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NERD FIGHT—It's the question that has plagued geeks for centuries: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY?!? Tonight, the conundrum reaches its crisis: Will you stay in Portland to see cyberpunk author William Gibson read from his latest, Zero History? Or will you trek to Beaverton to hear fantasy legend Terry Brooks spin his latest tale from the land of Shannara, Bearers of the Black Staff? THE CHOICE IS YOURS. EH
William Gibson at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE; Terry Brooks at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE

GRIN 'N' BEAR IT—Kicking off a forthcoming crazy week of music, Animal Collective's Noah Lennox—you probably know him as Panda Bear—graces PDX tonight with his looping, effervescent tracks and hopefully some songs from his new record. ND
w/Devonwho; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $22 (free w/MusicfestNW wristband), all ages