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Saturday, March 29, 2008


Tod Wodicka at Elliott Bay Book Company

Most accomplished debut novels nowadays smack the reader about the head with precociousness. The only precocious thing about Wodicka's debut is the title: All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well. It concerns a 63-year-old medieval-reenactor with a giant, freakishly misshapen nose, in search of his prodigal son. Well is a near-perfect debut, written with a big heart and the rare ability to magically sidestep cliché. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. 7:30 pm, free.)



Magma Festival's Volcano Explosion at Ballard Warehouse

Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle's best free-form broadcaster (meaning: DJs improvising without restrictive playlists), is holding a month-long fundraiser disguised as a festival. They've been putting on shows in DIY venues all over Seattle. Tonight—in a warehouse in Ballard—is the final night, with the best lineup: Calvin Johnson, Bow + Arrow, Beep Family Orchestra, Your Heart Breaks (with a full band), and more. (5113 Russell Ave NW, 7 pm, $8, all ages.)

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