MUSIC—Each taking turns on drums and guitar, the married couple of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are Shovels and Rope, and their American music has twang, kick, heart, and soul. Don't worry about what's folk, country, rock 'n' roll, or blues—the Charleston, South Carolina duo give it to you all at the same time. NL
w/Denver; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $15-17

LECTURE—It's been years since Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses sent him into hiding, courtesy of a fatwa. More recently, he's been on the gossip pages thanks to a very public divorce. Either way, the guy's had a bigger, better life than you. He's written a memoir about it all, Joseph Anton, and he's going to share it tonight. DCT
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $125 & up (for a season subscription, you can try for single tickets the day of the show)

(Don't miss our interview with a slightly crabby Rushdie!)