THURSDAY, APRIL 21

SAVAGED & LOVED—Inspired by the tragic suicides of gay kids bullied at school, our own Dan Savage and his hubby Terry Miller started the It Gets Better project, where out-and-proud adults remind everyone that after high school, things DO get better. Dan and Terry speak tonight on the project, as well as the new It Gets Better collection of essays. WSH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

PLAYOFFS!—Will this finally be the year the Portland Trail Blazers find a way to advance in the postseason? Find out tonight as the big German Dirk Nowitzki leads his Dallas Mavericks to town for Game Three of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. EAC
Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, 7:30 pm, televised on KGW/TNT

FRIDAY, APRIL 22

LAUGH-IN—Local filmmaker Lance Bangs has curated a night of top-notch laughs for the Bridgetown Comedy Festival: "Come Laugh with Us" features comedians Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), Brett Gelman (Eagleheart), and Fred Armisen (Portlandia), plus rare footage of comedians like Eugene Mirman and Patton Oswalt from Bangs' personal collection. AH
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 8 pm, $20

BATTLE ROYALE—It's time for a no-holds-barred hiphop lyrical throwdown as the Bridge City Battle pits the finest freestylers against each other. Headlining will be the one and only battle champion Illmaculate, plus his Sandpeople crew will be making an appearance as well. Two emcees enter the stage, but only one will leave. EAC
Hosted by Cool Nutz & DJ Fatboy; Branx, 320 SE 2nd, 8 pm, $7-10

SATURDAY, APRIL 23

FUN IN THE SUN—Skip the sunscreen and get ready to burn up at the annual Sunburn Music Fest at Lewis & Clark. Their biggest lineup yet brings in the likes of Woods, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Mt. Eerie, interactive emcee extraordinaire Astronautalis, and tons more. While it's free for Lewis & Clarkies, it'll set us non-students back a measly $10. Total bargain. EAC
w/Andrew Jackson Jihad, Guidance Counselor, Wait What, Ritchie Young; Stamm Hall at Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill, 6 pm, $10, all ages

RIVAL ROLLER DERBY—There's a long festering rivalry between our beloved Rose City Rollers and those damn dirty vermin of Seattle's Rat City Rollergirls. Tonight it's eight teams in four bouts—all Portland vs. Seattle. Let us join together to cheer on our four-wheeled homies, while throwing a little verbal salt at our rat-pack derby siblings from up north. CF
Memorial Coliseum, 300 N Winning, 5:45 pm, $14-20, all ages

SUNDAY, APRIL 24

NUDE SHOP—The annual Naked Shopping Spree at Red Light is the second most fun thing a nude person can do. Nudists dash around the store putting on as many clothes as possible in a short amount of time, and whatever they're wearing—they keep! Plus the grand-prize winner gets a $100 gift certificate, and tons of other prizes! WSH 
Red Light Clothing Exchange, 3590 SE Hawthorne, 5 pm, pre-register early, FREE

OREGON TRAIL—Being a pioneer sucked, a fact that few films demonstrate as well as Meek's Cutoff, which follows a group of naïve pioneers as they get seriously lost in the Oregon Territory. The latest from director Kelly Reichardt and writer Jon Raymond (Wendy and Lucy, Old Joy), the grim Cutoff features a killer performance from Michelle Williams and enough frontier mishaps to make you profoundly glad you live in modern times. EH
Fox Tower 10, 846 SW Park, see Movie Times for showtimes, $7.50-10.50

MONDAY, APRIL 25

WATTAGE—It's more than likely Mike Watt soundtracked much of your youthful jackassery—or he's BFFs with musicians who did. Post-punk mainstay and seminal bass player for Minutemen, Firehose, the reunited Stooges, and prolific man about town, Mike Watt and the Missingmen are touring in support of his newest solo album, the punk opera hyphenated-man. CF
w/Charming Birds, Sons of Huns; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $13-15

LOOK BOOKS—Break out the pipe and loafers; tonight Literary Arts announces the winners of the Oregon Book Awards. At this who's-who literary ceremony, host Kurt Andersen will reveal the prizes for best locally penned fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult, and children's lit. SM
Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, 7:30 pm, $17-50

TUESDAY, APRIL 26

SING-ALONG MONTAGE—Need to get inspired? Then don't miss the '80s Movie Anthem Sing-Along! Curated by the film geeks at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, this sing-along free-for-all features clips of Rocky pumping up to beat Drago, Kevin Bacon getting "Footloose," and so much more! As Huey Lewis might say, "Feel the power! OF LOVE." WSH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

CHAMPS—The generically named Eastern Conference Champions make music that is anything but, with a genre-straddling approach that tackles catchy pop and swaggering rock from new angles. The LA-by-way-of Pennsylvania trio plays tunes from the brand-new Speak-ahh album, which comes out today on RockHampton Records. NL
w/Yours, the Singleman Affair; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $8-10

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

POPULISM—Entertainment for People has a surefire formula for pleasing the masses: a smartly curated variety-show hodgepodge of readings, comedy, film, and whatever else strikes the organizers' discriminating fancy. Tonight's installment features the hilarious Beth Lisick (author of Everybody Into the Pool), sketch comedians Michael Fetters and Shelley McLendon, and filmmaker Riley Michael Parker. It's the next best thing to opium and religion. AH
The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $12-15, backfencepdx.com

PAKU-PAKU—Have you checked out Ground Kontrol's slick, Tron-inspired remodel yet? (Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man are in the bathroom tiles!) If not—or even if you have—tonight's the night to swing by GK, as it's their monthly Free Play Night. Five bucks gets you in the door, and all the old-school videogames and pinball you can play are free from there on out! EH
Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch, doors at 5 pm, DJs start at 9 pm, $5, 21+