Time Based Arts Fest sponsors Medoyeff Vodka ( want to share the love by awarding all-access passes to three deserving art-folk who might not otherwise be able to go. The pass gives admission to all the TBA mainstage events (running Sept. 9-18), plus entry to the nightly after-hours performances/parties at MachineWorks. Visual, performance, and contemporary crafts artists are eligable to apply—simply submit to a description of your work and what interests you about attending the TBA Fest. You might just find yourself, well, attending the TBA Fest. ALL of the TBA Fest... Medoyeff Vodka,


recommended The Back Room
Clear Cut Press editor and ripe writer-in-residence (the fact that the quirky restaurant has a writer-in-residence at all is wonderful) Matthew Stadler presents another installment in his ongoing Back Room series of stimulating evenings with notable intellects. Tonight, subtitled "Art & Friendship," finds us with Dean of the California College of the Arts, Larry Rinder, and Laurie Reid, a San Francisco painter and curator of this month's "Bay Area Bazaar" event at the Pulliam-Deffenbaugh Gallery. Ripe, 2240 N Interstate, 235-2294, 7 pm, $35


recommended Charles Cross
See My, What A Busy Week! pg 21. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Jennie Shortridge
The author of Riding With the Queen presents her follow-up book, Eating Heaven, about a magazine writer's relationships with food and her ailing uncle. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 246-0053, 7:30 pm

John Baur & Mark Summers
These two rapscallions are authors of the frontrunner for 2005's Most Poorly Titled Book of the Year: Pirattitude!: So you Wanna Be a Pirate? Here's How! Borders (Downtown), 708 SW 3rd Ave, 221-9814, 7 pm

recommended Bret Easton Ellis
See review this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm