MUSIC--With their hooky melodies, atypical embellishment, and super-smart songwriting, they're better than a minty shower after a sweaty workout. See Pinback tonight, and emerge refreshed! JS

Medicine Hat, 1834 NE Alberta, 778-7700, 9 pm, $8


READING--Former Portlander Kevin Canty has always had a popular following in town. His work is smart, dark, and moving, and now Nine Below Zero is out in paper-back. Come hear his words. KD

Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm, Free

LOCAL FILM-- Come on out to support hometown filmmakers Andrew Dickson and Matt McCormick as they debut their locally made feature, Good Grief! A cross between Dungeons & Dragons and Peanuts, the film tells of a poor schlub who must come to grips with his fascination for a role-playing game, Monsters & Mayhem. Not convinced? Then how about a soundtrack with the Fucking Champs, and an acting cameo by rock critic Richard Meltzer! WSH

Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy, 281-4215, 8 and 10 pm, $10


MUSIC--If you want to impress your hip yet sensitive date, take her to Dirty Three and Shannon Wright. She will love your ability to comprehend their juxtaposition of emotion, beauty, and quality musician-ship. Plus, violins get anybody in the mood to smooch! JS

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, 225-0047, 9 pm, $10-12

MUSIC--Alternately, if your date will appreciate a cutting-edge blend of passion and pastiche, you'll share a cigarette and take her to Orso, Rollerball, and Jackie-O Motherfucker. There will be less smooching afterwards, and more full-on makin' out. Yow! JS
Medicine Hat, 1834 NE Alberta, 778-7700, 9 pm


3-D HORRORS--It's time again for the Institute of Terror haunted house! This year, quiver your way through the horrors of the "Black Hole" and "Michael Myers Room," or put on 3-D glasses and really freak your shit out with the Circus of Fear in the 3-D Castle Terror! Don't forget that extra pair of underpants! WSH

Portland Meadows
, I-5 to Exit 306B, turn right & followsigns, 737-1074, 7-9pm, $9 or $14 for both

BURLESQUE--Halloween is the only night of the year when the repressed can come out of their tiny little shelters and strap on full fetish gear. Why not do it a bit early with babe-lish burlesque queen Kitty Diggins and hottie singers The Natrons, Harvey Hellcat, & Freakshow Rodeo? KD

Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 10 pm, $7


FOOTBALL--You won't need subtitles to figure out what's happening on the big screen. Tonight, Pearl District arthouse Mission Theatre transforms itself into a bawdy temple of beer, banter and football. And what a game to choose! Two of this year's strongest teams, the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins, promise to run up the scoreboard. PB
Mission Theatre, 1624 NW Glisan, 233-4031 x8832, 6 pm, Free


DREAMY--Inevitably decked in his signature sunglasses and leather jacket, handsome Neil Gaiman (novelist and creator of the strikingly literate Sandman comic series) will read and sign on his last Guardian Angel tour ever. All proceeds go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! JS

The Last Angel Tour, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $16-60


VIRTUAL SKIING--Winter officially begins tonight when Warren Miller releases his latest extreme ski bonanza, Ride. Once again providing a definition for the untamed ski-bound spirit, Miller shows off his usual head-spinning footage of gravity-defying cliff-jumping, spinning snowboarders and seemingly unbreakable souls. PB

Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 224-4400, 8 pm, $13