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WEDNESDAY: Total Recall, Art Films, You Suck!: A Love Story, and The Tiptons' Honking Saxes

TheaterTotal RecallYou can hardly go wrong with any stage show at Re-bar, Seattle's home for flamboyant comedy that's reliably hilarious even unlubricated by alcohol. Director/impresario Ian Bell's "Brown Derby" series, devoted to deconstructing, re- enacting, and skewering cult films, is going sci-fi this season; next up is schlockmeister Paul Verhoeven's 1990 Total Recall, starring future statesman Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bell's last production, Alien, was zanily loose (the cast all read from scripts, which hardly slowed them down at all), campily gender-bending (it starred Nick Garrison as Sigourney Weaver as kick-ass space-babe Ripley; he'll be back for TR), and as cheerfully yucky as the original on about .00000003 percent of the budget (the most striking special effect: yogurt-drooling). Go and watch what Bell's cast will do with juicy dialogue like "Once the reaction starts, it'll spread to all the turbinium in the planet. Mars will go into global meltdown. That's why the aliens never turned it on." "And you expect me to believe you?" "Who gives a shit what you believe? In 30 seconds you'll be dead, and I'll blow this place up and be home in time for Corn Flakes." The Broad Strokes Players at Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., $12. 8 p.m. (Also Thurs., Jan. 25.) GAVIN BORCHERTBooksA Love StoryChristopher Moore's You Suck: A Love Story arrives in time to read and have signed for Valentine's Day. There is no greater gift than Moore leaving your loved one in stitches. Once hooked, you'll want to read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal for Easter, and when you recover from your busted gut, you can take on The Stupidest Angel in time for next Christmas. In You Suck, Moore continues the story line of his Bloodsucking Fiends. Jody the vampire and her recently vampirized beau, Tommy, must leave San Francisco. They head to the Midwest and make friends with Abby, a goth. But they also run into a group of young grocery store workers whose hobby is hunting vampires. Read, laugh, discuss, laugh, repeat. Kane Hall, Room 220, UW campus. One ticket free with book purchase at the University Book Store (4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400,; otherwise $5. 7:30 p.m. Also: Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 366-3333, 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 25. JOANNE GARRETTVisual Art/Film Artists' Cinema: Quiet FilmsDubbed "Quiet Films" by Northwest Film Forum, "It's a matter of the stomach. Stomachs are very sensitive" is a video program presented by multimedia artist Walid Raad, whose work has been on exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery since last November. If the two titles of tonight's show are confusing, it's because subterfuge is the name of Raad's game. In the opening week of his Henry show, a screening of his works with the fictional Atlas Group—in which he uses layers of language and image to tell the story of contemporary Lebanon—had audience members intrigued but confounded as to their authen-ticity. Here he features shorts from young international artists also at work in new media, like Julia Meltzer, David Thorne, and Albania's Anri Sala, as well as video art forebears such as Peter Greenaway and Lisa Steele. Future presenters in the Henry and NWFF's Artists' Cinema series include Ronnie Bass and the founders of record label Sublime Frequencies. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380, $7. 8 p.m. RACHEL SHIMPMusic The TiptonsSaxophone quartets generally skew toward either the pretentious or the raucous. The Tiptons, luckily, come down squarely on the hooting-and-honking side. They leave the chamber recitals for another day and blow up a mess of Balkan, Second Line, and carnivalesque lines, joyful, wry, and well traveled. Perhaps best loved for performing a concerto with three Metro buses at an early-'90s Bumbershoot, they've since gone off in divergent directions, with co-founder Amy Denio doing lots of scores of theater and dance, and early member Jessica Lurie on more of a hard-edged, jazz-funk performing tip. But they've always returned from the various Tipton hiatuses and are sounding as on it as ever. Drummer Faith Stankevich adds some extra muscle to an already hard-blowing, rhythm-driven bunch of reeds. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, $15. 7:30 p.m. MARK D. FEFER

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