Out Loud
The poetry and performance open mic against war and occupation has been in hiatus for a while, but resurfaces tonight in honor of Bush's appearance in town. Come see poets Brigid Whipple, Duane Poncy, Fred Nemo, and more use meter and metaphor to rip that SOB a new one. Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina, 233-2787, 7 pm, free

Kevin Armstrong
Armstrong's only 29, but his collection of short stories, Night Watch, about the South Pacific, is already getting raves. Armstrong was first mate aboard a yacht that went all around the South Pacific, so he writes from experience. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm, free

Jacqueline Kramer
I love the title of Kramer's book: Buddha Mom. It's simple, yet effective; the perfect description for a collection of insights into Buddhism from the perspective of a mother. I think we all wish our mothers were a little more Zen. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm, free

* Lauren Kessler
Get this: Elizabeth Bentley was a Soviet spy living in America and giving secrets to her KGB lover. After the lover suddenly died, the Soviets dropped Bentley like a sack of marmalade, to which she took vengeance by contacting the FBI in 1945 and exposing a bunch of Soviet operatives in the U.S., including Ethyl and Julius Rosenberg! Now that's a tale, and it's all covered in Lauren Kessler's new book Clever Girl. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Nick Sagan
The son of legendary sci-fi writer Carl, Nick Sagan presents his new book, Riding My Father's Coattails. Seriously, though; it's called Idlewild and it's a sci-fi thriller about a guy named Halloween. Can you tell I'm a bit skeptical? Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


* Sixth Annual PikNuke
Join poetry lovers from across Oregon for informal poetry readings and free verse in the shadow of one of America's most scenic nuclear cooling towers. Bring food, drink, and dogs. Toxic waste provided courtesy of Trojan Power. Trojan Nuclear Power Plant/Recreational Area, The Columbia River along Hwy 30, 941-2300, ext. 146, noon-6 pm


Fireweed Contributors Reading
Local poetic stalwarts Ann Coleman Stevenson, Lex Runciman, and a few more contributors to the poetry rag Fireweed. Mountain Writers Center, 3624 SE Milwaukie, 236-4854, 7 pm, free


* For the Record: A Celebration of NW Stories and Storytellers
Who knew there was a group in Portland called NW Documentary, which exists to help Oregon nonfiction filmmakers do their thing? Well there is, and tonight it's bringing you some fine samplings of local nonfiction films and writings from Brian Doyle, Robin Cody, and more. Grub and wine will be available on the Jean Vollum Center's beautiful roof at the proceeding reception. Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center, 721 NW Ninth, 522-5850, 6:30 pm, $10 suggested donation


* Jim Hightower
Grassroots hero Hightower presents Thieves in High Places, an assault on Bush and Co.'s unabashed romance with corporate power. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free