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My, What A Busy Week!

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There will never be another busy week like this.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

FUN ADDLED—Like some hopped-up teenager who just discovered rock 'n' roll and jazz cigarettes, tonight's lineup for Make it Pop! is going to blow your mind. The annual benefit for PDX Pop Now! features Decemberists brigadier Colin Meloy, the Alialujah Choir, and more—plus there'll be an auction, cupcakes, beer, and ice cream... it's like being set loose in a candy shop! CF
w/Ah Holly Fam'ly, Musee Mecanique, DJ Jeremy Petersen; the Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, 6:30 pm, $35, all ages

ENDANGERED—Artist Melody Owen asked contributors like Carson Ellis, Nick Jaina, and Kevin Sampsell to choose a topic from the Red List—a list of endangered and vulnerable plants and animals—and explore it in whatever manner they chose. The results are compiled in The Disappearing Book and showcased at tonight's art show, which features original pieces from the book. AH
Container Corps, 1332 N Killingsworth, 7 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, APRIL 30

MURSY ME—The undeniable force that is Murs is best when he works alongside super-producer 9th Wonder, so we're in luck that the pair have teamed up for the just-released Fornever. The powerful recording mixes social commentary with the kinetic flow of one of the most confident emcees in the hiphop stratosphere. EAC
w/Sick Jacken, Serge Severe; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, 9 pm, $15, all ages

FUCK CANCER—You might not know Natalie Cox or her diagnosis with a rare form of cancer known as angiosarcoma. But her pals from the music and art world are teaming up to raise some much-needed money for their friend in need, first with an art show from Sarah Utter and Mecca Normal at Land, followed by a special night at Valentine's soundtracked by a wide variety of DJs, including DJ Books (AKA Justin Trosper, former singer of Unwound). EAC
Land, 3925 N Mississippi, 6-9 pm, FREE, all ages; Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny, 9:30 pm, FREE, 21+

STIMULATING—Scientists studying the female orgasm are puzzled by one thing: The same part of your brain responsible for toe-clenching goodness is also responsible for making you feel pain. Disjecta's Hot Awkward gives our anterior cingulate cortex quite a workout, as local author Kevin Sampsell presents a slideshow and reads juicy bits from his memoir A Common Pornography. JV
w/Frayn Masters, Nathaniel Boggess; Templeton Building, 5 SE 3rd, 8 pm, $7-8, 21+

SATURDAY, MAY 1

THEY'RE OFF!—The Rialto is only second best to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. Big hats, strong juleps, and off-track betting—you'll be loaded by noon and might even win a buck or two. PAC Rialto, 529 SW 4th, 9 am (race at 1 pm), FREE ($4 all-you-can-eat breakfast)

COMICS—In an effort to help us to remember how kick-ass comics are, local comic-book stores throughout Portland will be offering a selection of titles on Free Comic Book Day. Pick up some free comics then drop a few dollars on another book in support of your favorite comic shop. BT
Various locations, go to freecomicbookday.com for info

SUNDAY, MAY 2

WONDERLAND—If a monthly Crafty Wonderland was too much, just one giant—excuse me, super colossal—sale would be too little. The first-ever Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale is upon us, and it hits the sweet spot between the usual best in vendors, minus the holiday panic. MS
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Sat & Sun, 11 am-5 pm, FREE, all ages

MUSES—Third Rail Repertory has a standing relationship with playwright Craig Wright, who penned the scripts for several of Third Rail's finest shows to date. Now the company and the writer take their relationship to the next level, as Wright has written The Gray Sisters specifically for Third Rail's actresses. AH
World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, $22-29, thirdrailrep.org

MONDAY, MAY 3

DOUBLE TROUBLE—The Antlers are making tidal waves with their unabashedly emotional rock, and their live show has become the envy of many a band. Meanwhile, opening act Phantogram are making somber yet outstanding off-kilter electro-pop with a vintage flair. Neither is to be missed. NL
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $12-14

GOIN' PRO—Movies about horses and gunslingers don't ever get old. In 1966's The Professionals, badasses Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin rescue the painfully gorgeous Claudia Cardinale from a Mexican bandit, played by a mustachioed Jack Palance. What more do you need to know? NL
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, see Film Times on pg. TK, $3

TUESDAY, MAY 4

HOME COMPANIONS—Fresh off a performance on Prairie Home Companion, Monarques' '50s-era dance rock will appeal to you at least as much as it did to Garrison Keillor. Tonight's "The Rumble: Portland" party is free, too, so catch up to all the fogies who heard them before you did. MS
w/the Ferocious Few, 1776; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, FREE

BIRDS!—If you despise and fear birds like I do, then you won't want to miss the unintentionally hilarious cult flick, Birdemic: Shock and Terror! Like The Room, Birdemic is an absolutely terrible/delightful masterpiece in which a town is attacked by murderous eagles and vultures! Hitchcock would not approve—but he would be entertained! WSH
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, see Film Times, $4-6

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5

VIVA LA USA!—The Waterfront Park Cinco de Mayo festival starts on Saturday, but the best event is saved for the big day itself: the naturalization ceremony at noon, where new Americans are sworn in as citizens! What better way to spend your first 12 hours as a real American than getting drunk on margaritas by the river, dancing to live mariachi and reggae bands? SM
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Harrison & Naito, 11 am-11 pm, $6, all ages

PARTY—Known for their lively, energetic shows, the members of Los Campesinos! are bringing their party to Portland for a night of sing-alongs about breakups and heartbreaks—but this show is for dancing, so be sure to check your broken heart at the door. BT
w/Signals; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, 8 pm, $15, all ages

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