BOOKS—Elizabeth Warren, the liberal superstar and senior senator from Massachusetts, saw the financial meltdown coming before most people, but says her warnings went unheard. So she ran for office, won, and has since done her fair share to bring the country's financial swindlers to heel. It's a great story, told in her new book, A Fighting Chance. DVH
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE

PUNK—Though various members have come and gone (seriously, one needs a scorecard to keep up), Black Flag still has originator/guitarist Greg Ginn thrashing away up front, and they're still punk as fuck. Machine-gun tempos slam together with anti-authoritarian lyrics to produce music that's still just as vital as when they formed in 1976. WSH
w/Cinema Cinema, the Loss; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez, 8 pm, $20-25, all ages


STREET FAIR—Summer's upon us, friends! Let's gather on NE Alberta, listen to music, ogle crafts of varying quality, and watch as Mayor Charlie Hales tries to rein in Last Thursday for the second year in a row. Tonight's festivities end an hour earlier than past events. At 9 pm sharp, got it? And no illegal drinking! DVH
NE Alberta from 15th to 30th, 6-9 pm, FREE

MUSIC—The Victory Academy School for Children with Autism is, surprisingly, not the name of the newest Decemberists album. It's an extremely worthy beneficiary for the Portland band's generosity. The group, which has been on hiatus for close to three years now, will perform their 2002 debut, Castaways and Cutouts, in its entirety for two nights, with Laura Veirs and Sallie Ford taking turns opening. CF
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Thurs 8 pm (w/Laura Veirs), Fri 8 pm (w/Sallie Ford), good luck finding tickets, all ages


COMEDY—We're in the Cameron Esposito fan club. We even cut our hair in a super-hip mullet just like hers. (It looks better on her.) Esposito is a brilliant young stand-up, and if you don't know that already, you clearly haven't been reading the Mercury. Tonight she's recording a comedy album for the tastemakers at Kill Rock Stars. Also on the bill: her fiancée, the charming comedian Rhea Butcher. AH
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 7:30 & 10:30 pm, $5

MUSIC—You know Willy Vlautin from his other band, Richmond Fontaine—not to mention his excellent novels. Vlautin's new project is the Delines, with the Damnations' Amy Boone on mic duties. The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee-Drizos and Richmond Fontaine's Sean Oldham are also in the ranks; expect soul-dripped American ballads so raw, they'll make you flinch. NL
w/Michael Dean Damron; Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick, 9:30 pm, FREE


MUSIC—They're giving it all up and moving along. But that doesn't make Dolorean any less magical and special. And when their final live notes drift out at Mississippi Studios, you'll want to be there. DCT
w/Barton Carroll, Meridian; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10-12

PARADE—HOLY SHIT! We all know there's only ONE reason we live in Portland: THE MOTHERFUCKING STARLIGHT PARADE!!!! This year's mind-exploding nocturnal wonderland is FINALLY HERE, bringing with it an ass-clenching array of eyeball-orgasm delights: LIGHT-UP FLOATS! SPARKLING VISIONS! VEIN-SHOCKING MUSIC! BEAUTIFUL LADIES! SURLY HIGH SCHOOLERS IN MARCHING BANDS! STARLIGHT PARADE! STAAAAAARRRLIGGGHT PARRRRAAAADE! EH
Downtown Portland, see route at, 8:30-11 pm, FREE, all ages


MUSIC—When one gets the opportunity to hear the gorgeous vocals of Edna Vazquez (especially for FREE), one should jump at the opportunity. Her take on Mexican traditional folk music is both velvety smooth and chilling, and when she's joined by her quintet of mariachi musicians, you can bet you're in for one hell of a show. WSH
Al's Den, 303 SW 12th, Sun June 1- Sat June 7, 7 pm, FREE

FUTBOL—In sports, standings matter. Those standings say that the Vancouver Whitecaps are a marginally better soccer team than your beloved Portland Timbers. But they're not so far up that the Timbers can't reach out and rap those smug Canadians right on their socialized-medicine noses. Bonus? Diego Chara will probably be back by then, too. DCT
Providence Park, 1844 SW Morrison, 6 pm, $27-$148


MUSIC/SECRETS—Cure your summertime Monday blahs with Banana Stand's series of weekly secret shows! Every Monday through Labor Day, Double Dragon will open at 6 pm with a special menu and discounted drinks; then, at 8 pm, a TOP SECRET band—specially picked by the folks at Banana Stand Media—takes the stage. The series kicks off tonight with some fresh local newcomers; start your (secret) summer Monday habit now. NL
Double Dragon, 1235 SE Division, 8 pm, FREE

FILM—Wise-crackin' Private First Class William Hudson didn't expect this. With only four weeks left on his deployment, he and his fellow Colonial Marines had just one mission left—a routine trip to desolate moon LV-426, where they'd ensure the safety of Ellen Ripley, who claimed to have survived an encounter with some kind of... alien. But Hudson's mission was anything but routine... and as the Xenomorphs swarmed over his bleeding body, Hudson had a final, terrified thought. Game over, man, he thought. Game over. EH
Aliens at the Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, $4, see Film Times


MUSIC—Yacht would very much like you to join their dance cult. You will be fed tasty beats. You will move your feet in joyous celebration of your ever-expanding third eye. It's guaranteed fun communal living on the dancefloor at this cheap thrill of a show. Especially with locals Wampire sharing the bill; their cult is full of frenetic, convivial brainwashing. CF
w/Snowblind Traveler; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $12 ($3 w/RSVP to

BOOKS—Uncategorizable, British, brilliant Geoff Dyer just seems to wander around making trenchant, surprising observations about the world, then putting them in books and Guardian columns like it's easy. His newest, Another Great Day at Sea, is written from the vantage point of a unique writers' residency: aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE