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MAY 8, 2010


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Michael Kupperman

Why: Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle is that rarest of comic books: It's actually, genuinely a comic experience, with several guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments per issue. Tonight, he's debuting a brand-new sex-blimp-packed edition of his comic in the Fantagraphics Bookstore (be sure to check out the porn room while you're there!) and signing copies of his most recent Thrizzle collection. There will also be a screening of the pilot episode of Adult Swim's Thrizzle TV show (featuring Snake 'n' Bacon and Kristen Schaal—swoonas the Green Fairy) and probably some free beverages kicking around, too. (Fantagraphics Bookstore, 1201 S Vale St, 658-0110. 6 pm, free.)



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'We Used to Get So High'

Why: Eli Hansen's new show—of formal paintings, photographs of fetid scenes hidden in cigar boxes like secrets, and sculptures of broken chemistry sets made of glass and concrete—is the heartbreakingest art show in recent memory. One concrete object sitting forlornly on the floor, shaped like a glass beaker with curls of glass sprouting from its top, is the bleak doppelgänger of a bright, bongy Chihuly Venetian (and Hansen is a trained glassblower in the Northwest tradition). We used to get so high; now this is all that's left. (Lawrimore Project, 831 Airport Way S, 501-1231. 10 am–5:30 pm, free. Through May 9.)

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MAY 9, 2010


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Monsoon Crab Feast

Why: Dungeness crabs live in the mud in Davey Jones's locker, eating pretty much any old thing they happen upon. They look like alien-demons: pincers and horror-mouths and beady eyes. The only sweet thing about them is how they mate—face-to-face, locked in a protective embrace, for several days—and how they taste. Now available on Sundays and Mondays at Monsoon and Monsoon East: dinner for two in the form of a whole two-pound Dungeness Saigon pepper crab, served with a mango and papaya salad, for $28. Also: bottles of wine, 30 percent off. Yum. (Monsoon, 615 19th Ave E, 325-2111; Monsoon East, 10245 Main St, Bellevue, 425-635-1112. 5–10 pm.)

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MAY 10, 2010


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Starfucker/Pyramiddd, Truckasauras, Copy

Why: Late last year, Portland synth-pop act Starfucker announced they were changing their name to Pyramiddd for business reasons. Weak sauce, but the switch doesn't seem to have stuck. Their website still says Starfucker, as do the posters for tonight's show. That's the kind of noncommittal attitude you'd expect from a band whose grinning, shimmying songs are this breezy and blasé, whose whole manifesto seems to be "Whatever (...let's dance)," as said with an ecstatic sigh. Supporting this revolutionary agenda tonight are steel-crushing analog set Truckasauras and keytar-wielding electro rocker Copy. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $12, all ages.)

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MAY 11, 2010


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Einar and Jamex de la Torre

Why: Born in Guadalajara and based partly in Southern California and partly in Mexico, brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre make barbed, eye-popping, anything-but-delicate glass sculptures by throwing together flaming Catholic symbolism, American street culture, Aztec-iana, porn, border politics, and whatever the fuck else is on their minds (testicular cancer, gambling, Fox News, Valentine's Day). They only show here every few years. The best preparation for seeing their work is staring directly at the sun. (Traver Gallery, 110 Union St #200, 587-6501. 10 am–6 pm, free.)

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MAY 12, 2010


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'Babies'

Why: The tagline for Babies—a new baby documentary that isn't about baby animals or adult babies or clones of Jennifer Grey—is "The Babies Are Coming." But they're not, really. These babies (just regular human babies, in case you were confused) aren't coming or going or moving around much at all. They're just sitting there, being babies, being adorable, being hilarious. The Namibian baby chews on a rock. The Japanese baby sits in a robot cradle. The American baby gets fussed over for no reason. The Mongolian baby is best friends with a goat. I do not smoke marijuana, but if I did, I would smoke all of it and go watch Babies. Over and over. (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film.)

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MAY 13, 2010


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'Kurt'

Why: Kurt Cobain once said he'd "rather be dead than cool." You have to wonder what he'd think of his image and influence being interpreted in an exhibition at Seattle Art Museum of 80-some objects—painting, sculpture, collage, photography, and video—dating from the early 1990s to now. Photographer Alice Wheeler, Northwesterner and longtime friend of Kurt, says, "It's an interesting dynamic between the local artists and the international artists. The way people view Kurt locally is so different than people did, and still do, universally." Artists include Wheeler, Elizabeth Peyton, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Gretchen Bennett, Charles Peterson, and Scott Fife. It's a show not to be missed. (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 654-3100. 10 am–9 pm, $15 suggested donation.)



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Queen Shmooquan

Why: Has anyone not yet been converted to the cult of performance-art comedian Queen Shmooquan? (She finally ensnared me last February with a short but mind-meltingly psychedelic song-and-video cycle at On the Boards.) This show at Can Can, with British freak-lounge singer Herb Diamante, could be your last chance: The Queen is heavy with child—good luck, kid!—and she's going away for a while. Maybe forever. You never can tell with the Queen. (Can Can, 94 Pike St, 652-0832. 8 pm, $10–$15.)

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MAY 14, 2010


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Cory Doctorow

Why: Cory Doctorow is a bit of a modern genius—one of those annoyingly canny humans who's figured out how to turn the future to his own anticipatory ends. He's a science-fiction novelist, a coeditor of Boing Boing, an anticopyright activist, and an all-around lively and entertaining dude. Tonight, Doctorow reads from his latest novel, For the Win (about, among other things, third-world children paid to mine fake gold for first-world World of Warcrafters), after which he will be grilled mercilessly by The Stranger's own Paul Constant. Pillow Army will contribute some rock and roll. It will be good. (Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave, 784-4880. 7 pm, $5, 21+.)

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