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DECLARATORY—They've been popping up on lineups a lot lately, but Portland's most dramatic, texturally orchestrated pop band (fronted by former Mercury music editor and sometimes freelancer Zac Pennington) Parenthetical Girls sounds better than ever, and tonight they headline their own show, where they'll be the rightful center of attention. MS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $5

GREAT NORTHWEST—Hometown filmmaker made good Matt McCormick drops into the Whitsell for two nights with a special treat: his newest quasi-documentary The Great Northwest, which recreates a lengthy road trip taken by four Seattle women back in 1958. Visually gorgeous and hauntingly thought-provoking stuff—as usual. WSH
Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, Wed May 2 & Thurs May 3, 7 pm, $9