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Scores of Sound
As you might expect from a school that nurtured John Cage and the Degenerate Art Ensemble (not to mention Martha Graham, Mark Tobey, and Brendan Fraser), Cornish College of the Arts' music department isn't big on boundaries. The full range of its eclectic offerings is on display in Scores of Sound, a semiannual music marathon showcasing the department's students and nationally recognized faculty alike. Today's highlights include vocal jazz at 3:30 p.m., African drumming at 5:30, the Spontaneous Composition Ensemble, led by Julian Priester, at 8, and Jovino Santos Neto's Latin Ensemble at 9. Thursday, you'll hear classical, more jazz, and a performance by the school's Musical Theater Workshop; Friday includes work by composers: electronic, jazz, and "mostly acoustic." And it's all free; drop in anytime and see what you get. Something ear-opening, quite likely. PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St., www.cornish.edu. Free. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Wed., Dec. 6; 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 7; 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 8. GAVIN BORCHERT
As if our glassy monolith of a downtown library isn't visually and physically confusing already (with strange angles, a book spiral, and a couple of dead ends), this week it's also the site of the Maze Project, a performance by choreographer/installation artist Kristen Tsiatsios, whose works have been produced everywhere from Bumbershoot to On the Boards. For an hour each day, the library is littered with an array of art, including dance, video, music, theater, and "a flock of knitters," that the public tours on its own, with the potential to discover a new surprise around each neon corner. The knitters, in particular, have been at it since the project began on Dec. 1, weaving an object of undisclosed shape that should be taking its end form now. A stocking cap for Santa or a cozy for the monorail's support beams? (Hey, it's been done before.) You'll have to brave the labyrinth and find out for yourself—now get lost. Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., www.themazeproject.com. Free, but register in advance by calling 386-4636. Noon–1 p.m. Also 6:30–7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 7. RACHEL SHIMP