MONDAY 8/21

Adrienne Barbeau
Barbeau was in Escape from New York, Swamp Thing, and she plays the grandmilf-y snake charmer on Carnivale. And she must have written a book or something? Who knows. Borders (Tigard), 16970 SW 72nd, 968-7576, 7 pm, free

WEDNESDAY 8/23

Live Wire!
Live Wire! is the variety show that's recorded for radio in front of a live audience, and does a good job creating a mix of different guests. This week, in addition to the MarchFourth Marching Band and the artistic director of Portland Center Stage, Tom Spanbauer, whose excellent new book, Now is the Hour, recently came out to great reviews, will be in the house. Aladdin theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 233-1994, 6 pm, $10-12

Northwest Edge III
Portland's Chiasmus Press comes at you with their third anthology, which includes a DVD compilation. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free