POEMS--You only think that you hate poetry. But really it's just that you're suffering from all those dumb Tri-Met "Poetry in Motion" posters. Try Patricia Goedicke for a little refresher--author of 12 volumes of poetry and lots of big fat awards, Goedicke writes edgy, emotional poetry that's not at all too sappy. KD

Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, 522-9453, 8 pm, free


RAWK--Look, I know people who actually weep when they listen to their Unwound albums. You, too, will feel a similar pull of emotion, as one of the most important/amazing bands in the history of underground rock brings you lovingly to the brink of tinnitis. JS

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $8, all ages

THEATER--Remember the two rich child murderers, Leopold and Leob, who killed the 14-year-old boy in Chicago a century ago and changed the criminal justice system? See their devastating, real-life story in this play, Never the Sinner. KD

Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 241-1278, Wed-Sun,8 pm, $15-$26


MUSIC--With three major nominations from New Music Express, including Best Band, and only two weeks after scoring a blue ribbon at Sundance for their hit music video, Coldplay is wrapped up in one mother of a whirlwind of praise and ass-kissing admiration. But you would hardly know it; the foursome just keeps on with their laconic crooning and patient guitar licks. PB

Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave, 224-TIXX, 8 pm, $12.50


CABARET--Sure, she's a fictitious and a rodent. Even so, something about Minnie Mouse's voluptuous curves and pouty attitude always made me feel a bit randy. Ha-cha-cha! Tonight an adult dream comes true: Cartoon Go-Go Girls and a full figured cartoon cabaret. DJ Gregarious sets the mood. PB

Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd Ave,248-4579, 8 pm, $7 ($5 if in cartoon costume)

MUSIC--Only a band from a city like Tacoma could release the cannon-fired, searing hardcore that Botch does. Their anvil-dropping guitars and anger-shrill vocals are going to melt your brain.And you'll like it. JS

w/ Bezerk & YOB, Pine Street Theatre, 215 SE 9th Ave, 224-TIXX, 9:30 pm, $8


ART--After two defiant years of underground art, the Martial Art Gallery is closing soon, giving way to yet another new bar. Catch their last show, gawk at the feisty art on the walls, take in some bad-ass (live) skateboarding, and ogle the fuck-you graffiti. MF

Martial Art Gallery, 18 NW 3rd Ave, no set hours, runs through February, free.


FILM--Was Bugs Bunny simply a fun-loving hare or a white supremacist working for the man? The truth can now be told! Bad Bugs Bunny, a collection of rarely seen cartoons where we discover the wascally wabbit's dark and hidden past. JSR

Clinton Street Theatre, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 7 and 9 pm, $6


FILM--Digital Schmidgital! We've got Super 8 here--the lowest-fi films around. Super 8: All shorts by local people! But not only films. Live, local music (Norfolk & Western and Egg Cartoon Zoo) and lots of fun activities--a craft table with valentine- making supplies, a bean bag toss of love, and a spanking booth! KD

Medicine Hat, 1834 NE Alberta, 778-7700, 9 pm, $5

LOVE STINKS--Amazing as it may sound, there are some poor cynical souls among us who hate Valentine's Day. Even though these people are sadly misguided, does that mean they don't deserve happiness? Of course not! Therefore we suggest Fuck Love, Let's Rock, featuring Heart Beats Red, Hangman, Made for TV Movie, and The Disappearer--four bands that will happily remind you what love is all about. WSH

The Robot Steakhouse,, 288-6857