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Your Weekend Arts Reminder

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Is that a marching band you hear? Yes, according to Gavin Borchert, who leads off our cultural inventory of events you should see--or listen to--over the weekend. Thus:

FRIDAY: Honk! Fest West

How do you feel about marching bands? In their absolute uniformity of dress and step, do they strike you as a tad, well, militaristic--dare one say, fascist? The organizers of Honk! Fest West like the idea of walking around playing loud instruments, but have scrapped pretty much every other manifestation of conformity for their second annual "radical marching band festival" (through Sun.), gathering over a dozen bands from up and down this coast to raucously terrorize Ballard (Friday) and Georgetown (Saturday). Under musical and sartorial influences from Carnival to klezmer--and playing Sousa only ironically, if at all--the bands include the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, the brand-new Seattle Sounders' Sound Wave, and local troupes Orkestar Zirkonium and the Yellow Hat Band. www.honkfestwest.com. Free. 7 p.m.-midnight. GAVIN BORCHERT

And there are more, quieter arts options after the jump...

FRIDAY (cont.)

Untitled (a Brink of Infinity)

Quick, try to match the artist to each unidentified painting (or photo) arrayed around the gallery. One through seven, you can choose from Richard Billingham, Cameron Martin, Richard Misrach, Catherine Opie, Joe Park, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Hiroshi Sugito. And no cheating by Googling them on your iPhone. I recommend you start with the large snow scene, then proceed clockwise through "Untitled (a Brink of Infinity)," which runs until August 1. What do the images have in common? The curatorial conceit appears to be a shared concern with vanishing horizons and the valence between Earth and sky. In the snow scene--I think a digital photo--a ghostly yurt leads the eye to an indistinct line of farm sheds. They're so faint as to be unmoored in space. Fourth in the series, rising waters subsume abandoned trailers and cars, as drowned telephone poles jut from the still surface. This photo hints at a new equilibrium to come: Traces of our civilization will sink beneath a mirror reflecting the clouds above, at which point you'd be able to flip the image 180 degrees--and it would look the same. Western Bridge, 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 838-7444, www.westernbridge.org. Free. Noon-6 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

SATURDAY

Wiimbledon

Played at home on the TV, Wii tennis is fun, but sometimes it can be a little too virtual. Which is why Wiimbledon is realing it up. In this very special Wii doubles tournament, the virtual action on the screen is complemented by real announcers, real umpires, real ball girls, and, of course, the very real mascot, Wiimby the Tennis Bear. All broadcast on a real big screen, natch. Only 32 teams can compete--there are prizes like massages and video games for the winners--so enter early if you to play. Ticket proceeds, along with drinks for those over 21, benefit the venue. 911 Media Arts Center, 402 Ninth Ave. N., 682-6552, www.wiimby.com. $8 (spectators), $20 (teams). 8 p.m. DAMON AGNOS

Clem Snide

Since 1991, Songwriter Eef Barzelay's band Clem Snide (named for the infamous William S. Burroughs character) has been plagued by a revolving door of band members, at least two breakups, and a litany of false starts. Modest indie success possibly peaked with the use of "Moment in the Sun" as the theme song for the second season of the TV show Ed. But that was eight years ago. More recently, Clem Slide suffered its second collapse during the recording of its February release, Hungry Bird. It seemed that album would never see the light of day, but then the group made its second comeback to tour behind Hungry Bird, which doesn't stray from the pretty folk melodies and dry, quirky lyrical style of Barzelay's prior "solo" work. The Heligoats open. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave., N.W. 789-3599. $12 (21 and over). 9:30 p.m. SARA BRICKNER

SUNDAY

Say Anything

John Cusack as romantic lead? It didn't seem likely, but that's exactly what happened with the alchemy of Cameron Crowe's lovely 1989 rom-com (his directorial debut). Ione Skye is the girl, and John Mahoney her disapproving father. Cusack was just graduating from teen fodder when Crowe gifted him with the role of a decade. Set in Seattle, the film has Cusack's kid from the wrong side of the tracks fall hard for a college-bound high achiever. Though something of a shambling oaf, whose only goal in life is to become a pro kick-boxer, he somehow locates his own inner Cary Grant to woo her. Well, a Cary Grant for the grunge era, since Crowe's soundtrack includes Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, and The Replacements. (Look for Lili Taylor and Eric Stoltz, Crowe's good-luck charm, in nice supporting roles.) Two decades later, there are plenty of women in their 30s and 40s who are, perhaps after a divorce or two, still looking for their Lloyd Dobler. Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 686-6684, www.central-cinema.com, $6, 7 & 9:30 p.m. (PG-13) BRIAN MILLER

 
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