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My, What A Busy Week!

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THURSDAY 10/22

A Dan Deacon show is Gomorrah come to life. Regardless of location, the audience becomes a mass of sweaty, shameless bodies writhing in an enthusiastic, senseless heap of happy dance. It is awesome to behold. It's hard to guess which PDX gig will be crazier: tonight's all-ages show at Worksound or Friday's at Holocene. SM

w/Nuclear Power Pants, Alexis Gideon; Worksound, 820 SE Alder, 8 pm, $10, all ages

Distract yourself from the looming winter months ahead with the good-time fears of FrightTown, a city-block-sized complex of gruesome butchery, vengeful human oddities, and haunted old mansions with unsettled occupants. You gotta walk with the dead to remind yourself you're alive! MS

Memorial Coliseum, 300 Winning Way, through Nov 1, frighttown.com for schedule & more info

FRIDAY 10/23

Wrapping up a national tour to promote their fine EP Black River Killer, psych-folk rockers Blitzen Trapper return to Portland for a pair of homecoming shows, with a pair of stellar opening acts: local spellbinder Y La Bamba on Friday and Baltimore duo Wye Oak on Saturday. NL

Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, Fri Oct 23 & Sat Oct 24, 9 pm, $13-15

Head out on the Oregon Manifest Tour de Builders Friday afternoon and peek into the workshops of Vanilla Bicycles, Pereira Cycles, and other excellent locals. Then on Saturday, check out the first bike-building school to open in Portland (finally!) at United Bicycle Institute's long-awaited opening. SM

Tour de Builders departs from Oregon Manifest Bike Union, 539 NW 10th, Fri Oct 23, 2-5:30 pm; open house at United Bicycle Institute, 3961 N Williams, Ste. 100, Sat Oct 24, 10 am-5 pm

SATURDAY 10/24

Hear a fascinating and probably hilarious local history of "the zine" with guest speakers Chloe Eudaly (founder of Reading Frenzy) and Sean Tejaratchi (author of the wildly awesome clip book Craphound and original Mercury art director)! WSH

Central Library, US Bank Room, 801 SW 10th, 2-3:30 pm, FREE

Stand behind your comrades in the LGBTQI community at the Oregon Equality March in protest of discrimination and in support of the continued struggle for equal marriage rights. Stick around for a speakout, and keep the pressure on politicians to do the right thing and keep their promises (I'm looking at you, Obama). MS

March begins at the North Park Blocks, NW Park & Everett, noon; rally & speakout after march, Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd & Madison

You may have heard funnyman Mike Birbiglia on This American Life relate hilariously true anecdotes, such as the time he jumped through a window at La Quinta due to his sleeping disorder (Remember? It was funny!). Now you can catch him live in what will no doubt be another thigh-slapping show. If you already have tickets, that is—this guy's so good, he's sold out. AR

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $25, 18+

SUNDAY 10/25

San Francisco's the Dodos have added a third member to their lineup, but their tribal folk sound is as tight as ever, as evidenced on new album Time to Die. New Zealand's the Ruby Suns open the show with their splendid safari-pop. NL

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $15, all ages

You've always wanted your picture taken with a hot and sexy, star-spangled Lynda Carter mannequin. Well, dreams, prepare to come true: It's the 4th annual Wonder Woman Day, a charity event for domestic violence shelters. Including an auction of Wonder Woman art, signings by local and national graphic artists, and assorted prizes, the benefit raised over $26,000 last year and is aiming for more this time around. AR

Excalibur Books & Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne, noon-6 pm, FREE

MONDAY 10/26

Greg Higgins of Higgins, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, and Matt Lounsbury of Stumptown Coffee Roasters easily represent the goodness and diversity of the Portland food scene. The New Oregon Interview Series will pick their brains to discover the intricacies of Portland food—past, present, and future. PAC

Urban Grind East, 2214 SE Oregon, 7 pm, $5, all ages

Clearly not a recipient of the "no one is allowed to move from Portland" memo, Mirah bids farewell to our fair city tonight with her last show as a Portlander for the time being. Let's all hold it together and wish the wondrous performer and songwriter well on her travels... excuse me, I think I got something in my eye. EAC

w/Led to Sea; Kane Mathis; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $13

TUESDAY 10/27

Now that the memories of their playoff FAIL against the Houston Rockets are a thing of the past, the Portland Trail Blazers kick off the 2009-10 season with a home opener against... the Houston Rockets. Will tonight be a chance for revenge and a launching point for the young team? Or will the Rockets once again rain on the Blazers' parade? EAC

Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct, 7 pm, $35-225, broadcast on KGW

As part of the continuing Grindhouse Film Festival's series dedicated to the old-school kung fu masters, tonight's screening of 1977's Fatal Flying Guillotine is a bizarro gem! Monks search for an ancient kung fu book and encounter an evil master equipped with dual motorized flying guillotines. Heads WILL roll! WSH

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 9:45 pm, $7

WEDNESDAY 10/28

I bet OMSI's Scream! exhibit, which explores the human physiological response to fear, will get more interesting after a pint or two. Tonight's OMSI After Dark features booze, a costume contest, and a chance to freak yourself out without little kids giggling at you. PAC

OMSI, 1945 SE Water, 6 pm, $10, 21+

It might be fall, but you're going to need all those sweatbands you bought as a "joke" for tonight's United State of Electronica show. The Emerald City's super pop group have unleashed Loveworld to the masses, successfully bringing back disco beats and sparkling leotards in the process—which means you might have spontaneous sweat outbreaks just by watching them play. PG

w/WonFu, DoublePlusGood; Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm, $7

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