Mare Blocker
Blocker is what's known as a "book artist." She creates one-of-a-kind books combining beautiful artwork and whimsical tales that are never reprinted. She's been hugely successful at it, and tonight will tell stories to kick off the Collins' Gallery's new exhibit of her past works. Collins Gallery, Central Library, 801 SW 10th, 988-5471, 7 pm, free

More open mic political poetry from the folks who brought you verses against Bush, rhymes against Cheney, and lyric odes on campaign finance reform. Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina, 233-2787, 7 pm

MONDAY 12/22

Open Mic
As the holidays draw nigh, readings events come up short. As you wait for the new year's resurgence of public literary happenings, blow off some steam at one of Portland's newer open mic nights. Broadway Coffee Traders, 2130 NE Broadway, 281-6584, 7:30 pm