Tonight's pick:

1. THEESatisfaction is headlining Ladies’ Night at Neumos tonight. Every THEESatisfaction show I’ve seen has been twice as good as the one I saw before. Their live set on KEXP’s Street Sounds this week was fantastic and, of course, too short.

Also playing is Lisa Dank, a local Lady Gaga disciple whose live show sounds fun (MusicNerd Anand Balasubrahmanyan gives Lisa Dank two thumbs up here) and great up-and-comers Canary Sing (Jonathan Cunningham interviews CS's Lioness here).

With Queerbait, Katie Kate, Sap’n, DJ Colby B. Tomorrow night at 8 pm. Tickets are $8.

On Tomorrow's Calendar:

1. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is showing its two current exhibits, the New Old and the New New, right across the hall from each other—both are basically a showcase of SAAM's most recent acquisitions.

The New Old exhibit is filled with Chinese paintings from the 1600s or 1700s that seem assembled to subvert the very idea of modern art. Bada Shanren's pieces, for example, would look at home, and might even be simultaneously pretty and more avant-garde than the most avant-garde pieces at an ultra-modern gallery like NYC's New Museum. The landscape paintings and sculptures of the 20th century are subversive in exactly the opposite way.



Tomorrow (and every day the museum is open) from 10 am to 5 pm. At the Seattle Asian Art Museum (1400 E. Prospect Street).

2. Wilco is one of my favorite bands. When he's quiet, singer Jeff Tweedy can bring down a whole sky full of clouds just by  strumming his guitar and singing in his shaky voice. It's Dylan at his somberest.

The country rock of their early days is alternately raucous and lilting. Their new stuff switches on a dime from Nels Cline's frenzied jazz soloing to breezy duets with Feist.



The show's been sold out for at least a week. I suggest you hit Craigslist right now.

Tomorrow night at the Paramount Theater (911 Pine Street). Tickets are $32.

3. Washington Bus is putting on Olympia in a Can, Part 2 tomorrow night. This installment deals specifically with the environment (Part 1 was higher education), which means if you go, you get to hang out at Grey Gallery (again, one of the sweetest spots on Capitol Hill) and ask questions, via video feed, to a group of Olympia representatives.

From 6 to 8 pm, at Grey Gallery (1512 11th Ave). Free.

4. Yong Zhao, an education professor at Michigan State University, is in town tomorrow. His research, and his new book, Catching up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization, rest on comparing Chinese and American educational models. Zhao's a fan of the American model, which he says encourages individual formation. He warns against straying toward harsh discipline and rote memorization.

Tomorrow, at the University of Washington's Kane Hall, at 7 pm. Free.
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