LITERARY: Join The Rumpus and SMITH Magazine for some Beautiful Beginnings, featuring music by Dave Smallen and Amores Vigilantes, comedy by Will Durst, and authors Richard Ferguson, Piper Kerman, Raina Bird, Lisa Brown, and the Six-Word Memoirists. When you're there, be sure to pick up a copy of Nikko: Concrete Commando, the Rumpus' first chapbook, about the story of Nikko, an SF kid who etched his name in over 1000 local sidewalks in the '60s.

7 to 9:30 p.m. // The Make-Out Room (3225 22nd St) // $10

PANEL: At Make It: How to DIY, Adam Savage, host of Mythbusters, will speak with Mark Frauenfelder and Dale Dougherty of Make Magazine about the publication's role at the forefront of DIY movement, providing readers with a "can-do" attitude during this time of financial hardship.

6 p.m. // The Commonwealth Club (595 Market St, 2nd fl) // $7-20