My, What a Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

NONE OTHER—Tonight none other than Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen visits Portland, whose long lore as a working-class town ensures a sturdy bedrock of fandom. Up there with the greatest musicians and poets who've been able to elevate the dreariness of the everyday, Bruce will put stars (and stripes) in your eyes. MS
Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct, 7:30 pm, $48-98, all ages

LEPRECHAUN GOLD—Hot on the heels of the announcement of a new pro women's soccer team in Portland, the 2012 Olympic champs of the US women's national soccer team are coming to town to swing their mighty gold medals at the wee sprites of the Republic of Ireland's footie team. The adage "the luck of the Irish" is on the line. CF
Jeld-Wen Field, 1844 SW Morrison, 7 pm, $38 & up

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

MULANEYSNL writer, occasional "Weekend Update" guest, and stand-up comedian John Mulaney is droll, affable, revealing, and—weirdly, for a comedian—incredibly likeable. He resembles a handsome baby, and he will make you laugh and laugh. AH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-25

MEMOIR + MALKMUS—Michael Heald's new memoir, Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, is honest and biting with absolutely great stories about growing up as the awkwardest kid in the room. Celebrate the release tonight with members of Velella Velella, Point Juncture, WA, and more—who are performing Stephen Malkmus covers all night long. SM
Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 7:30 pm, FREE, all ages

WHAT'S IN A NAME?—The rippin' new 7-inch from And And And is inappropriately named No Party, as tonight's record release show will certainly be a party to remember. They've put together a stacked bill with some of Portland's finest and funnest, including Sun Angle, Minden, and a reunited the Shaky Hands. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $6-8

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

FAREWELL—Eclectic Portland folk band Loch Lomond aren't breaking up, they're just only doing European tours from now on. (They prefer to get paid in euros, and who can blame 'em?) Say a proper goodbye at their final hometown show before your only chance to see 'em is a trip to the Old World. NL
w/Black Prairie; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $12-15, 21+

HECKLEVISION—Hecklevision's back, and we aren't messing around: This time the movie that'll be enhanced by your text-messaged wisecracks is nothing less than the 1990 supernatural romance classic Ghost! Swayze! Demi! Whoopi! Sexy, sexy clay! G-g-g-ghosts! EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 9:30 pm, $8

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

SKATE RATS—Blood is thicker than water, especially in roller derby. The sibling rivalry between the Rose City Rollers and the dastardly dames of Seattle's Rat City Rollergirls is long and storied, so tonight's four Portland vs. Seattle bouts will be a grudge-filled blitz full of rolling hits. Prepare some heckles! CF
Memorial Coliseum, 300 Winning Way, 5:45 pm, $14-24

BRAINSTORMED—Haven't been getting enough subtle head bopping lately? Brainstorm is here to meet all your electro-pop needs. After returning home from a national tour this fall and receiving a pile of critical accolades, this trio will get your toes tapping and heads swaying gently in that smooth, independent-music manner. RF
w/Hosannas, Grandparents; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-$12

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

WHALES WEEP NOT—Atomic Arts takes Trek in the Park inside for Trek in the Dark. Watch live enactments of weird Star Trek scenes! Enjoy a screening of this summer's boffo production of Journey to Babel! Marvel at a well-curated "Mini-Khan" of memorabilia! And stay for cortandfatboy's screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home! DCT
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 1 pm (all ages), 7 pm (21+), $6

MUSHY—There are wonderful things about this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, and most of them are mushrooms. This weekend, Oregon Mushroom Stories celebrates the region's funnest fungi with the Mush Fair, where you can experience mushroom sculpture and spore prints and sample "mushroom, mold, and yeast treats." MS
The Cleaners, 403 SW 10th, 2-6 pm, FREE, oregonmushroomstories.org

BROOKLYN <3—The Portland Brooklyn Project celebrates common ground between the two coastal epicenters of everything hipster—but it's not all mustaches and fixies. Tonight they join forces with Tin House for a star-studded reading that raises money for Red Hook's relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. AH
w/Jon Raymond, Nancy Rommelmann, Karen Karbo; Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 5 pm, $20-35

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3

HIPHOP BLUES—The country's best politically savvy, working-class hiphop duo, Blue Scholars, are back in town. The talented pair makes their home base in South Seattle ("the most ethnically diverse zip code in America," they're proud to say) and can make even a rap about riding the bus catchy and poignant. SM
w/Brothers from Another, the Physics; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez, 8 pm, $17-20, all ages

METRIC SYSTEMSynthetica, Metric's latest album, is a journey through youth and an examination of the gritty, beautiful, and painful experience of living and dying. It was a long road for Metric, but the success of their new release guarantees their shows will sell out for the immediate future (like maybe starting now). CM
w/Shadows on Stars; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, get your tickets where you can, all ages

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4

EUROPEAN SUN—The shadow of Welsh musician John Cale looms long, from his days mining raw veins of rock 'n' roll with the Velvet Underground, to session work with the Stooges and Nick Drake, to a lengthy and adventurous solo career. None other than esteemed songwriter Cass McCombs is opening, indicating Cale's considerable prestige. NL
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 8 pm, $35-40, 21+

BOGIE—Cinema 21 celebrates one of the greats with You'll Take It and Like It, featuring three unmissable Humphrey Bogart flicks in 35mm—Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and The Big Sleep. Seeing any one of these films on 35mm and in a theater is a rare opportunity—let alone three. Don't pass it up. EH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see Movie Times for showtimes, $6 for one film, $9 for two films, $12 for three

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