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ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS—The only thing better than local Pacific Northwest hiphop is paying only a buck to take it all in. Dollar Dollar Bill Y'all presents a few of our region's top emcees—Luck-One, Grynch, Sole Provider—for a door charge you can find in your couch cushions. EAC
w/Kenny Mack; Salmon Street Studios, 109 SE Salmon, $1 (for real), all ages

FROM ASHES—Legendary Northwest poet Walt Curtis lost everything he owned when the bookstore where he lived burned down in May. Friends and admirers host a benefit to help him recover: Tom Spanbauer, Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson, and other Portland literary talents will read, along with live jazz and more. SK
Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 8 pm, $10

And just in time for the 4th, we've got a weekend's worth of explosions over at My, What a Busy Week!