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What if Harvey Pekar had been a Whitman-College-football-tackle-turned-bartender instead of a Midwest file-clerk wimp; a sex magnet for psycho nymphos instead of the antidote to desire; a drunken brawler who put guys' eyes out until he discovered peace through pot and LSD; and a survivor of attempted rape and death by Hawaiian bikers, prison escapees, broken-bottle-wielding rednecks, and a Satanist serial-killer prostitute? And what if his adventures were illustrated by dozens of Northwest cartoonists who give Crumb a run for his money? Why, then he'd be Dennis Eichhorn (center), whose, um, seminal comix masterpiece, Real Stuff (Swifty Morales Press, $19.95), just made the leap into book form, and who's celebrating with the other artists who helped bring him to life. 7:30 p.m. Tues., June 29. Free. Elliot Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. TIM APPELO




With his latest story collection, Ten Little Indians (Grove, $13), new in paper, you can be sure that Seattle's most famous and talented writer is looking ahead to new subjects. One of them is likely to be the death of his father—a topic that recently moved an entire benefit-reading audience to tears after hearing the son's account. From Indians, Alexie may read his strongest story, the somber "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," but he's a charmer, too, who knows how to leaven his anecdotes with jokes, quips, and a healthy dollop of shtick. Call first, since the free advance tickets may already be gone. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 23. Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600. BRIAN MILLER




Don't hate them because they're ostensibly rock guys playing jazz. Or is it jazz guys playing rock? We forget, too, which just means they're doing what they do very well indeed. Which is to say the Minneapolis–New York trio straddle barriers, both with their own hard-swinging originals (drummer Dave King's "1972 Bronze Medalist," from 2003's These Are the Vistas) and their veddy interesting cover choices: from Vistas, Aphex Twin's "Flim" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; from the new Give, Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" and the Pixies' "Velouria." Gimmicky? A little. Effective? Pretty damn, yes. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 23, and Thurs., June 24. $25. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333. MICHAELANGELO MATOS




Nothing says queer art quite like underwear. At least that's the idea at Square Room, where a group show of painting, photography, and mixed-media sculpture explores the role of tightie whities and other undergarments in GLBT culture. The opening-night party kicks off during Pride Week, and a portion of the show sales supports Gay City Health Project. A bunch of local artists will be represented, including Anna Daedalus, Graham Fracha, and Kem Alexander (whose Concrete Bra is pictured here). Enjoy the party but, please, no wedgies. The Underwear Party: 6–9 p.m. Thurs., June 24. Exhibit: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Tues.–Sat.; noon–5 p.m. Sun. Runs through Thurs., July 15. Free. Square Room, 1316 E. Pike St., 206-267-7120. ANDREW ENGELSON




Originally, Tibetan opera was developed to help raise money for local monasteries, but now the goal is to support the tradition itself: Forty-plus years after the Chinese occupation, this new generation of dancers and musicians from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts is the living repository of a displaced cultural heritage. Beyond the political good, however, the dancing itself combines the rhythmic simplicity of folk forms with symbolic evocations of Buddhist teachings, while the gentle clangor of the music calls gods and men to dance together. 6:30 p.m. Sat., June 26. $15–$20. Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-547-3774. SANDRA KURTZ

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