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WEDNESDAY: Buster Williams' Singing Bass and Screenwriters Salon

JazzBuster WilliamsBass players tend to be the strong, silent type (Mingus excepted, at least on the silent tip). And one of the great embodiments of this musical personality over many decades has been Buster Williams, a deep, singing bassist who has always kept the floor beautifully supported, especially behind raucous strutting tenor players like Bill Barron, Dexter Gordon, and Sonny Fortune. He's also served as a delicate pedestal for singers like Nancy Wilson and Betty Carter. In recent years, the perennial sideman has decided to make his way to the mike, leading bands in a solidly mainstream-modern vein. And his newest unit is one of the strongest yet, with drum veteran Lenny White, the endlessly adaptable vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and keyboards from Patrice Rushen, who has spent her career zigzagging between jazz performance and composing/arranging bubblegum stuff like Janet Jackson tours. She's still best known for her endlessly sampled '80s hit "Forget Me Nots," which, given its immortal bass line, might not be a bad request tonight. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, $23.50. 7:30 p.m. MARK D. FEFERLiteraryScreenwriters SalonIt's time to unearth that half-written movie script buried in your computer's My Documents folder. At tonight's Screenwriters Salon, you can ask, among other things, how to develop a screenplay's characters, spice up its dialogue, and correct its format in hopes of finishing the damn thing, not to mention getting it to the right industry players. One of the last Seattle International Film Festival Group events of the year, the Salon will be ask-the-experts style and will feature Geoff Miller and Mark Handley as guest presiders. Miller teaches screenwriting at UW Extension and has contributed to and consulted on various films including Hard Candy, and Handley wrote the play on which Nell was based (he also co-wrote its big-screen adaptation). Local film critic Andy Spletzer and well-known filmmaker/teacher Brian McDonald will also be on hand to keep the questions and answers flowing. Here's one question not to ask—"What does a screenplay look like?" McDonald says it's his least favorite question of all time: "I think it's like wanting to be a painter and saying you've never seen a painting," he says. So, best do your research before attending, all you budding Jared Hesses. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 464-5830, $2–$5 (free for SIFF Group members). 7:30 p.m. MOLLY LORI

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