In Year of the Wolfbat, woodcutter Dennis McNett presents two knockdown, drag-out days of what essentially boils down to hanging out with that guy who carved those murals into your desk in health class when everyone else was learning about the magical world of VD. It's the latest stop in a traveling coast-to-coast exhibition illustrating those most manly of all possible legends: leopards with snakes for tails, Holist wolf and goat heads made entirely of other snakes, eagles battling snakes — hell, everything from the menagerie except the dogs with bees in their mouths that when they bark they shoot bees at you! A fine-arts professor at Pratt, he's been in all the usual quality lowbrow publications — Juxtapoz, Thrasher, The New York Times — and when he's not fighting crampy hands, he's had time to design shoes for Vans' spring 2009 collection; the T-shirts are more evocative of his work than are the shoes, ironically enough.

Sat., Aug. 8, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., 2009

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