Ann Marie Nafziger
Marfa, TX is the diametric opposite of Portland--bone dry, conservative, barren, and dusty. But besides Portland, it's probably the coolest place in this great nation to live. Ex-PDXer Ann Marie Nafziger moved there and consequently produced this exhibit of pretty swanky, Southwest dirt-inspired abstractions. Mark Woolley Gallery, 120 NW 9th Suite 210, 224-5475, Oct. 5-30

* Art for Democracy
A party/fundraiser for MoveOn and the Young Voter Project. Proceeds from sales of art by local faves such as Bruce Conkle, Eric Stotik, and Paul Green all go toward these leftist nonprofits, so in addition to making a contribution, you'll have some sweet art to hang on the wall. Gallery 500, 420 SW Washington, Suite 500, 223-3951, Friday night only

* Dirty Laundry: Behind the Scenes of the Sex Industry
Pictures of porno people are positively played, which can only mean one thing: they are right on schedule to hit Portland. Michael Rubenstein may have a new spin on the whole thing. Angry Fairy, 625 NW Everett #107, Through Oct. 31

* Roberta Lavadour
It always surprises me that there aren't more book makers in Portland. It's a literary city, has a thriving zine culture, a rich craft tradition, and Reed's amazing collection of artist's books, but there don't seem to be that many in the local galleries. Roberta Lavadour is committed to the form, though, and several of her handmade books will be on view all month in the PDX Window Project. PDX Window Project, 612 NW 12th, Through Nov. 6