2Gyrlz's Enteractive Language Festival rolls on this week, and you might find yourself wondering, "What the hell is Enteractive Language, anyway?" Well, the 2 Gyrlz define it this way: "A spectrum of live art, music, media, and experience... dedicated to exploring identity, bodies, political environments, dreams, desire, love and nightmares." Say what? Would it help if we said that if you like Burning Man, you'll love the Enteractive Language Fest? Or—better yet—why don't you get off the sofa and scope things out for yourself?
Language of Savage Republic—These old-timers were instrumental in the '80s SoCal artpunk scene, combining shredding guitars with tribal, industrial percussion (think 55-gallon oil drum), and no-wave sensibilities. CHAS BOWIE Tonic, 3100 NE Sandy, Thurs Nov 10, 9 pm, $7-10
Language of Random Mutations—Osseus labyrint is a multi-disciplinary troupe who specialize in "translating the movements of bats and insects through their own bodies." I've seen video clips of their performances, and you've never seen anybody impersonate a slug so astutely! CB PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson, Fri Nov 11, 8 pm, $5-15
Language of the East—Get the most bang for your buck with this roundup of Asian-influenced West Coasters: P.A.N. Butoh fuses Japanese Butoh traditions with surrealism and punk; Seattle's Degenerate Art Ensemble does their hybrid, big-production performative musical steez; and LA's hop-frog screws with everything from toy accordions and snake-charmer flutes to contemporary electronic beats. CB w/Sardonik Grin, Soriah; Backspace Annex, 115 NW 5th, Sat Nov 12, 9 pm, $5-15
Language of Swine and Freedom—Rose City Copwatch sponsors this art show featuring direct action photography by Bette Lee, videos from the Ubergay Cabaret, and many more local artists. Also the "Authoritron 2K6," an interactive "language machine" will process you for your Copwatch-identified "suspicious behaviors," by interrogating you using conventional copper verbal techniques, and provide you with an incriminating police report. Backspace Annex, 115 NW 5th, Wed Nov 16, 9 pm, $5-15