BUILT TO SPILL, SLAM DUNK, THE APOSTROPHES
(Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan) You know them. You love them. And whether you're currently experiencing your college stoner phase, or just want to nostalgically relive it, Built to Spill is here for you, with a jaggedly psychedelic sound that somehow keeps getting better. You've got three chances to see for yourself at their Three-Night New Year's Celebration. ALISON HALLETT


ODE TO JOY: A NEW YEAR'S SPECTACULAR: OREGON SYMPHONY, THOMAS LAUDERDALE, CHINA FORBES, THE VON TRAPP FAMILY SINGERS, IDA RAE CAHANA
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Yes, in this holiday performance called Ode to Joy, the Oregon Symphony will be performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and special guests will be Thomas Lauderdale, China Forbes, Storm Large, Gus Van Sant, the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, and more. BUT! The von Trapps (the great grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp) will also be there, and I FREAKING LOVE THE VON TRAPPS! WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY