COMEDY—For a man who stopped breast-feeding at the age of five and took up smoking at 10, stand-up Kurt Braunohler has cultivated a delightfully quirky sense of humor. He likes to pull harmless pranks and is prone to sleep-calling himself—in other words, the big hulking comedian is a very, very funny man who's all kinds of off-kilter. CF
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-25

READINGS—Sister Spit started back in the early 1990s as an all-female open mic and traveling feminist roadshow; its post-millennial, updated version features queer and queer-influenced artists of any stripe. The Portland stop sees readings and performances from Beth Lisick, Rhiannon Argo, Lidia Yuknavitch, and more. AH
Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10