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GET SCHOOLED—Life has certain concrete rules: brush your teeth and always jump at the chance to see Cornel West speak in person. One of the smartest humans on earth, race and politics thought-leader West is in town for a Portland State University tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The free event is "sold out," but you will likely have luck at the door if ticketholders don't show up. SM
PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, 7 pm, FREE

GAGA, OOH LA LA!—Spectacle, thy name is Gaga! Whether or not you're a fan of Lady Gaga's disco-drenched party pop anthems, her concerts are truly a thing of baroque magnificence. Insane dance numbers, copious costume changes, political grandstanding, and unbridled sex appeal, our Lady of Gaga puts on show that won't be forgotten easily. WSH
Rose Garden, 1 Winning Way, 7:30 pm, $49.50-175, all ages