The first sentence of this Stranger Suggest was going to be "Gary Shteyngart was recently named by the New Yorker as one of the 20 best writers under 40 inches tall," because I think it's important to point out that famous writers have their limitations, too, even writers with cool-looking last names and mystical immigrant-y backgrounds and awesome, best-selling novels to their credit (his latest is Super Sad True Love Story). But then I thought: Nah, that's too cruel. He will be joined onstage by the band Orkestar Zirkonium and interviewed by The Stranger's Paul Constant. (Hey, Paul: Don't mention the short thing!!) (Sunset, 5433 Ballard Ave NW, 624-6600. 8 pm, $5, 21+.)

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