ANIMATION FESTIVAL--Are you're looking for animation that can keep up with your witty, adult sense of humor and deep understanding of human relationships? Well, the shorts in Trixy Sweetvittle's Wild and Wooley Festival of Animation have a little bit of everything, including neat-o, artistic film altering techniques. Plus, check out the art raffle and spinnings of DJ theincrediblekid afterwards at Blackbird. KS

Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy, 9 pm, $5, tickets available at Half & Half, Stumptown, and the Hollywood Theater

ANTI-POSTER PARTY--If you're fed up with City Hall's attempts to squash public discourse with their Anti-Postering ban, truck on down to the Jasmine Tree for this benefit which will support the "PDX Anti Anti-Postering Campaign." Fill out pre-addressed postcards to Vera, check out poster art, and dig the sounds of Guitarface, The Dolomites, Not Very Good, and more! WSH

Jasmine Tree, 401 SW Harrison, 223-7956, 8 pm, $2-5 donation


READINGS--Noted author and editor of Paris Review, George Plimpton will be gracing Powell's tonight with a reading from his new book Home Run, which features various authors and their articles about baseball. No slouch himself, Plimpton participated in various pro sports in order to write his terrific books Paper Lion and Shadow Box. WSH

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

CD RELEASE--Go to celebrate the new, Ecstatic Peace!-released CD of our own improv superstars Jackie-O Motherfucker, and dust your brain with spontaneous guitars, bells, and jarring, tensioned saxophone. JS
w/Swords Project Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 778-7700, 9:30 pm, $6


BENEFIT--Let's face it: the world of music is short on women. Why, no one knows, but it's things like the Rock & Roll Camp for Girls that are going to change all that by teaching women how to rock at a young age. But they need your help, through this benefit, headlined by Made for TV Movie. Show up, see good music, and further humanity. w/Corinna Repp, Colin Meloy, and The Starve KS

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine St, 230-2111, 9 pm, $7

SCI-FI--Get your geek on at the Western Regional Sci-Fi Convention, Westercon 54. Meet authors, filmmakers, and TV stars! Check out author luminary, Tim Powers, winner of the '96 Locus Award for Best Dark Fantasy/ Horror Novel. Converse in Klingon. Speculate about future Martian colonies and theorize on government/alien cover-ups and alliances. TL

Double Tree Jantzen Beach and Double Tree Columbia River. I-5 to N Hayden Island Dr, Thursday through Sunday, $20-35


ROCK 'N ROLL ART SHOW--Ever seen those really awesome chalkboard illustrations at Berbati's--of monkeys and angels and stuff? Well, now you can see a whole gallery of the work of artist Evan Benjamin Harris, and a myriad of other artists who moonlight as rock stars, up at Berbati's all month. KD

Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, restaurant opens at 4, free


BLACK METAL-- Cradle of Filth is straight-up demonic with fast metal riffs and vocals that sound like they're a duet sung by a low-voiced devil and a mini demon head growing out of his neck. Scary eh! w/ Nile, Poison Idea, and God Forbid. KS

Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave, 224-TIXX, $20

MUSIC--Bounding guitars, be-bop lyrics, head shaking backbeats. After surviving a near-disastrous break-up, Comet Gain is back spreading its chirpy version of London punk--the XX chromosome version of The Jam. PB

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $6


SUPER 8 POTLUCK--The city's quirkiest, prankiest Super 8 film collective, the Tiny Picture Club, has sent an invitation to all: bring your own, under five-minute-long Super 8 film, and they'll show it! There's one catch: you also have to bring a musical instrument--guitar, clarinet, kazoo, coffee can--and make a live score while it's playing. At least they didn't ask you to make a meatloaf. JS

Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 778-7700, 9 pm


FILM--For those in need of a healthy dose of corporate paranoia, don't miss this classic '70s flick from Francis Ford Coppola, The Conversation. Gene Hackman stars as a hot-shot surveillance expert who's hired to spy on two employees of a big corporation. However, Gene nearly craps his pants when he learns the people he's spying on are about to be... murdered.WSH

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 7 & 9:20 pm, $6