The Weekly Wire: The Week's Recommended Events

WEDNESDAY 7/21Visual Arts: Limbo LandBased on the oral histories of two illegal immigrants, Many Uch and Gabriela Cubillos, both incarcerated in local facilities, the journalistic show Detained comprises long excerpts of a forthcoming graphic novel by Seattle cartoonist Eroyn Franklin. And we mean long: Two intricate pen-and-ink panels, with rough blue-pencil guidelines still in place, run some 50 feet around the gallery walls. The separate stories are mini-epics read from left to right, studded with dialogue bubbles, covering months of captivity and legal appeals. Franklin conducted field interviews with reporters from the Common Language Project, visiting the notorious Northwest Detention Center near Tacoma, a for-profit facility that warehouses federal detainees before processing and deportation. (In some cases, as SW has reported, U.S. citizens have also been locked up; inadequate medical care, lack of due process, and physical abuse have also been charged.) Franklin illustrates how the Mexican-born Cubillos, for instance, was stopped for a broken taillight on her car, then spent six weeks in NWDC limbo, unsure if she'd ever see her kids again. (Through July 30.) Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl. S. (Tashiro Kaplan Building), 296-7580, 4culture.org. Free. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. BRIAN MILLERTHURSDAY 7/22Books: Cheap at All CostsA rigorous family budget is optional in Jeff Yeager's financial plan. So is underwear. In The Cheapskate Next Door (Broadway, $12.99), Yeager eschews conventional economic planning for a detail-oriented approach that includes tips like checking vending machines for forgotten change (allegedly a source of $100 a year) and being buried in a cardboard casket. (This saves up to $1,000, though only once.) Yeager claims his methods can cut spending by $25,000 a year or more. Tonight's event is worth attending just to see the other misers who show up. Among Yeager's "Americans living happily below their means" are a woman who saves used Q-tips for detailing her car and a man who cleans his own septic tank. One of Yeager's own siblings suggests going panties-free during the summer months to save on laundry. (Um, eew?) But lest you be too skeeved out, Yeager does draw the line somewhere—he calls one man "Grinch-like" for bringing dead lightbulbs on business trips to swap them for working ones at hotels. Ravenna Third Place Books, 6500 20th Ave. N.E., 523-0210, ravennathirdplace.com. Free. 7 p.m. REBECCA COHENSports: The Tour de MagnusonHow are we to separate Cyclefest/BikeMania, bound together like Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador? BikeMania is the kid-oriented portion of today's velo-celebration, with a BMX stunt demo, a treasure hunt, supervised riding, and a pee-wee parade. Cyclefest is the beer-fueled, outdoor Tour de France viewing party that begins around dusk. Today's Stage 17, which tops out on the Col du Tourmalet, will be rebroadcast from Versus. (So if you already know the morning results, STFU about it.) Luxembourg's Schleck needs to gain more time on Contador before Saturday's time trial, when the Spaniard will likely beat him by a minute or more. Meanwhile, his GC hopes dashed by crashes and bonking back on Stage 8, seven-time champ Lance Armstrong may be seeking one last stage win on his farewell Tour. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., cascade.org. Free. 4–11 p.m. BRIAN MILLERFRIDAY 7/23Arts & Crafts: Meet the MakersThese days, it seems as if everyone is a self-proclaimed artist or artist in the making. But who's any good? One indication is the selection made by BAM for its 64th annual artsfair, which will feature 300-plus Northwest artists exhibiting and vending their jewelry, sculptures, and paintings. Among them is Seattle's Matthew Allison, whose portfolio includes earthy ceramic vessels that evoke the natural beauty of the Northwest. One piece is covered in rainy drizzles of white paint; another brings to mind a craggy mountainside. Even if you're just looking for inspiration (or sizing up your competition), activities abound for all ages: glassblowing demonstrations, hands-on art projects for the kids, music, and a giant chalk mural created over the weekend by Brian Major. Plus there'll be food and a stage offering short dance and theater pieces. (Museum admission is also free during the fest, which continues through Sunday.) Bellevue Arts Museum (and Bellevue Square), 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-519-0770, bellevuearts.org. Free. 9:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. CELINA KAREIVAFilm: Grunge ElegiesBack in 1996, Doug Pray's raucous, lively grunge documentary Hype! won the Golden Space Needle Award at SIFF. Fourteen years later, we can appreciate that moment as a pinnacle in Seattle music history. Many of the local bands portrayed—Nirvana, the Gits, 7 Year Bitch—are gone. Some persist (Mudhoney, the Melvins), and the status of others is uncertain (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden). Well-edited and containing an amazing array of concert footage, Hype! is celebratory yet skeptical; both the director and the musicians seem aware that something so suddenly inflated (i.e., grunge) is bound to burst. The movie begins In Your Face: Kurt Cobain Films (through Aug. 20), a companion series to SAM's ongoing "Kurt" show. On following Fridays are Kurt & Courtney, Kurt Cobain: About a Son, and Gus Van Sant's Last Days. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., 654-3121, seattleartmuseum.org. $22–$25 (series), $7 (individual). 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLERFilm: Unbending FaithIn 1961, resolved to break with his image as a cult director "known only to a handful of crazy film buffs," director Jean-Pierre Melville signed on to adapt Léon Morin, Priest, Béatrix Beck's acclaimed roman à clef about her life in a French provincial village during and just after the Occupation. Melville chose the ravishing Emmanuelle Riva (fresh off Hiroshima Mon Amour) to play Beck's surrogate, an atheistic widow who, on a whim, saunters into the local church with the goal of making a mockery of the place. Rather than taking offense at Riva's outré claims, Morin (Jean-Paul Belmondo) offers her compassionate counsel and attempted conversion. If the movie seems an unusual project for an atheist Jew best known for his steely, stylized films noir (Army of Shadows, Le Cercle Rouge, etc.), Morin is actually a prototypical Melville protagonist—an ascetic man of principle who, while tempted by the allure of a conventional life (and in this case the pleasures of the flesh), remains an incorruptible professional to the core. (Through Thurs.) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380, nwfilmforum.org. $6–$9. 7 and 9:30 p.m. SCOTT FOUNDASMONDAY 7/26Classical: There Are Second ActsFrom conducting to composing is a step up, as everyone knows. So when Music of Remembrance premiered Gerard Schwarz's gorgeously brooding In Memoriam in 2005, I suspected that composition would make a great post–Seattle Symphony career shift for him whenever he decided to retire as music director. Since then, MOR has also presented his elegiac tone poem Rudolf and Jeanette, a tribute to his Holocaust-victim grandparents (and recorded these two works for Naxos). The Seattle Chamber Music Society secured his services next; for the past few years, they've commissioned a work for each of their summer festivals, and tonight they'll unveil his new trio, played by violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Adam Neiman, and SSO hornist Jeff Fair. Will this trio be dark, rich, and nostalgic, like Schwarz's earlier works? Vernal and open-airy like Brahms' trio, the only major work for this uncommon combination? Or will Schwarz explore yet another path? Also on the bill: Bizet's Jeux d'enfants and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. (Learn a little about the trio at a 7 p.m. preview recital.) Benaroya Recital Hall, Third Ave. & Union St., 283-8808, seattlechambermusic.org. $10–$44. 8 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERTTUESDAY 7/27Sports: The Only Game in TownWhat's the best Seattle pro sports team right now? The Mariners? Put away the rye bread and mustard, Grandma. Seahawks? Maybe someday, but Pete Carroll's roster overhaul is far from complete. Sounders? Sophomore slumpers. Thunderbirds? They play in Kent. That leaves the Seattle Storm, with a WNBA-leading record of 18–2 at press time. Unbeaten in 10 games at the Key, they face their biggest challenge tonight, when a Western Conference rival arrives seeking revenge. On July 14 in Phoenix, the Storm and Mercury played an instant classic, as Sue Bird's 3-point dagger in the final seconds of the third overtime lifted Seattle, 111–107. In defeat, Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi—a bigger, younger version of Bird who scores more and dishes less—poured in 44 points. Lauren Jackson, who led the Storm with 31 points and 18 rebounds, will need to come up big again this evening. Show up and see what these teams can do for an encore. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St. (Seattle Center), wnba.com/storm. $15–$175. 6:30 p.m. MICHAEL MAHONEY

 
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