My, What A Busy Week! 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16

CHEER—It's the Woods' first annual Holiday Special, a night of local musicians playing holiday music just for you. There'll be cozy performances from Laura Gibson, Alela Diane, Duover (who just released their own full-length Christmas album), Musee Mecanique, and tons more, including some special surprise guests. Wear your favorite/worst Christmas sweater. NL
The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $5

LEGACY—The TRON madness begins as Mercury pals Cort and Fatboy team up with Ground Kontrol to premiere TRON: Legacy. Remember, it's in magical 3D! Nerds, set your 'gasms to stun. SY
Roseway Theater, 7229 NE Sandy, 11:30 pm, $9, go here for our full review

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17

BURLESQUE—Don't panic! It's not the faux burlesque of that new Cher and Xtina movie. This is the REAL DEAL, featuring the naughty, striptease-y shenanigans of the Rosehip Revue, celebrating their one-year anniversary tonight! Expect the usual high-quality cast along with lots of special guests, including the amazing Charlotte Treuse and Seattle's Jesse Belle-Jones! WSH
Erickson Saloon Building, 9 NW 2nd, 9 pm, $13, 21+

COLLABORATE—The Portland Cello Project by themselves are pretty great, but when they collaborate on records or live shows with other artists, they tend to collectively knock it outta the park. Such will surely be the case tonight when they join their cellos with the Corin Tucker Band, Typhoon, and more. MS
w/the Golden Bears, PHAME Academy; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $15-18, all ages

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18

SANTA VS. SATAN—Santa ain't right in the 1959 Mexican trash film Santa vs. Satan. He lives in space, battles Lucifer, and his reindeer laugh maniacally. Also he might be a friend to the great wizard Merlin. Join Filmusik as they provide the live score, sound effects, and voice cast for this skewed Christmas flick. I'm going to root for Satan. CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 10 pm, $10-12

HUMBUG—If all this sugary Christmas music is sending you into diabetic shock, here's the perfect antidote: the drawn-out stoner-metal-psych of Om, whose slowly ponderous meditations are certain to transport you to a gorgeous headspace where there isn't a fucking sleigh bell around for miles. NL
w/Thrones, Lichens; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $15

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19

KNOWLE WEST BOY—UK triphop pioneer Tricky's latest, Mixed Race, is among the most propulsive work he's done, with darker street rhythms providing the backbone for his potpourri of electronic sound—in fact, some of these songs could even be club bangers, so get bangin' with Tricky at the club tonight. NL
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $23-25

DRINKY HOLIDAY BAZAAR—PANIC!!!! Have you done all your shopping yet?! Tiga's got you covered with a most pleasant-sounding holiday bazaar, filled with goods like preserves, bath salts, jewelry, and cards from fine folks such as the Thermals' Kathy Foster and Reporter's Alberta Poon. Also, there will be delicious savory and sweet crêpes and hot winter booze. Drinking and shopping is the only way you're going to make this holiday thing work. CF
Tiga, 1465 NE Prescott, 12:30-6 pm, FREE

MONDAY, DECEMBER 20

NO STRAIGHT JACKET REQUIRED—Have a gay old time at Mississippi Studios and drag queen Fannie Mae Darling's Queer Quistmas. It's not just high heels and cheap drinks: Bring food to donate to Our House, a nonprofit that helps locals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as warm jackets and sweaters for the first ever Queer Coat Drive. SM
w/DJ Lunchlady, DJ Hufnstuf; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $5

BUCK HUNTER—It's been a rocky season for the Blazers, but tonight they take on the team with the least-menacing battle cry in the NBA ("Fear the Deer"), the Milwaukee Bucks. Not even Blaze the Trail Cat is intimidated. AH
Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, 7 pm, $10-149

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21

ART ON A DIME—Local zine and handmade art emporium Reading Frenzy is packed to the gills this month with excellent work by a dozen local artists, all priced under $50 for its enticingly titled Cheap Art & Craft Show. Pick up screenprints by Obsessive Consumption artist Kate Bingaman Burt, a letterpressed calendar, or cute sewn thingamajigs. SM
Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, Mon-Sat 11 am-7 pm, Sun noon-6 pm, through Dec 31

PRETTY COLORS—Some will tell you the holiday season is about family, and togetherness, and giving, and cinnamon, and all that crap. But all we care about are the bright flashing lights and pretty, sparkly colors! The best place to see 'em is Peacock Lane, where all the houses on the entire street go far beyond your standard string of twinkly bulbs—each house is bedecked and bedazzled to epileptic proportions! NL
SE Peacock Lane, between SE Stark & Belmont, 6 pm-11 pm, through Dec 31

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22

PSYCHO SANTA—If you prefer your eggnog with a sloppy helping of gore—and who could blame you!—1984's slasher classic Silent Night, Deadly Night is just the holiday ticket. Because nothing says Christmas like murderous psycho Santa. AH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 9:30 pm, $7

BUG OUT—Jessica Oreck's documentary on Japan's fascination with bugs, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, is not a monster movie. It's an exploration of the country's philosophic reverence for insects and their place in Japanese culture. SY
Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 7 pm, $9

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