MUSIC—The only way the classic R&B sound of neo-soulman Nick Waterhouse would be more authentic is if you overlaid the noise of crackling vinyl on it. His shimmyin', shakin' dance party will heat up the Doug Fir bunker to no end, so put on your best go-go boots and have a gas. NL
w/Friendship Camp; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $13-15

SCIENCE—The Reel Science series shows movies on the giant screen in OMSI's newly renovated Empirical Theater—and then experts discuss the science behind the films. Tonight? Tony Scott's 1986 classic Top Gun, with an intro and Q&A with former TOPGUN instructor Mike McCabe! (Suggested questions: Do fighter pilots play that much shirtless volleyball? What is Iceman really like? Can you actually fly an F-14 upside down while flipping off Russians?) EH
OMSI Empirical Theater, 1945 SE Water, 6:30 pm, $5


COMICS READING—Let us gather in a dark basement bar to pay tribute to the doodlers and dreamers of our city. It's another installment of Comics Underground—the Mercury's own Alison Hallett and Erik Henriksen's rollicking night of drinking and watching comics creators present their work. Tonight's lineup features Douglas Wolk, Zack Soto, and Jeannette Langmead. CF
The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 8 pm, $3-5

MUSIC—Volume, showmanship, and one of the most amazing drummers in town: A Gaytheist show hits all the hardest, sweetest spots, and when seen in a venue as intimate as this Northeast Portland dive bar, the experience could quite possibly swallow you whole. In a rad way. MS
w/Moldy Castle, Order of the Gash; The Know, 2026 NE Alberta, 8 pm, $5


MUSIC—Fans of the tomboy look are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Wildfang juggernaut, but beyond their world of retail are other charms. Specifically, local bands Hurry Up and the Ghost Ease, which the store has cherry picked to do the honors at their b-day bash for girls, boys, and beyond. MS
Wildfang, 1230 NE Grand, 5-8 pm, FREE; show at White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th, 8 pm, $3

The Veronica Mars movie opens tonight at the Living Room Theaters, and is also available for digital purchase at


RADIO—As you can see in this week's Mercury feature story, the peeps behind XRAY.FM are busting their asses to start a new, progressive community radio station (chockfull of local music and political chitchat). Want to help AND have a blast? Attend this XRAY.FM launch party featuring Rev. Shines, Old Light, AND the eternally tail-waggin' old-school soul of Ural Thomas and the Pain. With this show, XRAY is off to a very good start. WSH
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $15-30

VARIETY SHOWS—Portland problem: Which show jam packed with talent and humor should you go see tonight? Late Night Action (hosted by Mercury contributors Alex Falcone and Bri Pruett) features Beast's Naomi Pomeroy, Curtis Cook, and the Aces. A scant three miles away, Live Wire! has Fred Armisen, Sherman Alexie, W. Kamau Bell, and Sallie Ford. Only solution: time machine. DVH
Late Night Action at the Secret Society, 116 NE Russell, 9 pm, $10-15; Live Wire! at Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 7:30 pm, $30-45, all ages


BASKETBALL—I don't know why this has never happened at a Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors game before, but wouldn't it be awesome if during a free throw, fans started clinking bottles on their fingers and hooting "Warriorrrrs... come out to playyyayyy!" Dress up like a Baseball Fury, watch a basketball game. It'll be fun. BR
Moda Center, 1 Center Court, 6 pm, $45-238

HAROLD RAMIS—Bar trivia, where nerds answer difficult questions about esoteric subjects, very much encourages you to "cross the streams"... the streams of your mind. And that's why East Burn's Ghostbusters trivia night is a perfectly proper way to honor the man who played Egon Spengler. But if lollygagging is more your style, you can pay your respects to Harold Ramis over at Dig a Pony, where they'll be screening the comedy classic Stripes. DCT
Trivia at East Burn, 1800 E Burnside, 6 pm, FREE; Stripes at Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, 5 pm, FREE


COMEDY—Nothing else on television tackled race and politics with as much brains and humor as the short-lived talk show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bellso of course, it was canceled. But at least it raised the profile of longtime stand-up Bell, who's now on his first tour since the demise of his show. He could probably use some love. AH
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $23

FOLK—Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music is more than a historical document, it's the audio bible for indigenous musics of the United States. Mississippi Records has lovingly reissued the series on vinyl, and to celebrate, tonight you'll witness rare Harry Smith films, plus performances by Michael Hurley, Jolie Holland, Marisa Anderson, and many more. NL
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $10


MUSIC—It may have been inevitable that This Will Destroy You would release a double live album. Their expansive architecture of sound often couldn't be contained on a regular studio recording, and Live in Reykjavik, Iceland is their most representative document to date. For further proof, put yourself in front of the Texan post-rock band tonight. NL
w/Silent Land Time Machine; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $12

FILM—Movies don’t get much better than Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science-fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey—and if you’re watching it on your TV, you’re doing it wrong. The Laurelhurst has a fancy digital print of one of the most extraordinary (and extraordinarily beautiful) movies ever made; go see it on the big screen, as Kubrick and HAL 9000 intended. EH
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, $4, see Film Times