THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

DAY ONE—2011's TBA Festival officially kicks off with The Hidden Life of Bridges, a projection- and sound-based event featuring the Hawthorne and Morrison spans. Then, the Works hosts a bangin' dance party led by Vockah Redu and Beyondadoubt. MS
Bridge display, Hawthorne Bridge, Thurs-Sat, 9-11 pm (repeats every 15 minutes), FREE; dance party, Washington High School, 531 SE 14th, 11 pm, FREE, all ages

DEATH BY BOOK—Readings can be deathly boring, but Literary Death Match promises to inflict punishment on its readers, not the audience. Four authors go-head-to-head with a panel of all-star judges (including Kevin Sampsell and Live Wire!'s Courtenay Hameister), who will choose an ultimate winner based on performance, literary merit, and "intangibles." AH
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 8:05 pm, $6-10

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

BEST FEST—Want a festival experience without the lines, the fatigue, and the empty wallet? This! Fest crams nearly 20 bands and DJs (plus enough writers to fill an entire floor of Powell's) into the Woods and lets them go nuts for two straight days of unscripted and inebriated entertainment. Even better, it's all local and totally free. EAC
The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, Fri 5 pm, Sat 3 pm, FREE, see thewoodsportland.com for complete lineup

OLIVE ME—Hey, look, it's the voice of Vanity Smurf from new hit movie The Smurfs! Oh, and also the British guy from The Daily Show. Get ready for some good limey wit: John Oliver makes America (and its encompassing Smurfdom) the butt of many jokes on his new stand-up tour. SM
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $38.75, all ages

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

AZZ EVERYWHERE—Last year, the queen diva of New Orleans bounce played a nutso secret show at Sassy's strip club that became the talk of MusicfestNW. This year Big Freedia plays an official show at Dante's, but her rowdy, rambunctious, freakalicious dance party promises to be just as crazy. NL
w/DJ Beyonda, Serious Business, & more; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $15

WHAMMY—You might know him best as Anchorman's Champ Kind, but David Koechner is also a prolific stand-up comedian—expect wacky characters, observational humor, and maybe the odd country song. AH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-27

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

DAYTIME DANCE—Wonder why there is a line of good-looking people snaking through the streets of industrial Southeast Portland on a Sunday afternoon? It's the Do-Over, that's why. The summer tradition of sun-soaked daytime dancing, secret big-name DJs, and washing it all down with a carafe of sangria, winds down today. This is your final chance to shake it 'til you make it under the Portland sun. EAC
Produce Row Café;, 204 SE Oak, 2 pm, FREE, 21+, RSVP at thedoover.net/portland

NEVER FORGETKe$ha's rising star speaks powerfully to the party-kid generation that's emerged out of our nation's post-9/11 economic downturn. You can find her "in the back with the Jack by the jukebox"—or, in tonight's case, at Portland's biggest venue—for a glitter-bombed tribute to what makes this country great. $$
w/LMFAO, Spank Rock; Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, 7:30 pm, $39.50-49.50, all age$

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

GOLDWING—The sixth album from space-cowboy outfit Blitzen Trapper hits stores tomorrow, but before you get your paws on the rootsy, cosmic American Goldwing, check out an intimate in-store show from the Portland band, in which they'll pack the cluttered aisles of Music Millennium with fans eager to hear brand-new tunes. NL
Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside, 8 pm, FREE, all ages

SIBLING RIVALRY—Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy haven't blown up yet, but they will—they're two excellent, badass actors who utterly inhabit the roles they choose. In Warrior, they play estranged brothers (and Nick Nolte's their dad!) who also happen to be MMA fighters. Spoiler: Some sibling rivalry gets dealt with via some furiously flying fists. EH
Various Theaters, see Movie Times

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

HEY LADIES—A historical talk about lesbian separatist communities in Oregon? Yes. Please. The only way this could be better is if there were snacks. Oh, wait, it's in a bar? Dear Lord. This installment of Oregon Encyclopedia's Stumptown Stories series is a must see. SM
Jack London Bar at the Rialto, 529 SW 4th, 7:30 pm, FREE

GWYNETH DIES—The people who cut the trailer for Steven Soderbergh's latest, Contagion, made a pretty brilliant move: They showed Gwyneth Paltrow dying in the trailer. Trailer makers, you could've convinced me with "Soderbergh," or with "all-star cast featuring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Marion Cotillard," or with "global pandemic disaster movie"—but you had me with "Gwyneth Paltrow dying." Ten tickets, please! EH
Various Theaters, see Movie Times

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

CASANOVA—To help break in Floating World Comics' snazzy new digs, fantastic local comics writer Matt Fraction will be in the store for a book release party and signing of his latest—Avaritia, the long-awaited third volume in his beloved Casanova series. And in addition to copies of Avaritia #1 being available, Floating World's walls will be decked out with original Casanova art from the brilliant Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. EH
Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch, 6-8 pm, FREE

ROUND 'EM UP—Dust off your cowboy boots, grab a lasso, and head east. Today kicks off the Pendleton Round-Up: a wild combination of cowboy tradition, carnival rides, and hoedowns all heartily doused in whiskey. What's stopping you? AZ
1205 SW Court, Pendleton, Wed-Sat 1-7 pm, many events FREE, rodeo $18-25, all ages