Sedaris Fever -- When it comes to literary events, it's not very often that you hear announcements like "get your tickets now; they're going fast!" That may change next Monday, however, when tickets go on sale for David Sedaris. Sedaris, the drily hilarious author of Naked, Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice and Me Talk Pretty One Day, headlines next spring's Get Lit! event, which also includes separate events with authors Terry Tempest Williams, U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins and more. This is big news on several counts. Not only is Sedaris -- whose prose is like the refreshingly salty olive in the middle of your most bitter cocktail -- one of the hottest names in Hip Young Authors, but this also marks the arrival of Get Lit! as a significant literary festival of national scope. While plans for additional speakers are still in the works, tickets for Sedaris's April 13 event go on sale Monday, Sept. 30, at 10 am through Ticketswest.com (325-SEAT). His appearance in Boise last spring sold out in three days with no advertising, so expect a similar pushing-and-shoving literary melee here. Returning college kids: this would be a damn fine use of the extra spending money Mom tucked into your laundry basket. You'll thank us later.
The Baptists' Head Coach -- Veteran actor Jack Bannon, a fixture at CdA Summer Theater for several seasons, will knit together the local theatrical community a bit more when he appears in Interplayers' production of God's Man in Texas (Oct. 17-Nov. 9). After a bureaucratic delay with Actors Equity, Bannon is slated to play the fictional Dr. Philip Gottschall, chief pastor of "the Baptist Super Bowl," Houston's plushest mega-church. While we applaud the recent trend toward cooperation among local theaters, we also hope that local churchgoers will realize that David Rambo's play is not an attack on Jerry Falwell or Robert Schuller. Instead, it poses a serious question: What is a pastor to do if he discovers that he's garnering fame even as he's gathering souls?
Buried In His Jammies -- Somehow an archeological lecture seems extra cool when the subject is ancient Egypt. Even if you don't know a canopic jar from a Mason jar or whether the little cobra stands for Upper or Lower Egypt, chances are you'll find something of interest Wednesday at 7 pm when archaeologist and Pacific Lutheran University professor Dr. Donald P. Ryan visits the MAC. Ryan presents not only a discussion of the Early Egyptologists, including Giovanni Belzoni and Howard Carter, but also tales of his own forays into the Valley of the Kings. Here in the Buzz Bin, we think it would be fun if everyone showed up in full Egyptian regalia. You guys go first.