The Weekly Wire: The Week’s Recommended Events

Friday 7/26

Arts: From the Mall to the Museum

Since the 2011 closure of Open Satellite, Bellevue has felt ever more under-galleried. There’s simply no cluster of walkable art venues; for that reason, this weekend’s BAM ARTSfair is the Eastside’s only one-stop opportunity for browsing and buying. First hosted in 1947 to promote the new mall, the gathering will feature over 300 artists and craft-makers at both BAM and Bellevue Square. Music, food, and family activities are part of the event, but the emphasis is on local creators who might not make it into a gallery or museum. Jewelry, clothing, and art in all media will be peddled. From fabric artist Mandy Greer, her 200-foot blue crochet installation Mater Matrix Mother & Medium will be on display (and she’ll lead a workshop). Admission to BAM will be free all weekend, and there you can see the new Patti Warashina career retrospective show, with 50 years of her ceramics on view. Bits of her family life and biography are incorporated into several pieces, and there’s a Bellevue connection, too. As a UW student in the early ’60s, long before BAM was founded, she showed her work at the old PANACA arts fair. “This was a pivotal experience for me,” Warashina recalls. “I made the transition from student to working professional, thereby making my art career a reality.” Perhaps some of this weekend’s participating artists will follow her same path. (Through Sun.) Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770, bellevuearts.org. Free. 9:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.

Film: Silence Is Golden

Alfred Hitchcock is the classic director for folks who don’t think they like classic movies. His perfect balance of cinematic tension, romantic thrills, and rumbling anxiety under the roller-coaster means that his films are constantly revived. Yet even many of his staunchest fans have only gingerly ventured into his rich and varied silent period—and not just because they are, you know, silent movies. Most have been neglected, with some negatives so degraded that you could barely discern an image. The British Film Institute has finally remedied that situation with The Hitchcock 9, newly restored editions of Hitchcock’s surviving silent features. Most fans will at least want to see his two most famous. In The Lodger (1926), his moody, graceful Jack the Ripper thriller, you can see the roots of Hitch’s great sound thrillers; he uses bold, expressionist images to render a murky world of guilt and innocence. Beginning the series tonight with live musical accompaniment from Diminished Men, the 1929 Blackmail was Hitchcock’s final silent; its defining set-pieces turn comforting landmarks into places of danger and unease. But you can also see Hitch working in other genres during the ’20s, including romantic comedy (The Farmer’s Wife) and drama (The Ring and The Manxman). He also applies his sophisticated touch to the Noel Coward adaptation of Easy Virtue. SIFF will present eight titles with live accompaniment by local musicians; The Lodger features a prerecorded orchestral score. Also note that SIFF continues its Hitch-fest with The UK Masterpieces (Mon.–Thurs.), with eight more titles, including the sound version of Blackmail. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., 324-9996, siff.net. $10–$15 individual, $100–$125 series. 7:30 p.m.

Music: Boonie Rock

The Doe Bay Festival is already way sold out—but fear not, Thoreauvian music fan. The booking team that helped put that Orcas Island destination festival on the map five years back has a new overnight music shindig where festgoers can get their feet dirty while the sounds of 20 hand-picked bands bounce off the flora and fauna of rural Carnation. There will be organized stargazing, capture the flag, campfires, and acoustic guitars, most notably the ones held by ascendant singer/songwriters Zoe Muth, Bryan John Appleby, and Noah Gundersen, along with notorious busker Ben Fisher. But this isn’t all “Kumbaya,” folks. Headlining the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival’s Saturday lineup is a triple shot of West Coast pop. Portland duo Helio Sequence is adept at exploring the inner reaches of the natural mind via hard-hitting psychedelic pop songs; experimental rock duo Quasi features Janet Wise and Sam Coomes at their most feral; and Fruit Bats will play the melodies you’ll be humming on the car ride home. With Lemolo, Nu Klezmer Army, Vikesh Kapoor, S, Hobosexual, the Passenger String Quartet, and more. (Through Sat.) Tolt-MacDonald Park, 31020 N.E. 40th St., Carnation, timbermusicfest.com. Admission $45, camping $20–$1,000. Music starts at 4:15 p.m.

Dance: Tourists and Locals

Velocity Dance Center’s annual Strictly Seattle workshop began as a modest project to give local dancers a chance to work with local teachers and choreographers. After 16 years, it’s grown to the point that there are as many students from “somewhere else” as there are local talents in the studio. But it’s a sure bet that many of those dancers will soon have local zip codes—the July festival has become a major recruiting tool for the Seattle dance community. Get a first look at the newbies, as well as the natives, in the big finale performances this weekend, with choreography by Mark Haim, Marlo Martin, Ricki Mason, KT Niehoff, Ellie Sandstrom, and zoe|juniper. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, 351-3238, velocitydancecenter.org. $12–$18. 8 p.m. (Also 2 & 8 p.m. Sat.)

Music: Join the Horde

Killer Mike and El-P together form Run the Jewels, and they’re also running the Capitol Hill Block Party. This year’s hip-hop-heavy lineup features fellow mega-MCs Danny Brown and booty-bouncing favorite Big Freedia, a New Orleans native who’s already staked a claim in Seattle with her recent, pleasantly confusing tour with The Postal Service. The CHBP is also expanding its visual-arts programming with a new round of artists curated by Ghost Gallery’s Laurie Kearney. Highlights include Marc Tweed creating a multimedia painting of festival headliners the Flaming Lips. Benjamin Van Citters, who has been working with fellow CHBP artist Vox Mod, will be projecting live images on the Havana parking-lot wall that will respond to the audience via webcam and microphones. Just make sure you don’t shake it too hard at the installation, and try not to get lost among the six stages and 100 bands performing. (Through Sun.) East Pike Street & 12th Avenue, capitolhillblockparty.com. $40 individual ($115 passes are sold out). 3 p.m.– 2 a.m.

Film: The Power of 3

Though his four-film retrospective runs Friday through Wednesday, tonight’s the night to meet Trent Harris, who’ll introduce two of his works. Starring Crispin Glover and Howard Hesseman, the 1991 road movie Rubin and Ed (at 9 p.m.) actually made it into theaters, but The Beaver Trilogy is a rarer find. In its third chapter, Glover reprises the role played by Sean Penn in the second, which is in turn based on the subject of Harris’ 1979 short documentary. Groovin’ Gary (his CB handle and stage name) is an entirely earnest and affable cutup, a handsome blonde 21-year-old from the small town of Beaver, Utah—where, after a random meeting, Harris follows him to film a local talent show. Gary does impressions of John Wayne and Barry Manilow. “I love hamming it up,” he cheerfully confides. His dream is to be on television; that and the movies fuel his imagination, and he has a particular obsession with Olivia Newton-John. (Grease came out the year before.) In another, less sympathetic presentation, Gary might seem a sad, untalented closet-case. He’s guileless about how he might be seen and judged; and in the next two chapters, as Gary becomes the character of Larry for Penn and Glover (in ’81 and ’85), Harris begins to indict himself for exposing his protagonist to ridicule. The Larries gain more pathos and self-awareness, yet the triptych always relies upon the enigmatic foundation of Gary. In all three chapters, Harris preserves the essential mystery about what he knew about himself. (Gary was actually Richard LeVon Griffiths, who died in 2009, then a married truck driver.) Also in the series are Harris’ Plan 10 From Outer Space and the new Luna Mesa. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org. $5–$8. 7 p.m.

 
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