BASEMENT NERDS—Comics Underground is Portland's most fun comics event—and I'd say that even if it weren't hosted by the Mercury's arts and film editors. This month, artists Colleen Coover, Jen Vaughn, and Jake Richmond will pack the place to read new work and partake of stiff drinks. Fun art, good people, and ready availability of delicious Reuben sandwiches! SM
Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 8 pm, $3

ROCK OUT—If you went to punk rock shows in high school, but now have a day job, this show will bring you back to your punky roots. Local bands like Clorox Girls, Guantanamo Baywatch, and the Suicide Notes are all playing at Hovercraft Records' showcase, so slap on some black eyeliner and rock out. Plus the first 250 people in the door get the label's new compilation! RF
w/Boom!, Hey Lover, & more; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $5