READING--Ariel Gore and other authors of Breeder: Stories from the New Generation of Mothers, will be reading some of their unflinching, honest, and practical anecdotes and advice about how to be a struggling single mom and still be cool, active, and informed. KD

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

MUSIC--Where do lo-fi/four-track style rock and old-school hiphop meet? In the midst of woozy vocals, creeping song structure, eerie melodies, and DJ Rop Style. In other words, in Semiautomatic. w/ Onelinedrawing JS

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


THEATER--Sometimes lust is better left as an unfulfilled fantasy, because reality really can suck. The Dyke and the Porn Star plays out a moody, exotic, and sweaty plot about what happens when one lesbian's passion for a porn star plays out in reality. PB

Triangle Productions, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, $17-$19

MAKEOUTCLUB--For one year, has been linking lonesome indie/hardcore kids (with mostly great hairdos) all across America. But hey creepy pedophiles: IT'S LIKE PEN PALS, not like personals. Help them celebrate their anniversary with a K Records Showcase and Selector Dub Narcotic spinning records! JS w/ COCO, Get the Hell Out of the Way of the Volcano, Examination Of, DJ Fact 103

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


ZINE SYMPOSIUM--Do your part to support and participate in the subversion and diversification of traditional media. Even if you don't fancy yourself a zinester, the Super-8, bike repair, and electrical wiring workshops should be titillating and informative. (see feature pg 9) TL
South Park Blocks by PSU, all day Saturday and Sunday, free.

ELECTRONIC--You know when you hear electronic music that makes you feel like you're in a video game, tiptoeing around giant blocks of digital ice and dodging flying dinosaurs? That's the music IQU puts out--they're all about innovative, danceable stuff, like mixing up live instruments over looped beats. w/ FCS North. KD

Ohm, 31 NW 1st Ave, 223-9919, 9 pm, $8


IDM INSANITY--Okay, so he's an IDM geek who turns avant-electronic music into an intimate pop experience. But he's also a hyperactive, tweaky 19-year-old who will rock your socks and charm your heart. He's Cex. That's right; It's pronounced "Sex." OOOH! JS w/Stars as Eyes, Strategy Satyricon, 125 NW 6th, 243-2380, 9:30pm, $7


HARDCORE--There's nothing like a good hit over the head with a giant brick of hardcore--especially when the musicians are two big, dykey chicks. The Haggard are made of crazy rough vocals, and riffs so hard and fast you'll probably fall to the floor and weep. KD

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


MUSIC--Things I wish would return from the '80s: cocaine, roller skates, my figure, and of course Cyndi Lauper. The closest I ever got to her was at a concert with my cousin who vomited like five minutes into the show, forcing us to leave. I'll be trying to finally forgive my cuz, by getting my groove on to the Cyndi cover babes, Insecurious. KS

Ethos, 27 NE Killingsworth, 241-8824, 7pm, $5


FILM--With the warm sultry nights, short skirts, and shirtless men, you can tell that summer lusting is in the air. Take your new lover to see The Road Home, an enthralling story of a Chinese couple struggling to get together, told from the perspective of their son. Then, with your heart a-floating, go home and get together your darn self. TL

Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 223-4515, 7 and 9 pm, $6

COUNTY FAIR--Feel like smelling some dairy air? The unofficial Multnomah County Fair hosts its annual tutorials in cattle grooming and gives you a chance to yank a goat's udder--yes, that's right, goat milking! Watermelon seed spitting contests twice a day, too. PB

Oaks Park, east of Sellwood Bridge, Tues through Fri, 10 am-9 pm, $3 for adults, $1 for children