BROADSIDES—A new quarterly reading series showcases Portland's best writers—of the female persuasion, that is. Unchaste Readers makes a strong showing tonight with Lidia Yuknavitch, Lisa Wells, and plenty more. AH
Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 7:30 pm, $4, 21+

BEASTLY—Few films arrive with the sort of awestruck buzz that surrounds the fantasy drama Beasts of the Southern Wild—a film that won both the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Now it's here in Portland. You should probably go. EH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see our review and Film Times for showtimes, $6-9