Ron Reagan Jr., Sara Gazarek, and Tom Robbins


For Democrats, this panel discussion offers a chance to "know thine enemy," while Republicans get to debate their party's increasingly conservative direction. Presented by Foolproof and moderated by Ron Reagan Jr., the event might just feature actual uniters, not dividers. 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 9. $25–$75. Meany Hall, 206-325-2993, LAURA CASSIDY


Up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Sara Gazarek returns to Seattle for a two-night gig at Jazz Alley. You can bet the joint will be jumping with this Roosevelt High grad's hometown supporters. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 10; and 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 11. $20.50. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 206-441-9729, LYNN JACOBSON


Semi-recluse of letters Tom Robbins pops up like a hallucinogenic toadstool to read from his tasty new Whitman's Sampler of a book, Wild Ducks Flying Backward. 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 14. Free, but tickets are required. Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600, TIM APPELO

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