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BOOKSIrvine Welsh, Duncan McLean and James Kelman @ Elliott Bay Tuesday, 5/6. These three Scottish writers have all received critical and commercial success as of late. Kelman received the Booker prize for his novel How Late it Was, How Late and is currently supporting his new book Busted Scotch. Irvine Welsh is the main attraction at this event, having gained notoriety in the States for the screen adaptation of his brilliant novel Trainspotting. Although the movie captured many of the compelling elements of the novel, his phenomenal writing and dazzling descriptions must be experienced page by page to truly be appreciated. Free tickets are available now, with a limit of two per person. Reading at 7:30 p.m. ‹ Erica Jewell FILMThe Pillow Book Thursday, 5/1. Director Peter Greenaway's latest film, The Pillow Book, plays a special one-night engagement 7:00 Thursday May 1st at the Egyptian Theater. The showing is sponsored by the Seattle International Film Festival and will be attended by Greenaway, who will introduce the film and field audience questions. The film opens for a regular run in mid-June. In The Pillow Book, Greenaway returns to the more accessible and conservative structure that marked his previous large-scale success, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, while still maintaining his obsession with the primacy of style over content. The story follows the life of a Japanese woman as she arcs from girl to woman, from penned-on canvas (literally) to pen that pens canvas. Woah. Lots of ink. Lots of flesh. Plenty of highbrow attitude and a smirking bit of camp. For very modern people only. The rest of ya ‹ stay home and watch TV, you lunkheads. ‹ Yves JacquesA Conversation with Steven Shaviro Thursday, 5/1. The English Undergraduate Association likes to force professors to talk with students. Steven Shaviro is a UW English professor who teaches critical theory, film and plays on the Internet a lot. He also writes strange books that are more or less about contemporary American film and culture. Shaviro will be reading from the book he's currently writing, Stranded in the Jungle, and showing some related film clips (including Safe, The Whip and the Flesh, Under the Cherry Moon and Strange Days). You can find Stranded in the Jungle, at Shaviro's Website: http://dhalgren.english.washington.edu~steve/Stranded/index.htmlThe “conversation” starts at 3:30 p.m. in Art Building 004. ‹ Kathryn McGrathPink Flamingos . What can I say about John Waters' 1972 classic that hasn't already been said? This is the movie's 25th Anniversary (duh), and the re-release has got a bunch of original footage that was cut out. (No, not stupid computer-animated Jabba the Huts stuck in the middle for no good reason.) A few selected parts (apparently almost an hour of sub-plots were cut out) are shown at the end with hilarious commentary from Waters. People usually think Divine's shit-eating scene at the end is the grossest moment, but my friends and I have come to the conclusion that the chicken-sex scene is definitely the most troubling. I forgot about how much blood was involved ‹ watching it on the silver screen really disturbed me. But come on, this is Pink Flamingos! You're supposed to be offended. And as for Edie the Egg Lady (Edith Massey), she is a doll. I don't think anyone else in the whole world could play the part of the Egg Lady as well as Massey does. Believe me, this is money well spent. Go for the poo, stay for the eggs. Now playing at the Egyptian Theatre. ‹ Marc HawthorneMUSICNeurosis, EyeHateGod, Dead and Gone @ RKCNDY. Friday, 5/2. Neurosis are meant to be experienced live, where their tribal rhythms are both heard and felt and their atmospheric samples can create a mood. Their multimedia light and visual show rivals that of the Butthole Surfers (once upon a time, anyway) and their music will be breathtakingly loud in a small club like this one. Hopefully, the swamp-like EyeHateGod won't bring the audience down too much, and Dead and Gone can win everyone over with their experimental punk. Even if those two bands were to fall flat on their faces, you can still expect to be awed by Neurosis. ‹ Jim WalkleyDub Narcotic Sound System, Lois, Jason O'D. Traeger @ the Velvet Elvis. Wednesday, 5/7. Calvin and Co. are coming back to try to squeeze some funk out of all yer tired cynical asses, and the best thing about it is that they'll probably succeed. They almost always do, even though the Velvet Elvis isn't quite the most groove-friendly place in Seattle. Calvin's dancing is still the best part, but Dub Narcotic usually does a good enough job of getting the clientele to jump around like they just don't care that they forget Calvin's even there. Lois is Lois is Lois, and we all love her except for when she plays too many slow songs for too long. I still have yet to see Miss Maffeo perform without breaking a string, I expect her to keep up the good work. Jason Traeger is a simple boy with simple songs that are fun as hell to listen to live. In contrast to Dub Narcotic, Traeger's songs were made for the Velvet Elvis. ‹ MHTHEATREIrish Poets @ the Broadway Performance Hall. Thursday, 5/1. Seattle Arts & Lectures presents Irish poets Eilean Ni Chilleanain and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill Thursday at the Broadway Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. They write both English and Gaelic verse, and are strong feminist voices in Catholic Irish culture, as well as damn good writers. Their styles mix traditional Irish poetry aesthetics with a vital anger and witty, urgent insight. Tickets are $10, but you can always hang around in the lobby and try to catch a piece or two if you happen to be on Broadway, or look them up in the Suzzallo stacks. Call 621-2230 for more info. ‹ Brendan KileyContra Dance @ University Friends Center. Saturday, 5/3. Scotsbroome and Russel Owen will shake the shack! Contra dancing is a great way for all you Celtophiles to pass the time and get in touch with your roots. You'll look like a dork, but it's fun and easy, and you get to dance with everyone in the room before the night is done. 4001 9th Ave. NE, 7:30 p.m. There will be a workshop to show you the ropes at 7. $5. ‹ BK

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