The Weekly Wire: The Week’s Recommended Events

WEDNESDAY 2/3Music: Wednesday Night's All Right for the Piano MenElton John hasn't written anything worth shit since the '70s, and Billy Joel's once-stellar career careened into homeless-man's-Springsteen-on-the-ivories territory more than a decade ago. But when these two piano men—one gayer than face lotion, the other straight enough to land Christie Brinkley—get together, it's like peanut butter and chocolate. Collectively, Joel and John have written a ton of clunkers over the years, but alongside those are about three dozen of the best pop songs ever recorded. Though there are still tickets left for this show, rescheduled from November, John and Joel have established their now-regular pairing as one of the most bankable tours in America. They'll deliver the hits, doing more for man-love in the process than Obama has in his first year in office. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 800-745-3000, keyarena.com. $54–$180. 7:30 p.m. (Also: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 6.) MIKE SEELYVisual Arts: Young and YeastyWhile the UW is renowned for its medical research and law school, this display of work from first-year students in its MFA program proves there's talent elsewhere on campus. "Introducing" features a wide range of media—painting, sculpture, video, photography, and more. The gallery entrance is adorned by the elaborately fermenting mead of Christopher McElroy's Cultural Equation. Bubbling through his multichambered glasswork airlock, its surface rises as high as the five-gallon container. The hauntingly crisp photography of Neal Fryett also stands out, offering a dusky self-portrait and the emotional Hope Place No. 2 and No. 5, saturated in cyans and magentas. All 10 artists represented here may be students, but their work is anything but juvenile. (Runs Wed.–Sat. through Feb. 13.) Jacob Lawrence Gallery (UW campus), Art Building #132, 685-1805, art.washington.edu/jlg. Free. Noon–4 p.m. NICK FELDMANTHURSDAY 2/4Comedy: Flight of the SidekickBret and Jemaine who? On HBO's spacy musical comedy Flight of the Conchords, Arj Barker's Dave—the twosome's best friend—stole every scene he was in. A pawn-shop employee who still lives with his parents, Dave's defining trait is his constant muddling of reality, like his vague grasp of world geography and race relations. "It shouldn't matter where you're from when love's involved," he expounds to Jemaine in one episode. "It's like that movie Interracial Hole Stretchers 2—she was white; they were black. But it didn't matter in the end, did it?" As a stand-up comic, Barker really lets the high camp loose, approaching absurd ideas with a hilariously serious and pragmatic attitude. On his new live CD, LYAO (track listings include "

 
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