THURSDAY, JULY 23

Does no one respect your ability to quote the entire The Big Lebowski from memory? Then slap on your best sunglasses and bathrobe, because the nationwide Lebowski Fest hosts tonight's Dude-themed costumed bowling party. Trivia, drinking, and, finally, some respect. SM

Hollywood Bowl, 4030 NE Halsey, 7 pm, $25-30

Weird, I was just thinking how it's time for a new rock musical. Chariots of Rubber, you read my mind! Two best friends seek glory at the crash-up derby; one runs into a Bluto-ish rival while lusting after a possibly magical '72 Buick, which is also coveted by a pair of devious, sexed-up sisters. Demolition. Superpowers. Hookers. Revenge! JC

Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 10:30 pm, $15, through Sat July 25

FRIDAY, JULY 24

Can electric cars burn rubber? A: Yes, plus they can shock the shit out of you! Watch in amazement as electric dragsters blow the doors off conventional gas guzzlers at PIR, with races including production cars, roadsters, and even drag bikes! (Oh, and they're supposedly good for the environment, too.) WSH

Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory, 6 pm, $8, through Sat July 25

The finest venue to ever lay claim to the neighborhood of Sellwood, the Woods opens up its doors to the masses tonight. After a few soft openings, tonight is the real deal for the tastefully assembled show-space. Marking the occasion is the vocal-heavy pop of Ages, which features seven members, all of whom sing. Wear something nice, why don'tcha? EAC

w/Golden Holy, Garrett Pierce; the Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, FREE

SATURDAY, JULY 25

Saturday is perfect for hitting the 22nd annual Oregon Brewers Festival. But you'd better hurry, before all those rare special brews are nothing but foam at the bottom of your festival mug and warm, beer-soaked memories.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito, noon-9 pm, FREE to enter, $10-50 to taste, Thurs July 23-Sun July 26

The Division/Clinton Street Fair is the introverted gay relative of the city's larger street fairs. It may be less loud and brash, but it's more comfortable and fun to explore. Plus there's a parade. PAC

SE Division & Clinton, all day (parade at 10:45 am), FREE

SUNDAY, JULY 26

It's finally here! Yes, the all-ages, all-free, all-local, all-awesome music festival kicks off on Friday and continues through Sunday for a totally rad, jam-packed weekend of Portland music. PDX Pop Now! is the best weekend of summer and you know it, so there's no excuse to miss a single minute. NL

Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, Fri 6 pm-12:45 am, Sat & Sun noon-1 am, FREE, all ages

Some of the hottest playwrights in the country debut brand-new material in our humble burg this weekend, at Portland Center Stage's annual JAW fest. Look for staged readings of plays by Marc Acito, Will Eno, and Kimberly Rosenstock, whose script has the single best title I've ever heard: 99 Ways to Fuck a Swan. Plus, the Armory hosts site-specific performances from Action/Adventure, Third Rail, and more. AH

Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, Fri July 24-Sun July 26, FREE, see pcs.org/jaw for details

MONDAY, JULY 27

Trios are for wusses, and don't get me started on quartets. When it comes to bands, two is the perfect number. Tonight's Two Piece Fest celebrates dual-member acts with the glitchy-spazz of Panther, the punk en Español of Magic Johnson, plus plenty more bands small enough to tour in a Ford Taurus. EAC

w/Casy & Brian, Nu Sensae, Total Bros; Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 8:30 pm, $6, all ages

Gene Kelly and his sweet moves, coming to a park near you. The only way a screening of Singin' in the Rain in the park could be better was if it were a sing-along. Not like anyone's going to stop you, though. Probably. Maybe? Let's hope not. RM

Laurelhurst Park, SE 39th & Stark, dusk, FREE

TUESDAY, JULY 28

Yes, yes, tonight's Sonic Youth show is fine and dandy. But why not wet your whistle with a special afternoon DJ performance by Thurston Moore at the downtown Jackpot Records? He'll be digging through Jackpot's bins and spinning classics, obscurities, and who knows what else. NL

DJ Thurston Moore at Jackpot Records, 203 SW 9th, 3 pm, FREE, all ages; Sonic Youth w/Awesome Color at Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $24, all ages

Okay, no one on the Mercury staff has actually seen 1982's Vice Squad, but we're recommending it because it sounds amazing. A prostitute named Princess runs through the sordid mess of '80s Hollywood, trying to avoid Ramrod, a pimp out for revenge. The folks at the Grindhouse Film Festival promises "sleaze, violence, strange sexual fetishes, [and] a kung fu scene that comes out of nowhere." Like you need to know more. EH

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:45 pm, $7

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

The New Oregon Interview Series sits down with three of Portland's most interesting filmmakers: Arthur Bradford (who created the immensely popular How's Your News?), Andy Blubaugh (whose experimental films have screened at Sundance and the Time-Based Art Festival), and documentarian Alissa Nicole Creamer. Expect an engaging, smart discussion about the current state of film in Oregon, and where it's going. EH

Urban Grind, 2214 NE Oregon, 7 pm, $5

A night of unlimited arcade games, for only five bucks! Pay the cover and unlock Ground Kontrol's den of digital antiquity. Behold! Enough pinball, Pac-Man, and LEDs to put the Japanese to shame. Gone are the days of sweaty quarter hands, which means maximum traction when attempting to beat my high score on Dr. Mario. (Yeah right, sucker! JAC 4 EVA!!) JAC

Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch, 5 pm-2 am, $5