* Bwana Spoons
Portland's best illustrative painter, Bwana Spoons, lays down some new paintings which undoubtedly feature Legos, furry animals, and wonderfully colored skyscapes. Spoon's dreamy backgrounds are what separate his far-flung fantasies from legions of imitators, and can hold their own with any contemporary abstractionist in town. Genuine Imitation Gallery, 328 NW Broadway #116, 234-3760, Through Sept. 26

Artists and Maps: Cartography as a Means of Knowing
This sounds like a pretty heady, ambitious group show featuring luminaries such as Patrick Nagatani, Nancy Graves, William Kentridge, and Robert Calvo who all incorporate map imagery into their artwork. Artist Joyce Kozloff will give a slide show and lecture Thursday at 4 pm in Miller Hall, room 102. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7495, Through Oct. 19

Friends and Heroes
Looks like a big group show of local illustrators/comic-y artists curated by Michael Bland. Ryan Boyle, aka Company Chode, is participating, as well as Zach Reno and Meredith Butner, and at least ten others. MessHall Gallery, 630 SE Third, Through Sept

Important Things
The freakiest press images to arrive in our inbox this month comes from the usually benign Pushdot Studios. Tamara Lischka's photographs show hands cradling "indistinguishable fetal stews" of cat and bird fetuses. Ewww! Pushdot Studio, 833 NW 14th, 224-5925, Through Sept 26

Living Vertically
Shauna Westphal presents an interactive installation that combines functional design, kinesiology, and posture lessons in Living Vertically. The installation consists of prototypical chairs and restraining jackets that force the viewer to exercise only the most upright, rigid posture. So, kind of like a Donald Judd chair for the Design Within Reach crowd? Portland Building Lobby, 1120 SW 5th, Through Sept. 26

* Suggestive
Newcomer to the arts scene Katherine Hunt-Morr presents a series of photos of people doin' the nasty in public places. Brian Marki Fine Art, 2236 NE Broadway, 249-5659, through Sept 15