My, What a Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

KHAAAAAANN—From Ricardo Montalban's terrifying, greased-up pectorals to William Shatner's furious, despair-filled war cry, the smart, exciting, and weirdly emotional Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the best Star Trek movie. Even if you hate Star Trek, you will love this movie! It is the one with the space slug that crawls in the dude's ear! On 35mm! EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, see Film Times, $7

KHAAAAAANN—The new Bat for Lashes album, The Haunted Man, is brimming with beauty, a tangle of shrouded woods and tarnished glamour. The uncanny voice and music of Natasha Khan is a joy to behold, hooky and joyous and mysterious. It's probably in your best interest to bat your dancing lashes all over the Wonder tonight. CF
w/HOTT MT; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $20-22, all ages

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

COMEDY FEST—Comedy fans already know that Bridgetown is one of the best weekends of the year. Because it's a blast: Four days of top-notch stand-up, live podcast taping, special shows (like a Simpsons panel with writer Dana Gould!), and more, and most of it unfolds at Southeast bars within stumbling distance of each other. AH
Thurs-Sun, various locations, see Feature, and bridgetowncomedy.com

BALLET—Oregon Ballet Theatre's American Music Festival brings three new works to Portland stages, including one—Trey McIntyre's Robust American Love—set to the music of Fleet Foxes. Another—Pontus Lidberg's Stream—boasts a brand-new score from Portland-born Julliard grad Ryan Francis. AH
Newmark Theatre, 111 SW Broadway, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $27 & up, obt.org for more times

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

SOUL MUSIC—Lee Fields and the Expressions know their way around a stage. Fields has been in the trenches since the late 1960s, amassing wistful, rambunctious soul tracks. Listening to the man live is a strange thing: You can't believe a voice that great is in the same room with you, but you're ecstatic it is. DVH
w/Lady, Eldridge Gravy; Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $20

ROCK—The two-day Stumpfest brings metal and heavy psych thundering across the Mississippi Studios stage, and tonight the weekend kicks off with headliners Tweak Bird, a pair of brothers who make peyote-swallowin' biker meth music with the volume firmly in the red. Local favorites Danava, Diesto, and Regular Music round out the very heavy bill. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $15-17 (two-day pass $25)

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

RECORD STORE DAY—The greatest annual holiday that doesn't involve killing a turkey or smashing a pumpkin (although Smashing Pumpkins may be involved to some degree) is here! Record Store Day celebrates the institution of the local record store, featuring special releases, in-store performances, and other mutual displays of affection at brick 'n' mortars across town. MS
Independent record stores everywhere, all day, recordstoreday.com for more info

BIKE FILM FEST—The 11th Annual Filmed by Bike film festival kicks off with a New Belgium-sponsored street party on SE Clinton during the day, culminating in a presentation of bike-themed film shorts in the evening. Among the highlights of the fest: Bare as You Dare, a short documentary on Portland's World Naked Bike Ride. DVH
Street party, SE 25th & Clinton, 3-9 pm, FREE, all ages; Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, shorts program 7 & 9 pm, $10-25

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

PRINCE DANCE—You could be a sad sack, moping outside the Prince show, hoping to hear something from the sidewalk. Or you could get yourself some goddamned Pussy Control. DJs Nathan Detroit and Freaky Outty work up a black sweat in the name of the Purple One without necessitating you sell an organ to enjoy it. BR
Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, 9 pm, FREE

SOCCER—Portland's second pro soccer team, the Portland Thorns, may yet wind up first in the hearts of local soccer nuts. The team and its brand-new league are certainly a big win for women whose soccer dreams had nowhere to go after college. Give the Thorns some love by watching their home opener against the (dumbly named) Seattle Reign. DCT
Jeld-Wen Field, 1844 SW Morrison, 2 pm, $12-30

MONDAY, APRIL 22

WORLD BOOK NIGHT—Encyclopedia: Read it! JK. World Book Night has a crazy idea that if they give free books to light or non-readers that those people will read! Tonight's event features Alexis Smith and her Tin House-released novel Glaciers, Leigh Newman's Still Points North, plus a performance by Laura Gibson and the Mercury's Alison Hallett on emcee duty. MS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 7 pm, $7

MUSIC—Calling all fans of the Walkmen and Nick Cave! The Veils would like to plop a huge dollop of head-bobbing joy into your existence with their fourth album Time Stays, We Go, full of jangling guitars, soulful Jeff Buckley-esque vocals, and burning atmospherics. Plus, the London band is renowned for their killer live performances! CF
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-12

TUESDAY, APRIL 23

MUSIC—Shimmering, crystalline bubbles of sugar-synth emit from Purity Ring's carefully crafted lullabies. The Canadian duo's enveloping hiphop-pop perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the right now, and their inventive light show is captivatingly, strangely beautiful. NL
w/Blue Hawaii; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8:30 pm, $15, all ages

FILM—Nine years ago, with a mere $7,000, some guy named Shane Carruth made one of the most original, fascinating, and confounding films ever—the sci-fi mind-bender Primer. No longer MIA, Carruth is finally back with Upstream Color, a film that bewildered and thrilled at Sundance. You won't see anything else like it this year—or any other year. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, see Film Times, $7

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