The only rain we had gotten in Seattle this summer was basically 30 intense minutes between the end of The Saturday Knights’ set and the beginning of Common Market’s at last weekend’s KEXP BBQ. It was one of those moments where we can’t forget how unforgiving Mother Nature can be at times. I was having a grand time before becoming soaked. Once bitten, twice shy, as Great White liked to say at one point (before they had to start saying “sorry” every time a band member opened his mouth), hence everything I recommend this week will be indoors.
I See You Through Me… A Photo Show, Saturday, August 16
It is really exciting to recommend photo shows in consecutive weeks. As a reviewer, it is always more fun going to a show knowing that your words are going to be accompanied by some excellent photos as well. My favorite show in 2008 was the LP release party for Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground at the Triple Door — my favorite NW band at my favorite venue, but one thing that helped make that evening special was knowing beforehand that one of my favorite photographers, Kyle Johnson, would also be shooting that show. I was pleased with the review I wrote but his photos were breathtaking.
It should go without saying that I am, of course, very eager to check out this show in an art studio in SoDo (55 S. Alaska Street, suite 303, 8-11pm). Johnson and four other outstanding local photographers are showing their work and the opening party is Saturday night. Also included are Blush Photo, Christopher Nelson, Angela Dawn and Hillary Harris. I’m in awe of the talent of each of these artists, so I highly recommend everyone go to this opening.
Black Nite Crash, Monday, August 18 at the Sunset
A friend of mine just e-mailed me to tell me that she heard Black Nite Crash on KEXP and immediately thought the song played was a new Jesus and Mary Chain song. I’ve wanted to watch these guys for quite a while, who blend the best elements of JAMC, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bowie and shoegaze pop. I believe the band had split up, or taken a hiatus, but is back with a new lineup and is playing regularly now and just released their album Array. Mondays are difficult days to make to shows for many people but this is one that makes being tired Tuesday morning worthwhile.
Tubs Filmmaking Challenge, Monday, August 18 at the Northwest Film Forum
This could be an excellent event or a bust, but either way, the NWFF and artist DK Pan deserve credit for even staging this. Aspiring filmmakers are given the old Tubs building (the since-closed, sleazy spa [or so I’ve heard] in the U-District as a setting for a short film. With films not exceeding a running time of five minutes and shot at that locale, I am quite curious to see what kinds of films come out of this project and this famous and infamous spot.
See you out and about,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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