THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24

OPEN SECRETS—At tonight's Oregon Humanities-sponsored Think and Drink, the "unknown blogger who changed WikiLeaks coverage" will team up with a U of O journalism professor to talk about (what else?) government secrets! And maybe also sex scandals and computer conspiracies. SM
Rontoms, 600 E Burnside, 6 pm, FREE

BEST NEW ARTIST—Though sore-loser Justin Bieber fans may wish for Grammy-winning Best New Artist (and former Portland homegirl) Esperanza Spalding to "die in a hole," don't miss this amazing performer in a freewheeling (and free) conversation on jazz and art with composer/arts advocate Tim DuRoche. (Her live shows are sold out—don't even try.) WSH
Art Bar, 1111 SW Broadway, 6 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

BIKEY—If you enjoy bikes or movies, don't miss the annual Bike Film Festival, a great celebration of bike culture—in film form! Don't forget to hit up Friday night's afterparty at East End, with live bands including Guantanamo Baywatch, and Hopworks Urban Brewery specials. SY
Clinton St. Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, Fri & Sat, see Film Times pg. TK for showtimes, $8/screening ($20 fest pass), bicyclefilmfestival.com

MUTANTS—The Portland International Film Festival wraps up this weekend in style, with screenings both local (the acclaimed, Portland-set mystery Cold Weather on Saturday) and not-so-local (Japan's Mutant Girl Squad offers cute Japanese schoolgirls and bloody, bloody action in equal measure on Friday night). EH
See Film Times for theaters & showtimes, $9-10

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

DEERLY BELOVED—The swirling art-pop sounds of Deerhoof are no stranger to Portlanders; that's why the charismatic San Francisco band is pulling a double shift tonight in support of their new Deerhoof vs. Evil recording. The first show is for the kiddies, then things get boozy for a 21-plus performance. EAC
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 6 pm (w/Neal Morgan, all ages), 9:30 pm (w/Ben Butler & Mousepad, 21+), $15

LAFFY PANTS—Since he's a regular on the Opie and Anthony radio show, The Tonight Show, and on Louis C.K.'s Louie, you gotta figure Jim Norton is a very funny guy. Expect poop-tons of hilarious anecdotes and mean-spirited rants and bad things happening to nice people. You like that, don't you? WSH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri & Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $20-30

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

JAZZ—Now in its eighth year, the Portland Jazz Festival wraps up a week and a half of concerts, events, and panels with a show from the fantastic saxophone legend Maceo Parker, who's played with everyone from James Brown and Bootsy Collins to Prince and Ani DiFranco. EH
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, $25-40, all ages

OSCARS—Roll out the red carpet for the Hollywood Theatre's telecast of the Academy Awards, with cocktails and a silent auction including Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbean memorabilia. Local comedians Ian Karmel and Mikey Kampmann provide commercial-break relief. JL
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 3:30 pm, FREE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28

BIKES + BEER + HISTORY—You know what makes history class a lot more interesting? Beer and tater tots during the lecture. Check out tonight's History Pub about Oregon's 100-person Burley cooperative, which made $10 million a year selling bike trailers before, like any mighty empire, it fell apart. SM
Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, 7 pm, FREE, all ages

ROLLER ROCK—Fact: Adding the word "roller" to anything improves it tenfold. Disco becomes the roller disco of Xanadu. Derby goes from an old-timey hat to the magical experience of roller derby. So let's try it with Portland's favorite rockin' threesome, the Thermals. BLAM! Roller Thermals, the best roller-skating concert of the year. You'll need a wristband to get into the show, so follow Google's HotpotPDX Twitter account (@HotpotPDX) to find out when and where they're giving them away. CF
w/Lifesavas; Oaks Park Skating Rink, 7805 SE Oaks Park, 7 pm, FREE (w/wristband), all ages, twitter.com/hotpotpdx

TUESDAY, MARCH 1

FUTURE PAST—Through its silky guitars, elementary drumbeats, and a joyful plundering of '80s sounds, the marvelous and hazy dream-pop of Virginia's Wild Nothing anchors itself to the furthest reaches of your cerebrum. Meanwhile, LA's Abe Vigoda looks fearlessly to the future, embracing tropical punk guitars and chilly coldwave synths with equal affection. NL
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $10-12

RATCHED VS. McMURPHY—One of our region's best theater companies takes on one of our region's best novelists, with Portland Center Stage's staging of Ken Kesey's still-relevant critique of authority and the mental health system, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. AH
Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through March 27, $33 & up ($20 rush tickets available), pcs.org

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

HOT WATER—The glowing sonic sketches of Baths—the alter ego of one Will Wiesenfeld—are warmly gorgeous and elusive. If that's not enough aural beauty for one night, listen to how all the whirring pieces in the songs of Montreal four-piece Braids click together to make majestic, oscillating wholes. NL
w/Gobble Gobble; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $8-10

CORAGHESSAN—T.C. Boyle, the erudite author of such historical novels as The Road to Wellville and The Women, is a funny, engaging, and extroverted speaker... something of a rarity for an author on the speaking circuit. Catch Boyle's reading of his newest environmental drama, When the Killing's Done. CF
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE