My, What a Busy Week! 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

PERSONAL JESUS—Over the course of a single LP and a pair of EPs, Zola Jesus has established herself at the pinnacle of the art-pop world. Clearly that wasn't enough for the bewitching 22-year-old, since she just released her finest work to date, the brooding and complex Conatus. Even better, Jesus and her backing band are always captivating when onstage. EAC
w/Xanopticon; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $15

DROOLWORTHY—Thirty-four local artists create limited runs of cheap, bike-centric prints for Artcrank, the annual bikey poster show. Tonight's schmancy opening party features Widmer beer and raises money for do-gooders to give bikes to Rwandans. I think Portland just creamed its pants. SM
The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, 5-11 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

DARKNESS—Portland's metal scene is mightier than ever, and the Fall into Darkness festival invites you to three skull-crushing days of local notables along with imports up and down the West Coast. Tonight is headlined by one of our most gorgeous and blackest, Agalloch. I cannot stress the importance of earplugs enough. MS
w/Atriarch, Sedan; Branx, 320 SE 2nd, 8 pm, $15-20, all ages

VERY SUPERSTITIOUS—Horror today seems overly preoccupied with the gore factor, but little of it comes close to the ridiculous special effects and too-real-for-camp scenes in John Carpenter's underrated 1982 classic The Thing. Screened tonight by podcasters Cort and Fatboy, it remains Kurt Russell's movie, really: Dude knows his way around a blowtorch—that's a special effect by itself. WE
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 11 pm, $3, 21+

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

BOOTY BOUNCE—Work up a good ol' fashioned Saturday night sweat with the always-reliable Buck and Bounce dance night at Holocene. Tonight features the deep crates of DJ Beyondadoubt—specializing in high-velocity Southern bounce—and Brice Nice, a New Orleans plate spinner with tons of blazing hot Louisiana soul & funk 45s. WSH
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $5

SAY "CHEESE"—Blessed are the cheesemakers, and no one knows this better than the Oregon Cheese Guild, who host today's Wedge festival, a market-style block party that celebrates the cheesy bounty of our fair state. There'll be plenty of rare, locally made artisanal cheeses, plus beer and charcuterie, too! NL
Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub, 928 SE 9th, 10 am-4 pm, $5 suggested donation for entry

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9

DOUBLE COPY—Masters of the dance floor Cut Copy's Wonder Ballroom show tonight is way sold out, but don't fret: Those both with and without tickets can catch up with them DJing the afterparty, a dance beast itself with live sets from Midnight Magic and the Miracles Club. MS
w/Washed Out, Midnight Magic; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8 pm, SOLD OUT; afterparty at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $7

WORDWEEK—There are 10 trillion awesome Wordstock events around town this week, but don't forget the actual Wordstock festival! With umpteen panel discussions and more than 150 participating authors, this year's Wordstock promises to be epic—words, books, e-books, and comics rolling around together in a pit of love. SS
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Sat-Sun 10 am-6 pm, $7-10

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

SWOON—Pack the defibrillator, because chances are your tender little heart won't be able to stand the unrelenting charm and adorability of Veronica Falls. The UK pop quartet delivered their mighty self-titled LP last month, and it's loaded with addictive pop numbers and macabre love songs that won't leave you anytime soon. Bring a buddy, just in case your heart can't take it all. EAC
w/the Drums, Io Echo; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $12

KLOSTERMAN—Smart, funny, and 5,000 times more knowledgeable about pop culture than you, Chuck Klosterman's cranked out great essay collections like Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, not to mention a solid first novel, Downtown Owl. Tonight, he hits Powell's to read from his latest, The Visible Man—a novel whose cast, bewilderingly, includes an invisible man. Stop messing with my head, Klosterman. EH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11

DOUBLE DATE—You know what would be a perfect date night concert? Chromeo and Mayer Hawthorne. And they're co-headlining tonight! It'll be like getting into a sexy time machine and going to see Hall and Oates, LCD Soundsystem, and Smokey Robinson all on the same night—and then probably getting laid, vintage-style, because how could you not? MJ
w/Sammy Bananas; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $26, all ages

SOUND + VISION—As part of the NW Film Center's annual Reel Music film festival, a heaping crop of Portland music videos makes up tonight's That Was Then, This Is Now: Portland Music Videos program. Curated by director/photographer Alicia J. Rose and drummer Sara Lund, it's a bounty of videos past and present from local directors. NL
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7 pm, $9

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

FORTUNE & GLORY—If you know what the hell a Mola Ram is, about how much a Chachapoyan fertility idol weighs, and how to spell "Jehovah" if you don't want to fall to your doom, here's your plan for the night: Pub Quiz's Indiana Jones Trivia Night, featuring questions from all three original Indy movies, and yes, also from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. (Oh, settle down, dweebs. The most recent one is still better than Temple of Doom.) EH
Thirsty Lion Pub, 71 SW 2nd, 7 pm

SLAY ME—As part of their Blood, Bath, and Beyond series, the Academy Theater screens the 1992 camp thriller, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And while the execution might make Joss Whedon roll his eyes, there's plenty of fun to be had from stars Kristy Swanson, Dylan from Beverly Hills, 90210, and... Pee-wee Herman! WSH
Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, see Movie Times times, $4 

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