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My, What a Busy Week!

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19

FILMUSIK—The Filmusik series at the Hollywood Theatre—which provides live music for films—continues with the Buster Keaton classics Sherlock Jr. (1924) and the short film The Goat. This time around, a live score written and performed by jazz musician Ezra Weiss and his sextet. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 8 pm, $12

HA-HAS AND RAGE—There comes a point when things get so crappy, the only choice is to laugh at the situation, lest insanity consume you and you find yourself weeping in a corner. Laughter Against the Machine, consisting of stand-ups W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green, and Janine Brito, brings equal parts righteousness and comedic release. BR
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 8 pm, $10, FREE for Rebooting Democracy pass holders

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

PARTY PUNX—This is the only way to spend 4/20. Tonight the Mean Jeans are gonna party your socks off with the release of their great new album Mean Jeans on Mars. Could this turn the Eagles Lodge, already the friendliest spot in town, into home of the greatest punk party... of all time? All signs point to party. NL
w/Therapists, Bi Marks, the Bugs; Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne, 9 pm, $5 ($4 with can of food)

WTF—Hey, What the Fuckers, it's time for Marc Maron. Prickly host of the extremely popular interview podcast WTF, Maron is planning on packing Helium with his particular brand of stand-up. He's a sensitive chap with a fondness for sweets, cats, and self-loathing/self-awareness. He's not to be missed! CF
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7 & 9:30 pm, $20-30

COUNTRY SOUL—True connoisseurs of vintage soul already know that the genre has close ties with country and western. Now you can dig the best of these country soul crossovers with DJ Action Slacks, who will be spinning all evening with the likes of Gladys Knight and Al Green, covering Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and more! WSH
Sloan's Tavern, 36 N Russell, 8 pm, FREE, 21+

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

RECORD STORE DAY—There are ONE BILLION performances, DJ sets, and special records floating around for you on Record Store Day. Will you check out Everyday Music's performances by the Lower 48 and DJ sets from the Thermals and Radiation City, or SE Hawthorne's Jackpot Records' "Vinyl Clairvoyant?" Renew your vinyl vows with your special record store! SS
Various locations, info at recordstoreday.com

SASSY & BRASSY—Oh my, isn't this a delightful pairing! Bad-girl legend Wanda Jackson and the Dusty 45s meet the charmingly brassy Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside for a rousing good time at the ol' Roseland. You bet your Fujiyama Mama, this is going to be a swinging set from some good-time gals CF
w/Larry and His Flask; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $20-30, 21+

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

BRAWL—If there's one thing you're good at, it's flipper control, right? That's why you should join competitors from Portland and beyond for the 2012 Portland Pinbrawl, where anyone can compete for the grand title using a vast array of pinball favorites, from T2: Judgment Day to the Sopranos. MS
Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch, 11 am-"when it's over," $20 to enter, FREE to watch starting at 4 pm, 21+

CAMP LUSH—Spend your lazy Sunday learning (and imbibing) mixology secrets from the pros! Cocktail Camp promises seven hours of local and celebrity instruction in the art of hosting, creating, and drinking—and an afterparty at Clyde Commons. Why not, you'll probably be drinking anyway, so come thirsty. CG
Urban Studio, 935 NW Davis, 10:30 am, $40 advance registration, 21+

MONDAY, APRIL 23

ALL ABOARD—In honor of the show's late host Don Cornelius, ReRun Theater is hosting a night dedicated to all things Soul Train. From clips of guest performances on the show to Afro Sheen commercials (the show's #1 sponsor), the event will surely keep you groovin' in the aisles. AZ
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $5

NERVE DAMAGE—Legendary Portland crusters Tragedy kick off their tour tonight with a hometown show of thick, ferocious punk. A great lineup of other local heavies—the Estranged, Arctic Flowers, and Druden—makes this all-ages show the best possible way to brutalize those eardrums. NL
Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 8 pm, $8, all ages

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

MONSTER THROWDOWN—Little-known fact about monsters: They're more territorial than kitties! So when a giant ape sees a radioactive lizard? Shit is on. Kaijucast, the preeminent Godzilla podcast, presents a 50th anniversary screening of King Kong vs. Godzilla, the 1962 film of when these two titans went toe to toe. BR
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

GIRLFRIEND—Hey there, 12-year-old me, tonight we're going to see Matthew Sweet play his sugar-pop magnum opus Girlfriend in its entirety. Because before we knew what sex was, we thought a lot about love, and before everyone else knew about anime, it was just you and me and Matthew Sweet. SS
w/the Summer Twins; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukee, 8 pm, $20, 21+

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

ESPERANZA—Portland loves hometown gal made good Esperanza Spalding who not only justifiably beat Justin Bieber out of his Grammy, but consistently cooks up intelligent, inventive jazz pop—as evidenced by her newest release Radio Music Society. Hear Esperanza trot out songs from her excellent new album, and bask in hometown pride. WSH
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $35, all ages

SEXY SCIENCE—Science, sex, and spirits? Sold. This month's OMSI After Dark is all about sex and the weird science behind it. Understand the allure of pheromones, take apart a flower's sex organs, and watch some belly dancing. As always, booze and food is provided. Bonus menu item: "Get Some" Nachos. AZ
OMSI, 1945 SE Water, 6 pm, $12 ($6 for members), 21+

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