THURSDAY 2/26

* Grand Opening
The volunteer driven cafe, letterpress, film resource and screening center, photography darkroom, and delicious crepe stop, finally officially celebrates itself with a crepe dinner, jazz music from Flatland, drawings for prizes, a film screening, and readings from the fourth issue of the Cereal Box Review. Whew! La Palabra Cafe-Press, 4810 NE Garfield, 493-0333, 6 pm-late, $5-$10 donation

* Gina Ochsner
The local excellent short story writer shares from her latest project, a fictional account of photos taken of the high North and Antarctic during the 1800s. Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7755, 8 pm, free


FRIDAY 2/27

Born Magazine
The editors of this innovative web zine that integrates art and literature present a viewing of their latest experiments, and poetry readings from local contributors. La Palabra Cafe-Press, 4810 NE Garfield, 493-0333, 7 pm, free


SATURDAY 2/28

* Listen to the Reed
The Andisheh Center presents a weekend long conference devoted to the writings of the 13th-Century Iranian poet Rumi. Lots of fun stuff going on, including a film on his life, a poetry reading with audience participation, a Persian drum session, and music from the Iranian fusion group Axiom of Choice and Portland Taiko! Call for details or visit www.andisheh.org. Eliot Hall Chapel at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, 771-1112, Sat-Sun, call for specific times, $25


SUNDAY 2/29

Language Leaps No One Sleeps
Poets James Grabill and Dan Raphael read poetry with jazz musicians Glen Moore, Dave Captein, and John "JB" Butler. Mountain Writers Center, 3624 SE Milwaukie, 236-4854, 7 pm, $5 donation


TUESDAY 3/2

How to Change the World
What in the crikey is "social entrepreneurship"? Find out tonight as award-winning journalist David Bornstein presents How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs & the Power of New Ideas. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


WEDNESDAY 3/3

* Feeling the Heat
The rising of the earth's temperature is a very, very bad thing. Jim Motavalli's new book tells you everything you need to know about how fucked up this planet is about to get thanks to global warming. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

* Michael Shermer
The author of the popular Why People Believe Strange Things presents a new anthropological study, The Science of Good and Evil, which argues morality is an evolutionary trait humans developed for survival. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free