American Retro
Get your gritty nostalgia on with this two-person exhibition of old-timey photos. Helaine Garren haunted a massive, smoky Chicago pool hall in 1969 and '70 to create a pictorial essay of pool sharks and shady characters, while Jack Baxter was busy shooting Burlesque girls in the late '50s in Minnesota. Newspace, 1632 SE 10th, 963-1935, Through Sept. 30

* Brendan Clenaghen
Clenaghen, whom I had previously dismissed as an overly simple craft-and-finish fetishist, has expanded his repertoire somewhat with the addition of spatial effects and painted teardrop/word bubble forms lingering on his goose bumped wood panels. Pulliam Deffenbaugh, 522 NW 12th Ave, 228-6665, Through Oct. 2

* 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 and project Ponder Yonder on the sails. This is the real deal; noncommercial, authentic filmmaking. Tonight they play with the Watery Graves, who have been known to pass out stamped envelopes, paper, and pens, encouraging you to write to a person you haven't talked to for a while. Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd, 230-2111, Sun 8 pm, $5

* Feel Free
The German-born, Swedish-living Axel Lieber warms up for his more extensive show at the Henry Gallery in Seattle this fall. Lieber will work with PNCA students to create Pop/Minimalist pieces from found/recycled everyday objects. Philip Feldman Gallery, PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Through Oct 2

* Sean Healy
One of Portland's best artists, Sean Healy uses cut plastics, photographs, and resin with meticulous craftsmanship to explore ideas of duality, authority, conflict, and individuality. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 207 SW Pine St, 224-0521, Through Oct. 2