This Week's Critics' Picks

Adam Gopnik, Earshot Jazz, and Matmos bend our ears this week.

Thurs - Jazz

Now celebrating its 18th year, Seattle's acclaimed Earshot Jazz Festival once again brings hundreds of artists to Seattle (pictured: fado singer Ana Moura). Running a full 18 days, the fest includes everything from concerts to poetry readings to art exhibits. Various venues, 206-547-9787, Call or visit Web site for full schedule and ticket info. Thurs., Oct. 19–Sun., Nov. 5. AJA PECKNOLD

Fri - Books

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik considers the pressures of overprivileged Manhattan fatherhood—and the surprising coping mechanisms of his two resourceful kids— in Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York (Knopf, $25). He appears at University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 206-634-3400, Free. 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 20.BRIAN MILLER

Sat - Music

High-concept duo Matmos can make music out of anything: a kiss, a cry, even a human skull. Their newest work includes sound portraits of people they admire, from Germs singer Darby Crash to would-be Warhol assassin Valerie Solanas. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, $20 adv./$25 door. 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 21.RACHEL SHIMP.

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