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Burlesque

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Boobies for Boobies, a fund-raiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, takes advantage of Seattle's ripe . . . burlesque scene to raise not only your pulse but your enthusiasm (and probably a little cash, too) for a good cause. The cabaret revival may have already seen its media heyday, but its charms have made it more than a fad. You can't shake a tassel in this town without hitting the rouged-up cheeks of a lass with sass—and wearing very little else. Each performer in the spotlight tonight has her own cult of admirers, not the least of whom is local producer/burlesque maven the Swedish Housewife (who's introduced the art form to Seattle's larger art world over the years, and worked with great vixens like Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill!'s Tura Satana). Tamara the Trapeze Lady has been seen swinging at the intimate Pink Door Restaurant and the Columbia City Cabaret; you might've spied glam gal Vienna Le Rouge onstage with Dita Von Teese (aka Mrs. Marilyn Manson) this summer. Not to be outdone in the theme department, Agent Rhinestone and Double-Oh Sassy of the Heavenly Spies are on assignment to intrigue. Many of the other ladies—including the Shanghai Pearl, Lucky Penny, Babette La Fave, JoJo Stiletto, GoGoAmy, Ravenna Black, and Violet Green—have performed with local troupes Glitzkrieg, Burning Hearts, and Atomic Bombshells. Your host for this evening of fringe benefits is Vincent Drambuie, with music provided by KEXP DJ Rachel (also a bombshell). If you manage to avert your eyes from the stage, a charity auction will also be under way. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 206-324-8000, www.chopsuey.com. $12 adv. from www.brownpapertickets.com, $15 at the door. 21+ 8 p.m. RACHEL SHIMP

Exhibit

Kathy Smith & Kevin Cruff

The Diana camera is a cheap plastic toy made in Hong Kong in the 1960s primarily as a promotional novelty item. With limited aperture settings, no zoom, and one shutter speed, focus is an iffy prospect. It requires atypical 120 mm film, and light seeps in from poorly sealed seams, overexposing the image. But in the right hands, this toy's flaws become virtues; the light leak and plastic lens re-create the romantic haze of 19th-century photography. On eBay, bidding easily climbs past $100 for a classic Diana in good condition. In "Emerald City," Wall Space's current exhibit, two local photographers capture contemporary Seattle. Kevin Cruff uses the more modern Holga to draw out mystical beauty in the mist-shrouded landscapes of Discovery Park, and color abstractions in his series, "3 Mile Range," views primarily within his otherwise unromantic neighborhood of Magnolia. Seattle through the lens of Kathy Smith's Diana is detailed, windblown, lovely, melancholy—a dragon suspended from an International District lamppost, seagulls perched along the railing of Ivar's at Pier 54 (pictured). Like Eugène Atget, who documented a romantically photogenic Paris in the early 1900s, she tends to steer clear of cliché and create her own icons: a low-angle shot of the Pike Place Market sign from behind, Smith Tower reflected in miniature, upside-down in a spool of puddles. Meanwhile, Cruff makes the bluffs of Magnolia look like a setting the Brontë sisters might conjure. In one image, ghostly trees blow in the wind with a blurred flock of birds bursting into the sky above. In others, he uses color to catch the abstractions of a row of white industrial silos. In both photographers' work, the present is disguised as memory, as if to say, "Pause, look at what is around us now. Imagine it all as history, for someday it will be." These are the sorts of images that mythologize a city. Wall Space, 600 First Ave. Ste. 322, 206-749-9133, www.wallspaceseattle.com. 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tues.–Sat. Through Dec. 9. SUE PETERS

 
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