My, What a Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9

MUSIC—Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny and the Skygreen Leopards' Donovana Quinn have unpacked their acoustic guitars to form New Bums, making eerie but warmly plucked tunes that march along to raggedy beats. With their Drag City labelmate (and Portland resident) Scout Niblett on the bill, it's a complete evening of nerve-wrackingly introspective but fulfilling music. NL
Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $10-12, all ages

READING—A fresh egg—rich with color and flavor, still warm from its trip through some happy hen's cloaca—is a nearly perfect piece of food. It's a treat on its own. It makes other dishes better. It can be thrown at houses! But maybe you still need convincing. So get crackin': Edible Portland has invited Michael Ruhlman to read from his new book, Egg—it's an ode to a staple. DCT
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

THURSDAY, APRIL 10

MUSIC—If going to church sounded like the dreamy synthpop of Chvrches, you could bet your sweet ass we'd be planted in an uncomfortable pew every Sunday. Tonight, go to the church of the floating dancefloor where the Glaswegian trio will spread danceable, cool hits on the wings of Lauren Mayberry's crystalline vocals. CF
w/Summer Cannibals; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, sold out (get crafty), all ages

COMEDY—Picture This! is an innovative comedy show out of LA that projects live digital drawings created on-the-spot by artists while comedians do their thing. The interplay between comedy and art can be priceless—and the all-lady lineup summoned for this All Jane No Dick festival showcase edition is sure to knock it outta the park. AH
Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK, 8 pm, $10-12

FRIDAY, APRIL 11

VON TRAPP!—The Mercury is your #1 source for everything "von Trapp"—and we're happy to announce this absolutely charming singing quartet (and great grandchildren of The Sound of Music von Trapps) will be sharing their angelic voices at the Schnitz. The von Trapps with special guest Charmian Carr (Liesl from the movie!) will be backed up by the Oregon Symphony, along with a relatively unknown band called "Pink Martini," who's inexplicably receiving top billing. WSH
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Fri-Sun, 7:30 pm, $35-127, all ages

BOOKS—A new collection by Lorrie Moore is cause for celebration: The brilliant author of Birds of America and Self-Help is one of the most hilarious and perceptive fiction writers we've got. Tonight she reads from her newest, Bark, a true-to-form collection of darkly comic stories. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

MUSIC—Illmaculate's last Portland show ended in relative disaster. Cops swarmed the Blue Monk, and the Portland hiphop honcho canceled his set—announcing he'd not perform again in the city until officers stopped "the blatant targeting of black culture and minorities congregating." (The incident's since sparked an investigation in city hall.) Six weeks and an album release later, Illmac couldn't stay away. Can the police? DVH
w/Nacho Picasso; Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne, 8 pm, $12-15

COMEDY—Andy Daly does balls-out crazy character work—maybe you've heard him on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, or saw him on Reno 911! or Eastbound & Down. The stand-up comedian's got a deliriously twisted and persona-driven sense of humor, which he's been showing off on his new Comedy Central TV show, Review. CF
w/Andy Blitz; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 7:30 pm, $17-20

TALKS—TED Talks are known for kicking one's brain into high gear, featuring super smart people theorizing about how to make the world a better place. For TEDx Portland, they've lined up 14 of the Northwest's movers and shakers (including Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore, Governor Kitzhaber, whiz kid Jackson Gariety, and more) to rhapsodize on the theme "Perfect." (Plus performances from Blitzen Trapper, a happy hour, and post-event fun at Keller Park.) WSH
Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 8 am-8 pm, $100

SUNDAY, APRIL 13

BASKETBALL—Sometimes, NBA basketball is more like a WWE Royal Rumble with occasional pauses for ugly free-throw practice. But sometimes, it actually looks like basketball. When the Golden State Warriors take on the Portland Trail Blazers? That's a good old-fashioned shoot-'em-up bang-bang basketball game. BR
Moda Center, 1 Center Court, 6 pm, $29-234

FILM—Errol Morris makes some excellent, fearless documentaries—The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line, Gates of Heaven—and now he turns his eye to Donald Rumsfeld. With The Unknown Known, Morris and Rumsfeld dig deep into that crazy time when Rumsfeld was secretary of defense and the world felt like it was about to end. EH
Living Room Theaters, 341 SW 10th, see Movie Times, $5-9

MONDAY, APRIL 14

MUSIC—Sixteen years is a hell of a long time... that's 5,649 long days of waiting for the BEST BAND IN THE WORLD to put out a new album! The Afghan Whigs have reunited for Do to the Beast—and it's as glorious as their '90s heyday albums. Let them show you tonight as Greg Dulli & Co. tear the mothereffing roof off the joint. CF
w/Early Winters; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $30

COMICS—The earnest Portlandophiles at Know Your City have collected 10 mini-comics about local do-gooders—the Comics for Change! boxset contains work from Douglas Wolk, Anne Marie DiStefano, Natalie Sept, and more. Tonight, some of the creators (and subjects) of the socially conscious comics celebrate the release of the series, along with a discussion and slideshow. EH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

TUESDAY, APRIL 15

SCIENCE—With Ebola virus ravaging Guinea, it's either a very good or a very bad time for OMSI's Science Pub to explore Viruses from Hell. But if you're prone to worry, don't. This chat will actually be about (potentially useful) viruses that live in scalding temps. It's a useful reminder that not all micro-things will turn you into a vomiting blood sack. DVH
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7 pm, $5

MUSIC—Sometimes you just want some good ol' fashioned rock 'n' roll, and Swedish heavy rockers Graveyard have just what the doctor ordered. Their dead-of-night hard blues 'n' boogie is best seen in person, so get down to the Wonder tonight for a face full. NL
w/Bombus; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $16-18

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