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WEDNESDAY: The Animation Show Gets Gross and John Taylor's Ships at Garde Rail

CartoonsThe Animation ShowThere may never again be another Frog Baseball or Beavis and Butt-head or even King of the Hill. But since those were the cartoon creations of Mike Judge, who helped curate this 90-minute omnibus, you can assume his, er, good taste will be well represented. Fellow arbiter and animator Don Hertzfeldt also knows how to shock and amuse (e.g., stick figures afflicted with uncontrollable anal bleeding); the program includes his new 17-minute short, Everything Will Be Okay, and somehow we doubt everything will be okay. Also expect new work from Oscar-nominated Bill Plympton, who famously draws every panel by hand. At the other end of the technological spectrum is Shane Acker's computer-animated UCLA student sci-fi film, 9, which is so good that it got him a feature deal with Tim Burton. It's like a tabletop postapocalyptic fable, as a goggle-eyed little yarn-puppet creature tries to recapture the souls of his buddies from a spider that also seems to have been assembled from the jumbled contents of an old drawer. DVDs will also be sold at the show. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 443-1744, www.themoore.com. $10. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLER ArtJohn Taylor "It's calling like bells/Refreshing sounds and smells/Carelessly aged/Fossils and shells/Waiting/In Wishing Wells." Examining John Taylor's newest ships—which he's sculpted from salvaged bits of everything since 1997—at the outsider art gallery Garde Rail, these lyrics from Louisville band June of 44 (very much outsider artists in their own right) come to mind. It's as if the "refreshing sounds and smells" of the open sea have been unlocked by the "fossils" Taylor builds his vessels with: slices of motherboard, camera lenses, corroded batteries, wire mesh. An "enhanced" rust on these largely metal and wood pieces gives them an ancient look, with each ship inspired by photographs of real schooners, battleships, and river boats. Labels explain the ships' namesakes, and you'll want to walk slowly around each one and discover the meticulous details. This show includes two more unusual pieces, a spectacular Jonah and the Whale and an imagined Noah's Ark, somberly constructed except for tiny green rhinestones at either end. Taylor's ships are so finely made, they evoke that weird mix of claustro- and agoraphobia familiar to anyone who's spent time on the water. "Saturated with the position of desperation/Just like a sailor." Garde Rail, 110 Third Ave. S., 621-1055, www.garde-rail.com. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sat. Ends Jan. 27. RACHEL SHIMP

 
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