THURSDAY, MAY 5

CINCO DE MAYO—Three Mexcellent options are on the table: live music by Y La Bamba; four days of firecrackers and lucha libre wrestlers on the waterfront; and burlesque and loteria (Mexican-style bingo). Pick your party poison! MS
Y La Bamba, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10-12; Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 1020 SW Naito, Thurs-Sun, cincodemayo.org; Dames & Games, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside, 8:30 pm, $10-12

SOUL CLAP!—It's a goddamn national treasure! DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin returns with his bottomless crate of soul 45s and his crazy wicked fun dance night called New York Night Train Soul Clap! Dance-offs! A $100 prize! And buckets of sweat! WSH
East End, 203 SE Grand, 9 pm, price not listed... but last time it was $5

FRIDAY, MAY 6

FASHION FRENZY!—The Mercury's annual fashion extravaganza, Open Season, has an insanely awesome lineup this year, including ALL of the regional winners of Project Runway, as well as Portland's brightest stars of design. Miss at your peril. WSH
Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside, 8:30 pm, $15-18

GET HOUSED—The smash hit Road House: The Play! returns for three brief weekends of hilariously loving tribute to rough nights at the Double Deuce and the greatness of Patrick Swayze. AH
Portland Center Stage, Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, Fri-Sat 10 pm, through May 21, $18-22, badreputationprods.com

DUDE—The best way to experience the Coen brothers' 1998 classic The Big Lebowski? Cinco de Lebowski, local podcasters Cort and Fatboy's annual celebration of dude-dom. This year: Lebowski in all its big-screen glory, White Russians for all, and live music. EH
w/Here Come Dots, the Troublemakers; Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, film starts at 11 pm, $3-10, 21+

SATURDAY, MAY 7

FUTURISM—Indie cinema darling Miranda July brings her new film The Future to Portland for two special advance showings and a Q&A with the writer/director herself. The film takes an intimate look at one young couple struggling to build a life together; there is also a talking cat. (And on Friday, don't miss a shorts program of July's early work.)
Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 & 9:30 pm, $15

OPENING ART—Brand-new contemporary art center YU flings open its doors this weekend with a show that calls back to the roots of Portland's arts scene. Selections from the PCVA Archive looks to the past—the history of the long-defunct Portland Center for the Visual Arts—to help form a vision for YU's own future. AH
YU, 800 SE 10th, Thurs-Sat noon-6 pm, through July 30, yucontemporary.org, see this for more on YU

SUNDAY, MAY 8

DEN OF DELIGHT—The downtown locale that is now the delightful new Crystal Hotel was formerly the home of the infamous Club Portland bathhouse. Now that the glory holes have been plugged (darn!), stroll into their basement bar, Al's Den, for an intimate set from Nate Lacy of Mimicking Birds. EAC
Al's Den at the Crystal Hotel, 303 SW 12th, Sun-Sat, 7 pm, FREE

GIRLS—The ladies of Vivian Girls purvey an increasingly mature output of solid music influenced as much by the Ramones as by '60s-era girl groups. All the energy and harmonizing, and virtually none of the rock-star drama. More like this, please. MS
w/No Joy, Blood Beach; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $10-12

MONDAY, MAY 9

SLOW AND STEADY—Low-key singer/songwriter Cass McCombs won't win points for speed or volume. His latest, Wit's End, is a collection of trudging, bummed-out ballads, but within the graceful architecture of his songs is clear evidence of his songwriting genius. Come, listen, drink—just leave the sharp objects at home. NL
w/Frank Fairfield; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $12

ART AND A THEREMIN—How many times can you say you've seen the theremin played by a professional named Larold? Seize this unique opportunity as Portland's Plazm magazine celebrates their 20th anniversary with a new issue and a launch reading that includes some of the most creative critters in the city: Jon Raymond, Kevin Sampsell, and Tiffany Lee Brown. JL
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

TUESDAY, MAY 10

PRINCE OF THE UNIVERSE—In this equation, I can be Garth and you can be Wayne, and we all get to be Freddie for the night. It's the Alamo Drafthouse's Queen Sing-Along night, where everyone belts out "Beezlebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, FOR ME!" Also, they're giving out Freddie Mercury mustaches to the first 100 folks through the door! CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

HERZOG—Professional badass Werner Herzog's latest, the 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, takes viewers deep into France's Chauvet caves—the dark, strange home of ancient artworks and long-moldering skeletons. It's also a Herzog movie, which means there's roughly a 100 percent chance it will be awesome. EH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see Movie Times for showtimes, $8-11

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11

ALTERED STATES—Austin's finest purveyors of psychedelia, the Black Angels, return to town with their thumping acid rock, so buckle up for a trip to lysergic lands. Don't miss Bay Area openers Sleepy Sun, whose dynamic brand of psych is downright mind expanding. NL
Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $15-18, all ages

WAR JAMSSierra Leone's Refugee All Stars create perhaps the world's most upbeat music about horrific rebel warfare. The real-life refugee band's West African sounds match perfectly with emcee Black Nature's smooth lyrics. (Hometown bonus: He wound up going to community college in Portland!) SM
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $22, all ages