MONDAY 11/28

if i'd Known Then
Novelist Jennie Shortridge, author of Eating Heaven and Riding With the Queen hosts a discussion about the wild and wooly world of publishing your manuscript. Sponsored by the Oregon Writers Colony. Powell's in Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade, 643-3131, 7 pm, free

Open Mic Storytelling
Here it is, bucko—your ticket out of this dump! You know that story about losing your virginity you've been working on for the past three years? Here's your chance to set that birdie of a tale free. Or the sonnet whose rhyming couplet you finally figured out about the cute boy at Stumptown? He's not going to hear it until you speak it. Tonight. At the Red & Black. The world deserves to hear your story. Red & Black Cafe, 2138 SE Division, 231-3899, 8 pm, free

TUESDAY 11/29

Brom
Like Fabio and Madonna, dark fantasy artist Brom needs only one name to envelop his fairy-tale essence. His artwork is full of gothy studmuffins with crossbows, half-woman / half-gazelle creatures with pert nipples, and evil-looking warlocks with fabulous pecs and golden earrings. It's all so... Brom! Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

WEDNESDAY 11/30

We'Moon 2006
The We'Moon website insists on spelling "women" with a "y," so here goes. Womyn, such as Bethroot and Crone Rattle-shaker, bring their witchy ways to In Other Words for a reading on topics such as the Winter Solstice, weekly starcodes, and astrology, which is usually doled out by Womyn Mooncat. In Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 232-6003, 7 pm, free

Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
Now that you've finally mastered the wok you got for college graduation, it's time to shift geographically—but only slightly. The authors of Mangoes and Curry Leaves bring you cuisine from the subcontinent, including Nepali Green Bean-Sesame Salad and Easy Karnataka Chana. They brought all these recipes back from 30 years of travels to Sri Lanka, Tibet, and Nepal, so don't you think you could make it all the way to Hawthorne for this reading? Powell's Books for Cooks and Gardeners, 3747 SE Hawthorne, 235-3802, 7 pm, free

J.R. Moehringer
See review this issue. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free