SMOOTH SAILING—Longing for summers spent sailing off the shore of Cape Cod before heading back to your Ivy League university? Vampire Weekend will help you reminisce—or imagine—those simpler, preppier times as summer winds down to a close. Don't forget to bring the horchata. SH
w/Beach House, Dum Dum Girls; Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, 6 pm, $35, all ages

—Two of Oregon's dreamiest authors (yes, that is an official designation of literary merit) join forces tonight: Matt Love explores his personal history as a teacher and an advocate for Oregon's public beaches with Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker, while Willy Vlautin investigates Portland's seamier sides with Lean on Pete, a coming-of-age story largely set at Portland Meadows. Swooooon. AH
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 7 pm, FREE

Some day I will write about Willy Vlautin without using the word "dreamy." More of this week's events at My, What a Busy Week!