Harvest Henderson (an occasional art writer for The Oregonian) is a busy artist this month, with two shows at the Everett Station Lofts. The Residence Gallery exhibit is comprised of to-do lists and grocery lists that Henderson sews together, while next door at Pause Gallery, her installation Greener features over 200 square feet of spray-painted sod and porn. Residence Gallery , 625 NW Everett #106, Through May 28

Liz Haley, one of Portland's best young photographers, creates heart-stirring details of memory and melancholy. The press release for her new show promises to "ask questions in a different way." Newspace , 1632 SE 10th, 963-1935, May 6-29

Free Leg Waxes For Straight Guys Now
Local artist Todd Kurtzman's new performance piece is pretty self-explanatory, both half-baked and homophobic. Bossanova , 722 E. Burnside, Friday 9:30pm

Throw it All Away on Love
Austin artist Andy Coolquitt is known throughout Texas for his home, which is also sort of his art. His East Austin studio is an immersive funk environment, or an incredibly wild party space. Although the space, which has its roots in a whole tradition of Texas folk art spaces, is Coolquitt's life work, he is also an accomplished studio artist. Coolquitt will be in residency through May 19, gathering materials and constructing an environment at Savage. Visitors are welcome to visit the work in progress, or lay low until the big party at the end of the month. Savage Art Resources , 1430 SE Third Ave, 230-0265, May 6-28

Joe Thurston
Thurston, he of the painted people who look constructed of spaghetti, debuts a new set of canvases this month. What separates these paintings from previous efforts are the backgrounds-Thurston has become looser, more painterly, and more atmospheric, which pops the cartoony figures into startling focus. Mark Woolley Gallery , 120 NW 9th Suite 210, 224-5475, Through May 28