THURSDAY FEB 22

CD RELEASE--Ah, the joy of rediscovery. Last year, the band Elf Power found a 1968 record by Oregon's own Elyse Weinberg. After tracking her down, they're now releasing her first record in 33 years! Don't miss the first show in decades by a psychedelic folk classic. JS

w/ The Places, Hutch Harris, Medicine Hat, 1834 NE Alberta, 778-7700, 9:30 pm, $6

CD RELEASE--Alternating between coy and rambunctious, Sauvie Island Moon Rocket Factory captures the carnival of Portland's wild mood swings. Anyone who has the confidence to release a three-CD compilation has got to have something good going on, right? PB

w/ Thanksgiving, Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $6


FRIDAY FEB 23

WRESTLING--Does the hype and absurdly choreographed body slams of the WWF have you in search of the real sport and soul of wrestling? No threatening names, no black leather capes, no pile drivers. Just three days of the best high school wrestlers in Oregon grappling for a state championship. PB

Rose Garden Arena, Thurs-Sun,10 am & 7 pm, $6 until 2 pm,$13 after

FILM--If teenage perversions are your bag, don't miss Sasayaki, (Moonlight Whispers), director Akihiro Shiota's touching and dirty story of a first love gone hilariously wrong. Troubled teens Hidaka and Satsuki relationship is hunky-dory until the spectre of sex gets them in touch with their inner perverts. WSH

Clinton Street Theater,2522 SE Clinton,233-1597,7 & 9:15 pm, $6



SATURDAY FEB 24

THEATER--Haven't you always had a voyeuristic curiosity about those gay-reform support groups? Then David Schmader's one-act play, Straight is just the parody you've been waiting for. Brilliant and hilarious, Schmader will both educate and entertain you. KD

Echo Theatre, 1515 SE 37th Ave, 224-8499, $16-$18, one night only, 8 pm

MUSIC--Kingsbury Manx will sing you a sweet lullaby of vocal-led Brit pop with pastoral melodies. Not to mention our hometown honeys who will also be singing--The Swords Project and Carissa's Wierd. KD

Medicine Hat, 1834 NE Alberta, 778-7700, 9:30 pm, $7



SUNDAY FEB 25

BOOTY SHAKING--You know those cramps in your muscles and cricks in your knees? You gotta get rid of them; you need to SWEAT! Steam yourself with the Afro-Cuban Son (a.k.a. SALSA, hot pants) and shimmy those hips like they're Peruvian cymbals! JS

w/ Melcochita, Cambalache & salsa galore, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 225-0047, 4:30 pm, $15-20, all ages


MONDAY FEB 26

MUSIC--You know how on Mondays you just want to chill with friends, maybe dance a little, drink a bit, but not pay an assload of money and not fight through a crowd of 400 people? Here's a deal! Freeflow. Check out DJ Atom 13 spinning slow groove, hip hop, and jazz. Not to mention that it's 1) free and 2) totally chill. KD

Cobalt Lounge, 32 NW 3rd Ave, 225-1003, 9 pm, free


TUESDAY FEB 27

MUSIC--Plucked from the streets of Chicago about a decade ago, Wesley Willis has scraped together an enviable musical career and a cult following to boot. Emanating from his schizophrenia, Willis' songs--like "Birdman Kicked My Ass" and "They Threw Me Out of Church"--are raw, earnestly endearing and, best yet, precariously held together by three chords. PB

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $8


WEDNESDAY FEB 28

CD RELEASE--Dagnabbit! I loves me some Boycrazy! This pop-a-riffic foursome could easily knock the frown off the crabbiest crabby-pants with their sweet and sassy odes to love, sex, and plastic bags. And tonight you can catch them in full-on sunshiney swing as they promote their new CD! (Which, btw, makes me so happy I could just pee!... oops, I just did.) WSH

w/ Blanket, Doug Shepherd, Lola's Room at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 225-0047, 8:30 pm, $6

MUSIC--My b-friend says Crooked Fingers is as powerfully melancholy as Bright Eyes, only with more experience and more liquor. All I know is, when Eric Bachmann and crew play "New Drink for the Old Drunk" live, I cry harder than I ever have at any Bright Eyes show. JS

w/ Bright Eyes, Azure Ray, Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $8, all ages