My, What A Busy Week! 

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

It's easy to fall in love with Holcombe Waller and his sweet, heartbreaking music. Sounding a bit like Kenny Loggins if movie soundtracks hadn't seduced him, Waller is sure to turn Mississippi Studios into a perfect dreamland tonight. Bring your pillow. PAC

w/Gabriel Kahane; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $15

What do you get when you distribute cameras to Portland's sex workers? A photo exhibit revealing the behind-the-curtain lives and perspectives of an often unseen part of Portland's population. There'll be music and food at the show's family-friendly opening. SM

Food for Thought Café at PSU's Smith Memorial Union, 1825 SW Broadway, Room #026, 7 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

While the always great Stumptown Comics Fest kicks off tomorrow, get a head start on the funnybook-lovin' action with Guapo Comics & Coffee's Comic Party—which'll feature comics readings, the debuts of a bunch of new indie comic books, an art show, and free beer from MacTarnahan's! EH

Guapo Comics & Coffee, 6350 SE Foster, 7-11 pm, FREE; see Feature for more info

Greg Kinnear can suck it, because as far as I am concerned The Soup has only one host: the incredibly funny Joel McHale. His cynical and witty recaps of talk television and Hollywood gossip are the lone highlight of the scummy E! network. (A private note to Mr. McHale: Please bring Spaghetti Cat with you.) EAC

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 8 pm, $38.50-41.50, all ages

Last year's Filmed by Bike Festival was so popular they turned away more than 300 at the door. This year organizers have shut down the street for an outdoor block party, with a beer garden, entertainment, and a raffle. If this thing gets any bigger, next year organizers will have to block off the entire Eastside. MV

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 6 pm, $8-15 cash, 21+ (street party is free and all ages)

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

For the uninitiated, Xanadu is the Citizen Kane of roller disco movies. Join Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, and ELO in their amazingly cheesy attempts to revive a roller disco rink—PLUS! Tonight's screening features a dance party AND an '80s costume contest. Don't half-ass it: Olivia deserves your best attempt. WSH

w/Disk Jockey Full of Bourbon; Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 9 pm, $5, 21+

What has the annual Record Store Day ever done for you? To start, there's a ton of unique goodies for sale especially for today, including special split 7-inches. Plus, Loch Lomond and the Shaky Hands perform afternoon sets at Jackpot Records. AND Mayor Sam Adams plays DJ (alongside the Mercury's Ned Lannamann) at the free party tonight. Solid! AS

The Shaky Hands at 2 pm, Loch Lomond at 3 pm, Jackpot Records, 203 SW 9th, FREE, all ages; "Record Store Day into Night" DJ event, The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, 9 pm-2 am, FREE, 21+

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

The basis for the film Frost/Nixon pits second-rate journalist David Frost against a cagey Richard Nixon, as Frost tries to corner the disgraced president into taking responsibility for Watergate. Tickets are spendy for Portland Center Stage's production, but if you bring in a piece of campaign propaganda, you can score a ticket for only $25. AH

Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, runs Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, see pcs.org for showtimes & ticket prices

The good news? You play a mean pinball. The bad? You're deaf, dumb, and blind. Even worse? You're a figment of Pete Townshend's imagination. It's tough—good thing the folks at Ground Kontrol are hosting their First Annual Pinbrawl Tournament. So come on down and find yourself. AS

Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch, registration 1 pm, tournament 2 pm, $10 (free to watch), 21+

MONDAY, APRIL 20

4/20 is the perfect day to celebrate the beginnings of psychedelic rock. The sixth annual Jackpot Records Film Festival kicks off with Dirt Road to Psychedelia, and you can catch four more free nights of music films all this week, including the pilot of Graffiti Rock and a TV Carnage festival exclusive. KP

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 pm, FREE, see Film for more info

I'm not sure how they pull it off, but Noah and the Whale's gentle pop is cuddly, heartwarming, and uplifting, all without even the slightest taint of Hallmark-card treacle. If you're feeling jaded or downbeat, climb aboard this ark—this show will cure what ails you. NL

w/Ferraby Lionheart, Anni Rossi; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-12

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Urban Edibles are reclaiming Portland's sidewalks and vacant lots, mapping tasty plants found in our own backyards and tearing up weeds for guerrilla gardens. Tonight the group releases a handmade guidebook to Rose City flora, offering the zine along with delicious scavenged snacks. SM

Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 7-9 pm, FREE

Atlanta metallers Mastodon are the greatest metal band in the world right now. But you already knew this, since tonight's heavy, bruising show is already sold out. If you're a ticket holder, count yourself lucky—these guys will never play a room this small again. NL

w/Kylesa, Intronaut; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, 8 pm, $20, all ages

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Portland's Grindhouse Film Festival teams up with the folks from Austin, Texas' revered Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to put on Cinemapocalypse—an epic festival of low-budget exploitation goodness! Tonight, face off with Trailer War, a head-to-head competition of who can show the best 35mm grindhouse trailers, and Thursday, April 23, check out the Hicksploitation Double Feature! EH

Trailer War at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 9:30 pm, $8, see Film for more info

Back Fence PDX is like reality TV for the literary set, inviting local personalities to tell true, unrehearsed stories on a given theme. Tonight's brave speakers include 94.7's Tara Dublin, and poet/emcee Mic Crenshaw, dishing on the theme "fish out of water." AH

Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7:30 pm, $10-12

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