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MUSIC—Mark Lanegan just put out an album of cover songs that complement his soulful, weary voice. The former Screaming Trees frontman's Imitations has songs by Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, and Nick Cave, among others, and he runs them through his grizzled grumblebox, which should make for an evening perfectly suited to whiskey drinking and hand-holding in the dark. CF
w/Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $20-25

DESIGN WEEK KICKOFF—The two-year-old Design Week Portland casts a wide net: From graphic designers to leather manufacturers, architects, and filmmakers, it's a celebration of the whole swirling cocktail that is local design. The event spans the week, but at tonight's launch party, all those disciplines will party under one roof. MS
The Plant, 939 SE Alder, 7 pm, $10 (includes two drink tickets)