Saturday's Action

Fantasgraphics Store Opens, Mod Party, and a Crowd of Crafters.

Books

Fantagraphics Store/Gallery Opening

Since newsstands and record stores are an endangered species in Seattle, it seems somewhat counterintuitive that our most famous publisher, Fantagraphics, should finally try its hand at bricks-and-mortar retail. Yet that's just what it's doing in that blue-collar bohemia south of the stadium district, sharing a space with Georgetown Records. Not only can you peruse and buy from the entire line of titles—ranging from the Peanuts collections to the latest MOME anthology—but there's a gallery wall showcasing "30 Years of Misfit Art" (through Jan. 4). Artists including Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Ellen Forney, Megan Kelso, Chris Ware, and Jim Woodring are featured, along with Daniel Clowes (see example). The gallery component will change monthly, and author events and other performances will also be curated by Larry Reid, returning to the Fantagraphics fold after some 15 years with local arts organizations. "What we really want this to become is a catalyst for the cartooning community," he says. "We plan to have a lot of activity here. We want to educate and entertain and broaden the audience" for comics and graphic art. So no matter what's become of Tower Records or Fremont News, in this south-end cultural redoubt, collectors of both print and vinyl can freely traverse the co-op space. "They complement each other extremely well," says Reid. Also note that Belle & Wissel, in the same building, is opening its gallery space with "Beasts!," based on that new Fantagraphics title, all part of tonight's Georgetown Art Walk. Fantagraphics Bookstore, 1201 S. Vale St., 206-658-0110, www.fanta graphics.com. Free. 5–8 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

Crafting

Urban Craft Uprising

Searching for a place to do a bit of holiday shopping, but can't stand the malls? Urban Craft Uprising brings 100 DIY crafters to Seattle Center, promising independently designed, one-of-a-kind items—from purses and jewelry to clothing and handmade beauty products. Perhaps some vegan lemon poppy seed facial scrub for the hardcore new vegetarian in the family? Last year's inaugural event, organized by five indie crafters, drew 4,000 attendants. This year, Urban Craft Uprising took over the management of the much-loved I Heart Rummage (held monthly at the Crocodile Cafe), and was tapped by Bumbershoot to organize this year's Indie Market. Functional art you might see this weekend will include screen-printed hoodies, colorful sock animals, orange leather wallets, vinyl bags, and custom laptop sleeves—hey, doesn't your most prized possession deserve a nice outfit? Shopping is even sweeter with schwag bags for the early birds, free giveaways, and a fashion show at 2:30 p.m. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison St., www.urbancraftuprising.com. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Also Sun., Dec. 3. ADRIANA GRANT

Nightlife

Studio 66 Mod Party

It's been said that each generation is most nostalgic for the era they just missed—which could explain this bimonthly bash, holding its last party (for now) tonight after two years. DJ Mamma Casserole presents "A Pebbles Holiday," featuring some of the best local bands—the Tall Birds, the Zero Points, and Vince Saxon's Beat Slaves—paying tribute to the more-obscure-than-Nuggets compilations from the mid-'60s garage explosion. Douglas Wolk notes that for Pebbles fans, the three main years of activity in the scene (from '65 to '68) are too broad: It's all about '66. DJs Tom LG, Chrispo, and Vodka Twist—spinning psych, soul, Brit, and pop—and the Tangerine Tonic go-go troupe are your ticket to the time warp. Lo Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E., 206-254-2824. $7. 21 and over. 9 p.m. RACHEL SHIMP

 
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