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READING—William T. Vollmann—an essayist and sometimes journalist famed for chronicling the mucky lives of soldiers, fanatics, and the poor—will also dip his toes into fiction. They never come out any cleaner. Get grimy with Vollmann at Powell's, where he'll be reading from his first fiction work in nine years, the supernatural short story collection Last Stories and Other Stories. DCT
Powell's, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

FILM—I haven't rewatched 1986's Flight of the Navigator, but I have fond memories of it from the days of Betamax. Like when David escaped the government facility that was going to perform tests on him after he went missing for eight years then came back unaged? Remember how rad Sarah Jessica Parker looked? And it was Pee-wee Herman's voice as the UFO! So cool, probably ridiculously dorky, and now beloved. CF
Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, see Film Times at portlandmercury.com/movietimes, $4