To Do Today:

Go outside.


The Henry Art Gallery hosts its quarterly open house, a party of art, DJs (DJ Darwin from Mad Rad) and hot dogs.

Untitled, by Kiki Smith.

There's a show of photography based on the art of Kiki Smith, a feminist artist whose sculptures and paintings introduced a paradigm shift in the imagination of the (particularly female) body.

Even more interesting, in my opinion, is art by Isabelle Pauwels (who recently won the Northwest's Brink Award, worth $12,500). Belgium-born Pauwels sets out to understand her grandparents and ends up exploring the brutal Belgian colonization of the Congo in the 1830s, via a giant collage of relevant... things... she's gathered (including the full-sized thatch hut included in Pauwels' show).

There's also an exhibition in the Henry's gift shop, once abandoned and now refurbished as a space for punk-rock art and sculpture.

DJ Darwin of Mad Rad will be spinning, and there will be beer and also cupcakes from Cupcake Royale. The hot dogs are courtesy of Dante's Inferno.

Tonight at the Henry Art Gallery (15th Ave NE & 41st Street), from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. $10.

This Weekend:

I'm liking the trio of Korean revenge films at Northwest Film Forum, but that's me. There's plenty of less violent stuff going on.

This Sunday at the Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave). Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance shows at 4 pm, followed by Oldboy at 6:30 and Lady Vengeance at 9. Tickets are $9.

The Young Democrats of Washington State are holding their annual convention, featuring a keynote by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. All day Saturday and Sunday at the Best Western Executive Inn (200 Taylor Ave N). Online registration here.

The Sorrento Hotel is having an absinthe tasting—an absinthe soiree with some French cabaret music. Sunday, 7pm, 900 Madison Street, $20

The SoundOff Final, the final battle royale of high school bands, is tomorrow, featuring Candysound, of Bellingham; Great Waves, of Sammamish; Hooves and Beak, of Seattle; and SEACATS, of Kelso. At the Sky Church at the EMP (325 5th Ave N), at 8 pm. $10 for the general public, $7 for students.

Feral Children and the Cave Singers are both bands with savage-sounding names who are originally from Seattle and both seem to be bounding toward indie-rock stardom. Saturday at the Showbox Market (1426 1st Ave) at 8 pm. Tickets are $14.

William L. Marcy, a history professor at St. Martin's University in Lacey, reads from his new book The Politics of Cocaine, about how the U.S.'s War on Drugs has made the drug trade more lucrative in South America. Saturday at 7 pm, at the Elliott Bay Book Company (5300 Pacific Ave).

And of course, there's also Oscar parties. Here's the list.
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