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My, What a Busy Week!

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

SCORPIO PARTYWampire's Rocky Tinder curates his own birthday party with performances from Deelay Ceelay, Fatha Green (of Purple and Green), and synth king Tunnels. This power lineup of dance bands promises an epic night, and it might be even more fun than Rocky Tinder's birthday party last year. SS
w/DJ Snakks; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $5

BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL—You'll be excited to know that They Might Be Giants are still just as weird, creative, and catchy as whenever you last listened to them (1999?). Nearing their 30th birthday, the best American nerd band ever are still writing songs about science, pop, and deep thoughts. You will still love them. SM
w/Jonathan Coulton; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $20-23, 14+

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

ROLLER CHAMPS—Come out for a rowdy roller-derby happy hour to cheer on Portland's top-ranked sports team, the Rose City Rollers, for their debut at championships in Denver. The gals finished strong at the playoffs and now they're looking to nab the coveted Hydra Trophy. Prepare to cheer and watch them advance after their first bout against Kansas City. Plus, free beer! CF
Paddy's, 65 SW Yamhill, 4:30 pm, FREE, stream it live at derbyaccess.com

UP TO 11—It's 11/11/11... so let's turn it up to 11 with two awesome tributes to "Mr. 11" himself, Nigel Tufnel of This Is Spinal Tap. Not only will Cort and Fatboy host a special screening of Tap at the Bagdad, the Tonic Lounge is featuring Tap covers from "Shark Sandwich" (ordinarily Bowie tribute outfit "The Band Who Fell to Earth"). Play "Lick My Love Pump!" WSH
w/Bill Dant & the Trailer Trashers, Oh My Mys at Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy, 9:30 pm, $6; Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 11 pm, $3, 21+

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

FURRIES—Hometown heroes Blitzen Trapper politely loop through Portland after a tour spent spreading their eclectic folk-country-whatever through the wilds of the Midwest. Tonight they team up with LA-based folk rockers Dawes. They're co-headlining, now, so no competition about which band is better. (Ahem: Beat LA! Beat LA!) SM
w/the Belle Brigade; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $19-21, all ages

GOING TWICE—Contemporary art center Disjecta only asks for your money once a year, and their annual art auction offers some pretty damn good reasons to part with your hard-earned cash: art from 54 participating artists awaits your bidding. There's also a hosted bar (that means it's free, guys), snacks by Olympic Provisions, and the always-entertaining AC Dickson playing auctioneer for the evening. AH
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 7 pm, $20-30, 21+

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

NERDVANA—Powell's is going all out for their "galactic book-signing event" Sci-Fi Authorfest V, which'll feature over 25 sci-fi and fantasy authors—including Timothy Zahn, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre, David Levine, and Dean Wesley Smith—and the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Imperial Legion, which is nerd for "a whole bunch of dudes in stormtrooper outfits." EH
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 4:30 pm, FREE

DAP-DAPPIN'—You hear the phrase "they don't make 'em like they used to" all the time, but in the case of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, they kinda do. Reviving the '60s-'70s heyday of soul, Jones & Co. eschew modern recording techniques and instrumentation for their original arrangements, making everything new sound old again. MS
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $31, all ages

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14

THAW—The sound of Toronto's striking Austra is the sound of ice breaking. Frozen synths and chilly melodies commingle with sweaty dance beats and the stunning voice of Katie Stelmanis. The results are entrancing, haunting, entirely danceable songs that'll alter your body temperature. NL
w/Grimes, Tasseomancy; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $10

THE END—You know that Oregon is a pioneer of the right to die movement, but if you've never spent much time contemplating that, How to Die in Oregon is a powerful introduction. Screening as part of the Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, this excellent documentary will make you proud of your state for multiple reasons. MS
NW Film Center at the Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 8:30 pm, $9

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

LOCAL LOVE—Like you needed any more proof of the fertility of Portland's music scene, but tonight's bill offers three terrific local bands—the polyglot progressivism of Wax Fingers, the moody, leaping rock of No Kind of Rider, and the math-flirting pop (or vice versa) of Yeah Great Fine. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $5-7

GEEK TRIVIA—Sometimes you feel alone. Sure, there are a lot of pub trivia nights in Portland—sure, you could go to those and probably scrape by every week, nailing the questions about Browncoats and NES release dates, but missing the ones about Kim Kardashian and European monarchies. But you are not alone. There's Geek Trivia. And there are prizes. MJ
Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, 7 pm, FREE, all ages

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

W00TSTOCK—Former Starfleet Ensign Wesley Crusher and current professional nerd Wil Wheaton plays host, along with troubadour-comedy duo Paul and Storm, to a night of various vaudevillian pursuits of the geeky ilk. Hold onto your horn-rims, it's going to be a night of meme-tastic spazzery, music, readings, and laughs. CF
w/the Doubleclicks; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $18-20, all ages

SOUL TRAIN—Looking for some groovy blues? Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears have you covered tonight. The Austin garage blues group, inspired by greats like Howlin' Wolf and James Brown, will surely get you offa that thang and onto the dance floor. With hits like "Big Booty Woman" and "Booty City," it's inevitable. Come on down for a soulful eve. AZ
w/the Sheepdogs, Dikes of Holland; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8 pm, $18-22, all ages

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