LECTURE | FESTIVAL / Dr. Demento
6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, to Saturday, Jan. 19, Vollum Lecture Hall, Reed College
Reedie Barret Hansen (class of '63) returns to his hallowed halls as his goofy alter ego, music expert Dr. Demento, who has achieved cult status with a nationwide weekly radio show that's aired for over 30 years. Wednesday's talk is on the evolution of pop music; on Thursday he takes a timely look at songs of wartime; and Friday it's 'Illegal Smiles: Drug Songs From the 1920s to Today.' The format switches Saturday night to a 'Festival of Dementia,' which celebrates Dr. D's favorite novelty recordings.
3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-777-7755, lectures free, Saturday concert $5 (free for children under 12)
READING / Birthday Tribute to William Stafford
7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Multnomah Central Library, and 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, Trinity United Methodist Church
Oregon poet laureate William Stafford died in 1993, but The Friends of William Stafford keep his memory alive with eight poetry-reading birthday parties and a tribute program during his birthday month. The parties will feature readings of Stafford's poems, poems written in the spirit of his work and personal anecdotes about him. Thursday's party includes readings by Walt Curtis and Ursula Le Guin: If you can't make it, call 503-236-5229 for a schedule of events.
Library party: 801 S.W. 10th Ave., 503-988-5578, free
Tribute: 3915 S.E. Steele St., 503-232-3403, free
LECTURE / Patrick Sutherland
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Blue Sky Gallery
British photographer Patrick Sutherland, who spent six years photographing Tibet, presents a lecture and slide show on his work, on display through the end of the month.
1231 N.W. Hoyt St., 503-225-0210, free
MUSIC / The Swifts
8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Biddy McGraw's Irish Pub
Biddy McGraw's dark wood bar and genial crowd are the perfect setting for this fusion of Irish, Scottish and American folk music traditions.
6000 N.E. Glisan St., 503-233-1178, free