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My, What a Busy Week!

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THURSDAY, MAY 24

CROSSROADS—Hard to believe it's been four whole years since Back Fence PDX made storytelling a regular milestone on the local entertainment calendar, and look how much better off we are. The anniversary edition sees guests like John Roderick and Laura Gibson spinning yarns on the theme "At a Crossroads," plus a Popina Swimwear fashion show. MS
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7:15 pm, $12-15

BLISS OUT—Scott Hansen, AKA the man behind the evocative, calming beats of Tycho, is not just a musician; he's a visual artist as well, operating under the moniker ISO50. That means tonight's Tycho show will be a feast for the ears and eyes, as he injects an immersive and prismatic experience right up into your brain. NL
w/Active Child, Lord Huron; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $13-15

FRIDAY, MAY 25

VAYA CON DIOS, BRAH—Presented by the Mercury, Hollywood Theatre, and Deschutes Brewery, the awesome Hecklevision—where we play a movie, and your hilarious texts pop up on the bottom of the screen—has become a phenomenon. (Seriously. It was on NPR and shit.) Tonight, we proudly offer the Hecklevision to end all Hecklevisions: Hecklevision: Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and YOU. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

DEFANGED—Based on their music alone, you might be forgiven for assuming Red Fang is a band of scary dudes, but these musical descendents of Motörhead are a lot nicer than the punishing volume of their metal suggests. Case in point: Tonight they play to benefit the endangered art funding at Grant High School, which is downright sweet of them. MS
w/Lopez, Nether Regions, Hell's Parish; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, 7:30 pm, $10-12, all ages

SATURDAY, MAY 26

BOAT—The Seattle band this paper once called the "funnest band in the universe" deal in clever, playfully idiosyncratic pop music. BOAT are little bit nerdy, a little bit twee, and totally irresistible. Do you like fun? We'll see you there. AH
w/the Angry Orts, Zoo Animal, Orca Team; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10-12

LUMBERJACKSSometimes a Great Notion is the best book ever written about Oregon (just read it already), and the 1970 film—directed by and starring Paul Newman—ain't too shabby either. Tonight, the only known 35mm print of the movie screens in conjunction with the release of author Matt Love's new book about the making of the film. AH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 pm, $7

SUNDAY, MAY 27

STRIP TEESE—The most famous burlesque star since Gypsy Rose Lee wants to show you how elegant the art of striptease and vaudeville can be. With Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!, Dita Von Teese brings jaw-dropping crystal-encrusted costumes, gorgeous sets, and probably a giant martini glass to showcase her assets in glamourpuss fashion. CF
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Sun & Mon 7 pm, $35-60, 21+

VILE STYLE—Don't let Kurt Vile's sleepiness fool you—this guy can shred. The Philadelphia psychedelic king is no stranger to Portland, but it's nice to see him back. His fuzzed-out guitar sounds and dreamy vocals are seductively captivating. His guitar riffs are heavy, his lyrics are light, and no question he puts on a good show. ZP
w/Black Bananas, True Window; Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $12

MONDAY, MAY 28

MAUSOLEUM TOURS—It's an annual tradition at Wilhelm's HUGE funeral home in Sellwood (that mural-painted building you can see from Oaks Park)—take a tour of their fabulous mausoleum. In honor of veterans, they open their doors for a day of music, vintage cars, crypt tours, and historic morbidity. Get there early—people are dying to get in there! CF
Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, 6705 SE 14th, starts at noon, FREE

PATRIOT GAMES—Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to check out all the patriotic fun the Portland Rose Festival has to offer! There are patriotic elephant ears, patriotic music, patriotic exotic animals, and tons of patriotic rides, including the brand-new MegaDrop, which will patriotically drop you from 131 feet in the air, turning the contents of your stomach red, white, and... eww. WSH
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito, 11 am–11 pm, $5

TUESDAY, MAY 29

WORMY—Behold the Grindhouse Film Festival's current offering: A 35mm print of Squirm, the 1976 horror flick in which tens of thousands of electrically charged earthworms suddenly find themselves quite hungry... FOR HUMAN FLESH. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

BRIT HIT—While he's signed to Mumford and Sons' label, English singer/songwriter Ben Howard's winsome folk is something less bombastic and altogether frailer than those kings of sing-along. Howard's lovely debut, Every Kingdom, has tinges of Nick Drake- and Elliott Smith-style melancholy in its delicate corners. NL
w/Bahamas; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8 pm, $11-13

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

LADY TOONS—Saturday morning TV isn't just for mornings anymore. Or for boys. Hollywood's ReRun Theater hosts a girly retro cartoon extravaganza, featuring Jem and the Holograms, Josie and the Pussycats, and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. The era-spanning show welcomes go-go booted, spandexed fans of all genders, especially the ladies. AZ
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $5

MOGWAI—Post-rock music is mostly about being a closet stoner and kissing, so Scottish eternals Mogwai seem to have escaped the perils that befall most bands. Nearly 20 years into their career they still have all their original fingers/toes and continue to offer opulent soundscapes to feel cosmic about. SS
w/Chad VanGaalen; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $22-25, all ages

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