The Collaborative Arts Insurgency This San Fran performance poetry collective throws down on the street, with all who come welcome to join in at any time. Also performing Friday March 4 at the Tribe Theater, 403 NW 5th & Flanders, 10:30 pm. p:ear gallery , 809 SW Alder, 228-6677, 8 pm

The Cruelest Miles Gay and Laney Salisbury present a slideshow and their new book about a 1925 diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska, and the heroic, 700-mile dogsled adventure that was undertaken to bring the community the serum. Powell's in Beaverton , 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7 pm


Ursula K. Le Guin One of Oregon's hugest literary talents gives one of her lovably ornery readings, from the new book Gifts. Wrigley-Cross Books , 1809 NE 39th Ave, 281-9449, 2 pm, free


Kenn Kaufman Calling all bird watchers: Kaufman is a "birding legend" who will give a lecture and discuss his new book, the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America. Audobon Society of Portland , 5151 NW Cornell Road, 292-9453, 7 pm


Nature Noir Jordan Fisher Smith recounts 14 years working as a park ranger by the Sierra Nevada river, a government-owned patch of land rife with sketchy gold miners, junkie squatters, and extreme sports freaks. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Stiquito Controlled! James Conrad presents his new guide to building your own robot, replete with a kit to building "Stiquito," a multi-legged robot that resembles a walking stick insect. Powell's Technical books , 33 NW Park Ave, 228-3906, 7 pm


Charles Deemer Deemer is the editor of the new anthology Oregon Fever, which is simply a collection of essays by really good Northwest writers like Barry Lopez, Larry Colton, and Ivan Doig. Barnes & Noble (Jantzen Beach) , 1720 N Jantzen Beach, 283-2800, 7 pm

Gobnight The ever-falutin' journal of international literature, Gobshite Quarterly, presents a series of monthly events featuring "wordslingers and performers," plus MCs and musicians. This months theme: "Idyls and Ides of March." Noir , 203 SE Grand Ave, 231-2925, 9 pm

Geraldine Brooks Fans of Little Women will take interest in Brooks' new novel March, in which the absent father figure March takes center stage against the backdrop of the Civil War. Powell's City of Books , 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm

Lucy Lippard Popular feminist and art critic Lucy Lippard presents a lecture on the topic of "Art & Place: Traveling to Here," inspired by her newest book On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, 227-2719, 7:30 pm, $15