MUSIC—With the stormy, stunning rock of Portland's own Genders at the top of the bill, you're already in great shape. Throw in the cheery, glowy jams of Astoria's Holiday Friends and the stately, slow-crashing surf of Seattle's the Comettes, and you'll be kicking off the weekend in the best possible way. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $8-10

READING—Friends keep insisting I'm an asshole for not listening to Welcome to Night Vale—a perverse Prairie Home Companion-esque podcast (or maybe it's like Fernwood 2 Night) about a small desert town where bland community news mixes with outlandish supernatural doings. Visit with the show's creators at Powell's to see what all the fuss is about. DCT
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE