Daumier to Lautrec: French Prints and Drawings
Where do we stand with the French right now? I haven't heard anybody admit that they may have been right about us not invading Iraq, but do we still hate them for their general Frenchiness? Didn't one of them spit in Lance Armstrong's face on that big bike ride? The guy only has one nut, for Chrissakes! Love em or hate em, $15 is still too much to spend to see this show of their drawings. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, 226-2811, Through Oct. 24, $6-15

* Fall 2004 Fashion Show
One of the best looking sights in SE Portland is Adam Arnold's constantly rotating window display, where he changes out his snappy threads two or three times a week. Friday night he hosts a big fashion show to show off his new fall duds. There's no admission price on any of the info I have, so if they try to charge you at the door, cite a technicality. Adam Arnold Studio, 727 SE Morrison, 503-234-1376, Friday, 7 pm

* Heart Attack Island
Two of the best things about living in Portland, Oregon are experimental filmmakers Bill Daniels and Vanessa Renwick. Their reality-based films are so far removed from contemporary documentary practices as to be completely unclassifiable. For this local show, Renwick will screen a few films, including the haunting Britton, S. Dakota, and Daniel will park his sailboat Chevy van at the Guild and project Ponder Yonder on the sails. This is the real deal, noncommercial, authentic filmmaking. Guild Theater, 879 SW 9th, 221-1156, Thursday, 7 pm, $7

* Jon Langford
Langford, known best for his work as a musician with the Mekons, is also an artist who paints lovely ashcan portraits of country characters, both real and fictitious. Johnny Cash and Elvis are both represented. Augen Gallery, 817 SW 2nd Ave, 224-8182, through Aug 25

Katherine Bovee
Based on video game space and travel, Bovee's installation incorporates "glowing auras" and abstract paintings while plucking elements of Japanimation and hypertechnology. Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 335-6979, Through Sept. 3

* Mark Mothersbaugh's Beautiful Mutants
You like art by celebrities? I know you do. Even if you don't, you probably like Mark Mothersbaugh, formerly of Devo, and mastermind composer behind Wes Anderson's films. His photographic prints, which are actually quite cool looking, use basic symmetry and mirroring effects to turn 19th-Century portraits into freaky surreal scenes. Basil Hallward Gallery at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, through Aug 31

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