My, What a Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

DRAG SHOW—Drag queens! Sequins! Wigs! Incredible dancing! Probably Beyoncé songs! If this is what battle looks like, sign me up, Sarge. RuPaul's Drag Race's live tour, Battle of the Seasons, stars gals from seasons near and far, like the awesome Sharon Needles, Alaska Thunderfuck, Pandora Boxx, and the jaw-droppingly stunning Carmen Carrera. CF
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 10 pm, $30-60

MUSIC—What kind of candy doesn't cause cavities, hyperactivity, or obesity? Ear Candy! The Mercury's monthly music series, co-hosted by Mississippi Studios, brings you the best local bands—for free! This month: the rad, gnashing rock of Summer Cannibals and the melodically galloping Grandhorse, both of which have quickly become two of the best live bands in town. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, FREE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6

MUSIC—It's been many moons since we heard from Hosannas, the slow-brewed, gooey twilight-psych from brothers Richard and Brandon Laws. They're back, playing their first show in over a year, on a bill that's headlined by electro-songsters Hustle and Drone. NL
w/Mothertapes; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $6

FILM—Tonight, the 37th Portland International Film Festival kicks off with two movies: At the Whitsell Auditorium, there's the British period drama Belle, while at Cinema 21 and the OMSI Empirical Theater, we'll finally get to see The Wind Rises, the latest—and supposedly last—film from Hayao Miyazaki. Afterward, there'll be booze and conversation. EH
Belle at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 7 pm; The Wind Rises at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 6:30 pm, and at OMSI Empirical Theater, 1945 SE Water, 6:45 pm, $11-25

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7

DRINK—Correct me if I'm wrong, but members of the LGBTQ community love to mingle... preferably with delicious drinks in their hands. Therefore THIRST, the inaugural LGBTQ sprits fest, is a must attend. It's a two-day event chockfull of booze sampling, cocktail swilling, bartender competing, ha-ha-ha-ing, and of course MINGLING. And it all benefits the Cascade AIDS Project! WSH
Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat 4-10 pm, $20-25, 21+

MUSIC—Brite Lines offers folksy, sincere tunes embroidered with references to "sparrow friends" and ghosts, Tiburones means "sharks," and And And And are all animals (not strictly true). So attending tonight's excellent show sets you squarely on a path toward plucky adventure and derring-do. Please don't bring a sword. DVH
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 9 pm, $7

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

MUSIC—Once a year, Slabtown brings in way too many bands for its Nuggets Night fundraiser—forcing them to play out of character and cover obscure garage-rock anthems and psychedelic gems. This year's gathering—with the likes of Blue Skies for Black Hearts, the Pynnacles, and the Zags—is dedicated to House of Sound radio. DCT
Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th, 8:30 pm, $8

CABARET—Navel-gazing entertainers need to step the eff off—because NYC cabaret superstar Lady Rizo is coming to town! Blessed with a dump truck full of charisma, gargantuan eyelashes, and lungs that can blow out the back of any theater, Her Ladyship sings standards in a way that never fails to hilariously entertain. If you truly do love "entertainment," miss this one at your peril. WSH
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $15

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

MOTORCYCLES—One sparkling highlight of the dull, drizzly season is the annual One Motorcycle Show, for which over 100 custom rides are polished up and displayed—from the scrappiest dirt-dogs to most pampered creampuffs. The accompanying live music and DJs, films, and rides bring a lotta leather out of the woodwork. Breathe it in. MS
YU, 800 SE 10th, Fri 6 pm-1 am, Sat 11 am-midnight, Sun 11 am-3 pm, FREE, the1moto.com for details

VARIETY SHOW—It's been way too long since the adult-friendly kids' variety show You Who! took over the stage at the Kennedy School. But the rollicking dance party/skit/storytelling performance is back with white-hot-ticket soulsters Ural Thomas and the Pain for a show that's bound to be too cool for school. CF
Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, 1 pm, $10 (kids 12 & under $5)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10

MUSIC—Brighton, England trio Peggy Sue's brand-new album is called Choir of Echoes, and the name certainly fits. Awash in reverb and slathered in indie emotion, Rosa Slade and Katy Young's harmonies are just the choral accompaniment you need to dilute a jarring Monday. Here's hoping it's an excellent week, everyone. DVH
w/Mandolin Orange, the Mariner's Children; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $5, all ages

VARIETY SHOW—Entertainment for People is a consistently top-notch variety show featuring Portland's best writers and performers—and now they're taking it monthly with the New Shit Show, an ongoing affair promising new material from an ensemble that includes local lovelies Laura Gibson (who's out of town for this particular show), Arthur Bradford, and Andrew Dickson. AH
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 8 pm, $8-10

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11

LINGERIE SHOW—The Unmentionable lingerie show was one of last year's most upbeat fashion shows, and this year it's back with another full roster of locally made and sold knickers—from everyday cottons to boudoir showstoppers—in a new, larger venue to (hopefully) contain the excitement. Behave! MS
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 8 pm, $10-12

BASKETBALL—You play your best when you play the best. The Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder features two of the league's finest squads looking to knock each other down a couple pegs. Tonight's forecast: stormy, with a monsoon of jumpers and a hurricane of elbows. BR
Moda Center, 1 Center Court, 7 pm, $26-257

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