Dirty Work

(PERFORMANCE) Not much of 33 Fainting Spells' new piece can be called dance (though there are exuberant bursts of physicality). Instead, Dirty Work is filled with clutter: Bits of text from plays and movies, fragments of songs, half-finished gestures, crumpled aluminum cans. What rise up are cluttered emotions--disenchantment, uncertainty, frustration--that prove to be as compelling as joy or sorrow. The result is a dense hour of fascinating dislocation. (Thurs-Sun March 14-17, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 686-3243, 8 pm, also Sat at 10 pm, $15, $25 Sun.) BRET FETZER


DJs & Breakdancers

(Hiphop) There's nothing more thrilling than watching a DJ get wild on the turntables while a breakdancer gets wild on the floor. Tonight two of Seattle's best breakdancing crews, Circle of Fire and Massive Monkeys, will be accompanied by DJ Void, D-Styles from the Invisbl Scratch Piklz, and Melo-D from the Beat Junkies, two of California's most prestigious turntablist crews. (I-Spy, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492, 10 pm doors, $12.) BRIAN GOEDDE



(ART) Well. Vital 5 has gone and fucked me up good; I no longer know my ass from my elbow. The new show has all the hallmarks of a pious, feel-good show that I would absolutely hate (art by elementary students about their role models, with proceeds going to a nonprofit child-abuse-prevention program) from a gallery I absolutely love--for the way it tilts at pieties and turns them over. Is this new show the real, warm-fuzzy thing? Are the kids real? Is the art real? Is Greg Lundgren trying to make us better people, or pull our legs? (Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475, Opening reception Fri March 15, 5-9 pm. Through April 1.) EMILY HALL


The Right Reverend Wm.™ Steven Humphrey

(Hugo House) Part of the "Save Yourself" series, which is curated by Emily White, this month's "Save Yourself" guest is none other than Rev. Wm.™ Steven Humphrey, who will host an "old-timey afternoon church service, in which the lame will be healed and the healed will testify." Dan Savage, Ann Powers, Trisha Ready, Ms. Sara DeBell, and an embittered former child prophet will be part of this revival. (Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030, 1 pm, $7.) CHARLES MUDEDE



(MUSIC) A few months ago the Graceland came up with a good idea: Book lesser-known or new bands to play shows in the lounge rather than the band room, charge a $2 cover, serve $2 drink specials, and give music fans a fun, cheap night. Within weeks Monday-Funday became a sensation. Tonight, 90 Day Men, the New Mexicans, and DJ Dann Gallucci are featured, but henceforth The Stranger suggests moving the blasted thing into the BAND ROOM, so even more people can get in on the fun, and no one has to participate in frottage and/or Xanax-popping just to have a good time. (Graceland, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 381-3094, 9:30 pm, $3.) KATHLEEN WILSON


Neal Pollack

(READING) As part of the rising tide of readings that also attempt to provide a bit of entertainment, the author of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature has enlisted country musicians from Chicago's Bloodshot Records to accompany him on his tour. That they're doing a lit/song night at the wonderful Tractor is joyful enough; that the writer and musicians are so talented make it cause to rejoice--or at least show up. (Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, 789-3599, 7 pm, free.) SEAN NELSON


Festival in Cannes

(FILM) Love him, hate him, hate yourself for loving him, or vice versa, Henry Jaglom is a provocateur whose best stuff prods its characters with uncomfortable honesty to arrive at a point of emotional catharsis and swelling romance. Festival in Cannes, one of his more restrained and breezy films, is a perfect example of the Jaglom dilemma, between what he called good and bad narcissism. It features Anouk Aimée and Maximilian Schell as a pair of aging movie-star lovers. (See Movie Times.) SEAN NELSON

"Do You Know Who I Was?"

(PARTY) Of course I know who he was and is. Jeff DeRoche was born in South Dakota, on a farm with big animals that ate everything. Through hard work and sheer will and brainpower he moved from South Dakota to North Dakota. A decade later, a bus came through his freezing town, and he jumped onto that bus. The bus brought him to Seattle. That's Jeff's story. Anyway, this party honors the man from South Dakota who became our music editor for almost two years. Music will be spun by DJ El Toro, and fresh farm animals will be served in the restaurant. (Nation, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492, 10 pm, free.) CHARLES MUDEDE