Photographer Eirik Johnson's Barrow Cabins Captures Modest Dwellings

Eirik Johnson’s photos reveal the human nesting instinct
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!--paging_filter--pSeattle-based photographer Eirik Johnson is captivated by the most modest of dwellings: makeshift hunting shacks, remote forest campsites, animal burrows. In his show Barrow Cabins, he reveals such structures in stark relief, pairing twin shots—one taken in winter, one taken in summer—of slapdash shanties at the northernmost edge of our continent. Built by members of Alaska’s Iñupiat tribe, who use them as hunting cabins (walrus and whales in winter, caribou and seals in summer), the ramshackle plywood abodes sit on black gravel expanses abutting the Arctic Ocean. Johnson (a href="http://www.eirikjohnson.com" target="_blank"eirikjohnson.com/a) says the paired images serve as “a meditation on the passage of time.” They also reveal the small comforts people have brought to this landscape, desolate in all seasons. A basketball net, a recliner, a ragged set of curtains and, most striking of all, swing sets and trikes, plastic playhouses and a skateboard ramp—all speak to the irrepressible human impulse to make natural places our own. 11/29–1/11/14. Times vary. Free. G. Gibson Gallery, 300 S Washington St.; 206.587.4033; a href="http://www.ggibsongallery.com" target="_blank"ggibsongallery.com /a/p

The Must List: Fremont Oktoberfest, Local Sightings Film Fest and More

The Must List: Fremont Oktoberfest, Local Sightings Film Fest and More

What to do this weekend in Seattle
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The 19th Annual Fremont Oktoberfest is this weekend, 9/23 to 9/25

Must Oompah
The 19th Annual Fremont Oktoberfest
(9/23 to 9/25, times vary) This close-to-home Oktoberfest celebration comes with mini beer mugs and more than 80 different microbrews and German beers to taste, plus the amply-named Buxom Beer Garden where you can clash your steins together in a rousing fashion. Grab yourself a giant German pretzel or a plump brat and make merry with the many (and we mean many) Seattleites present.

Must Nerd Out
Paramount Theatre Hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson
Thursday (9/22, 7:30 p.m.) The dashing and charismatic astrophysicist, author and television star Neil deGrasse Tyson has become the nation’s leading advocate for science at a time when climate change deniers and others seek to undermine it, along with the public good. His talk, titled “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,” should be a delight.

Must See
Revolt. She said. Revolt again. at 12th Avenue Arts

(9/23 to 10/10, times vary) The Washington Ensemble Theatre’s new season focuses on radical feminism and launches with the West Coast premiere of Alice Birch’s patriarchy-bashing absurdist play, described by The New York Times as “making you question everything you say when it comes to discussing women and their relationships with men, one another and a world in a state of unending upheaval.” Directed by Bobbin Ramsey.

Must Marvel
New Media Installation at Suyama Space
(9/23 to 12/16, times vary) “Generativity,” a new media installation by Portland artist Fernanda D’Agostino, is the last exhibition that will appear in the Suyama Space before it closes after 16 years. Combining architecture, electroacoustic sound space, video projections and live performance, the project investigates the underlying and often invisible structures through which the natural world sculpts and regenerates itself.

Must Watch
Catch the Best of the Best at the Local Sightings Film Festival
(9/22 to 10/1, times vary), This film fest is the Northwest’s premier showcase of new films, produced by the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF). For 10 days, filmgoers can witness juried selections that present the best in local filmmaking.