Days of Being Wild

Also: Ergonomicon, Ghostface, Bob Roll, and Rebecca.

FRIDAY

FILM

DAYS OF BEING WILD

The late Leslie Cheung (pictured) stars in Wong Kar-wai's 1991 breakthrough picture, here being reissued with a new print and subtitles. If you grooved on Wong's In the Mood for Love, and can't wait for his 2046, this dreamy, time-shifting romance is typically lush and moody. In early '60s Hong Kong, serial cad Cheung seduces and abandons Maggie Cheung and Carina Lau, but reserves most of his passion for combing his hair. He's weirdly close to his adoptive mother and vaguely interested in finding his birth parents in the Philippines. Though a shallow doomed hero, he's painted with tragic glamour. Fri., Feb. 18–Thurs., Feb. 24. Call for prices. Varsity, 4329 University Way N.E., 206-781-5755. BRIAN MILLER

FRIDAY

VISUAL ARTS

ERGONOMICON

It's a shame that ConWorks seems to be imploding, because this new group show has heaps of potential—including work by two of the city's most flippant, grenade-tossing conceptual artists, Alex Schweder (one of his Peescapes is pictured) and Jack Daws. The show, about how the body relates to the built environment, will also include work by Timea Tihanyi (weird sculptures inspired by bodily functions) and Fernando Mastrangelo (installations combining weaponry and flower arrangement). The opening-night madness includes music, freak-show wrestlers, and screenings of Alien vs. Predator. Opening night 7 p.m.–2 a.m. Fri., Feb. 18. $7. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245. ANDREW ENGELSON

FRIDAY

MUSIC

GHOSTFACE

The best MC around right now? There are a few contenders for the crown—the pseudo-retired Jay-Z, eternally masked MF Doom, and Brit challenger Dizzee Rascal all jump to mind. But my favorite is Long Islander Dennis Coles, aka Ghostface, known as Ghostface Killah until last year's brilliant The Pretty Toney Album (Def Jam), on which he handles everything from the frantic crime getaways "Beat the Clock" and "Run" to the clubby, lovelorn "Tooken Back" with nonchalant aplomb. And he stole that Jay-Z concert documentary right out from everyone else on the screen—in less than five minutes. This is a tribute show to Ghost's fallen Wu-Tang compadre, Ol' Dirty Bastard. 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 18. $20 adv. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467. MICHAELANGELO MATOS

SATURDAY

BOOKS

BOB ROLL

Short of cheering Lance Armstrong in person on l'Alpe d'Huez, the next best thing could be OLN TV commentator and former Tour de France rider Roll, also the author of The Tour de France Companion: Victory Edition (Workman, $10.95). The unmitigated madman and No. 1 Lance fan will be appearing as part of Seattle's International Bike Expo, where thousands of like-minded pedal-pushers will pour off the Burke-Gilman Trail dressed in Spandex and Day-Glo colors. Will Lance ride the Tour in 2005? Roll may have some insights, and he's never shy about speaking his mind. 3:45 p.m. Sat., Feb. 19. $7. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., 206-522-2232. BRIAN MILLER

TUESDAY

STAGE

REBECCA

Best first line of a book ever? Somewhere in that top-10 list has to be, "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again," the opening of Daphne du Maurier's brooding, romantic suspense classic about the perversely pensive Maxim DeWinter (here, David Quicksall), his mousy new bride, and the dead former wife whose reputation—and real charmer of a housekeeper—distressingly proceeds her at a lavish country estate in England. Book-It Repertory usually excels at such gothic goings-on, and the company's commitment to faithful adaptations means we'll be treated to the decidedly more trenchant denouement than was featured in Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar-winning 1940 film version. Pay-what-you-will previews begin Tues., Feb. 22. Opens Fri., Feb. 25. 7:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat., March 26. $15–$30. Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-216-0833. STEVE WIECKING

 
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