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My, What a Busy Week!

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

MUSIC—You know what a hay-bale of fun the all-star bluegrass of Black Prairie is already, but what happens when they plug in their instruments and become the much louder, and potentially more dangerous, doppelgänger White Tundra? There's only one way to find out—let's hope the glass in the windows holds. MS
LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan, 6 pm, FREE

MUSIC—Sure, you could hate the Kronos Quartet—so serious with their trippy, experimental chamber music. It's the kind of thing OPB plays on weeknights during pledge week, and you half-expect someone to cut in and offer you a tote bag. But then you close your eyes and let your mind go, and find yourself utterly transfixed. DCT
Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, 7:30 pm, $15-47

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

SCIENCE!—OMSI hosts the world premiere of the guaranteed-to-be-awesome The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, which explores how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective used forensics to solve mysteries. Science! Plus, manuscripts, artifacts, and a chance to do some detectiving of your own. AH
OMSI, 1925 SE Water, Tues-Sun 9:30 am-5:30 pm, through Jan 5, $18

BOOKS—From his groundbreaking look at evolution and genetics (1976's The Selfish Gene) to his brilliant treatise on atheism (2006's The God Delusion), Richard Dawkins is one of our smartest and most gleefully provocative thinkers. He's making a rare stop in Portland to discuss his new autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. EH
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, Thurs Oct 10, 7 pm, FREE; PSU's Smith Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway, Fri Oct 11, 7 pm, $15-20

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

COMEDY—Back in 2009, Dave Chappelle upended Pioneer Courthouse Square with a tiny PA and a mic. Now he's back, and playing the Schnitz, which means you can actually hear him. And he can hear you. So if you're planning on shouting Chappelle's Show catchphrases at him, here's a tip: Shut the fuck up and stay the fuck home. BR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $65 (hunt hard for tix!)

MUSIC—Listening to the records of Langhorne Slim is one thing, but to see the energy (and, occasionally, blood) that pours into a live performance of this brand of soulful, folk-kissed rock is a new experience altogether. No regrets. MS
w/Johnny Fritz, Nathan Reich; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $15

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

CABARET—If you haven't seen Mercury Editor in Chief Wm. Steven Humphrey's world-famous Taylor Swift puppet show, you'd better hustle your bustle to tonight's installment of vaudeville/variety show Miz Kitty's Parlour, for the last public performance of one of the most awe-inspiring artistic achievements of the modern era. (Also, music! Flappers! Other old-timey stuff!) AH
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7 pm, $12-15

METAL—Each year, the Fall into Darkness fest brings darkest metal, deepest psych, and bong-rattliest stoner rock to Portland's ears, and this year's four nights are no exception. Bands like Orange Goblin and Nik Turner's Hawkwind headline earlier in the week, but tonight, prepare thyself for Agalloch, the hometown heroes who make some of the darkest, most mysterious sounds around—nature metal firmly tied to the elements. NL
w/Behold... the Arctopus, Botanist, Eight Bells; Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $12

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13

SOCCER—The last time the Portland Timbers hit I-5 North to take on the much-loathed Seattle Sounders, the Emerald City came out in record-breaking numbers... and we lost. Fuck that. Tonight's game isn't just about soccer. It's about boasts and rivalry and repping your city. Above all, it's about showing up. DVH
Jeld-Wen Field, 1844 SW Morrison, 6 pm, $25-225

FILM—Hey, guess who's the only person who could ever improve on Shakespeare's King Lear? If you said AKIRA MOTHERFUCKING KUROSAWA, you are correct! This afternoon—as part of their "Samurai Cinema" series—the NW Film Center screens Kurosawa's 1985 classic Ran, also known as "something you should see on the big screen, if you have any idea what's good for you." EH
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 2 pm, $9

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14

HORRORS—Re-Run Theater presents a classic horror TV double feature: Kolchak: The Night Stalker (about a reporter who explores vampires, ghosties... and in this episode, high-fashion witchies), and The X Files! Which episode, you ask? All they're saying is this: "Even now one of the most disturbing hours in network television history." My money's on the one where Mulder and Scully battle inbred hillbilly mutants! WSH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $5

MUSIC—Arish Ahmad Khan, the genre-jumping shapeshifter and driving force behind King Khan and the Shrines, gets by on screams and swagger. Yeah, the deluge of R&B/garage rock/psych unleashed on Idle No More, the group's new album, is fine stuff. But the reason tonight's show is going to be an antic blast? It's the swag. DVH
w/Hell Shovel, the Satin Chaps; Dante's, 350 W Burnside, 9 pm, $13

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

MUSIC—San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees are indomitable and inexhaustible, making slightly sinister, boinging garage rock that keeps the party going for hours. They've earned a well-deserved reputation for one of the best live shows around, so get some rest the night before—you're gonna need it. NL
w/the Blind Shake, OBN III's; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez, 8 pm, $15-17, all ages

HORROR FILM—In preparation for Goblin's show at the Hawthorne Theatre on October 19, the Hollywood Theatre is screening the 1975 film Deep Red on 35mm. It's a little-seen Italian grindhouse flick by director Dario Argento, full of grisly murders, stylized violence, and creepy-ass ventriloquism dummies—plus Goblin's amazing frenetic soundtrack! CF
Q&A w/author Robert K. Elder (The Best Film You've Never Seen) before the screening; Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $8

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