My, What a Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25

MOVIEIt's a Wonderful Life goes something like this: George Bailey—a small-town bumbler who can't say no to the bums he calls "friends"—trusts an incompetent relative with a lot of money, right before Christmas, which winds up lost. Facing ruination, he gets drunk, upsets his family, and hallucinates after a botched suicide attempt. And I always BAWL MY GODDAMNED EYES OUT at the end. DCT
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 3:15 pm, $5

FILM—With a fantastic cast—Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and my beloved Amy Adams—David O. Russell's '70s crime flick American Hustle has been racking up rave reviews, both for the film itself and for Bradley Cooper's perm. It's glorious! (That's in reference to either the film or the perm. Your call.) EH
Various Theaters, see portlandmercury.com/movietimes for showtimes

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26

FILM—He's been in nearly all of your favorite movies—Repo Man, Alien, Escape from New York, Pretty in Pink—so it's about time that character actor Harry Dean Stanton got his own documentary. The weathered iconic actor talks about his life and plays folk songs in Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, while greats like David Lynch and Wim Wenders pay tribute. CF
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, Thurs-Fri 7 pm, Sat 5 pm, $9

MUSIC—Throughout the British Empire, servants and rabble had to wait until the day after Christmas for presents from their masters. Now it's just called Boxing Day, and it's about being nice to people. Be nice to your own ears after weeks of insipid Christmas music and enjoy some Bach, courtesy of anti-elitist Classical Revolution PDX at a show called Bachxing Day. DCT
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, 8 pm, $10-12, all ages

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27

COMEDY—Sure, they moved away from Portland to get famous in LA, but they always come home for the holidays. Don't miss the chance to see the three funniest stand-ups ever to come out of Portland—that'd be Matt Braunger, Ian Karmel, and Ron Funches—at the aptly named First Annual Coldest and Darkest Time of Year Comedy Spectacular. AH
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 8 pm, $10-12

DRAG—Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race, prick up your ears. RDP past contestant Jinkx Monsoon and RDP future contestant BenDeLaCreme are coming to Portland for a special command comedic performance titled Hello/Hello. Expect insanely gorgeous routines as well as hilarious fun from host Carla Rossi, Shitney Houston, Kaj-anne Pepper, and more! (This will sell the fuck OUT!) WSH
Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm, $12-20

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28

BASKETBALL—"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Harvey Dent was describing himself, but that also traces the arc of the Miami Heat's LeBron James, once universally loved and awed, now just a headband-rocking, walking bull's eye. The Portland Trail Blazers need to prove they can knock that target over if they want to claim the crown. BR
Moda Center, 1 Center Court, 7 pm, $46 & up

DANCE—Ugh... I feel fat, and all anyone wants to do this time of year is get drunk and be warm. Heyyyyyy, here's an idea: Dance parties like the always-awesome New York Night Train's Soul Clap and Dance-Off get everyone off their ass (exercise) and sweating (heat!), plus there's alcohol being served (one "skinny bitch" for me, please!). Problem? Solved! MS
w/Jonathan Toubin, DJ Beyonda; Dante's, 350 W Burnside, 9 pm, $8-10

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29

HIPHOP—In a place like Portland, there's plenty of talent to go around. To that end, local hiphoppers TxE (Tope, Epp, and producer G_Force) mined their own community for the beats and sounds that make up their latest: TxE vs. Prtlnd boasts samples from local indie rock bands like Typhoon, Sallie Ford, and Monarques. It connects the dots of our sometimes disparate scenes, not just expanding the palate of local hiphop but all of Portland music. NL
w/Nu Era; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, FREE

FILM—Martin Scorsese is starting to grumble that he might be retiring soon, which makes each new movie of his just slightly more rarified and exciting. Not like The Wolf of Wall Street needs any help looking awesome: With Scorsese's electric verve, it tells the debaucherous, real-life tale of a corrupt stockbroker, played here with vicious relish by Leonardo DiCaprio. EH
Various Theaters, see portlandmercury.com/movietimes for showtimes

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30

MUSIC—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! WSH
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Mon & Tues 7 pm, $22 & up

MUSIC—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. AH
w/Slam Dunk, the Apostrophes; Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Sun-Tues 8 pm, $22-25

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

COUNTRY NYE—Oh no! Which New Year's Eve party do you go to?! At the Caleb Klauder Country Band's annual yearend show at the Spare Room, you get (1) outstanding country music played by ace pickers; (2) a packed, super-fun dance floor populated by an enthused crowd of young and old; and (3) one of the homiest, friendliest dive bars in all the land. Phew, that was easy. NL
w/Copper and Coal; The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd, 9 pm, $20

COMEDY NYE—Wanna avoid the concert crowds tonight, but still fill your ears with sweet (and hilarious) music? Stand-up Nick Thune wants to make you laugh—and he will, man's funny—and he'll do it with his guitar and a voice like butter. So sit your ass down and order up some booze to laugh in the new year. CF
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 8 & 10:30 pm, $41-66 (includes ticket to a future show)

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