Seattle International Children's Festival

Also: Derrick Carter, Francis Celentano, Forever Tango, and Chuck Palahniuk.

WEDNESDAY - MONDAY

FESTIVAL

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

Itty-bitty plastic figurines declaim Shakespeare in Tiny Ninja Theater's Hamlet. And that's your first clue that the Seattle International Children's Festival is not just for kids. It's one of the best-run, most adventurously programmed festivals in town—and on Family Day, each paid adult ticket also gains entrance for two kids. On the lineup: Lakota Sioux hoop dancer Kevin Locke, Turkish DJ Mercan Dede, German circus artists Labyrinth Circle, and over a half-dozen other unique acts. School performances continue at Seattle Center through Fri., May 13. Family Day is Sat., May 14. $14 adult (per show), includes two free kids on Family Day only. The fest then moves to Tacoma for Monday, May 16, only. 206-684-7346 or www.seattleinternational.org. LYNN JACOBSON

FRIDAY

MUSIC

DERRICK CARTER

Of Chicago's many house DJs, probably the most popular—in his hometown, in the country, in the world—is Derrick Carter. In fact, he's become something of an ambassador for both the city and the style. A DJ since age 13 (spinning at the Basement), Carter runs the Classic label with fellow producer and DJ Luke Solomon and has issued several superb mix CDs, including The Cosmic Disco for Mixmag/DMC and About Now for 611. But none of them compares to hearing him live on a good night, when he brings together every style of house, from diva-and-piano-driven garage to dark, dubbed-out, abstract stuff, and makes it all seem like home. Midnight. Fri., May 13. $20. Trinity, 111 Yesler Way, 206-447-4140. MICHAELANGELO MATOS

MONDAY

VISUAL ART

FRANCIS CELENTANO

The retired UW professor of painting—now in nearly the 50th year of his career as an artist—creates large, wonderfully vivid geometric abstract paintings stocked with optical illusions and sculptures that look like giant, twisted candy sticks. Celentano has long been interested in using color to jolt our perceptions, and the bright confectionary stripes in his new paintings appear to wobble and pirouette, inducing seasickness in all who linger too long. It's more than just op-art trickery, however, and in an afternoon lecture and slide show, Celentano discusses this new work in the context of his long career. Noon–1 p.m. Mon., May 16. Free. Highline Community College, Building 7, South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South, Des Moines, 206-878-3710, ext. 3442. ANDREW ENGELSON

TUESDAY

STAGE

FOREVER TANGO

Well, some clever critic at The Chicago Sun-Times scooped us on this one, aptly calling creator/ director Luis Bravo's tribute to Argentina's proudest export "the vertical expression of the horizontal desire." While it's hard to top that praise, let's make it even more succinct and just call the show hot—very hot. Seven Argentine couples wrap themselves around each other for a production that traces the history of the tango using music, song, and, of course, the dance itself. Sex rarely looks this sensuous and refined at the same time. Opens Tues., May 17. 7:30 p.m. Tues.–Thurs.; 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat.; 7 p.m. Sun.; 2 p.m. matinees Sat.–Sun. Ends Sun., May 22. $20–$65. The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., 206-292-ARTS or www.ticketmaster.com. STEVE WIECKING

WEDNESDAY

BOOKS

CHUCK PALAHNIUK

In his last novel, Diary, Portland's favorite brawny-armed author delved into the gothic. Now Palahniuk (Fight Club) inches even closer toward Stephen King territory with Haunted (Doubleday, $24.95), 23 interrelated tales told by attendees at a mysterious three-month-long writers' retreat. The background of these vignettes is the mounting insanity among the writers who, in a grotesque game of reality-TV-style one-upmanship, decide to enact their own "true-life horror story" in pursuit of literary fame. From there, things get more and more macabre, like And Then There Were None if Agatha Christie were on acid. 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 18. $5. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. BRIAN MILLER

 
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