THURSDAY 12/20

Flat Mountain Girls & friends
Poets sign up at 6:30. Bring "poems, weird e-mails, funny letters" for this open mic. Red and Black Cafe, 2138 SE Division St, 231-3899, 9 pm

Original Book Group
Inn At Lake Devine, by Elinor Lipman. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 7 pm


FRIDAY 12/21

Samusson & Tomassi Solstice Show
Featuring Kenny Mostern, all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee. Sign up at 6:30. Kick off the competition heading toward May's "Tournament of Slampions," putting together this years pack heading for the nationals. Red and Black Cafe, 2138 SE Division St, 231-3899


SATURDAY 12/22

Storytime With Tess
Leave the kids, let'm listen to The Magic Tree House. Borders-Beaverton, 2605 SW Cedar Hills, 644-1498, 11 am

Storytime
Park the kids while you finish the last-minute shopping. They'll listen to The Night Before Christmas, and make a St. Nick Storybook. Borders-Gresham, 687 NW 12th, Gresham, 674-3917, 7 pm


WEDNESDAY 12/26

Poetry Slam, Hiphop
Sign up at 7:30. Slam away at 8:00. Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579,

Poetry Slam
Hosted by Turiya & Mike Crenshaw. Open Mic, Slam, prizes, and all that. Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 8:00, $5