THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27

SHOEGAZIN'Finally, something to be thankful for: the lush, dark electro-scapes of M83. Their latest album, Saturdays = Youth, grafts together dance-y, head-nodding beats, ethereal vocals, and enough synthy goodness to impress Jan Hammer. (In a good way.) EH

w/School of Seven Bells; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $15

CHOP SOCKY—Thanks for nothing, pilgrims. Thanksgiving has all the worst parts of Christmas, but without any presents! At least the Clinton Street Theater has your back: Taonight, their annual Thanksgiving Kung Fu Marathon gives hour upon hour of classic chop socky flicks, starring Bruce Lee, Sonny Chiba, and Jim "Dragon" Kelly! EH

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 7 pm, $5

TURKEY PIZZA—Alone for the holidays this year? Or perhaps just calling fiddlesticks on the whole pilgrims 'n' Indians potluck myth? Head on down to Rotture for a pizza/dance party instead, and you might at least end up thanking yourself. MS

w/DJs Squeal, Doctor Love, Vibe Cop; Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 10 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28

ODEN! ODEN!—If the Portland Trail Blazers are going to rise to the ranks of the elite, they'll need to find a way to defeat the pesky New Orleans Hornets. Their Western Conference rivals—with the best point guard in the game, Chris Paul—always seem to frustrate the Blazers, but, of course, that was before Greg Oden came into his own. Who knows? Tonight just might be a preview of what the first round of the playoffs will look like. EAC

Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, 7 pm, $10 & up

HIPHOP—North of the border's finest import to make his home here in Portland, former Canuck Josh Martinez wears the crown as the smoothest and wittiest emcee around. The gifted lyricist behind the recent The World Famous Sex Buffet, Martinez is best onstage, where his massive personality, both on and off the mic, truly shines. EAC

w/Raise the Bridges, Serge Severe; Satyricon, 125 NW 6th, 8:30 pm, $8, all ages

21ST CENTURY MAN—In 2005, filmmakers Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno trained cameras on infamous soccer player Zinedine Zidane for the entirety of a single soccer game. The result is Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which tracks with obsessive detail every single action of Zidane's during the match. With music by Mogwai, Zidane is a surreal, intense, challenging, and unique experience for cinephiles and sports fans alike. EH

Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, [click here for showtimes], $7-8

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29

WU—The Wu-Tang Clan return, kicking off a national tour in support of 8 Diagrams right here, tonight. Also, try to get your hands on a copy of the recently BET-aired doc Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan—something tells me the merch table of this show is a good place to look. MS

Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $35-40, all ages

CARTOONIES!—Electro rock and cartoons come together for a night of rollicking fun with Cartune Xprez, a show that brings together some of the most awesome illustrator and animators from Portland and beyond. Hooliganship (the braintrust behind Cartune Xprez) returns to PDX with live cartoon soundtracks and a brand-new Cartune Xprez DVD. It's hard to describe, but harder to miss! WSH

w/MEGA*CHURCH, Explode into Colors; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $6

HOT DANCE—Tonight's your last chance (well, for a few weeks, anyway) to hit Portland's hottest bhangra dance night before DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid tour India in search of new sounds. SM

Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th, 9 pm, $8

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30

BUCK UP—Starting at the age of 12, Young Buck has been rapping since he was... well, a young buck. He left G-Unit earlier this year and he's had some beefs with others in the game, but his new album, The Rehab, comes out early next year, and tonight he'll be ruling the roost from the Roseland stage. NL

w/Cool Nutz, Alias John Brown, Meezalini; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $25, all ages

SHHH—The Secret Society Sale is one of the real gems in the bedazzled crown of Portland's handmade holiday craft fairs, with a slew of unique (in a good way) local goods, no admission fee, and readily available liquor to bookend your shopping experience. MS

Secret Society Ballroom, 116 NE Russell, 10 am-6 pm, FREE

SUIT UP—The latest artists to join the legendary Touch and Go label, Oklahoma City's the Uglysuit will roll their everything-but-the-kitchen-sink expansive indie rock sound to Portland tonight in support of their dizzying self-titled debut. EAC

w/Andy Combs and the Moth, Quail Lungs; Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 8 pm, $7, all ages

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1

FUNBOOK—The collaborative community arts and music menagerie known as Portland Funbook is celebrating the release of its third volume, with all proceeds for the release party and sales going to charity. Get your culture on and dig the oversized 11 x 17-inch book of local wonders! RJP

Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $9

GOOD ARTHamza Walker is a fun, down-to-earth Chicago curator who pushes the edge of art and music, seeking out the best in new and experimental works. This free lecture is 100 percent guaranteed to make you smarter. SM

Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, Room 212, 1914 SW Park, 7:30 pm, FREE

HOLIDAY TEA—A menu of both savory and sweet finger foods goes a wassailing with English tea and a two-story tree at the Heathman this holiday season. Fuel up after shopping and before you hit the eggnog. PAC

Heathman Restaurant, 1001 SW Broadway, daily at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm, through Jan 4, $32/person

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2

DUBBED—Metal/dub power group Dub Trio (also the part of Peeping Tom who aren't Mike Patton) are expected to level the Doug Fir crowd this Tuesday with the dual attack of ferocious riffs, and soothing dub trickery—a decidedly tough feat. Two genres for the price of one! RJP

w/Middle Class Rut, Black Cobra; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10

DANCE—The kids over at FuckBadMusic.com take over the Crown Room each Tuesday for Chedda electronic dance night. Tonight catch Doctor Adam—philosophy professor by day, musician by night—play jams alongside regular DJs Matt and Kellan. NL

The Crown Room, 205 NW 4th, 10 pm, FREE

HANDMADE NW!—A huge craft festival featuring hundreds of locally based artisans selling jewelry, pottery, clothing, soap, puppets, and more. Perfect for those in need of Christmas gift ideas. MD

World Trade Center Plaza, 121 SW Salmon, 10 am-6 pm, FREE

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE—The gorgeous Gungle Dungn album is a perfect marriage of Dhani Rosa's delicate production with the gloriously pure vocals of Jordan Bagnall. Together, the two are Doubledutch, and the weird, warped, wild music they make is a rare collaboration that works perfectly. NL

w/Root Beer and French Fry, Chrome Wings; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $3

COMICS + CULTS—Watch out: Floating World Comics has bought up 1,000 strange old movies on VHS tape and is kicking off December by screening R.O.T.O.R. (a film known as the Canadian RoboCop), while local artists and any other comics-inclined persons draw at tables throughout the store. SM

Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th, 7-10 pm, FREE

CIVIC DUTY—You know that big bridge project we've been ranting and raving about for months? The potentially $4.2 billion Columbia River Crossing, connecting Portland and Vancouver via I-5? The one that could replace our modest six-lane bridge with a 12-lane monstrosity? Well, tonight there's an open house, which is your chance to weigh in on the project—specifically, on the number of lanes the thing might have. Go give the project staff an earful! AJR

Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive, Hall D, 5:30-7:30 pm, free parking, all ages, columbiarivercrossing.org