Stranger contributor Bess Lovejoy wanted to do something special for the hometown launch party of her beautiful new book, Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses. Sure, she’ll be reading from her new collection of pieces detailing the afterlives of notorious dead bodies, and she’ll answer all your death-related questions, too. But rumor has it this reading will also feature a thereminist and a very special guest-skull or two, in addition to the Rendezvous’s usual stiff drinks (haw-haw!). Corpses have never been so exquisite. (Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave, 634-3400, 7 pm, free)