The Chris Schussler Incident

Also: Hip-Hop DJ All-Stars, Michael Ian Black and Eugene Mirman, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and the Childish Film Festival.

THURSDAY

THE CHRIS SCHUSSLER INCIDENT

STAGE

The Weekly has labeled Scot Augustson the funniest playwright in Seattle, and we'll stick by that. Whether he's giving shadow puppets nasty things to say in his Sgt. Rigbsy & His Amazing Silhouettes shows, spoofing transvestism in Brent or Brenda, or delectably blaspheming Christmas in A Very Lesbian Nutcracker and Hung by the Chimney, the guy knows how far to push ridiculousness—then usually pushes again. His latest piece is set in 1978 and was inspired by a co-worker's memory of "an apocryphal junior high spazz-out." With Susanna Burney, Stacey Plum (so funny in Brent or Brenda), and Stephen Hando (pictured, left to right) in this Printer's Devil production, the nostalgia should be well worth a laugh. Opens Thurs., Jan. 27. Ends Sat., Feb. 19. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. $14. Chamber Theatre, 915 E. Pine St., fourth floor, 206-860-7163. STEVE WIECKING

FRIDAY

MUSIC

HIP-HOP DJ ALL STARS

No, the show is not exactly billed that way, but it should be—it brings together some of the most talented deck-wreckers in the world. Jazzy Jeff (pictured) is best known for his work with Will Smith (then known as the Fresh Prince), but he's also got a couple decent solo albums and a whale of a rep as a brilliant DJ under his belt. Q-Bert is one of the Bay Area's premier scratchers. Grand Wizard Theodore invented scratching, which counts for loads. DJ Flare and DJ Juni also play. 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 29 $15 adv. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 206-324-8000. MICHAELANGELO MATOS

SATURDAY

COMEDY

MICHAEL IAN BLACK/EUGENE MIRMAN

Black is hands-down the most amusing guy on VH1's many tongue-in-cheek tributes to retro culture. A veteran of television comedies as disparate as MTV's sketch-oriented The State and NBC's offbeat romance Ed, he's the perfect guy to cheekily both embrace and decimate pop icons within the same deadpan joke. Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central comic Mirman should be the ideal complement for an evening of laughs, himself an affable, off-the-wall observer of everyday inanities. 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 29. $10–$15. Meany Hall Theater, University of Washington, 800-325-SEAT. STEVE WIECKING

SATURDAY

POLITICS

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

Talk about living up to a famous forebear. RFK Jr. is arguably the best-known American environmentalist, and his appearance this week is his first local speaking engagement. Indefatigable in his work for such organizations as Riverkeeper (an agency that fights water pollution) and New York's Environmental Litigation Clinic, Kennedy has also managed to write for The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post, often blasting the Bush administration's shortsighted science policies. 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 29. $20–$75. Paramount Theatre, 911 E. Pine St., 206-325-3554. NEAL SCHINDLER

SATURDAY - THURSDAY

FILM

THE CHILDISH FILM FESTIVAL

This third annual fest returns to the Northwest Film Forum with animation, live-action, shorts, and features. The generous program addresses a variety of different themes, ranging from life in South Africa (Yolanda, pictured) to learning the ABCs. Some of the social commentary is probably too subtle for very young children, but most offerings are engaging and likely to entertain viewers of various ages. Various times Sat., Jan. 29–Sun., Jan. 30, and Tues., Feb. 1–Thurs., Feb. 3. $5. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 800-838-3006. ANIKA WILSON

 
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