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My, What a Busy Week!

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7

MUSIC—The thickly accented antics of Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hütz have come to embody the group's raucous stage presence. It's gotten to the point that, with the fresh release of Gogol's Pura Vida Conspiracy, Hütz is both a caricatured mascot for the New York gypsy-punk outfit and talented, musical bandleader. If the group's robust touring schedules tell you anything, though, it's that Hütz isn't content just to lead. He wants you along for the ride. DVH
w/A Tribe Called Red; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $27, all ages

MUSIC—Having the guitar slingers in Band of Horses trot across your eardrums is like letting the mane of a wild stallion flow over you, as you lope across a magical sunset beach. Get back in the saddle, as the South Carolina band returns to their old galloping grounds of the Pacific Northwest. Best part: They're surely gonna play "The Funeral." NL
w/Sera Cahoone, S; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $30-35, all ages

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

COMIC BOOKS—It's time for another increasingly popular and joyously obsessive edition of Comics Underground—the quarterly gathering for comic book lovers and the artists who write and illustrate for them. This time around founders (and Mercury wage slaves) Erik Henriksen and Alison Hallett welcome Eisner Award-winning Greg Rucka (Stumptown, Whiteout), Kory Bing (Skin Deep), and Terry Blas (Briar Hollow) who will be performing their awesome work... live. WSH
The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 8 pm, $3-5

MUSIC—Yup, Fitz and the Tantrums were just in Portland back in May, helping headline the Rose Festival's RoZone performances. But while the Los Angeles neo-soul group has more than enough energy to rock the music festival scene, you want to see them in a smaller venue— and the Wonder will do nicely. Pro tip: Just watch co-vocalist/badass tambourinist Noelle Scaggs the entire time. DVH
w/Hunter Hunted, the Colourist; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $20-25, all ages

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

MUSIC—One of the undisputed highlights of life in Oregon is the Enchanted Forest. Not just for kids, this unique, slightly batshit amusement park also claims the hearts of music lovers at the Great Idea with sets from over 20 bands(!), like the Builders and the Butchers, And And And, and Sons of Huns. MS
Enchanted Forest , 8462 Enchanted Way, Turner, OR, noon, $22-35

MUSIC—The twisted, shapeshifting rock of Hausu recalls elements of the underground rock you love from the '80s and '90s, but the Portland band's clear-eyed take on post-hardcore puts them in a class of their own. Their songs go from dark and heavy, to light and fun, and back again. NL
w/Wild Moth, Lunch, Industrial Park; Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th, 8 pm, $6, all ages

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

COMEDY/MUSIC—If you haven't heard, hilarious comedian/Mercury Portland as Fuck columnist Ian Karmel is off to find his fortune in Los Angeles, and his gig tonight at Dante's is his (actual, no shit, this is really it) farewell performance. Oh, but what a goodbye it is! Besides Ian's brilliant stand-up, expect music from Audios Amigos and the heavy-duty metal stylings of the equally awesome Red Fang. WSH
Dante's, 350 W Burnside, 9 pm, $15

FESTIVAL—St. Johns' NoFest—the bizarro, genre-busting music and arts affair that takes over the neighborhood one Saturday every summer—gets a little more polished every year. But it's still a beautiful, ragged mess at its heart. This year, some 90 acts are playing venues all over the 'hood all day. And bonus? No one will care you're not a local. DCT
Downtown St. Johns, various locations, noon-2 am, FREE

POOL PARTY!—Most readings are boring—but most readings don't double as POOL PARTIES. Local writer Sara Jaffe has assembled some of the most dynamic performers in town—including writers Kevin Sampsell and Lidia Yuknavitch and musician Rebecca Gates—for an afternoon of swimming-themed readings and performances. And yes, the pool will be open! AH
Peninsula Park, 700 N Rosa Parks, 6-8 pm, FREE

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

BIKES—The Providence Bridge Pedal can be both daunting (all 10 bridges is a loooong ride) and annoying (So. Many. People. Riding. Slowly.). But it's always worth it. Why? One reason: Riding your bike on the Fremont and Marquam Bridges and finally getting to enjoy the view for more than a few seconds. Space is limited, so get on it. DCT
Bridge Pedal, SW Naito & Salmon, 6:45-10 am start times, $25-60, all ages, see bridgepedal.com for routes

TV–What started as an intriguing show about the dad from Malcolm in the Middle cooking meth (dressed only in underpants) has become one of the best television shows ever created. It's the premiere of the fifth and final season, so go underneath the Rialto into the darkened Jack London Bar, to witness the beginning of Walter White's end with people who appreciate the crystal-blue genius of Breaking Bad. BR
The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 7 pm, FREE

BIKINIS, CARS, DOGS—What's dirty and has four legs? Your car and your dog. [Editor's Note: The previous joke makes absolutely no sense. Ignore it.] Get one or both (or any kind of vehicle, really) sudsed up by the lovely ladies of Devils Point today at their annual bikini wash, this year benefiting Family Dogs New Life no-kill shelter. Plus: boozes, food carts, music, raffles, and Stripparaoke! MS
Devils Point, 5305 SE Foster, 2 pm, FREE (to attend)

MONDAY, AUGUST 12

THEATER—The play is Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth—but no one but the director knows who the actors are. The cast of Anonymous Theater will meet their fellow actors for the first time when they convene onstage for tonight's sure-to-be exciting performance. AH
Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, 7 pm, $25

FILM—True-life horror film Blackfish investigates how captivity essentially drives killer whales insane, leading to injuries and death for their trainers. Don't go see this movie if you ever plan to go to SeaWorld again—or better yet, definitely see it. AH
Various Theaters, see Film Times

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13

BOOKS—If you love juicy, heart-clutching thrillers, you really need to check out local author Chelsea Cain's Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series, in which a gorgeous serial killer plays a disturbing game of cat and mouse with a tortured (physically and mentally) Portland detective. Tonight Chelsea will read from her latest entry, Let Me Go, wherein Archie and Gretchen's relationship reaches new, freaky, and dangerous heights. WSH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

MUSIC—Get your summer kicks while you can. Best Coast can help, with beachy, sun-filled California rock that's the aural equivalent of flippin' on a pair of Wayfarers and driving with the top down. Rock out with the band tonight, and don't blame us if you've got sand between your toes the next morning. NL
w/Lovely Bad Things, Charts; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez, 8 pm, $20-23, all ages

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