My, What A Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

MOVIE—It's hard to believe that something so spooky, beautiful, and twisted as The Night of the Hunter could have been made in the goody-goody 1950s. Robert Mitchum as the love/hate-knuckled Harry Powell is bone-chilling, as he terrorizes two moppets in a stylistic chase across the countryside. It's a masterpiece, and oh-so wonderfully weird. CF
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see Film Times, $6 ($9 double feature with Fritz Lang's M)

READING—From 1984 to 1989, the fanzine Aggro Rag Freestyle Mag covered the burgeoning BMX bike scene—and at tonight's release party, you can snag a handy collection of all 12 issues, plus new interviews and classic photos. Whether you remember the '80s or not, this is a fascinating slice of history. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

COMEDY—There's been some talk that Helium Comedy Club doesn't give women comics much stage time. How's this for an answer: three nights of stand-up from the very funny Iliza Shlesinger, the only female winner of Last Comic Standing and host of the dating show Excused. BR
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-25

TEDX ART—The Portland TEDx conference is sold out, but you can stave off the impatience of waiting for the live stream (on April 27!) by checking out the What If? art and design exhibition, opening today, featuring contributors like Jenene Nagy and Carson Ellis. All pieces will be auctioned off to benefit the Children's Healing Arts Project, so feel free to fall in love. MS
University of Oregon's White Box, 24 NW 1st, opens Thurs April 4, Tues-Sat, noon-6 pm, through April 24

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

MUSIC—Earlier this year, Unknown Mortal Orchestra dropped their second album of brain-melting underwater psych-funk, and now the Portland trio plays its first hometown show since the record's release. They've been setting alight stages across the country, and are ready to do the same for a hometown crowd. NL
w/Wampire; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $15-17

FILM—The programming at the Beer and Movie Fest is hit-and-miss—but the hits are very much worth hitting. So here are this week's best: Woody Allen's Annie Hall, Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, and John Woo's Hard Boiled—all on 35mm! EH
Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, see Film Times, and Film Shorts for more info, $4

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

ROLLER DERBY—Last year, those dastardly Bay Area Derby Girls of San Francisco snatched the ticket to championships away from Rose City Rollers all-star team, the Wheels of Justice, and it wasn't the first time. Let's hope comeuppance is in their future tonight, along with some hard hits. CF
The Hangar at Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park, 7 pm, $14-20

TRIBUTE NIGHT—If there was ever a night to put white flowers in your hair, it's tonight. Lady Sings the Blues features a fierce lineup of local female musicians (Edna Vazquez and Ezza Rose among them) paying tribute to the songs of Billie Holiday to benefit the 2013 Siren Nation Festival. The cycle of female musicianship must be continued! MS
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, 9 pm, $10-12

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

MUSIC—When he's not being "The Dude" or ending child hunger, he's alt-rocking the country world. From twangy Willie Nelson-style love ballads to rocking guitar riffs, Jeff Bridges and the Abiders know how to throw down the down-home jamz. Just make sure you don't forget his White Russian. RF
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $69.50, all ages

ROAD SHOW—There's nothing quite like Sister Spit: Michelle Tea's legendary traveling road show packs a van with queer and feminist writers and performers, and takes to the road. Tonight's Portland appearance features author Ali Liebegott, genderqueer accordionist DavEnd, and Tea herself. AH
Ethos/IFCC, 5340 N Interstate, details TKTK

MONDAY, APRIL 8

NOSTALGIA—If all you know about Soul Asylum is "Runaway Train," there's much for you to learn. Prior to becoming huge during the grunge era, the Minneapolis band was raw, punky, and great, one of the titans in a crowded '80s Twin Cities scene. Soul Asylum's got a new record out, but we're holding out for classics from their Twin/Tone days. NL
w/Throwback Suburbia, Cellar Door; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez, 7:30 pm, $20-25

TV—Weird old sci-fi doesn't get much better than The Twilight Zone—which means the Hollywood's habit of playing Twilight Zone episodes on 16mm is a pretty perfect way to spend a night. Tonight's selections: "The Trade-Ins," "The Prime Mover," and "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," which doesn't sound ominous at all. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $5

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

MUSIC—Catching Brit rockers Spiritualized is a pretty neat trick, because it's really like seeing a bunch of bands for the price of one. Spacy ambience blends with thick rock mixes with well-worn favorites, so everyone should have a reason to grin. The band's still touring off last year's release, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, but it's so marvelous no one should care. DCT
Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $18-20

READING—You might be disgusted by some of the details in Mary Roach's latest book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, but you'll also know a lot more about the surprisingly accommodating spatial constraints of the human rectum. Science writer Roach rose to prominence with lively books on mangled cadavers and space flight. Now she's tackled digestion. DVH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

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