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My, What a Busy Week

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5

NUOVA VOCE—Kevin and Anita Robinson have something up their sleeve: Tonight's Viva Voce show will actually be the premiere performance of the Robinsons' new Psychedelic Famile Band, a mysterious incarnation from folks that can't ever keep musically still. NL
w/1939 Ensemble, Battleme; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10-12

HA HA HAMBURGER—Neil Hamburger's act is a throat-clearing throwback to old-school comedians. He's a funny stand-up who belongs on a Catskills stage with his phlegmy brilliance and ex-wife jokes. Punctuated with strange little noises and off-kilter question-and-answer jokes, Hamburger's got special sauce. CF
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $12-13

FRIDAY, APRIL 6

BIG TIME—cortandfatboy's monthly Midnight Movies keep rolling, and this month's Boogie Nights is going to be huge. Take the jaunt through Paul Thomas Anderson's rendition of the '70s and '80s-era porn industry and see what there is to see—including the infamous fake penis on Marky Mark on a screen that befits its girth. MS
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 11 pm, $3, 21+

SEAN CROGHAN BENEFIT—Band together for a night of Portland legends with a benefit show for local darling Sean Croghan and the JWF Musicans' Health Care Fund. The former Crackerbash frontman incurred some hefty medical bills, and his pals from the Dharma Bums want to make sure he's taken care of... with loud and plentiful rock 'n' roll. CF
w/the Needful Longings, Ugly Flowers, DJ Hwy 7; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $10

BRAINWASH—There's no use pretending that Cults are game-changers, but if you have a soft spot for the glam goth of yore, it's hard to resist their girl-group-infused rendition of the genre. Their debut ratchets up the creep factor with Jim Jones audio clips, and spoken interludes that sound like they're delivered from behind locked doors. MS
w/Spectrals, Mrs. Magician; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $14-16, all ages

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

SLEIGH RIDE—Sleigh Bells—the metal guitarist and pop songstress duo—is bringing its wall of electro-pop dance jams to the Roseland. Armed with their new album, Reign of Terror, the Brooklyn pair aim to get you moving. Bright lights, deafening beats and sweaty mosh pits—what more could you ask for? AZ
w/Javelin, Elite Gymnastics; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, $20, all ages

GOOF OFF—The Gathering of the Goof Punx—an all-ages DIY punk fest brought to us by the Taxpayers and Useless State Records—is taking over venues all over town. Saturday kicks off with a punk-rock spelling bee at Mississippi Pizza, then a show at the Red and Black Café, followed by a parade downtown to Backspace for another punk show, and finally a midnight screening of Weird Al's UHF. Whew! NL
Thurs-Sun, full details at gatheringofthegoofpunx.tumblr.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 8

MONSTER WRESTLING—Slabtown hosts the Goof Punx Unofficial Afterparty featuring grown men in monster costumes rolling around in a giant cardboard city. Local comedians Xander Deveaux and Trevor Thorpe will provide commentary. This week's episode of Game of Thrones will be screened. Also, lots of bands! SS
w/Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, Delaney and Paris, Autry; Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th, 9 pm, $5

ANNA KARENINA—If you've read the book, you know Anna Karenina is one of the soapiest of the classics. If you haven't read it, we won't spoil the ending, but don't miss Portland Center Stage's adaptation of Tolstoy's tragic, tawdry tale of love gone all wrong. AH
Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through April 29, $20 & up, pcs.org

MONDAY, APRIL 9

DREAM TEAM—Hey, remember the tape you made with "She Blinded Me with Science" on it (track 1, side B)? Hey, remember hearing "Laid" on the radio and dubbing that over the same tape? Well, this is it for real: Thomas Dolby and James, inexplicably touring together. Like an awesome nostalgia sandwich. WE
w/Elizaveta; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 7 pm, $25-35

DRAG YOUR WOMAN ALONG—For much of our history, Homo sapiens shared the planet with another type of human, the Neanderthals. At an upcoming OMSI Science Pub themed The Last Neanderthals, archeologist April Nowell will dish out details on our thick-browed relatives. NG
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $5, all ages

TUESDAY, APRIL 10

ECOSEXUAL—Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D.—"prostitute/porn star turned artist, sexologist, author, ecosexual, and educator"—visits Portland tonight to present "My Life and Work as a Feminist Porn Activist, Ecosexual, and Radical Sex Educator," about how ecology intersects with boning. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $12

SISTER SPIT—Do you like performance art from feminists who love danger? You'd better! Michelle Tea has a knife! No wait, this isn't about violence. This is about awesome, rowdy, queer, multimedia brilliance with a bunch of talented performers at the touring show Sister Spit! SS
w/Dorothy Allison, Brontez Purnell, & more; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $10-12

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11

TOOTHSOME—With some stellar new tracks up on Bandcamp and a full-length on the way, Houndstooth is firing on every cylinder, particularly with their powerhouse live show. With members Voltron'ed together from countless other local bands, Houndstooth makes jangling, reeling rock that fits perfectly into the ol' earholes. NL
w/Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Pigeons; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $5

ADOMIAN—If you think you don't like impressionists, think again—stand-up comedian James Adomian marries a dead-on knack for mimicry with ruthless political and pop culture satire. Tonight at Helium, he records his first album. AH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 7 & 9:30 pm, $10-15

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