THURSDAY MAY 10

GET RADICAL--Stand up and cheer for the Radical Art Girls Collective! Tonight the Meow Meow welcomes this mixed group of young feminist artists to entertain you and yours with toe-tappin' bands, thought-provoking spoken word, chin-scratching film, wild visual and performance art (and my personal favorite) radical art cheerleading. This event is sure to be an inspiration for you to get off that ass and make some art! WSH

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, $5-10 sliding scale donation, 8 pm

MUSIC--Some of Oakland's most loyal hip hop veterans, the Souls of Mischief, will be travelin' up to showcase their unique West Coast sound. Heavy on percussion, the Souls are all about funk and bass, and with their latest and fourth album they've finally pulled their music tight as a drum. See the show for proof. KD

Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave, 224-8499, $12, 8 pm


FRIDAY MAY 11


MUSIC--Little known fact about Dale Crover--he once played a young Neil Young in a Neil Young video. Try saying that three times! Crover's errant impersonation, however, is no indication whatsoever of the Melvins' music-- slow demented metal born from sixth- dimensional space. KS

Pine Street Theater, 215 SE 9th, 224-TIXX, $12, 9 pm

ANNIVERSARY--Has it already been two years? Seems like just yesterday when Barfly began leading us around town to the diviest bars, the rockingest juke boxes and swingingest dance floors. The ass-shaking Real Pills usher Miss Jen Lane and her pocket-sized guide through their two-year anniversary. Tarot cards and piñatas as well! PB

w/Birdy Num Num, Blueballs and The Crack City Rockers, Eagles' Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne, $7, 9 pm


SATURDAY MAY 12

FIREARMS--Got any old guns lying around? Then get 'em off the street, and into the hands of Ceasefire Oregon, who will take that dangerous toy and give you a $50 gift certificate in return! This is the eighth year Ceasefire has been collecting guns, and they always get hassled by those Charlton Heston-lovin' gun freaks, so even if you aren't a pistol-packin' mama, show up and show your support! WSH

SE Portland: Eastport Plaza, 4104 SE 82nd Ave, Suite 300, NE Portland: MLK BLvd. & Jarrett, 10 am-2 pm


SUNDAY MAY 13

THANKS, MA!--Not to get maudlin here, but take it from me: Having a mom is far better than not having one. So get off your high horse, already! Give the grand old dame a call, or maybe take her out for lunch at the Old Country Buffet. And if your mom has pushed on to greener pastures, then pick a mother at random to pamper. Trust me, they all appreciate it. WSH

Mother's Day, You know the number, all day, you can put a price on a mother's love?


MONDAY MAY 14

GOSPEL--First thing you need to know is that The Blind Boys of Alabama aren't all blind. And I'm pretty sure they're not all from Alabama--but the point is, if you need some take-that-stick-outta-your-ass old-time religion, the Blind Boys are gonna infuse it with foot stompin' soul, and provide everyone with a hootin' and hollerin' good time. WSH

Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave, 219-9929, $16.50, 8 pm


TUESDAY MAY 15

SPIRITUAL AWARENESS--Sure, President Bush is trying to egg China into war. But come listen to what the Dalai Lama--the man who has the most reasons to hate the Chinese but can't seem to blink a mean eyelash--has to say about world peace, being exiled and our collective spiritual crisis. He may be short, but he's still the Mercury's favorite reincarnated soul. PB

World Peace Conference, Portland State University, 266-8996, $75, 12:30-5 pm


WEDNESDAY MAY 16

TRIP HOP--What better place to feature America's most famous trip hopping DJ than B Complex, Portland's latest, swankest electro-happy club. Andy Smith's style is a little funkier than that of his original group, Portishead, but he's all the better for it. KD

B Complex, 320 SE 2nd Ave, 224-TIXX, $9, 9 pm