Portland Poetry Slam
The tournament-style competition to find a poet who can represent Portland at the National Poetry Slam continues tonight. Feel free to show up and watch, but be warned—you could easily be roped in to judge the competitors. It's all part of the game. Couch Gallery, 625 NW Everett, #105, 538-4661, sign-up at 8 pm, slamming at 8:30 pm, free


Adrienne Rich
Literary Arts' Poetry Downtown series rolls on with an appearance and reading by Adrienne Rich, who has been one of America's leading poets longer than I've been alive. Her verse on politics and feminism makes her as vital in these Alito years as she was when she hit her stride in the '70s. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, $5-18

Eagle Blue
When you live in a disintegrating Native American community of 600 residents in the Arctic Circle, there's not a whole heck of a lot to get excited about on a daily basis. So when basketball season rolls around, they get down for their home team, and author Michael D'Orso spent a season with the Fort Yukon Eagles, reporting on what the team means to the community, as the Eagles travel to the state championship. Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


Field Notes From a Catastrophe
Regular readers of The New Yorker will remember Elizabeth Kolbert's serialized essays on global warming, which ran last year. From glaciers to butterflies, Kolbert tracks the effects of rising temperatures with a brilliant mind and a gift for writing. Highly recommended. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free