POOR PEOPLE—Amy Sedaris is here to tell it like it is again, this time with her latest lifestyle tome, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, which takes on the Martha Stewart set of middle-class craft elitists, armed with nothing but pipe cleaners, a glue gun, and—oh yeah—wit. MS
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $27.99 (includes a copy of Simple Times)

—The Northwest Film Center's Japanese Currents: The Samurai Tradition series kicks off with two brilliant Kurosawa classics: 1954's Seven Samurai and 1958's The Hidden Fortress. In the coming weeks, prepare yourself for other phenomenal samurai flicks like Sword of Doom (1966) and Shogun Assassin (1980). Bring your own katana. EH
Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 6 pm, $9