My, What A Busy Week! 

THURSDAY, MAY 28

WORDS—English isn't Aleksandar Hemon's mother tongue, yet the Bosnian-born author writes with a confidence and inventiveness that far surpasses most native speakers. Inevitable Nabokov comparisons aside, Hemon's last book—The Lazarus Project—was brilliant, setting the bar high for Love and Obstacles, his new collection of short stories. AH

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

QUEER FILM—An entire weekend of smart engrossing documentaries about queer life? Sign me up! QDoc features films from all over the world, running a gamut of subject matter from oppression to music to activism and everything in between! Grab a festival pass and catch them all. WSH

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, see Movie Times TK, $8 per screening, festival pass $75, through Sun May 31

FRIDAY, MAY 29

EAT YOUR WORDS—Anthony Bourdain is the high priest of all things edible and excessive, blessing the masses with booze, cigarette ash, and an anointment of pho. He speaks tonight at the Keller. Wear a bib. PAC

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 8 pm, $46.50-137

SPINNING GOLD—Glen David Gold has a way with eccentric characters. In his new book Sunnyside, he masterfully intertwines the histories of Charlie Chaplin, World War I, and the emergence of the film industry. KP

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

WHAT'S UP—It doesn't take a psychic to predict that visionary instrumental popsters What's Up will soon be one of the premier names in Portland music. Hop a ride on the former Sacramento band's bandwagon tonight, when the quirky trio celebrates the release of their debut LP, Content Imagination. EAC

w/Neal Morgan, Why I Must Be Careful; the Artistery, 4315 SE Division, 8 pm, $6, all ages

SATURDAY, MAY 30

SONGSTRESS—Touring on last year's solo album Acid Tongue, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis rolls through town with a backing band adept at rock, soul, and country. Lewis is a natural born performer in every sense, and tonight's show will be a sparkling revue with her remarkable voice and personable songs on full display. NL

w/the Sadies, Mimicking Birds; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, $17.50, all ages

BLAXPLOITATION—The Grindhouse Film Festival presents one of the all-time blaxploitation classics—1974's Truck Turner! When a hitman is assigned to take him out, a bounty hunter (Isaac Hayes) becomes the man on the run! Featuring Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle "The Real Uhura" Nichols, and a kickass score by Hayes, this is one flick you'll want to catch on the big screen. EH

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 pm, $7

SUNDAY, MAY 31

TREASURES—You've always wanted to own a priceless taxidermy animal to display on the mantel, right? The World Forestry Center's Museum Attic Sale gives you the chance to buy old museum junk, everything from art pieces to banquet tables to the aforementioned preserved animals. KP

World Forestry Center Cheatham Hall, 4033 SW Canyon, 9 am-3 pm, FREE

ANGELS—SF-based trio Dreamdate is light, poppy, dancey, and perfect for a free Sunday show outside on the Rontoms patio. See three cute girls sing sweet songs while you figure out who's the smart one, who's the cute one, and who's just a ho. I won't say it's a dream date, I'll just say it's guaranteed to be a really special evening. JC

w/the Golden Hours; Rontoms, 600 E Burnside, 9 pm, FREE

MONDAY, JUNE 1

BODIES—Cute and cuddly Los Angeles pop perfectionists Bodies of Water—featuring the husband and wife vocals of David and Meredith Metcalf—are powerful enough to plow through their very own wall of sound. Phil Spector would approve—if he wasn't in prison for shooting someone in the face. EAC

w/Ah Holly Fam'ly, White Hinterland; Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 9 pm, $8, all ages 

EXPERIENCED—The fact that The Girlfriend Experience is the latest from director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's 11, Che) should be enough to get your ass in the theater. In case it's not, there's this: The much buzzed-about film stars Sasha Grey, AKA the world's most famous porn star. Yeah. Thought that might get your attention. EH

Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see Movie Times on pg. TK for showtimes, $5-8

TUESDAY, JUNE 2

RIPE—Nix the idea that girls just want to have fun: Electro-superstar Peaches whips out salacious lyrics, smart backtalk, and inflatable penises across the globe. Peaches hits Portland with new album I Feel Cream—let's hope she brings along the iconic beard and Def Leppard underpants. SM

w/Drums of Death; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8 PM, $20-25, all ages

PART DEUX—Montreal's the Unicorns were short-lived, but that late, lamented band's Alden Penner has returned with Clues, a new group that also features the talents of founding Arcade Fire member Brendan Reed. Clues' self-titled debut album is good, rollicking, indie rock fun, and tonight's show should be no different. NL

w/Wampire, Leather Tom & the Dirty Dudes; Backspace, 115 NW 5th, $8-10, all ages

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

DOCTOR, NO!—Are you a 22-year-old PSU graduate with a degree in philosophy, a minor in architecture, a part-time job, and no health insurance? Tonight's "Wheel of Misfortune" Brewhaha—brought to you by the Bus Project and the Mercury—tackles healthcare reform, so drag your bum leg to Backspace to find out just how fucked you'll be if legislation doesn't pass soon. JC

Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 7 pm, FREE

MUSIC—Get out the nasty and drop that ass with the electro-rap of Rye Rye. Backed by some of the best dancers around, with turntable help from DJ Aasha Adore, expect janky, infectiously fun beats and effervescent lyricism that will throw your booty into overdrive! WSH

w/Fleshtone, Serious Business, Rude Dudes; Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm, $10-12

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