THURSDAY 3/25

Sideshow Blues Poetry
Touring visual artist Andy Friedman will project pencil drawings and Polaroids while reading a poetic monologue describe as an "introspective ramble." Alberta St Pub, 1036 NE Alberta, 7 pm, $5

Hot Plastic
Peter Craig shares his suspense novel about a father and son con team and the woman who (big surprise) comes between them. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

* Broken Angels
The popular Scottish sci-fi novelist Richard Morgan presents another cyber punk-influenced story about the 25th Century, in which people can download their consciousness from one body to another, thereby living a long-ass time. Morgan's first book Altered Carbon has a film version already in the works, produced by Joel Silver. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 3/27

* Phillip Margolin
The Jantzen Beach Barnes and Noble has been getting some interesting writers rolling through recently. Tonight local nationally renowned thriller writer Margolin continues his tour through Portland and beyond for his newest book Sleeping Beauty. Barnes & Noble (Jantzen Beach), 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7:30 pm


SUNDAY 3/28

* Perpetual Motion Roadshow
The fun monthly traveling indie press extravaganza keeps on truckin'. For the March installment check San Francisco cartoonist and rapper Keith Knight (of K Chronicles fame), "prose performer" Corey Frost, and piano songstress/spoken word hurler Glenna. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


MONDAY 3/29

Commissariat of Enlightenment
The title of Ken Kalfus' book about Russian propaganda in the wake of Lenin's death makes us fall asleep before we can even read the whole damn thing. We probably shouldn't judge a book by its cover, though; The New York Times named it one of the best books of 2003. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

Japanese Bondage
Internationally renowned Diva Midori, aka the "ambassador of kink," presents her new coffee table-sized book on the ancient art of Japanese rope bondage. You never knew wrapping thick ropes around your lover's neck and genitals could be so fun. Spartacus, 300 SW 12th, 657-7666, 6 pm


TUESDAY 3/30

Good News for a Change
Popular environmental activist David Suzuki wants you to know that the world isn't all that bad off after all. The nerve! Annie Bloom's at Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., 246-0053, 7:30 pm, $5


WEDNESDAY 3/31

* Haiku Inferno
Tonight satisfy your late night doughnut munchies to the beat of the wacky wordplay of Haiku Inferno, the only performance group in town that features haiku throwdowns, tea parties, and martial arts demonstrations. The Voodoo ain't large, though; watch out you don't get kicked. Voodoo Doughnut, 10:30 pm, free