Rock Opera

(FILM) For a coarse, scatological comedy about a bunch of Texas punk-rock stoners, the homegrown, low-budget Rock Opera is pretty goddamn inspired, especially since all the characters really do is fight, steal, rock out, and smoke and sell shitty Texas weed. How shitty? Well, a quarter bag costs $25. That's how shitty. Featuring appearances by such hard-hitting TX bands as the Fuckemos, Nashville Pussy, and Butthole Surfers (on the soundtrack anyway), Rock Opera is much better than most rock and roll movies at conveying the cracked liberation that comes from being dirt poor and prospect-free. Plus it's funny and dirty. Hell yeah. SEAN NELSON

Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 267-2055, 7:30 and 9:15 pm.

The World Is Yours

(READING/ART/MUSIC) The World Is Yours is a hiphop event that involves a lecture, music, and photo art. True, these elements have always been a part of hiphop culture, but The World is Yours: The Geography of Hiphop initiates a programmed inquiry into a new social zone that exists somewhere between the street and the university (the traditional locations for the production of hiphop art and the critique of hiphop art/history/aesthetics). Kado (who will provide music), Reema Abu-Gheida (who will provide breakdance photos), and Brian Goedde (who will provide a lecture and show slides) fashion an excellent launch pad for hiphop's new journey beyond the glittering clubs and stuffy classrooms into the smoky realm of the cafe. 10th Avenue East, a new local press that is poised to do the amazing, will have a book version of The World is Yours available during the event. CHARLES MUDEDE

Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 320-8767, 8 pm, $3 suggested donation.

An Uncensored Celebration

(READING) The more George W. and the media talk about how we're going to have to give up some of our freedoms in this new dangerous world, the more nervous I get. Democracy can only be protected by unfettered freedom; curtailing it for our better good is the argument made by rising fascists and totalitarians throughout history. Ordinarily I'm pretty ho-hum about readings of banned books--it's the sort of controversy that's safe for everyone to condemn--but the new political climate has brought freedom of speech alive for me in a whole new way. Book-It and the ACLU are putting on an evening of dramatic readings of modern works that have been repressed at one time or another, so it could be a joyous evening of all the naughty and inflammatory bits. Go and be glad we haven't given up anything yet. BRET FETZER

Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, 624-2184, 7:30 pm, free (donations gratefully accepted).


Real Change Dinner

(BENEFIT) For the seven years of its existence, Real Change has developed a valuable voice for Seattle's poor and homeless. With thorough news stories, extensive profiles, and the center spread of poetry, this bi-weekly paper has developed the much-needed awareness that having a low income is necessarily both a political position and a poetic condition. In response, figures such as mayoral candidate Mark Sidran and poet Adrienne Rich take the paper seriously, as evidenced by their revealing interviews. Beyond being a brilliant method of helping the poor and homeless directly (the vendors keep 70¢ of the $1 cost of each paper), Real Change has become a valuable voice on Seattle's press landscape. Indeed, it inspires me to think that journalism might have a positive effect--both direct and cumulative--on humanity. Tonight Real Change celebrates seven years of success, and raises funds for the years to come. BRIAN GOEDDE

PRAG House, 747 16th Ave E, 6 pm, $35 suggested donation for dinner. Please RSVP at 709-2029.

Bachir & Mustapha Attar

(MUSIC) The WTC tragedy has presented a blank checkbook to the idiots of America. They can go anywhere they like and make crazy public announcements, like the one about how WTC happened because God is angry with secular America. A more enlightened approach to human rights in the latter 20th century has resulted in the end of "His divine protection"--a divine protection that, by the way, he only offered to white Christians and the not the black slaves who suffered under their determined whips in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. While the idiots have their heyday (and it will be a long heyday), we the thoughtful should spend time in the shelter of groups like Bachir and Mustapha Attar, who are Arabs from Morocco. They make a form of trance music called Jajouka, which was once the music of the kings. Bachir and Mustapha, who are not Christian but are much more humane than Pat Robertson, will be joined onstage by Skerik, Matt Chamberlain, Mike Dillon, Brad Houser, and DJ Advent. CHARLES MUDEDE

Sit & Spin, 2219 Fourth Ave, 441-9484, 9 pm, $12/$15.


Chain Camera

(FILM) I don't know what the hell was wrong with me, but when I saw this video documentary about high school kids, shot by high school kids charged with the challenge of documenting their own lives, I didn't get it. The second time around, this film by Kirby Dick is riveting, hypnotic even, as it captures not only the unreflective patois of modern urban youths, but their own attempts to bend their lives into something more compelling or rewarding than they actually are. Chain Camera is full of unintentional brilliance. SEAN NELSON

Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 267-2055, Fri-Sat Sept 28-29, at 6, 7:30, and 9 pm.

Digging Deeper

(BENEFIT) You know what sucks worse than living in a country threatened by horrific acts of terrorism? Being homeless in a country threatened by horrific acts of terrorism. Thankfully, SHARE and WHEEL, the kickass homeless advocate groups behind Seattle's Tent City, are throwing a benefit for Seattle's forgotten men and women called "Digging Deeper: Unearthing the Issues Behind Homelessness," just in time to reap full reward from our country's blasted-open heart. Featuring local homeless crusader Joe Martin, along with poets Anitra Freeman and Stan Burriss and novelist Rufus Goodwin, the evening promises pointed discussion beyond the usual issues of poverty, education, and opportunity, to more slippery issues of loss of community, loss of dignity, and loss of self. Plus, it's at the gorgeous St. Mark's Cathedral, so go. DAVID SCHMADER

St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, 6:30 pm, donations accepted; call event sponsors Educare Press at 782-4797 for more information.


2001 Friends of the Library Book Sale

(BOOKS) It is widely assumed that books are meant to be read, but this is not true at all. Walter Benjamin, an avid collector of books, advocated that we not only read them, but borrow and never return them. Ishmael Reed thought Mumbo Jumbo, if not read, would make a fine doorstop. The Situationist Guy Debord created an anti-book with a dust jacket made of sandpaper in order to destroy the books on either side of it. On a recent trip to Honolulu, I purchased a large box of books from a Friends of the Library book sale, but I've only read one. My bibliophilia will most likely inspire me to buy armloads at Seattle Public Library's sale--and whether or not I read them is of secondary importance. I will adore them all. Books are "things in themselves," and I strongly advocate that you get some, if only to admire as excellent company. KREG HASEGAWA

Sand Point Naval Base at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Fri Sept 28 members-only preview sale (if you want to become a member, you can sign up at the door); Sat Sept 29 from 9 am-5 pm; Sun Sept 30 from 11 am-4 pm; for more information call the Seattle Public Library, 386-4636.

Riz Rollins

(READING) Riz Rollins is a superb writer, consistently producing the most graceful and highly critical lines of thought in his prose. I have looked into his paragraphs and been dazzled by their theological depths, their musical poetry; something of James Snead (his analytical side), James Joyce (the fullness of his language), and James Baldwin (the almost excruciating sensitivity he has for the varying shades of the human condition) are all there. When spinning records, Riz is a DJ; when composing fiction, Rollins is a writer. Never is he both at the same time. Tonight he reads from his work-in-progress, a fictionalized account of Jonah. CHARLES MUDEDE

Titlewave Books, 7 Mercer St, 282-7687, 7:30 pm, free.


New Works Laboratory 2001

(ART) It's been over 40 years since Nam June Paik introduced the world to new media, and in that time, video installations have become de rigueur in every biennial, art fair, and gallery stable. Even web art is not-so-new media now, and we are quite free to talk about what's good and what's not. Here's what's good: The New Works Laboratory, co-presented by 911 Media Arts Center and the Henry. Featuring pairs of new media and so-called traditional media artists (although some of them are anything but) working together to expand our notions of what's really new. And such good artists--Jennifer West and Phil Roach, Donnabelle Casis and Dave Hanagan, Susan Robb and R. Eugene Parnell. Or you could sit at home and huff paint fumes; it's up to you. EMILY HALL

New City Theater, First Christian Church, 1632 Broadway, for information call 911 Media Arts Center at 682-6552. Opening reception Sat Sept 29, 6 pm. Through Oct 24.


The Servant of Two Masters

(THEATER) Few things are more tedious than commedia (an Italian comic style descended from improvisational street performers) in the hands of sluggards--and few things are funnier than commedia at the fingertips of true comedians. The Servant of Two Masters will spin on the axis of Dan Donohue, recently seen as Harlequin in The Game of Love and Chance and as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (both at Seattle Rep). There's a strong chance that his portrayal of the cunning sneak Truffaldino won't differ wildly from those two previous characterizations--but that's not a bad thing, since Donohue was damn funny in both shows. A clutch of Seattle talent fills out the cast: Laurence Ballard, Jeff Steitzer, Jason Cottle, R. Hamilton Wright, Frank Corrado, and Jane Jones, among others. Director Bart Sher did exciting things with Shakespeare's Cymbeline; I look forward to seeing his light and eclectic touch. BRET FETZER

Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St, 269-1900, Tues-Thurs & Sun at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm (additional 2 pm show on Wed Oct 24), $30-$42, $10 for anyone 25 or under. Through Oct 27.


Little Murders

(THEATER) Jules Feiffer's tale of random violence, shifting morality, and homosexual panic closed after one week on Broadway in 1967. But the Brits picked it up (the Royal Shakespeare Company, to be specific) and it returned to American shores as a hit. Seattle Public Theatre programmed Little Murders before the terrorist attacks of September 11, but there are few plays more appropriate to the current moment--the play depicts a New York plagued by blackouts and sniper assaults, and questions whether there is any sane or sensible response to violence. Some aspects of the play have dated, but it's almost shocking how many have not. Kudos to SPT for having the guts to go through with presenting this darkly comic work. If the production has any teeth, you may find yourself re-examining your assumptions of the world--and if there's ever been a time when our assumptions are in need of examination, it's now. BRET FETZER

Seattle Public Theatre, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 325-6500, Wed-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm, $14-$19. Through Oct 28.