THURSDAY 8/31

Orgasmic Alphabet Orgy
Every Thursday--spoken word! SEGES ARTBAR, 818 SW First Ave, 279-0250


SATURDAY 9/2

Patty McCulla
CAFE LENA, 2239 SE Hawthorne, 238-7087

Reading Rainbow Storytime
Reading Rainbow has been an award winning PBS children's show. Now Barnes & Noble is sponsoring readings from favorite Reading Rainbow tales. BARNES & NOBLE, 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 11:00 AM, Free

* Legs McNeil Gillian McCain
More than one author has called Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, the best oral history since Edie. Legs McNeil gave the punk movement its name. Gillian McCain was among the first to give Patti Smith a space to read in. TWENTY-THIRD AVENUE BOOKS, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm, Free


TUESDAY 9/5

Open Mic
The room is dark and cozy, the coffee's good, the crowd wants more and more poetry, spoken word, stories...get up and read, it's time. COFFEE TIME, 710 NW 21st, 9 pm, Free

Open Mic Poetry
Every Tuesday night, open mic poetry hosted by Jason. There's no line yet at this venue, so bring a stack and get ready to read. PUB AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE, 4107 SE 28th, 235-0969, 9:30, Free


WEDNESDAY 9/6

Beat Resurrection with Cat Daddy
Every Wednesday the Viscount hosts poetry, spoken word, and live jazz. Who needs more? 21 and over only. VISCOUNT BALLROOM, 722 E Burnside St, 233-7855, 9 pm, $3

Open Mic Poetry Event
Every first Wednesday of the month, here's a chance to pour your heart out, disgrace your family and friends, wear dark glasses, whatever it takes to get up and read. ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, Free

Robin Hobb
"A cross between Tolkien and Patrick O'Brian." Ship of Destiny is the third in the The Liveship Traders Trilogy. Drama and high fantasy. POWELL'S-BEAVERTON, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643 3131, 7 pm, Free

* Julia Sweeney God Said Ha!
In Other Words will be selling books at this benefit performance by comedian Julia Sweeney. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, and all sales from proceeds from ticket sales support All Womens' Health Services, a non-profit organization providing womens's health care in Northeast Portland and Eugene. PSU SMITH MEMORIAL BALLROOM, 1620 SW Park Ave, 725-3307, 7:30 pm, $10-30