visual arts

Buff Medb Neretin, Allegra Disraeli Abstract paintings of Hebrew words; folky paintings representing the "continued Exodus of my people." Theatre Imagine, at the IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave, 780-1886, Through Sept Hive There is a new store opening on the 20th that looks interesting if you wanna check out modern furniture design in the spirit of MoMA. Gehry, Panton, Arad, Noguchi, Eames--get inspired. hive, 111 NW 2nd

Alphabet Frenzy
Reading Frenzy presents 26 of the nation's finest artists/graphics/zine people, each representing a letter of the alphabet. Participants come from Portland and elsewhere, including Edith Abeyta, Nikki McClure, Sonja Ahlers, Christine Shields, Icky Ciccone, and tons more. Including the Mercury's own Jen Davison, Kalah Allen, and Sean Tejaratchi. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449

Illuminata Parade
As installation: Portlanders crossing the river with their self-made lanterns. Pretty. Speaking of culture-jamming, perhaps you and yours could make lanterns from the waste of the Illuminata Parade's sponsors: Starbucks. Pepsi. SoBe. Clear Channel. East Bank Esplanade, Sat Sept 21, noon-10 pm, free

Jon Rietfors
Haiku: "Graphic designers /culture jamming with name brands/ it walks a fine line." But Rietfors digitally imprisons a young girl (student?) with a can of Coca-Cola. Makes you ask some questions. Pushdot Studio, 833 NW 14th

PICA Does Portland
While the $30 price tag is daunting, you get dinner at Tube or Madame Butterfly. But $10 will get you a full day of art and brouhaha. At 2 pm, SW 3rd & Taylor, see clay figures in Daniel Duford's "Golem's Waiting"; 6 pm at Ohm, John Moran and Eva Muller (!) present excerpts of Moran's works. 8:30 pm at Panorama, view Liminal's postmodern version of 7 Deadly Sins of the Lower Class; other stuff includes House of Cunt, DJ Mr. Mu Mu. A leetle highbrow, but some interesting shite nonetheless. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 219 NW 12th, 242-1419, Sat Sept 21 only, $30-10