokane legerdemain expert David Womach. IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St. (Renton), www.seattlepcam2004.com. $15 per show for adults, $10 for children. 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 6-Sat., Aug. 7.

Guided Bird Walk Suss out the avian residents of the Brown Farm Dike Trail with veteran birder Phil Kelley. 100 Brown Farm Rd. (Olympia), 360-753-9467. $3 per family. 8 a.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

Cascade Tour Sponsored by the Seattle Architectural Foundation, this neighborhood tour spotlights Cascade's past as a religious center (represented here by Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Spiridon Russian Orthodox Church, et al.) while addressing its future as a development site. Call for meeting place: 206-667-9184. $20. 9 a.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

Art Deco Seattle Another SAF walking tour, this guided stroll explores turn-of-the-century buildings, and the way Art Deco ideas and Northwest imagery blended in the early 1900s to form a unique regional style of architecture. Tour begins at Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 Fifth Ave. (Suite 300), 206-667-9184. $10 in advance, $12 on the day of the tour. 10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

Learning From Historic Sites Historic Seattle and the Kirkland Heritage Society are co-sponsoring this discussion of Kirkland's oldest surviving church building, the First Church of Christ, Scientist, built in 1922 and originally located on First Street. Slated for demolition in the '90s, the building was saved by a grassroots community effort; it now resides in Waverly Park. Heritage Hall, 203 Market St. (Kirkland), 206-622-6952. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

Funky Market A new flea market loaded with homespun crafts debuts in Pioneer Square. Occidental Park, Occidental Ave. S. and S. Main St., 206-667-0687. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

Native Histories of Salmon Bay Historian Coll Thrush is your guide on an engaging amble around the Ballard Locks, during which he'll explain Salmon Bay's place in Native American lore (as Shilshul, "the entering and emerging place"). Tour begins at the Ballard Locks, 206-324-1126. $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the tour. 11 a.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

The First Victim of War Is Truth In 1964, the false accusation that Vietnamese forces attacked the USS Turner Joy was the pretext the government used to declare war against Vietnam. Today's antiwar protest takes place at the very Turner Joy that acted as a catalyst so many years before; it'll be docked at the Bremerton boardwalk during the rally. Free. 1-3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

Summer Sendoff Party Debra O'Gara, a Native American attorney with strong ties to the local feminist movement, is leaving Seattle for New York to work against domestic violence. This farewell bash includes a salmon barbecue, included in admission. The home of Henry Noble and Helen Gilbert, 1903 N.E. 82nd St., 206-985-4621. $8.50. 2-7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

Tanabata Festival Drumming by a Seattle taiko ensemble, a Shinto blessing ritual, and a full Japanese dinner—all to celebrate the meeting of two constellations, Vega and Altair, in the summer night sky. Karma Place Japanese Garden, 3533 Chuckanut Dr. (Bow), 360-766-6716. $35. 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 7.

Public Meeting Plans to improve Pioneer Square's Occidental Park are the subject of this open-to-the-public forum; besides basic maintenance issues (like cobblestone repair), there's talk of a possible ice rink in the park, which could be completed as soon as November 2005. Occidental Park (Occidental Ave. S. and S. Main St.) and the Grand Central Arcade (214 First Ave.), 206-667-0687. Free. 3-7 p.m. Wed., Aug. 11.

 
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