THURSDAY FEB 15

BOOKSIGNING--"Reading his stories is like being shot by a firing squad of angels," someone once said of novelist Peter Carey. Whether that's a compliment is for you to find out. The recipient of every major Australian literary award, Carey adds to his hard-hitting litany, from Oscar and Lucinda to his most recent, The True History of the Kelly Gang. MF

23rd Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-5097, 12:30 pm, free


FRIDAY FEB 16

BENEFIT--Porta-Party: Because home is where the toilet is. To help the homeless men camped out at Dignity Village rent a port-a-john, a few kind-hearted souls are donating an evening of their musical talents. The quirky Hank Plank and the 2x4s, the sweet-voiced Amy Annelle, and the effervescent Joe Haege. PB

w/ film by Mike Annus & the Janewright Trio, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 4525 SE Division, 230-7797, 8 pm, donations

DJ--PSU opens up the Smith Center Ballroom for Binary: Three rooms jam-packed with turntable action including beat composers Dan Bell and John Tejada, the minimal techno/ melancholic dub of Kit Clayton, and J. Boogie spinning hip-hop, reggae, drum 'n' bass, Afro-bossa, downtempo, soul, and funk. In other words, three rooms that have it all. WSH

Smith Center Ballroom, PSU, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5660, 8 pm, $16 in advance


SATURDAY FEB 17

MUSIC--Hey, aren't you mad about the lack of bike-friendly roads in this city?! And don't you think that there should be more girl bands and female presidents and less corporate power all around. Fuck yeah! Come and get angry about it at the Haggard's show, comprised of wiry, steely-words sung so hard and fast you'll watch your musical emotions spiral into a fit of beautiful anger. KD

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine St, 230-2111, 9 pm, $6

HOTSPOT--Like Williamsburg, Brooklyn was to NYC, or The Mission was to San Francisco, I predict The 'Couve is the next hip place to live and make art. Yes, Vancouver, Wash. Familiarize yourself now, with local hiphoppers Poor Urban Souls, Morse Code, and Uncle Swell! JS Arnada Café, 1717 Broadway, 9 pm, $5


SUNDAY FEB 18

SCRATCH--Who needs DJs and turntables when you've got a human to do them better? Scratch will be beatboxing with his rad voice

contortion, while his lyricist Dice Raw raps out of control. Thetwo are taking a little hiatus from their usual full-time gig, the Roots to visit P-town. KD Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave,

219-9929, 224-TIXX, 8 pm

GIRL RAWK--Looking for your next dream come true? The Donnas are the rock 'n' roll queens you've been waiting for! These smart-as-a-whip brats play fucked-up, in-your-face rawk that smack of the Runaways and Kiss, as well as Bikini Kill, L7, and maybe even some Mötley Crüe and Scorpions to boot. Bring your plugs, line up next to the speakers, and prepare to have your shit blown away. WSH

w/ Bratmobile and Tuuli, Pine Street Theatre, 215 SE 9th Ave, 224-TIXX, 8:30 pm, $10


MONDAY FEB 19

FILM--Even if you're choosing to bypass PIFF, don't be a chump and miss out on one of the most achingly beautiful films of the year. In the Mood for Love is director Wong-Kar-Wai's tale of jilted spouses who can't help but stay in love. Every shot is perfect, every nuance slips effortlessly into place, and it will reunite you with the long-lost art of romance. WSH

PIFF, Guild Theatre, 1219 SW Park Ave, 221-1156, and Taylor, 7 pm, $7


TUESDAY FEB 20

RECORD RELEASE DAY--Tuesday is the release day for new CD/LPs, and this one is particularly AWESOME! Camp outside your independent record store until they let you come in and buy the new records by Tortoise, Crooked Fingers, Red Stars Theory, Spoon, Half Japanese, Windy & Carl, Mouse on Mars, and the especially good Kleenex (Lilliput) reissue! JS

Your local independent record store, various hours, about $120 for all of the above (cheaper if you buy vinyl)


WEDNESDAY FEB 21

CD RELEASE--More than any other of my CDs, I listen to my Wow and Flutter these days. What is most awesome, though, is that the group plays in Portland like every other week. Go and enjoy the tranquil meanderings, and of course, purchase, covet, and love their new disc. KS

w/ Norfolk & Western & Pan Tourismos, Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside, 225-0047, 9 pm, $5