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Saturday, July 19, 2008


'The Violet Hour' at Henry Art Gallery

For being so grim, this three-person show is remarkably entertaining: Jen Liu's videos feature Pink Floyd standards sung in Latin plainchant, Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" performed by a community brass band, cannibalism, brutalist architecture, and pretty young men. In David Maljkovic's videos, young people in a postcommunist daze linger under burdensome modernist architecture, loitering around immobilized cars. Matthew Day Jackson has actually immobilized a Corvette, which sits in the middle of the gallery, bringing to mind stoners and bombed-out cathedrals. (Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE, 543-2280. 11 am–5 pm, $10.)



14/48 at Center House Theatre

The world's quickest theater festival (where a pack of artists creates 14 new short plays in 48 hours) rides again. Each 14/48 is equal parts good, bad, and marvelously awful. This year's list of artists is a who's who of the Seattle fringe scene: playwrights such as Elizabeth Heffron (Mitzi's Abortion) and Scot Augustson (master of loopy, perverse comedies), actors Charles Smith (of Greek Active fame) and Ray Tagavilla (criminally underutilized), directors Gillian Jorgensen (artistic director emeritus of Annex Theatre) and Brian Faker (actor, director, and all-around old salt). Bring a flask. (Center House Theater, Seattle Center, 800-838-3006. 8 and 10:30 pm, $15. Through July 27.)

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    Dan Savage advocates for the Iraq War in The Stranger--Oct. 2002

    "War may be bad for children and other living things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other living things, and this is one of those times."

    "In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize... or we're going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves."

    Posted by ................... | July 19, 2008 10:16 PM

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