From bossa breakbeat and broken jazz to '80s synths and soouuul-train funk, this German crew lays out a warm vibe that cries out for early summer evenings. It takes a bit of cojones for a dance outfit to name their full-length debut Elevator Music (Compost), but with tracks to make the stiffest hips sway and a tendency to stick riffs in your head long after you've left the room, the title seems to fit. With support from Baltic booker Michael Antonia (y'all wish him a happy birthday after he steps down from the decks), this show goes with 18th Street Loungers better than the blushed vodka of their cosmos.
9 p.m. Wed., June 18. $7. Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St. 206-625-4444. JUSTIN PAUL
The pick of the "Local Sightings" series, this well-made little paranormal thriller tells the story of a young woman (Jen Taylor, pictured) who may be possessed by the spirit of a dead old crone. Or maybe she's just schizoInheritance wisely doesn't tip its hand; it just builds with deliberate Rosemary's Baby-style unease as the young woman gradually begins mimicking her deceased employer, donning elegant '30s frocks and ditching her slacker friends. Inheritance's occult story isn't exactly scintillating, but director Kris Kristensen and co-writer/producer Brian McDonald know how to tell a story and have a firm grasp of film grammar. Other local filmmakers in the series could learn a lot from their example.
9 and 11 p.m. Fri., June 20. $7. Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E., 206-675-2055. BRIAN MILLER
The L.A.-based choreographer has made unusual casts her specialty, using nondancing fathers and their dancer daughters, the disabled along with the able-bodied, and members of the clergy. Dancers aren't empty vehicles for Marks' ideas; her choreography is meant to capture the unique qualities of the people she brings to the stage, to challenge stereotypes, and, as she puts it, to "portray relationships that give us models for communication and connection." Tonight's program of live and filmed work will include the new film Solo, created for dancer Homer Avila after he lost a leg to cancer, as well as two film shorts from 33 Fainting Spells and an excerpt from their newest live piece, Our Little Sunbeam.
8 p.m. Fri., June 20-Sun., June 22. $12-$14. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., second floor, 206-325-8773. MARK D. FEFER
His new biography, Isaac Newton, would seem a perfect subject for the New York Times science writer. Even if the apple is apocryphal, Newton (above; 1642-1727) famously discovered gravity, or at least explained it clearly for the first time, and Gleick, too, is a gifted explainerGenius, his 1992 biography of physicist Richard Feynman, won the Pulitzer Prize. Newton was not, as far as we know, fond of nudie bars like Feynman, although he did struggle with temptation, as his diary reveals: "The way to chastity is not to struggle directly with incontinent thoughts but to avert the thoughts by some imployment [sic], or by reading, or meditating on other things." Perhaps you should heed that advice tonight.
7 p.m. Mon., June 23. Free. U.W. Kane Hall, Room 110, 206-634-3400. BRIAN MILLER
Some things are just cheap, safe betsa bunch of funny people spoofing the mother of all demonic possession films in a place where you can buy booze is one of them. Bald Faced Lie's series of staged screenplay readings continues its "Satan's Bitch" series with the tale of adorable little Reganher head-spinning, her potty mouth, and the interesting way in which she handles a crucifix. Among the pros in charge of laughs for the night: Sarah Rudinoff (currently one of the juicy comic voices in ConWorks' Gone Are the Days . . . ), Brandon (Money & Run) Whitehead, and the ubiquitous Nick Garrison (pictured). Pull up a beer (or three), don't expect art, and try to guess how they'll handle the projectile vomit. 8 p.m. Mon., June 23-Wed., June 25. $10. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 206-233-9873. STEVE WIECKING