* Jason
If you're going to adopt a dramatic one-word moniker, "Jason" is probably not your best bet. Regardless, the Norwegian graphic novelist Jason (Sshhhh!, Hey Wait) is worth checking out. The elegant human/animal hybrids that populate his works are both haunting and beautiful. CounterMedia, 927 SW Oak St, 226-8141, 6:30 pm


* Little House on the Bowery Tour
See interview this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


A Celebration of Chocolate
A whole ass load of chocolatiers, including Jaciva's Jack Elmer and reps from Pix Patisserie, converge to demonstrate their secret recipes and give you free samples. Powell's Books for Cooks and Gardeners, 3747 SE Hawthorne, 235-3802, 11 am - 3:30 pm, free

* The Mathematics of Baseball
An Oregon math professor, Ken Parks, demonstrates the effects probability has on the game of baseball. Ask him how probable it was that the Red Sox came back from three games down to beat the Yankees and win the American League pennant, then go on to win the World Series for the first time since 1918. We're guessing not very probable. Powell's Technical books, 33 NW Park Ave, 228-3906, 3 pm

* Richard Melo & Ariel Gore
Two completely unrelated writers sound off as part of Jim Munroe's ongoing Perpetual Motion Road Show. Gore puts together Hip Mama, and Melo wrote Jokerman 8, a novel of '70s eco-terrorism. He performs passages from the book with an acoustic guitar. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


* Paul Ash, Leuth Bartells, & Lorraine Bahr
A strange lineup. Ash does weirdly hilarious monologues; Bahr's a playwright; and Leuth's a poet. Something for everyone. Borders-Downtown, 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm

Allen Cunningham
Cunningham reads from The Green Age of Asher Witherow, about a boy growing up in the cruel world of a 19th-Century mining town. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm

How to Create Your Own Luck
Susan RoAne shares her book with a title that, while impossible, is also self-explanatory. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm