See It This Week

Seattle Art Fair Arrives, Stallion at Chop Suey, Greg Proops at Parlor Seattle

Thursday, July 30–Saturday, Aug. 1
Greg Proops
is a fast-talking proto-hipster who isn’t afraid to use big words or obscure cultural references. You might remember him as the funniest improv player on Whose Line Is It Anyway? or as one half of the two-headed pod-racing commentator Fodesinbeed Annodue in The Phantom Menace. Proops’s comedy is a beacon for every articulate brainiac who’s ever been accused of using a thesaurus by some semi-literate pinhead. He proudly broadcasts his fleet intellect as evidenced by the name of his podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which he will record live at Parlor on Thursday night to kick off the weekend. –Brett Hamil
Parlor Seattle

Tuesday, July 28
Artist and mastermind behind the now-retired First Thursday Art Schlock Shaun Kardinal has great taste and a mean wit, so we’d be remiss to overlook his latest quizzical endeavor: a 12-month-long collaborative sculpture that’s making a monthly appearance at Joe Bar. A sort of exquisite corpse, Kardinal’s sculpture will be passed off to a succession of 11 different artists, including local favorites like Robert Hardgrave, Victoria Haven, Jeffry Mitchell and Kimberley Trowbridge. The piece will live in their respective studios for most of the month while the artists have their way with it. The sculpture will be exhibited for only three hours each month, every fourth Tuesday at Joe Bar. –Amanda Manitach
Joe Bar

Thursday, July 30
If you like your rock big, dumb, ridiculous, take a ride on Stallion. Featuring members of Pony Time and Steal Shit Do Drugs, Stallion is a wrestling-themed band with songs about tag-teaming, turnbuckle-jumping and taking home the title belt. Expect over-the-top smack-talk and aggressive, in-your-face rock n’ roll. Plus it’s a benefit for the best punk fest this town has to offer: Pizza Fest VI, taking place next weekend at venues around the city. With UBU ROI and DJs Some Girls and Burnt Zza. –Dan Paulus
Chop Suey

Thursday, July 30–Sunday, Aug. 2
Seattle Art Fair
is finally here! The mammoth event, held at CenturyLink Field Event Center, opens Thursday and continues through Sunday. Take in a whopping amount of art, both local and from blue-chip galleries around the world. Down the street, Vital 5’s Out Of Sight fair has taken over the sweeping, previously derelict third floor of King Street Station and will showcase work by more than 100 Northwest artists. Murals, projection mapping, painting and eye-popping installations are a few things being offered. The opening party on Thursday night should be one of the grand art fetes of the year.  ­–Amanda Manitach
CenturyLink Field Event Center; King Street Station

Friday, July 31
Writer/director Steve de Jarnatt’s 1988 movie Miracle Mile won critical adoration but alienated mainstream audiences during its initial 1988 release. Simply put, the world wasn’t ready for a star-crossed romance darkened by apocalyptic satire that eviscerated the candy-coated facade of the Reagan Years. Not surprisingly, its uncompromising uniqueness has earned it a well-deserved cult following. The Film Forum’s screening comes in tandem with the movie’s bells-and-whistles DVD/Blu-Ray release, and de Jarnatt will be on hand for a Q&A and autograph signing. –Tony Kay
Northwest Film Forum