Your Weekend Storm & Arts Advisory


The weekend begins at KeyArena, where our Damon Agnos says you should check out the Storm vs. Lynx game tonight:

The Storm's Lauren Jackson is


Your Weekend Storm & Arts Advisory

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    The weekend begins at KeyArena, where our Damon Agnos says you should check out the Storm vs. Lynx game tonight:

    The Storm's Lauren Jackson is healthy and killing it, as she always does when she's healthy. Last year, she was hurt, but the year before that she won the WNBA scoring title. The runner-up that season was Minnesota's Seimone Augustus. They meet tonight in a game between the Lynx and Storm that promises to provide a slew of entertaining ballers. The Storm's Swin Cash is getting old (she's been dogged by a herniated disk for which she recently got surgery), but staying money. The Lynx's Charde Houston is still young and even more money. Her name's Houston, but she went to Connecticut, which is also the alma mater of Sue Bird, the Storm's starting point guard and a former WNBA Finals MVP. Finally, for novelty value, the Lynx's Rashanda McCants is the sister of NBA player Rashad McCants--he used to date Khloe Kardashian--and she has the same haircut as 2005 NBA MVP Steve Nash had in 2005. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200, $15-$160. 7 p.m. DAMON AGNOS

    Keep reading for more weekend arts picks after the jump....

    FRIDAY (cont.)

    A Night at the Opera

    Hard to believe now, but the Marx Brothers great antiwar comedy Duck Soup was a flop in 1934. Zeppo retired, then MGM mogul Irving Thalberg, a bridge crony of Chico's, signed the boys to MGM on the condition they add structure and story to their antics. The result, 1935's A Night at the Opera (running through Thursday), is a classic, yet also a collision between anarchy and propriety--which neatly encapsulates the dynamic of most Marx brothers movies. So here we have the polished MGM style and studio supporting players as a backdrop to Marxian zaniness. The opera sets are lavish and authentic; while on the ocean-liner crossing to New York, the steerage section breaks out in a song-and-dance frenzy that puts Titanic's Irish reels to shame. The juvenile-lead love story, usually Zeppo's province, is actually pretty credible--and cast with two young performers who can actually sing (Kitty Carlisle Hart and Allan Jones). Meanwhile, Harpo plays his harp and Groucho (as Mr. Driftwood) torments Margaret Dumont. Before filming, Thalberg had the brothers road-test the script with an abbreviated vaudeville tour--which made a stop here in Seattle in 1934! If only we could've seen that. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935, $5-$8. 7 and 9 p.m. BRIAN MILLER


    Mamma Mia! Sing-a-Long

    If my life had a soundtrack, it would filled with the songs of ABBA. For me, the tunes of Sweden's greatest export (sorry, Ikea) will never get old or out-of-date. Ever. So to say I'm excited for tonight wouldn't even to begin to describe what I'm feeling. Fremont Outdoor Cinema begins its 2009 season not in Fremont (where the rest of the Saturday-night series continues), but at Magnuson Park. The film is Mamma Mia!, with Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and (yum) Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan. And, God help me, it's a sing-along! Does life get any better than this? Well yes, actually it does, because there will also be a pre-show costume contest and ABBA karaoke. (I call "Fernando"!) The rest of the season (through Sept. 12) brings titles like Edward Scissorhands, The Big Lebowski, The Godfather, and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Selected movies, like Some Like It Hot, will be dubbed with new dialogue as one of Jet City Improv's "Twisted Flicks." Each show is preceded by entertainment like improv comedy, photo-booth contests, and prize--including an Xbox, awarded to the best themed costume. (Anyone know where I can get a pair of sparkly platform go-go boots?) See you tonight; I'll be the one in ABB-ecstasy. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., $5. 7 p.m. SUZIE RUGH

    Fremont Fair

    It's coming. The weekend that unites tree-hugging hippie moms, gawking teenagers, and quasi-sketchy graybeard voyeurs. Yes, I speak of the Fremont Fair--more commonly known as the site of the Summer Solstice Parade (at noon today). Or, alternatively: "Dude! Naked people riding bikes!" Calm down, horrified parents; your children have surely seen worse online. Families shouldn't overlook the rest of the (generally clothed) activities, live music, and good food. The Balagan Theater will perform excerpts of The Taming of the Shrew in Canal Park (10:30 a.m. both days), while Cirque Du Soleil's Rene Bibaud practices her rope routine (1 p.m. Sunday). The I ? Rummage gang is also holding a two-day sale, and double-dutch teams will jump at amazing rpms today (3 p.m., Waterfront Stage). For art- and car-lovers alike, there's the weekend Art Car Blowout, where jalopies are adorned with ribbons, sparkles, paint, and glue; these are fairy-tale automobiles you'll want to take home. (I'm still looking for the "Woodland Nymph"-themed car I saw several years ago.) Meanwhile, the fair's educational EcoZone provides what might as well be the fair's motto: Come for the breasts, save the planet. Downtown Fremont, 297-6801, $1 (recommended). 10 a.m.-8 p.m. BRITT THORSON

    Moore Inside Out

    For tonight's free Moore Inside Out event, the gorgeous 1907-built theater will open its doors and submit to an occupation by artists. More than 50 of them--including Lead Pencil Studio, Iole Alessandrini, and Jason Pucinelli--will fill the balconies, hallways, and backstage areas with various installations and performance pieces. Bands like Awesome, Seattle School, and Orkestar Zirkonium will provide a soundtrack for you to examine and experience these works. "Back when the Moore was built," artist No Touching Ground explains, "African-Americans, poor people, and Jews were not allowed onto the ground floor. There is an entrance that goes from the alleyway to the second floor." In a nod to the building's segregated history, NTG will install graphics of current African-American Nova High School students ascending the stairs to the second floor. Organized by the Free Sheep Foundation, tonight's gathering also celebrates the centennial of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and offers a closer look at the intimate architectural details of a building rich with history. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 467-5510, Free. 6-10 p.m. ADRIANA GRANT


    Protective Custody

    Cheryl Hanna-Truscott spent over six years photographing women in the Washington Corrections Center's prison nursery program, near Shelton, Wash. These women--most in their 20s and 30s--maintain custody of their children while completing sentences for crimes like auto theft and burglary. Hanna-Truscott sheds light on their unique circumstances in her intimate portrait series "Protective Custody." Here we see a woman gazing in awe at her newborn son, his yellow blanket the only hint of color in the otherwise dreary room. In another frame, a mother pushes a stroller through the minimum security campus. Hanna-Truscott explains that her biggest concern was for her subjects to trust her. "These women are often incredibly vulnerable," she says. "They're willing to share their stories, but ... the last thing they want is to have someone come in and give their situation a sensational spin like 'Babies Behind Bars!.'" Hanna-Truscott deals tenderly with both mothers and children, focusing on maternal bonds, not the felonies behind them. Her work is part of the PCNW Thesis Exhibition (through July 10), featuring six other artists in the program. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave., 720-7222, Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ERIKA HOBART

    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

    Paul Mazursky made a splash--and earned the rebuke of some high-culture guardians--with his 1969 debut feature, about two married couples whose mutual quest for swinger enlightenment ultimately lead them into each other's beds. An orgy of pot-smoking and on-screen nudity, the movie was undeniably a response to the new cultural permissiveness, but there was nothing glib or opportunistic about it. Rather, Mazursky was reflecting the audience's own anxieties about the sexual revolution by making a film in which wife-swapping wasn't the answer to anything, but merely one more unresolved question. Since then, Mazursky's best films have coursed with a laissez-faire attitude toward adultery--a feeling that if marriage is indeed a contract, then surely it is one open to renegotiation. For all its surface provocations, even Bob & Carol had ultimately seems a cockeyed endorsement of "for better or for worse." Starring Robert Culp, Natalie Wood, Elliott Gould, and Dyan Cannon. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380,, $6-$9, June 19-25, 9:15 p.m. SCOTT FOUNDAS

    Morris: A Life With Bells On

    There had better be a big royalty check to Christopher Guest for this one. The mock doc follows dancer Derecq Twist (writer/star Charles Thomas Oldham) from his rural English village to the bright lights of Hollywood and beyond, while we--and the world--discover the supposed folk dance phenomenon that is the Morris. A shy, pasty-white, virginal tractor mechanic, Derecq is transformed into an intense, beribboned, high-stepping, hankie-waving competitor when his troupe meets rival squads. (One is led by the priceless Ian Hart in Rambo-meets-Riverdance mode.) Somehow, Derecq must coach his team of yokels into strict Morris discipline by imparting "the three P's: passion, practice, and the desire to be the best." Stretched to 101 minutes, the film does runs out of steam, but your smile will last from the first hour. Director Lucy Akhurst plays the team's trainer, while Derek Jacobi shows up as the evil corporate overlord of folk dancing, which is said to be a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Well, they've got my money. (Note: the Best of SIFF '09 weekend fest runs Fri.-Sun.) SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St. (McCaw Hall), 448-2186, $8-$10. 3:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

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