The Weekend Out

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Your best entertainment bets June 11 through June 14

By Steve Wiecking June 11, 2009

Roger Shimomura wonders if he’s Superman. (courtesy Greg Kucera Gallery)

Catch one of the last few performances of Night Flight, Book-It’s elegant aviation operetta.

Portland’s Rush-N-Disco seems a sure bet to inspire amusement and/or irritation—perhaps we should just call it amused irritation?—with a performance culled from random YouTube oddities for the Northwest New Works Festival. I have a feeling this may sell out so get your tickets now if you’re feeling at all intrigued.

Don’t miss violinst Leila Josefowicz, whose artistry makes the Seattle Symphony a must-see all weekend.

I’ve long been a fan of the lyrical physical notions of local choreographer Molly Scott. Her Scott/Powell Performance troupe should be another highlight of the Northwest New Works Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

It’s supposed to be a hot weekend and sometimes it feels goooood to sweat it out with a band. Prepare to perspire when front man Steve Lambke rasps out “Nighttime/Anytime (It’s Alright)” with Canadian quintet The Constantines at Neumos on Saturday. Yes, Canucks can rock.

The Seattle International Film Festival winds down this weekend. Try Every Little Step, a documentary about the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line and the creation of the landmark original musical, then feel butch again by watching Henry Fonda (yeah, Henry Fonda) play one of the meanest muthers to ever threaten Charles Bronson in a restored version of Sergio Leone’s epic, awesome Once Upon A Time in the West.

An animated rabbit was one of America’s finest comedians. Pay him his due respect at the Grand Illusion’s The Classic Cartoon Cons of Bugs Bunny.

The Greg Kucera Gallery considers identity in I.D.: Individual Demographics which features a wide range of fantastic artists, including Roger Shimomura, whose vibrant pop contemplations of what it means to be Japanese and American contain a subtle melancholy, and Tom of Finland, whose delicious gay erotica graphite drawings contain an appetizingly unsubtle appreciation of…well, chances are good that if I have to tell you what Tom of Finland appreciates you’re probably not the target audience.

ACT Theatre’s artistic director Kurt Beattie and always interesting young actors Jonah Von Spreeken and Emily Cedergreen are among those reading aloud at Town Hall’s Short Stories Live: A Tribute to John Updike.

Back to Rush-N-Disco at On the Boards—here’s one of their inspirations: the beautifully bonkers, public access channel cult classic “Why Do You Think You Are Nuts?”:

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