My, What a Busy Week! 

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

COULTON—Give one listen to the funny, sad, sweet, geeky songs of Jonathan Coulton and you'll understand why he became an internet phenomenon. Attend just one of his live shows and you'll... well, I am not sure, exactly, other than have an excellent time, which everyone does at them, because they are great. EH
w/John Roderick; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $25, all ages

SAM ELLIOTT VS. CLINT EASTWOOD—Two fantastic westerns finish big-screen runs in Portland tonight: The Academy has 1993's kickass Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, and Sam Elliott, while the 1968 Clint Eastwood flick Hang 'Em High is at the Laurelhurst! This is a tough decision. Either way, you win. EH
Tombstone at the Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, 9:10 pm, $4; Hang 'Em High at the Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, 9:20 pm, $4

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

PLANET HAIR—Dust off your beehive and fake eyelashes, the B-52s are back on the lawn at the Zoo. Between monkey-flung feces and white wine spritzers, plan to dance that mess around. The Athens crew still sounds phenomenal, and they'll be belting out all your favorites in full party mode. CF
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon, 7 pm, $33-53, all ages

ASIAN POP—If you're not already on the Asian pop music tip, here's your chance. It's the Happy Life Solution: J-Pop & K-Pop Dance Party featuring many of the insanely fun and hooky Japanese and Korean pop hits, spun by DJs Solomon, Hojo, vVv, and Initial P! Hellooooo Kitty! WSH
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $3 (FREE before 10 pm)

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

LESBILEARNIN'—Okay, enough with the dance parties and hot dog-eating contests: Time to buckle down for some important queer history lessons, like where all the cool bathhouses used to be! The Dill Pickle Club and PICA team up to host an "Oh So (Queer) History of Portland," walking the big gay streets of downtown. SM
Pre-register at dillpickleclub.org, 11 am-1 pm, $10

MONSTER MAKER—Due to popular demand, Third Rail Rep is bringing back the National Theatre's production of Frankenstein, broadcast direct from London. Yes, we all know the story, but this time it's directed by Danny Boyle, and performed by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating in the roles of Victor and the Creature! NL
World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon, 2 & 7 pm, (also Sun July 1, 1 & 5 pm), $20

SUNDAY, JUNE 24

CAN'T STOP—For the seventh year running, the PDX Browncoats are banding together for Can't Stop the Serenity, a screening of Joss Whedon's brilliant Serenity, plus the "Out of Gas" episode of Firefly, and a performance by geek-rockers the Doubleclicks—all to raise money for the Raphael House and Equality Now! MS
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 2 pm (doors at 12:30 pm for advanced ticket holders), $12-15

SKATE RACE—Pack the jean shorts and killer headband for a day of raditude: The Mt. Tabor Downhill skate race hits our volcano's steep slopes for a classic slalom, luge, mini-bike, and old-school skate competition promising equal parts speed and style. Stoked! SM
Mt. Tabor Park, SE 60th & Salmon, 1-7 pm, FREE to watch, $10-60 to race

TUNES & TALK—It's the last day of the four-day-long PICA Symposium! Today's dish: A panel of local musicians—Laura Gibson, Cool Nutz, Holcombe Waller, and John Savage—perform and discuss change in the economy and community. Stick around for mimosas, bagels, and reflection on the weekend's events. AZ
PICA, 415 SW 10th, Suite 300, 11 am, FREE

MONDAY, JUNE 25

(NOT SO) FUNNY BOOKS—Comics journalist Joe Sacco is one of the most important cartoonists working today, because his work engages directly with the issues of our time. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is no exception, as Sacco and his collaborator, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, examine the poverty crisis in America. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

DEAD CAN RIDE—Here's one of the more interesting Pedalpalooza events: The Dead Freeways Ride is a guided tour of the fascinating history of Portland's highways that never made the cut or were demolished. Plus info on current freeway plans including the controversial CRC! Ride and learn. WSH
Meet at South Park Blocks by PSU's Lincoln Hall, 900 SW Market, 5 pm, FREE

TUESDAY, JUNE 26

DON'T!—Here's a nice cautionary tale against child abuse: Little Donald's mommy burned him with matches when he was bad, and in fine grindhouse tradition he grew up to be the flamethrower-wielding psychopath of 1980's B-horror movie Don't Go in the House, shown here on 35mm. But no seriously: Don't go in the damn house! MS
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

PARK READING—Fine: If you won't go to a book reading, then the book reading's coming to you. Future Tense Books joins the sunny-day hordes at Colonel Summers Park, presenting a reading from three exciting young writers: poets Diana Salier and Matthew Dickman, and essayist Chloe Caldwell. AH
Colonel Summers Park, SE 17th & Taylor, 7 pm, FREE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

GARMONBOZIA—As a special treat to cap off their weekly Twin Peaks viewings, the Hollywood Theatre is showing David Lynch's 1992 prequel movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Love it or hate it, it's a beautiful cinematic enigma. Come watch Laura Palmer's last week on Earth... and beware of Bob! CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 9:30 pm, $5

GET SCIENCED—This summertime edition of OMSI After Dark has it all. A big, exciting museum of science without any snot-nosed kids running around? Check. Booze and plenty of attractive adults to mingle with? Check. Live music by Radiation City and the Robinsons' Psychedelic Famile Band? Check. Plus a special fire-themed program with fireworks, burning magnesium, fire tornadoes, and more? OH MY GOD YES CHECK CHECK CHECK. NL
OMSI, 1945 SE Water, 7-11:30 pm, $18, 21+

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