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LAFF ATTACK—While comedian Dan Cummins may not be on your radar yet—he will be. The Northwest native's hilarious performances and specials have been peppering Comedy Central, and for good reason. His quirky, dry-as-a-bone style cuts across all demographics, and might make him one of your fave new comics. WSH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7 & 9:30 pm, $20-25

PACKER—It's been five years since Ann Packer's great novel Songs without Words, and even longer since her impressive debut The Dive from Clausen's Pier. Packer's newest story collection, Swim Back to Me, showcases her perceptive, often cutting insights into human relationships. AH
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE