My, What a Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

BLACK FILM FEST—Tonight, the Portland Black Film Festival kicks off with a 35mm screening of Across 110th Street, 1972's classic starring Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Quinn. And in the coming weeks, there'll be 35mm screenings of Krush Groove, The Last Dragon, Putney Swope, and more. It's a hell of a lineup. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

DANCE PARTY—Bounce on down to the Wonder for Big Freedia's guaranteed fun New Orleans-style sweat-maker. I think you'll be surprised by the Olympic feats of motility the human buttocks can attain. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Big Freedia knows how to get all places moving. CF
w/DJ Beyonda; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $15

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

MUSIC—For their third anniversary, Portland's foremost music videographers Into the Woods have assembled an impressive lineup of cutting-edge bands to accompany their night of new video premieres: Litanic Mask, WL, and two rad bands from Seattle: the addled, euphoric garage-grunge of FF and the majestically damaged sludge-pop sounds of Naomi Punk. NL
w/DJ Romcom, Magic Fades; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $8

FILM FEST—The Portland International Film Festival kicks off today with a shmancy party and a screening of the Spanish film Blancanieves, directed by Pablo Berger—a gorgeous silent-set black and white based on the story of Snow White, but with Flamenco music and matadors. It's an elegant introduction to two of the richest weeks on Portland's calendar of cinema. MS
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $33

ART EXHIBIT—Every week in the back of the Mercury, comedian Ian Karmel delivers the hilarious, sandwich-fueled column Portland as Fuck, which digs unflinchingly into the character of this ridiculous city of ours. Now more than 25 artists are picking up the PaF mantle with the art show Portland as Fuck, presenting works inspired by Ian's column. AH
Compound Gallery, 107 NW 5th, 7-10 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

MOTORCYCLE SHOW—Lovers of motorcycles, design, art, music, and parties all come out for the One Motorcycle Show, a massive annual showcase of custom motorcycles, artist-customized helmets, and bands (the Lonesome Billies, Erotic City). Opening night is always well attended, so bring some cash for the bar and remember: For your own safety, do not touch the bikes! MS
Sandbox Studio, 420 NE 9th, Fri opening night 5 pm-midnight, Sat noon-11 pm, Sun 11 am-2 pm, FREE, the1moto.com

STAND-UP COMEDY—If Portland's entire queer community isn't in love with Cameron Esposito, it's only because they haven't heard of her yet. The bike-riding, side-mulletted comedian absolutely killed at October's All Jane No Dick festival: She's tiny, brash, and hilarious, and I guaran-goddamn-tee this town will love her. AH.
Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK, 8 pm, $12

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

NAKED READING—We all know that the only thing better than naked girls and books is naked girls reading books. The popular Naked Girls Reading is celebrating the Portland chapter's one year anniversary, and will be reading selected satire and parody pieces. The event will be hosted by seasoned burlesque luminary Angelique DeVil (not in any way affiliated with Cruella). RF
Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont, 9 pm, $10-15, 21+

MUSIC CLASS—It's time to go back to school, but this time class will be taught by two of Portland's biggest and best bands. The Helio Sequence and Talkdemonic play a high school gig tonight, with student band Yeti Sweater opening. It's a benefit for Music in the Schools, to raise money for music education in Portland high schools. Get ready to rock out, just remember no running in the halls. NL
Cleveland High School, 3400 SE 26th, 8 pm, $10-12, all ages

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

SCIENCE—You've probably seen MythBusters, the show that tests out common-sense bromides—usually with stupendous explosions. Lucky for you, a traveling exhibit based on the program is finally coming to OMSI. Yeah, it'll be light on combustion, but totally hands-on. DCT
OMSI, 1945 SE Water, opens Fri, Tues-Sun 9:30 am-5:30 pm, $13 for kids, $18 for adults

CLOTHING SWAP—Short on funds but in need of some spiffy new duds? Take your tired gear and $5 to this clothing swap to exchange your old for something new! Plus this isn't just a regular ol' swap, it's a fundraiser for Modified Style's annual fashion show that benefits Bark, Sisters of the Road, and the Pixie Project. CM
BridgePort Brewing Company, 1313 NW Marshall, 3-7 pm, $5 with a bag of clothes, $10 without

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

BOOKS—Few fantasy epics are as... well, epic as the Wheel of Time series, begun by the late Robert Jordan and—now, over two decades later—finished by Brandon Sanderson. Tonight, Sanderson reads from the series' final book, A Memory of Light. Nerds, expect to be both sighing with relief and weeping with dismay. It's okay, everybody. Life will go on. EH
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE

CLASSIC FILM—Cinema 21's been killing it lately, showing classic films in 35mm based on themes and directors. This week's no exception: Their "Notes from the Underground" series consists of David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, and David Fincher's Fight Club. Hot damn! See one for $6, two for $9, or say fuck it and make it a triple feature for $12. EH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, $6-12, see Film Times for showtimes

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

PICKLE TASTING—We love the Dill Pickle Club because of learning, the thing it does best. But once a year, the group makes good on the crunchy promise in its name, hosting a "perfect pickle" taste-test fundraiser that challenges 10 local chefs to see what kind of briny masterpiece they can seal inside a mason jar. DCT
w/the Woolen Men, DJ KM Fizzy; Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, 7-11 pm, $12-15

DANCE PARTY—No need to break out the vat of crawfish étouffée for Mardi Gras, DJ Cooky Parker's got you covered with a pot of his special recipe. It's a night of fool-ass dancing to celebrate Fat Tuesday, with 60-plus years of Dirty South party songs spinning at the hands of Beyondadoubt, Freaky Outty, and Cooky Parker. CF
Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, 9 pm, FREE

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