THURSDAY JAN 18

MUSIC--Yay! More honest rock that is not only tolerable, but actually enjoyable! Tracker shoots a little drop of country into their emotion, and Sauvie Island Moon Rocket Factory get busy like it's Athens, GA, 1992. You won't feel pretentious, and you may even dance. It's a miracle! JS
Medicine Hat Gallery, 1834 NE Alberta, 778-7700, 9:30, $5

MUSIC--If you've been stomping around in a terrible mood for the past few days, c'mon and get happy with the Pan Tourismos! This snap-snap-snappy three-piece plays quirky powerpop with complicated time changes that threatens to fly off into punk at the drop of a hat. But most importantly, they enjoy themselves onstage. Jesus Christ! When's the last time you've seen that? WSH
W/ Try and Step on Her, Third and Failing, The Distance Formula, Satyricon, 125 NW 6th Ave, 243-2380, 10 pm, $6


FRIDAY JAN 19

FILM SCORING--The last one was so good that if you miss this one, you deserve to have all your Dogme 95 DVDs taken away and torched. Tonight, you'll see Untet performing a live, improvised musical score to the silent film Der Golem, and A John Henry Memorial scoring Andy Warhol's Kiss. (If you stick around for tomorrow, you can see The Sensualists, The Decemberists, and Supersprite, too.) JS
Medicine Hat, 1834 NE Alberta, 778-7700, 9 pm, $5

MUSIC--There's never been a more appropriate band name for ex-New Bads Luke Hollywood and Matthew Hattie Hein: No Bad Things. Well, duh! Their boatloads of onstage charm and crushing minstrelsy make even the purest angel seem like a smarmy gutter whore. With The Kurtz Project, Screening of X-Ray Visions. JS
Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, $6, 8 pm, all ages


SATURDAY JAN 20

VEHICLE AUCTION--Do you believe that a car has a soul? Then, you may not want to buy a drug dealer's vehicle. Otherwise, hell, one scumbag's loss is your gain. Repo'd cars, DEA seized vehicles. Who cares where they came from as long as they run?! Previews on Thursday and Friday, bring your mechanics, kick the tires, start the engines. Going once, going twice. . . PB
Zachula, Inc., Exit 16 off I-84, 23012 NE Sandy, 667-2628, Starts at 9 am

MUSIC--His Imperial Majesty. For years, Him has been spinning an intoxicating dreamscape of muted jazz fusion. A blend of pulsing snare drums, pensive horns, and insistent bass to put you in a deep, deep weekend trance. PB w/ Rollerball, Six Ft Sloth, Satyricon, 125 NW 6th Ave, 204-TIXX


SUNDAY JAN 21

MUSIC--How many opportunities do you have in this town to hear good blues? Gritty blues that talk of longing and sorrow, music that will take you to a long dusty road where you'll be alone with all the tragedies in your life. None? Well, now you have one. R.L. Burnside, one of the world's best blues players today. KD
Crystal Ballroom's 87th Birthday Party, 1332 W Burnside, 225-0047 ex 329, free, 9 pm



MONDAY JAN 22

FILM--So William H. Macy plays Alex, who was brainwashed by his father to be a hired killer, see? But when a hot and horny 23-year-old (Neve Campbell) comes along, he falls in love and wants to leave the business. Does romance and hilarity ensue? No... not really. Panic is more reminiscent of Magnolia than Little Nicky, but if you like a dark, disturbing storyline with great performances, you've picked the right film. WSH
Panic, Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave, 223-4515, 7 pm and 8:55, $6



TUESDAY JAN 23

WEIRD, COOL ART--How long's it been since you've been to a really awesome gallery show? Check out Joan Livingstone, who delivers variably scaled felted funnels overflowing with dense rubber. The installation of these unusual objects unmistakably refers to bodily processes. KD
Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave, 226-2754, through Jan 27, Tues-Fri, 11 am-5:30 pm, Sat, 11 am-5 pm, free


WEDNESDAY JAN 24

TELEVISION--Feel guilty about wanting to watch Temptation Island? Don't! Though lurid as hell, Temptation is not only agrand sociological experiment, but a delightfully decadent way to witness a group of horny singles-bar shitheads get a taste of reality (and comeuppance)!
Temptation Island, FOX 49, 9 pm, Free

CHINESE NEW YEAR--If you feel peckish on the first day of the Year of the Serpent, check out the shelves of An Dong Grocery, stocked with Asian oddities, from festive black moss seaweed and lotus seeds. Nothing like a healthy helping dried bean curd to kick-start the New Year. MF
An Dong Grocery, 5441 SE Powell, 777-2463, 9 am - 7 pm