visual arts

* Alpha Helix for Linus Pauling
The view from the WaMu drive-through just got a lot better, thanks to a new sculpture from PNCA student Julian Voss-Andreae. The red public sculpture is based on the Alpha Helix, a discovery for which Portlander Linus Pauling won the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 1954. Voss-Andreae built the red, spiraling form in homage to Pauling, then planted it in front of the house where the chemist spent his teen years. Art meets science meets local history. Linus Pauling House, SE Hawthorne between 39th & 40th

An Exact Spectacular
David Greenberger, the founder of legendary zine Duplex Planet, continues to get comfy in Portland. After a PICA residency, and marquee billing at last year's TBA Fest, he returns with this curated exhibition of folk art by senior citizens he met in the course of his Duplex Planet interview work. Philip Feldman Gallery & Project Room, at PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Through June 19

Idiom
The PNCA photography department is publishing a book of student work this year called Idiom that highlights some of the best photo art coming out of the department. Head down to Urban Wineworks and get a peek at some of the work in the flesh. Urban Wineworks, 407 NW 16th, 226-9797, Through May 31

McKensi Rain Payne
Nothing annoys me more than when artists play the sympathy card, or try to use art to masquerade a charity event, but even my icy heart melted a bit (just a bit) with this press release. This six-year-old artist who has been diagnosed with leukemia has her first gallery opening tonight, and Optic Nerve Arts is turning it into a whole party scene. Make this kid feel like a total rock star by showing up tonight. Optic