The Weekly Wire: The Week's Recommended Events

WEDNESDAY 9/8 Classical: Shouldn't It Be Beer? I miss the "Day of Music" performance marathons the Seattle Symphony used to begin their seasons with, but they've come up with another idea to get people in the door in a convivial mood: booze. Then once they're liquored up, hit 'em with a bunch of new music! The three concerts in their Beethoven & Wine Festival (Wed.–Fri.) will include three symphonies, a couple of concertos, and a suite from Ludwig's neglected but adorable ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus—plus, on all three nights, Of Paradise and Light by Augusta Read Thomas, the first of the season-long series of 18 (!) Gund/Simonyi Farewell Commissions commemorating Gerard Schwarz's final season as the orchestra's music director. These hour-long, intermissionless concerts start at 7:30 p.m., the tastings ($5 for three pours) start at 6:30 p.m. They lead up to Saturday's official gala opener (7 p.m. Sat.), with premieres by Samuel Jones (a cello concerto for Gerard's son Julian) and Schwarz himself (The Human Spirit, for choir and orchestra). Benaroya Hall, Third Ave. & Union St., 215-4747, seattlesymphony.org. $9–$69. 6:30 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERT Philanthropy: Drinks for a Cause Booze and charity go together. Doesn't everyone feel more compassionate after a martini or three? That's the notion behind SW's monthly Happy Hour for Hope, tonight gathering benevolent drinkers at the Bad Monkey Bistro. In fast-changing South Lake Union, with new Amazon towers sprouting left and right, the three-month-old Monkey occupies a low little 1953 office building at the corner of Harrison Street, on the slope where the SLUT heads home to the barn each night. It's easy to miss, but worth visiting for the regular piano-bar nights, karaoke, and sports events on TV. But tonight's focus is on nonprofit networking, and proceeds from the $4 drink menu will benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, whose annual Seattle AIDS Walk—mark it on your calendar—is Saturday, Sept. 25 in Volunteer Park. So you'll have two weeks to recover from your hangover. Bad Monkey Bistro, 400 Boren Ave. N., 467-1111, badmonkeybistro.com and llaa.org. Free. 5–7 p.m. T. BOND THURSDAY 9/9 Public Art: Into Orbit Some may complain about the disruption Sound Transit is causing with the walled-off construction pit for its future Capitol Hill Station, scheduled to open in four years. But not animator Clyde Petersen and fellow members of the Seattle Experimental Animation Team. For them, the STart Public Art Program has provided a 19-by-30-foot slab of wall that will, beginning tonight, become a screen on which eight short films will emerge. "It's gigantic," says Peterson of the "Wallrus" site near the northeast corner of Cal Anderson Park. Over the next six months (or less), he'll create a series of colored chalk drawings that will become "an animated music video for The Thermals...placing them in outer space." The Portland band's new album Personal Life launches this week from Kill Rock Stars, and Petersen will painstakingly animate the song "Not Like Any Other Feeling." He notes, "It's about four minutes long. I've never done a project of this scope." Let's do the math: He'll execute 15 drawings for each second of video—that's more than 3,000 unique panels of animation! After each drawing is done, it's photographed with a DSLR from the same fixed position on a tripod. "I'm gonna try to do it as quickly as possible, because of the weather," Petersen explains. "You have to animate when it's not raining." (Through 2014.) Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., soundtransit.org. Free. Animation begins at 6 p.m. BRIAN MILLER FRIDAY 9/10 Crafts: Heavy-Metal Quilter Some may know the talented Boo Davis for her work as art director for Seattle Weekly. But others who read her recent profile in The New York Times will recognize her as the artist and author of Dare to Be Square Quilting (Potter Craft, $21.99). The how-to component of her book is clearly rooted in customary quilting, with careful diagrams for your cutting and stitching. But her design influences reflect Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Ozzy Osbourne—not your grandmother's cozy template, in other words. The book contains detailed instructions for making quilted robots, throw pillows, shopping bags, and stuffed bunnies. And, of course, quilts. It's a DIY guide well-suited to today's economy, where recycled fabrics can become precious handmade gifts. Assemble Gallery, 7406 Greenwood Ave. N., 913-2470, daretobesquarequilting.com and quiltsryche.com. Free. Book launch party: 6–9 p.m. BRIAN MILLER Fairs: The Riding of the Lambs The Puyallup Fair asks "What could be more fun for a 6-year-old than holding onto a sheep and lasting six seconds?" Personally, I can think of several things. A better question might be: What's more perversely fascinating than watching the wee riders try to stay on the backs of the woolly critters? You'll have the chance to do just that at the fair's Mutton Bustin' competition, one of many such livestock-related events. If four-legged animals aren't your thing, there's a lineup of dinosaur rockers like Bret Michaels of Poison (!), plus more recent musical luminaries, including Adam Lambert and Kid Rock. When you get hungry, there's more food on a stick than you can shake a stick at: cotton candy, corn dogs, shish kebabs, and caramel apples. And if you happen to have your own children in tow (or if you just really like SpongeBob), a range of costumed cartoon characters will be roaming the Toonzville building. But, please, don't let your kids try to ride them. (Through Sept. 26.) Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., 253-845-1771, thefair.com. $9–$11. 10 a.m.–11 p.m. REBECCA COHEN Film: Jungle Fervor How to explain Klaus Kinski to Americans unfamiliar with the dead German actor? Think of him as a kind of Teutonic Dennis Hopper—only crazier. He's probably best known for Werner Herzog's 1972 Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in which he plays a fanatical Spanish conquistador running amok in virgin South America. In other words, it's the role Kinski (1926–1991) was born to play. Obsessed with gold, ruthless with his men, contemptuous of the natives, oblivious to the grandeur of Peru and the Amazon basin, Aguirre is like the evil counterpart to Lewis and Clark—discovery and pillaging are synonymous for him; seeing is stealing. For Herzog, the movie is an indictment of rapacious European colonialism, the West's savagery contrasted with an unspoiled "primitive" idyll. It's a place where our supposedly advanced culture of iron and steel is rusted and defeated by the implacable jungle. (Through Thurs.) Grand Illusion Cinema, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org. $5–$7. 7 and 9 p.m. BRIAN MILLER SUNDAY 9/12 Football: Trojan Hoarse For this season's home opener, the Seahawks have a high-priced new head coach in fast-talking USC defector Pete Carroll, a high-priced new backup quarterback in Charlie Whitehurst, a new/old safety in veteran UW grad Lawyer Milloy, and a couple highly touted rookies in safety Earl Thomas and offensive tackle Russell Okung. So you can't accuse the Seahawks of complacency after a disappointing 2009. But Okung's hurt, Milloy relies on Ben-Gay to get out of bed in the morning (as does Matt Hasselbeck), and Whitehurst and Thomas are inexperienced. And more: Carroll's a hyper-annoying recruiting cheat who never stops bitching at the refs, now coaching in a city where every Husky fan rightfully hates his fucking guts. And the offensive backfield still lacks a legitimate first-stringer. And the Hawks sleepwalked through a preseason that was anything but inspiring. Thankfully, they play in a lackluster division, one the visiting San Francisco 49ers are favored to win. Hence, the stakes couldn't be higher for this opener—famished Hawk fans can only be expected to show so much patience, and Carroll doesn't deserve much anyhow. Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 622-4295, seahawks.com. $56–$421. 1:15 p.m. MIKE SEELY Street Fairs: Gourmet Gathering Just across the street from the popular Capitol Hill hangouts Chapel and Bauhaus Coffee is Melrose Market, an easy-to-miss brick triangle once occupied by car shops. In their place, nine fashionable new eateries, shops, and boutiques have opened this year, under a single roof, and today's street fair celebrates them all. Food and libations will be plentiful and even a little fancy. Chef Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce will take a break from his usual haute cuisine to do some good old-fashioned barbecuing. The Homegrown deli will vend its locally sourced snacks and sandwiches. The Calf & Kid and Rain Shadow Meats will provide, respectively, artisan cheeses and charcuterie. This event's a bit too classy for a keg, but Bar Ferd'nand and Still Liquor will be mixing cocktails for grown-ups. (Proceeds from the separate beer garden benefit Seattle Tilth.) For entertainment, über-chic Velouria Boutique is putting on a fashion show; and Sonic Boom Records has wrangled three live bands (beginning at 1 p.m.): Texas New Wavers Times New Roman, local folk singer Kyle Bradford, and electro-ravers Head Like a Kite. Melrose Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets, melrosemarketseattle.com. Free admission; extra for drinks and grub. 10 a.m.–sundown. ERIN K. THOMPSON TUESDAY 9/14 Dance: As Seen on TV Dance doesn't make it to television very often, so the recent flurry of televised competitions has the dance world in a tizzy. You may wince at the politicians, jocks, and party girls on display, but their expert partners are blazing across the screen in amped-up versions of the fox-trot and samba. Aside every inept hoofer like Tom DeLay, professionals are given a chance to shine for an audience of millions. The cast of the touring revue Burn the Floor is cherry-picked from shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. That means names like Anya Garnis, Pasha Kovalev, Ashleigh and Ryan Di Lello, Robbie Kmetoni, Janette Manrara, and Karen Hauer in a program that combines high tension and low necklines. Because when it comes to the mambo, live action is even better than high def. (Through Sun.) Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. $20–$75. 7:30 p.m. SANDRA KURTZ Books: Franzenland Seattle Arts & Lectures begins its fall series with President Obama's favorite beach read—Freedom (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28), by Jonathan Franzen. Have we read it? No, we've been too busy withdrawing combat troops from Iraq and fixing our broken economy. The 562-page novel charts the various grievances, memories, and connections among a family in St. Paul, Minnesota. Are the Berglunds guilty liberals or closet conservatives, gentrifying yuppies or destroyers of community? Possibly all those things at once. Franzen, in his first novel since 2001's The Corrections, is again aiming big, addressing the economy, politics, the environment, and even the Iraq War. The title is both a concept and a piece of disputed turf—a battleground where swollen notions of personal liberty clash with fragile social bonds. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 621-2230, lectures.org. $15–$70. 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

 
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