Mark Newport, W Man (left) and F Man, hand-knit acrylic, 2007, at Greg Kucera Gallery.

THURSDAY

Since it’s First Thursday and a slew of galleries will be open later tonight, I recommend you stop by Greg Kucera Gallery after work for the opening of the Mark Newport exhibit (with a reception from 6-8pm). The Michigan artist subverts masculinity with his knit superhero costumes and embroidered comic book covers. Characters like Sweaterman or Argyleman hang in the gallery (wonder who would win in a fight), though they’re also made to be worn. I could imagine Grandpa throwing on Sweaterman before going out to bust the neighborhood brats who keep knocking down his mailbox.

Also opening tonight is a 10-week series of Steve McQueen films screening at Seattle Art Museum. If you haven’t seen the “King of Cool” escape Nazis by motorcycle before, tonight’s your night: The series opens with The Great Escape at 7:30pm.

Not a ton of concerts this weekend, but a big name in classical music—Orchestre National de France conductor Kurt Masur —leads the Seattle Symphony in Mozart’s Symphony no. 40 in G Minor and Bruckner’s Symphony no. 4 in E-flat Major. Tonight-Saturday only.

FRIDAY

I’m checking out two plays this weekend: Hunter Gatherers by Washington Ensemble Theatre (Jan 8-Feb 8) and Electra by Seattle Shakespeare Company (Jan 8-31).

In Hunter Gatherers, a dinner party turns carnal as its guest lust for meat. Since this is my first WET experience, I really don’t know what to expect other than what their website lists: an animal sacrifice, sex, deception, violence, wrestling, shameless unadulterated dancing and a whole lot of meat. It’s a young cast open to taking risks (that I hope pay off).

Though Sophocles probably didn’t have “shameless unadulterated dancing” in mind when he crafted Electra, the Greek tragedy does have plenty of sex, deception, and violence. It’s directed by Intiman regular Sheila Daniels, who left her post there to pursue “freelance directing,” according to my sources. (Yes, I have sources.) She’s done quality work for Intiman (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), so I’m curious to see how she fares with more creative freedom.

SATURDAY

14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival runs this weekend and next. In the course of 48 hours, participants will write, design, rehearse, and ultimately perform 14 original plays (with the help of rotating naps and a keg of beer). Yes, it’s forced creativity, but many work well under pressure. Like Clint Eastwood. I heard he shot Gran Torino without bathroom breaks. But that’s how rumors get started.

Down in Georgetown from 6-9pm is the Second Saturday Art Attack, a showcase of up-and-coming contemporary artists with live music by the Pink Torpedoes, Street Skillet street food, and samples from upwards of 20 Family Wineries of Washington. Click here for a map of participating businesses.

SUNDAY

Swing by any branch of the University Book Store to celebrate its 110th anniversary on 1/10/10 (auspicious, eh?), or to pick up a copy of 110/110, a book with contributions by 110 local writers that we covered here.

And it’s your last chance to see Peter Pan at Seattle Children’s Theatre or the exhibit Open Roads and Bedside Tables at Frye Art Museum. Both close today.

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