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DAY ONE—2011's TBA Festival officially kicks off with The Hidden Life of Bridges, a projection- and sound-based event featuring the Hawthorne and Morrison spans. Then, the Works hosts a bangin' dance party led by Vockah Redu and Beyondadoubt. MS
Bridge display, Hawthorne Bridge, Thurs-Sat, 9-11 pm (repeats every 15 minutes), FREE; dance party, Washington High School, 531 SE 14th, 11 pm, FREE, all ages

DEATH BY BOOK—Readings can be deathly boring, but Literary Death Match promises to inflict punishment on its readers, not the audience. Four authors go-head-to-head with a panel of all-star judges (including Kevin Sampsell and Live Wire!'s Courtenay Hameister), who will choose an ultimate winner based on performance, literary merit, and "intangibles." AH
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 8:05 pm, $6-10