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In Seattle for an evening performance at the Showbox this evening at 7:30 p.m. is standup comedian and author Demetri Martin. Author of the bestselling, possibly profound earlier book, This is a Book, he is here with a fun new volume, Point Your Face at This: Drawings (Grand Central). He is funny any which way. For tickets/information on Demetri Martin's appearance at the Showbox at the Market (1426 First Avenue), please see www.showboxonline.com. Elliott Bay will be on hand with copies of his books there, too!
Start: 7:00 pm
Tonight in Columbia City, an evening celebrating the contemporary American circus takes place, hosted by Duncan Wall, author of The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present (Knopf). It will feature presentations and performances from Seattle's circus community. The Ordinary Acrobat is the story of the author's training at the French École Nationale des Arts du Cirque, his days as a performer, and stories about circus history into the present day. Duncan Walls, a member of the board of directors for the American Youth Circus Organization, was the founder and co-artistic director of the Candidatos, an acclaimed clown theater company. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches circus history and criticism at École National de Cirque, Canada's national circus school. $5 Tickets are available through www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Local support from SANCA, Versatile Arts, the Moisture Festival, and Teatro Zinzanni for this evening. The Columbia City Theater is at 4916 Rainier Avenue South. For more information, also see www.columbiacity.com.
Start: 7:00 pm
Award-winning freelance investigative journalist David Neiwert returns to Elliott Bay this evening with a spellbinding, sobering account of murder on the Arizona/Mexico border. His book, And Hell Followed with Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border (Nation Books), tells the story of a Washington State-based vigilante and her accomplices with ties to Aryan Nations. They were convicted in 2012 for this crime, which included posing as Border Patrol agents and conducting a home invasion/murder. "A cogent and comprehensive look at contemporary border vigilante groups, built around that movement's most infamous crimethe murder of a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter by a deranged nativist leader and her followers. This important volume reveals the stark racism and violence at the core of a movement that claims disingenuously to be defending America against dangerous foreigners." - Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center.