Andrea Schwartz-Feit, David Geiser
Andrea makes Wax Works, vibrant abstract paintings and wax figures; Geiser does a paper-project room installation which includes some fossil-like, crinkly delicate shell things. Butters Gallery, 520 NW Davis St, 248-9378, Through Jan 4

Cary Leibowitz
NY art elite Cary Leibowitz presents faggy faggy boom boom, which includes a purchasable "Liza Minelli for President" rain poncho! So brilliant! So gay!!! Soundvision, 625 NW Everett #108, 238-7007, Through Dec

Chinese Elephant Welcoming Ceremony
The welcoming ceremony for a bronze replica of a Shang Dynasty Chinese elephant, which is possibly the first piece of family-friendly public art Portland has ever had that isn't complete shit. Chinatown, between Burnside & NW Couch, Sat Dec 14, 11:30 am

Holiday Art Show/Sale
Functional art, glass, jewelry, etc. on exhibit and for purchase. Machine Shop, 1715 NW Lovejoy, Through Dec 29

Beamsplitters
In conjunction with the Portland Documentary Experimental Film Festival, local artist/filmmakers Vanessa Renwick and Bill Daniel have curated a film/video art installation. In keeping with the idea of experimental film as living visual art, Brad Adkins, Philip Cooper, The Distance Formula, Thad Povey, Animal Charm and the curators explore the projected image. Further diminishing any and all lines between visual and filmed ephemera. MachineWorks, 1115 NW 14th & Northrup, Thurs Dec 12, 7 pm; Sat Dec 14, noon; $6

By Hand, Tableaux
PAM exhibits some hand drawings from its permanent collection, and an assemblage exhibit from Edward and Nancy Reddin Keinholz. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, 226-2811, Through March

Glob Farmers
San Francisco artists Attaboy and KRK Ryden go glob farming with their cartoony, comic-influenced paintings worthy of a three-hour Saturday morning special. Sugary, colorful and, you know, globby. Gallery Bink, 1416 E. Burnside, 233-8866, Through Dec

Stitch by Stitch
Unique and provocative, this group show reaches the outer limits of needlepoint and what you can do with it. Mushroom cloud on a doily? Freedom on a quilt? At the very least, get ideas for the next sewing circle meeting. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 207 SW Pine St, 224-0521, Through Dec

Kwanzaa Celebration
As usual, the IFCC exhibits fascinating art that magnifies the point where culture and humanity meet. Kwanzaa-related mixed media by a large assortment of local African American artists. Theatre Imagine, at the IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave, 780-1886, Through Dec

Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo
Paintings of the human condition; unassuming, beautiful Spanish woodcuts. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave, 226-2754, Through Dec