Where Do We Go From Here?

(FORUM) The Experience Music Project hosts this one-night event, a discussion about how technology has changed the music industry (for better and worse). Panelists include Jenny Toomey and Michael Bracy from the Future of Music Coalition, Dave Dederer (Presidents of the United States of America), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Reggie Watts (Maktub), and Dave Allen (Gang of Four). Also appearing is Sandy Pearlman, a man who has, among other things, produced the Clash's Give 'Em Enough Rope and managed Black Sabbath. Ann Powers moderates. (Experience Music Project, JBL Theater, 7 pm, free, ticket required for entry. Call 770-2702/877-I-LISTEN or visit www.emplive. com for tickets and information.) MEGAN SELING


Margaret Cho

(COMEDY) Like all enduring gay idols, Margaret Cho has a snappy comeback for everything--including her own career. With two recent successful North American tours culminating in successful concert films, few can deny that Maggie gots her groove back. Here's your chance to check out The Cho at her most basic, as she shows off some brand-spankin'-new material for yet ANOTHER big tour kicking off next March. (Giggles Comedy Club, 5220 Roosevelt Way, 526-5653, $25-$35. Fri Aug 30 at 8 pm and 10 pm, Sat Aug 31 at 7 pm and 9 pm.) ADRIAN RYAN

Cobra High

(MUSIC) There's a brand-new flood of keyboard-boosted bands setting up in Seattle, and though it's become a reigning fashion of sorts to feature keyboards as the main attraction, some of these bands are actually better than others. Along with Hint Hint, the Vells, and recent transplants Your Enemies Friends, Cobra High sounds to me like the leader of a pack of exciting new bands to obsess over. (Graceland, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 262-0482, $6.) KATHLEEN WILSON


ZAP the Zines

(BOOKS) The Northwest's largest fanzine/small press library is housed right here on Capitol Hill. The Hugo House's huge generational/geographical span of DIY publications (called the Zine Archive Project, or ZAP) isn't new, but the basement that holds about 5,000 pieces of reading material has undergone a remodeling effort, making it easier to locate and browse through work by your favorite indie writers. Tonight the Hugo House celebrates their newly refurbished space with Mad Zine Disease, an event with readings by comic artists Randy Wood and Jason Lutes, writer/teacher Danika Dinsmore, ZAP co-coordinator Victoria Howe, and my favorite local zine man, Gregory Hischak. (Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, $5 general, $3 publishers. Zinester potluck and championship ping-pong matches begin at 4 pm, doors open at 7 pm.) JENNIFER MAERZ


All-Ages Rock 'n' Soul

(MUSIC) The last show I went to at Double Trouble felt like a secret house party, with people dancing where racks of vintage clothing used to hang. Tonight is an all-ages event with Quix*o*tic, Get Hustle, and the Fitness--who, I have to add, do not dress in track suits, lest this paper suffer the band's ire once again for reporting this false rumor. Quix*o*tic have a honey-throated, Nina Simone-like singer whose soulful voice coos over the band's minimal, gray-skied garage rock. (Double Trouble, 508 E Pine, 9 pm, $4.) JENNIFER MAERZ


Pépé le Moko

(LE CINEMA) There are many reasons to see this classic 1937 French noir romantique. But aside from the fact that it's rarely been screened over the years, and despite the fact that it's kind of like a French Casablanca (except way better, and set in the lusty Casbah), the best incentive to go is the opportunity to gaze upon the unbelievable face of the inestimable Jean Gabin, the film's star, and one of the five great visages du cinéma Français. Give Bumbershoot a pass and get your French on. (Through Thurs Sept 5 at the Varsity, 4329 University Way, 632-3131.) SEAN NELSON


Trespassing: Houses x Artists

(ART) The houses of famous people should be made of two-way mirrors; this would meet celebrities' paradoxical need for privacy and exposure at the same time. Unfortunately, my brilliant idea is not included in Trespassing, a collaboration between the Bellevue Art Museum and the MAK Center in Los Angeles--but such not-frequently-seen-in-the-Northwest artists as David Reed, Jessica Stockholder, and Chris Burden are. It's a big year for the architecture-as-art inquiry, and this entry looks smart, promising, and stylish. (Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770, through Jan 5, 2003.) EMILY HALL


The Living Room

(GET DOWN) Doug and Gavin tear stacks of records in half just to prove how manly they are, but behind all this chivalrous behavior I know that they're just sensitive men who want to be held. Every Wednesday, they bring the decks to Noc Noc's front lounge for an intimate set of downtempo beats. Give these men a hug. (Noc Noc, 1516 Second Ave, 223-1333, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $5.) NICOLAE WHITE