Susie Bright

(READINGS) Purveyor of all things sexual, SUSIE BRIGHT has been a bright light on the Internet (she writes for Salon and Playboy online), in the movies (with a bit part and as a consultant on Bound), and in the book world ever since she dropped out of high school back in 1975. Her new book, Full Exposure, explores erotic stories. It's sure to HEAT up a few debates; come see for yourself what it's all about. -- TRACI VOGEL

Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway E, 323-8842, 7 pm, free.

An American Century of Photography

(ART) The company which probably owns the largest cache of insipid imagery in the world -- HALLMARK -- is also the proud possessor of a great collection of PHOTOGRAPHS covering the entire history of the medium -- some 250 of which go on view today at SAM. This unfortunately-titled exhibit (thank god for the year 2000, the start of the Canadian Century) offers a panoramic view of the history of American photography, including work by Stieglitz, Weston, Muybridge, Arbus, Warhol, and Sherman. -- ERIC FREDERICKSEN

Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3100, through Jan 16.

New Millennium Revue

(DANCE) Even if New Millennium Tap Dance Revue III: The Final Chapter sounds like a fiendishly twisted HORROR sequel, it could be worth a shot or, then again, it could be a terrifyingly overblown talent show. There are, among other performers, Lindy HOPPERS, Irish hardshoe dancers, a world champion barbershop quartet, and a cast of 20 musicians. Barbershop quartets usually put the fear of God into me, but if this revue really hits the swinging VAUDEVILLIAN HEIGHTS it promises, then it's a fine chance to experience some vibrant theatrical energy. -- STEVE WIECKING

Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, 425-893-9900, Sept 30-Oct 2 at 7:30 pm, matinees Oct 2 and 3 at 2 pm.


The AUTOMATON Adventure Series

(ALL-AGES SHOW) Oh, the trials and tribulations of an on-the-cusp-of-outrageous-success band. First, they have to perfect their FABULOUS SOUND. Then, they gotta record their upcoming album, "futura transmitta." Then they need to play their last show in the Seattle area before taking off on a NATIONAL TOUR, incorporating samples, sound-generation devices, and vintage 16mm film. Be smart. See them now. They'll be famous soon. And they promise they won't DATE MODELS. -- MIN LIAO

Old Firehouse, 16510 NE 79th St, Redmond, 425-556-2370, $5, all-ages; with Sweep the Leg Johnny.

Zoo Doo

(POOP) You missed the September 5 application deadline, thus also missing your shot at getting your own personal stock of exotic composted SHIT from the Woodland Park ZOO, chum. Today, luckier folks than you will scoop turds in bulk, paying up to $50 to line the bed of their Ram Charger with rich, black goodness. Watch and bemoan your sorry fate. -- ERIC FREDERICKSEN

Woodland Park Zoo, call 625-POOP for info.

Jim Carroll

(LIVE MUSIC) Jim Carroll used to be a simple basketball star-turned-junkie-poet, but then he was visited by the great Leonardo DiCaprio Spirit, who commanded Carroll to cast him in the film Basketball Diaries about Carroll's heroin-filled TEEN YEARS. One thing the film didn't mention, however, was this whole Lou Reed thing that Carroll's been doing since his teenhood: gritty New York City junk punk with lyrics so precious that they get published as poetry each time an album is released. If you love caustic rock aimed at your HEAD, not at your HEART, then Jim Carroll has your fix. -- NATHAN THORNBURGH

Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, 441-5611, 10 pm, $15.


The Stevedores

(LIVE MUSIC) The coincidence is too great: The Stevedores play Irish music and who's dancing? Irish Dancers KATHLEEN AND ERIN! We're dying to see our evil twins (or are we the evil ones?) pull a Riverdance at the Elysian. Or could it be that O'Grady and Sullivan are just clever pseudonyms and your dynamic Stranger music duo are taking a break from the rock scene to JIG back to our roots in the Emerald Isle? Believe what you will. -- Erin Franzman & KATHLEEN WILSON

The Elysian Brewery, 1221 E Pike St, 860-1920, 9:30 pm, $6

Curtis Salgado

(LIVE MUSIC) Once the lead singer of the Robert Cray Band and Roomful of Blues, Everett's own Curtis Salgado was recently visited by the great PIONEER SQUARE SPIRIT, who commanded him under duress to play at the Central. The Central is a somewhat dilapidated First Avenue saloon that's best known for selling HOT DOGS to the post-Mariners crowd, but The Stranger predicts that Curtis Salgado will light that place up like a match, and you will dance, and the great Pioneer Square Spirit will be appeased once again. -- NATHAN THORNBURGH.

The Central, 207 First Ave S, 622-0209, 9:30 pm, $10.


Fashion Doll Expo

(EXPO) Barbie turns that dread age 40 this year -- and hundreds of doll lovers will gather to mourn the loss of her innocent youth at the GREATER NORTHWEST FASHION DOLL EXPO today. More vintage and new Barbie doll items will be on hand than you ever imagined existed, and Mattel Barbie designer Carol Spencer will sign DOLLS and explain just exactly what the HELL she was thinking. Squeeze your feet into those tiny shoes and wobble on down. -- TRACI VOGEL

Double Tree Suites, Southcenter, 10 am-3 pm, $5


Radical Women

(LECTURE) Honey, don't wax poetic about civil rights until you've been there. And GUERRY HODDERSEN has been there. Seattle's Radical Women is bringing this feminist into the spotlight with "Civil Rights Organizing in Rural Mississippi: An Eyewitness Account," a discussion about Hoddersen's experiences down South as a volunteer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee back in 1965. Part of the RW's weekly study group, which is currently examining the history of women's movements. -- MIN LIAO

University of Washington, Ethnic Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave, free; call 722-6057 for details.


Colleen McElroy

(READINGS) A reading by the divine Ms. McElroy is always worth attending. Seattle's premier storyteller, McElroy spins poetry and travel stories that will take you far away from your SAD-ASS, gray-skied, drudgery-filled existence. Her latest book, Over the Lip of the World, recounts her experiences with the storytellers of Madagascar: a lyrical, heat-stoked SAFARI into the power of words. -- TRACI VOGEL

Elliott Bay, 101 S Main St, 624-6600, 7:30 pm, free (advance tickets).


(TELEVISION) If you're a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, then you've obviously been chomping at the neck for a taste of the new Buffy spin-off, ANGEL. Starring hunky beefcake David Boreanaz as Angel, this series takes BUFFY's drama queen/vampire ex-b-friend and plops him down in that famous city of sin, Los Angeles. All reports point to this series being just as wonderfully scary and smarty-pantsy as Buffy, so suck it up and don't miss tonight's premiere episode! -- WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

The WB, Channel 22, 8:00 pm.


T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous

(FILM) Instead of renting Jurassic Park yet another time, why not mingle with dinos yourself? That's what it feels like when you immerse yourself in the latest IMAX creation, T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous. Unlike most IMAX films, T-REX has a fictional storyline, centering on the teenage Ally (Liz Stauber). Ally gets lost in a natural history museum, the dino displays start coming to life, and then the fun begins. Dino bones spin right at you, weensy dinos snap at your face, and you get to stare right down Ms. T-Rex's throat (yes, she's a mom). And like the best action films, the ending leaves room for a sequel. -- GILLIAN G. GAAR

Boeing IMAX Theater, Pacific Science Center, 206-443-IMAX.