FANTASY—Picard or Kirk. Alien or Aliens. Brooks or Grossman. It's a nerd Sophie's Choice tonight: In Beaverton, prolific fantasy author Terry Brooks reads from the newest Shannara book, while downtown, Lev Grossman presents The Magician King, his Narnia-for-grownups sequel to The Magicians. AH
Terry Brooks, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE; Lev Grossman, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

OREGON ROCKS—Three years in the making, the Oregon Rocks musical history exhibit launches tonight with a concert that reflects the depth of the project itself. The varied lineup of Ural Thomas, the Kingsmen, Pierced Arrows, Quasi, and DJ Hwy 7 kick off the most far-reaching exploration of Oregon musical history ever. AH
Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park, 5:30-11 pm, $7-10, all ages, see Music for more info