* Jacob Slichter
Anyone remember the band Semisonic? Thought not. Yet surely you remember their gut-churning, overplayed 1998 croon-fest "Closing Time"? No? Ah well. The point is, their drummer, Jacob Slichter, is a charming chap despite his band's utter craptitude. And who knew? He's a writer to boot. Tonight he'll share So You Wanna be a Rock & Roll Star, a funny, insightful memoir about the big-budget music industry's penchant for ass-humping its one-hit-wonder bands. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


* Julia Butterfly Hill, etc.
This benefit for the Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund isn't particularly literary--it's more of a music/spoken word fest with speakers like forest protector Tim Ream, and Sandi Scheinberg, the executive director of BARK. But we feel compelled to list it in the readings section anyway because it features Julia Butterfly Hill, who in addition to sitting in a big tree for nearly two years, is most acclaimed for writing a book about the experience: The Legacy of Luna, one of the most poorly written, shallow pieces of tripe to ever disgrace our delicate eyeballs. We're convinced from this awful tome that Hill is a self-serving, manipulative attention monger who received international recognition for her feat based almost solely on the fact that she's incredibly hot--a far cry from the usual becrudded hippies that sit in trees for extended periods of time. That being said, however, what she did WAS good for the cause, and we're recommending the event regardless, because we're curious to see if she's as brainless in person as she is in print, and also because she's incredibly hot. JUSTIN SANDERS Liberty Hall, 311 N Ivy, 249-8888, 7 pm - midnight, $10 donation


* Jim Hightower
Hightower's in the vein of Michael Moore and other great political critics who have managed to reach widespread popularity. And like those great critics, Hightower doesn't let anyone off the hook. Sure he hates Bush--even Republicans hate Bush these days, though some of them still pretend they don't--but he also hates the way spineless Democrats have behaved under the Bush regime. He'll discuss it all tonight, sharing from his new book Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush. Bagdad Theatre (McMenamins), 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 7 pm, free

* Life & Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End
See review this issue. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free


* Howard Frank Mosher
A veteran of the genre of sports literature, Mosher presents Waiting for Teddy Williams, a baseball fantasy about a fatherless kid who grows up to pitch for the Red Sox. The story opens with the Red Sox winning the World Series, which is how you know this is fantasy. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, 7:30 pm


Lono Waiwaiole
Waiwaiole presents Wiley's Shuffle, the sequel to his book Wiley's Lament. Both works achieve a kind of Portland noir, exploring secret seedy backstreets that, supposedly, "few natives will recognize." Wiley's Shuffle also includes a guide to pronouncing "Waiwaiole." Powell's-Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7 pm