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My, What A Busy Week!

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11

BUTTON LOVE—What does Portland love more than bikes, beer, and fledgling eco districts? Cute artsy buttons, of course! Fifty local artists submitted work for Hot One Inch Action, a button art show where all the mini-art is sold for a dollar a button. SM
Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 8 pm, FREE 

GORGON—It's more than snake hair and stony glares in the Working Theatre Collective's modern retelling of Medusa. This final installment of local playwright Eva Suter's Unfortunate Greek Women Trilogy freshens up an ancient story with a more relatable take presented in an unconventional theater. VT
Eff Space, 333 NE Hancock, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Nov 20, Thurs pay-what-you-will ($10-15 other nights)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12

GET HUMPY!—Hoorah, it's time for the porniest event of the year! HUMP! 2010 promises the funniest, most wickedly sexy homemade dirty movies made by your friends and neighbors right here in the Northwest. Even better? The winner of the $2,500 grand prize is decided by YOU, the viewer! WSH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, Fri-Sat, 7 pm, 9:30 pm, & midnight, $15

BRANXIETY—Rotture's downstairs neighbor Branx has expanded in a huge way. The big room is now a full-time, 600-capacity venue. To kick things off this weekend, tonight's double-header features a late-night performance by the evilest band on earth, Watain, and tomorrow they bring in the one and only Biz Markie. EAC
The Ghost Inside & more, 5 pm, $10-14; Watain & more, 10:30 pm, $13-16; Branx, 320 SE 2nd, 5 pm

TRIO—The Swedish guitarist with the Argentinean name, José González is best known for his whisper-quiet covers of the Knife and Joy Division. But he's also part of the band Junip, which just released the excellent Fields album, a collection of darkly tinted, propulsive folk-rock with groovy jazz overtones. NL
w/Sharon Van Etten; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $13-15

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13

WAVE THE FLAG—Here's all you need to know about Wild Flag: Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), Mary Timony (Helium), Rebecca Cole (the Minders), and Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi) all on stage together at the same time. It doesn't matter that you have yet to hear a single note from this local supergroup—you need to be front and center for their debut Portland performance. EAC
w/Royal Baths; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9:30 pm, $11-13

POP-CRASTINATE—Unlike most guidance counselors (AKA responsibility police), Portland's own Guidance Counselor's shrill, lo-fi mess of sweet, grimy dance punk suggests major life decisions are bullshit. But proceeds from this event go to PDX Pop Now!'s school outreach programming, so you can still feel good about yourself in spite of your newfound nihilism. KO
w/Welcome Home Walker, Onuinu, Starparty; Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 8 pm, $6-10, all ages

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14

GABBA!—Get your fill of Biz's beat of the day! Learn about patience and sharing with DJ Lance Rock and friends! Co-created by Christian Jacobs (lead singer of the Aquabats) Yo Gabba Gabba! is the kids' show that folks of all ages can genuinely enjoy, and now they're bringing their live stage show to town. MJS
Memorial Coliseum, 300 N Winning Way, 2 & 5 pm, $35-49, all ages

PSEUDONYM—Bending and shifting like sounds of nature, the recordings of Benoît Pioulard—the alter ego of Portland artist Tom Meluch—pair his songwriting with a rich palette of ambient noise. His latest, Lasted, just came out on Kranky, and he plays a rare hometown show tonight. NL
w/Cinema Verite, Charles Stanyan, Pioneer; Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny, 9 pm, donation

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15

NO CONTROL—We get it, Bad Religion is OLD. But Greg Graffin & Co. can still deliver a lights-out punk rock show that elevates both mind and body. If that's not enough Graffin for you, the UCLA professor will sign and discuss his new book, Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World without God on Tuesday. I think it's an erotic thriller about teenage vampires. EAC
w/Bouncing Souls, Off with Their Heads; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $22.50, all ages; Graffin reads Tues Nov 16 at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 6 pm, FREE

SPITEFUL SEXINESS—The tired, old-school English pastoral gets a welcome update with director Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe, in which a once-mocked but now smokin' hot girl (Gemma Arterton) returns to her picturesque English town and starts stirring up trouble. EH
Fox Tower 10, 846 SW Park, see Movie Times for showtimes, $8.50-10.50

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

WE ARE 138—Misfits founder and strongest man in the world (not really) Glenn Danzig rolls through town with his aptly named band, Danzig, on their Blackest of the Black Tour. What to expect: cool hair, tight shirts, and his distinctive baritone. What not to expect: help carrying your kitty litter out to your car. MJS
w/Possessed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust, Withered; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 6:30 pm, $25, all ages

DESTROY ALL MOVIES!—Tonight at Reading Frenzy, cinephile authors Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly will be signing copies of their expansive, Fantagraphics-published guide to punk film, Destroy All Movies: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film. Afterward, head over to the Hollywood Theatre for a screening of 1979's Ramones-centric punk rock flick Rock 'n' Roll High School! EH
Book signing at Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 6:30 pm, FREE; Rock 'n' Roll High School at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 9:30 pm, $7

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

BIKE LAW—Summer is for short skirts and law-bending bike adventures. Winter is far less forgiving. Get schooled in the basics of bike rights (and wrongs) by whip-smart lawyer Ray Thomas before the rain and cold set in for good. SM
Bicycle Transportation Alliance, 233 NW 5th, 6 pm, FREE

HOMES & GARDENS—Those anxious to break out of industrialized society's economic chains by taking up their own food production will find empowerment in A Householder's Guide to the Universe, which tackles the chores of homemaking and urban farming with progressive verve. MS
Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, 7:30 pm, FREE

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