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Isabel Allende, Leslie Mackie, Kaspar Hauser and Indie Jewelry.

ReadingIsabel Allende This incredibly popular and highly esteemed author's appearance is first-come, first-served, so don't get shut out. Allende will read from and discuss her latest, Inés of My Soul, a historical novel of 16th-century Chilean conquistadora Doña Inés Suárez. With a scope that covers nearly the length of South America and a narrative filled with the passion her readers expect, Allende spins a tale of the woman who waged war against indigenous peoples and worked to build Chile. You might have been introduced to Allende by "Seattle Reads Isabel Allende" in 2004, organized by Seattle Public Library, and they're sponsoring this chance to renew your acquaintance. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. (Seattle Public Library: 206-386-4636, www.spl.org.) Free; no tickets required. 7:30 p.m. JOANNE GARRETTReading & TastingLeslie Mackie The affordable paperback version of Leslie Mackie's Macrina Bakery & Cafe Cookbook: Favorite Breads, Pastries, Sweets & Savories is fresh from the oven this fall. If you didn't buy 2003's hardcover version and you're itching to make your own gourmet bread or pretty pastel pastries, now's your chance. Plus, this new version has a bonus chapter not included in the hardcover—it's deliciously called "Most Requested Recipes." (You can find out how the Macrina Bakery & Cafe outposts craft those damn good Morning Glory Muffins.) Mackie will sign copies of this newest book and dish about her recipes, and the University Book Store will offer goodies baked directly from the book, too. Afterward, try your hand at making apricot pecan loaf, apple and bing cherry galette, and ginger and molasses cookies. Even if the tome ends up untouched on your coffee table, you can always visit Macrina's Belltown, Queen Anne, or Vashon Island bakery locations for your next pastry or bread fix. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., www.bookstore.washington.edu. 7 p.m. MOLLY LORIComedyKasper Hauser Named for the half-feral child who wandered into Nuremberg in 1828, his origin unknown (though recent DNA testing suggests he was the heir to the royal House of Baden, disowned for some mysterious reason), and who inspired a film by Werner Herzog—but I digress—this San Francisco sketch comedy quartet plays one night only at Re-bar to launch their book SkyMaul, a parody of that most egregious manifestation of consumerism, the in-flight shopping catalog. An homage to Bruce McCall's faux "Swillmart" shopping-circular insert in the fondly remembered 1978 National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody, SkyMaul includes items from slapstick (the Pepper Self-Spray, pictured) to surreal (the Llamacycle) to those collectible items that are sure to increase in value and become beloved family heirlooms (the "Mistresses of the White House" doll series). You may never enter a Sharper Image without snickering again. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 206-719-7361, www.brownpapertickets.com. $12. 8 p.m. GAVIN BORCHERT   GlamourBe Jeweled In Seattle, indie jewelry is a girl's best friend—not the mainstream pieces found in eggshell-blue boxes. A perfect place to find of-the- moment jewelry from local designers is the Be Jeweled event. Among hundreds of stylish choices, you can snap up artfully tousled necklaces from Sarah Pauli, exquisitely large rings from Bruce Magnotti, and mod, bold bracelets from Smersch Design. VIP status ($50 per ticket) grants early entry to an exclusive fashion show, a private preview of the jewelry for sale, and a jump-start on the champagne and catered hors d'oeuvres. DJ Leslie provides the shopping/socializing soundtrack. Raffle tickets may win you haute jewelry or a cake from pastry chef Sue McCown, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Gilda's Club Seattle, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting those affected by cancer. 21 and over. Seattle Center Pavilion, Room A. www.bejeweledshow.com. $15-50. 6-10 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 30. MOLLY LORI

 
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