ILLUSTRATION: Jim Woodring
Trying to explain Jim Woodring's art is like describing an acid trip: One never gets the feeling across and inevitably sounds like a crazy person while doing it. But then, maybe Woodring himself is a little crazy. The Seattle-based cartoonist has suffered hallucinations from a young age, battled alcoholism and is a follower of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy (which, while not crazy, certainly gives Woodring a unique perspective on life and consciousness). His work is like Carl Barks' Donald Duck comics twisted inside out by a black hole. Terrifying, disgusting, funny, silent and beautifully illustrated. See? It sounds crazy. We think a big page of Woodring's art (from his new book, Weathercraft, out now from the Fantagraphics imprint) is more interesting than explaining his art in words.
SEE IT: Jim Woodring speaks at Powell's, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm Friday, June 25. Free.
THURSDAY JUNE 24
An all-female quartet from Norway that plays weird instruments (something called a "contrabass balalaika") and sings adorable polyharmonies? We are so there.
FRIDAY JUNE 25
Riot grrrl is dead, but dreamy-pop groups who channel doo-wop and shoegaze are all the rage these days. See Dum Dum Girls before they become famous!
[BEER] NORTH AMERICAN ORGANIC BREWERS FESTIVAL
More than 50 organic brewers fill Overlook Park with a weekend of drinking and live music. Overlook Park, North Fremont Street and Interstate Avenue. Noon-9 pm Friday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday, June 25-27. Free entry. Tasting cup is $6, samples are $1 each. Discounts with MAX ticket, bike corral ticket or three cans of food. Info at naobf.org.
SATURDAY JUNE 26
Midcentury Modern League hosts a bowling party to raise funds to restore the Crown Motel's epic 40-foot neon sign on North Interstate Avenue.
[SCREEN] MOVIE QUEEN
Cinema Project presents an outdoor showing of three curiosities from the Women's Film Preservation Fund, a program that "works to preserve the cultural legacy of women in the film industry." It will hurt your brain, but in the best way. Ampersand, 2916 NE Alberta St., 805-5458. 9:45 pm. $7.
[MUSIC] SALLY SELTMANN
Y'know that waifish girl Feist you've seen singing on The Tonight Show? Fellow Canadian Sally Seltmann kinda sounds like her, and even wrote her biggest hit, "1234." The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie Ave., 890-0408. 9 pm. $7. 21+.
MONDAY JUNE 28
In this annual event, a play is cast, rehearsed and designed in total secrecy, the actors meeting for the first time as they say their first lines. It's always a chaotic blast, and this year's choice of material is especially promising: Ken Ludwig's classic farce