The Weekly Wire: The Week's Recommended Events

WEDNESDAY 11/18Stage/Film: The Birds and the BeesIsabella Rossellini needs no introduction. Yet the star of Blue Velvet and daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini wears her glamorous aura lightly. How else to explain the book/DVD volume Green Porno (Harper, $24.99) and its whimsical vignettes of animal sex? Created for the Sundance Channel and now in its third season, Green Porno is more comic than carnal. Rossellini is willing to wear silly costumes and embrace giant pink shrimp for the sake of art. Or is it education? Says Rossellini, "My interest is not so much in sex as it is animal behavior, though I know the audience out there might be more interested in sex." Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures, whose top-tier ticket gets you into a reception with Rossellini herself. Benaroya Hall, Third Ave. & Union St., 621-2230, lectures.org. $10–$75. 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLERTHURSDAY 11/19Photography: Outcast NationOne of America's most important living photographers, Danny Lyon is represented in this exhibit by an early period in his work: 1962–72, when he went among motorcycle clubs, civil-rights marchers, and prison inmates before it was fashionable to do so. (Nor would he ever call it slumming.) Although not a Life-style photojournalist of the day, he practiced immersion reportage—riding for two years with the Harley enthusiasts, for instance, to produce his classic 1968 volume The Bikeriders. By getting his hands dirty, rebuilding his '56 Triumph 650 among the grease monkeys, he became an insider/outsider in their close-knit Chicago clan. His portraits are generally friendly, not condescending. These aren't the freaks of Diane Arbus or the existential specimens of Robert Frank. He's always sympathetic to these outcasts, even the death-row inmates in Texas who've been convicted for terrible crimes. A common thread in these portraits is their overlooked humanity—people who are ignored, sometimes despised, lacking any power or social standing. Yet Lyon treats them all the same. (Through Dec. 22.) James Harris Gallery, 312 Second Ave. S., 903-6220, jamesharrisgallery.com. Free. Reception: 6 p.m. BRIAN MILLERFRIDAY 11/20Skiing/Film: Prelude to SnowMount Baker and Crystal Mountain are now open, meaning that winter has officially arrived for Northwest skiers and snowboarders. Meanwhile, down at sea level, snowy scenes from Crystal are tantalizingly close in Dynasty, which includes the area in a short segment. (Resorts typically pay Warren Miller Entertainment to be featured in its annual ski flicks.) Bryce Phillips, Ingrid Backstrom, and other locals are seen hiking into the south backcountry and bombing off Silver King. But using a helicopter? Isn't that cheating? Snippets of archival footage recall the good old days when Backstrom's family camped in the parking lot, ski pants were form-fitting, and people drove sensible cars like MGs into the Cascades with bald tires and chains. And helmets? Nobody wore helmets! Today, Dynasty's best moments are in travelogue visits to Norway and China. Wry old Warren Miller, his company sold and now retired to the San Juans, is missed as narrator. But it's entirely possible to ignore ex-Olympian emcee Jonny Moseley—the Matthew McConaughey of hosts—and just concentrate on the scenery. Then go home and check the weather forecast. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 800-745-3000, warrenmiller.com. $21.50. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. (Repeats Sat.) BRIAN MILLERGolf: Greens of Death!Those reckless artists at Hazard Factory, known for their power-tool races at Artopia, are now bringing that demolition-derby spirit to the formerly benign sport of putt-putt golf. Smash Putt! will "encourage malicious mischief" among competitors, says organizer Jeremy Franklin-Ross. One hole allows interference with a foot-controlled Weed Whacker to mess with your opponent's ball. The indoor, nine-hole course features a full bar (with special family hours on Saturdays), since mini-golf "is really meant to be a drinking sport," says Franklin-Ross. "There are drink holders at every hole." While braving other hazards including compressed-air blowers, disappearing holes, a Parisian-style traffic circle, and a Ferris wheel, foursomes can compete to win a free drink. (Yes, you get little pencils and scorecards.) And naturally the final hole will pit putters against "several brutal power tools each prepared to take a chunk out of your ball." Spiked golf shoes are not recommended, but plaid knickers and golf caps are strongly encouraged. (Fri.–Sat. through Nov. 28.) Smash Putt, 912 12th Ave., smashputt.com. $10–$15 (21 and over). 6 p.m.–1:30 a.m. BRIAN MILLERSATURDAY 11/21Classical: Winter MusicParallels between the musical style of composer John Luther Adams and the landscape surrounding him—Alaska, where he's lived for 30 years—are easy to draw: spaciousness, icy-clear grandeur, profound silence, thunderous and elemental outbursts, rawness, delicacy, stark and startling loveliness. (Not only does his music evoke his environment, it's also in one instance controlled by that environment: Alex Ross has written intriguingly about Adams' The Place Where You Go to Listen, an installation where digital seismological and biomagnetic information collected at research stations is converted via computer into an ever-changing soundscape.) Three of Adams' works will be heard tonight in a concert, produced by Nonsequitur, devoted to him. Pianist Cristina Valdes will play Among Red Mountains, in which craggy pile-ups of two-fisted chords build into airily sonorous sound-clouds, and Nunataks. Steven Schick will play The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies for percussion and processed sound. The hour-long work's eight movement titles: Burst, Rumble, Shimmer, Roar, Thunder, Wail, Crash, Stutter. Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave., waywardmusic.blogspot.com. $5–$15. 8 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERTVisual Arts: Wall ClimbersPowered by gravity, counterweights, and springs, the tabletop sculptures of San Francisco artist Dan Grayber cling to concrete walls and climb up corners. They're like metal, mechanical spiders, delicately balanced and often displayed under glass. It's total guy art, like something from the pages of an old Popular Mechanics, with rubber tank treads and dangerous pointy parts, cams and pistons, cables, pulleys, and levers. But they're also static, not truly robots, and incapable of movement. They've been perfectly positioned and locked into place. If you touched one, or if a gallery wall shifted slightly out of alignment, the hardware would collapse out of its equipoise. Having been so intricately, painstakingly assembled, like modern-day ships-in-bottles, they only want to be left alone. However many hundreds of hours Grayber put into them, they don't need him any more. (Through Dec. 26.) Monarch Studio, 312 S. Washington St., 682-1710, monarchstudio.com. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. BRIAN MILLERSUNDAY 11/22Music: Love Under the LensThe Swell Season is the stirring, earnestly emotional duo forged by Irish rocker Glen Hansard and Czech pianist Markéta Irglová. While co-starring in the 2007 sleeper indie hit Once, they fell in love, transforming big-screen fantasy into reality. The film also led to a wildly successful international concert tour and an Academy Award for Best Song. The downside of living such a literally cinematic romance in the public eye, however, is remaining under that invasive gaze when their relationship fails. Strict Joy, the follow-up to their self-titled debut album, includes a dozen songs about ebbing affections and remorse. More wistfully melancholic than brutal or bitter, Strictly Joy is a sweeter, slicker recording than its predecessor, lacking some of its intimacy. That said, few acts can boast as much raw, creative fervor and meticulous musicianship as The Swell Season. And you know they'll play the hits from the movie. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 800-745-3000, stgpresents.org. $32. 7:30 p.m. HANNAH LEVINSoccer: Qwest for the CupWith its new Seattle franchise having sold 20,000 season tickets, Major League Soccer recognized it had a phenomenon on its hands even before the season began. So it named Seattle the host city for the league's championship match, known as the MLS Cup. Sadly, after losing the Western Conference final, FC Sounders won't be there to play on Sunday, despite having a 4-1-1 regular-season record against the two teams that are: The L.A. Galaxy will be enjoying its sixth visit to the finals, while 5-year-old club Real Salt Lake will be making its MLS Cup debut. David Beckham gets most of the attention, of course; one of his trademark corner kicks helped set up a goal this past Friday that sent the Galaxy to the finals. But don't overlook Real Salt Lake's Fabián Espindola, an Argentine striker who, during a game last year against the Galaxy, performed the remarkable feat of severely spraining his ankle while doing a celebratory back flip. For a goal that was disallowed. How dare those seattlepi.com columnists say soccer's boring? Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., ticketmaster.com. $20–$85. 5:30 p.m. MARK D. FEFER

 
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