MYSTERIAN -- Mysterian is magic with a message. In this collision of theater and live magic, a "Mysterian" from the future attempts to discover the reason for wonder and imagination. If it has even half the poignancy of Rush's 2112, it should be worth the drive to Issaquah, even as gas prices are topping two bucks a gallon. Illusionz Magic Theatre, 1025 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, 8 pm, $10-$15.


WRITE OUT LOUD -- Tonight is the closing event of the Eastside's week-long festival of poetry and literature, and focuses on notable woman writers hailing from the Northwest. It should be a literal literary buffet, as scheduled events range from a screening of a historical documentary to a performance poetry workshop. Anderson Park Adair House, 7802 168th NE, Redmond, 7 pm, free.


THE SOUND AND THE FURY -- Professional, amateur, and unsponsored skaters showboat the latest hyphenated tricks in the Northwest's largest "extreme" skateboarding contest. The soundtrack for the day's festivities will be provided by the Line, CKY, and Seattle progeny Portrait of Poverty and Eternal 13. Sand Point Naval Station, 7400 Sand Point Way, starts at 10 am, $5.

MOTORCYCLE RACING -- Come April, motorcycle buffs here in Cascadia start to feel that tingle, that pee-shake of excitement that heralds summer and prime riding weather. Today is the opening day of the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association's summer series; festivities include open racing, sidecar racing, and a swap meet. Portland International Raceway, 503-221-1487, 7 am, $10.


MUSIC OF GHANA AND TRINIDAD -- This concert features the slightly incongruous pairing of Koo Nimo, a West African master of the "palm wine" guitar, and Ray Holman, who has been playing the shimmering steel drums since the 1950s. Holman, who is also a pioneer of arranging steel drum (pan) music to other musical idioms, will be performing Mozart's Symphony No. 40 as well as jazz standards. Meany Theater, UW, 8 pm, $8 general/$5 students.

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