Thursday Nov 29

HIPHOP--With a soothing balance of social consciousness, melody, and well-measured rhythm, Aceyalone is one of the most elegant rappers out of California. Plus, he's only here once every 10 billion years or so. See him in your lifetime. KD

Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, $10-12

Friday Nov 30

POH-HOP--Portland has finally attracted enough home-grown local hiphoppers that we can have our very own hiphop festival, even if it's only for one night. Check out locals such as Boom Bap Project, Brotha Luv, Byrdie, and Cool Nutz. KD

Roseland Theater, 6 NW 6th Ave, 7 pm, $12.50

MUSICAL LEGENDS--The Synergistic Effect happens when two potent toxins--like booze and heroin, for example--are mixed, in order to multiply the desired effect. The combination of the pretty-in-punk Psychedelic Furs and the brooding and knock-about Echo & the Bunnymen promises to create a musical synergistic impact on your sensibilities. PB

Aladdin Theater, 3116 SE 11th Ave, 234-9694, 8 pm, $26.50

Saturday Dec 1

HELLA--Lately, it's like a contest for "What Two-Person Band Can Sound the Most Intense and Persistent?" I think, based on pure melody blended with jerky time changes, and the most insane drumming on the planet, Hella has taken the lead. JS See Music pg 15

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

HIPHOP--Portland's own Lifesavas are helping put local hiphop on the national map. On the back of their quickly-selling new record, it says "We doin' life ya'll... respect the Portland Hooligans." Okay... I don't know what it means, but yay for Portland pride! With the impeccable MC and one-half of Latyrx, Lyrics Born. JS

Ohm, 31 NW 1st, 223-6036, 9 pm, $9

Sunday Dec 2

FILM--Blood suckin' vampires, shadow creatures, and hot chicks with big guns. If you love Japanese anime and the Vampire Hunter D series, don't miss the newest installment, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Mr. D is hired to rescue the kidnapped (and HOT!) daughter of a billionaire from the greasy clutches of the eeeevil Meier Link. WSH

Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 223-4515, showing Sat-Sun at 2:15, nightly 4:30, 7, 9:15, $6

THEATER--Sowelu rarely does performances in Portland, but when they do, they're topnotch. Old England and love stories may sound as dry as century-old horse poop, but Fen is a bodiced romance that crackles with passion. Plus, the whole thing happens underwater! See theater review, page 25 KD

Sowelu Theater at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 230-2090, $7-15, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Dec 15

Monday Dec 3

POP--Elephant 6's obvious neo-psychedelic leader is Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum, but Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss has written his share of excellent lo-fi melodies. Doss' newest, ever-evolving, side project is the Sunshine Fix, an airy and eerie '60s-inspired pop-country romp that veers into toxically sweet territory, but saves itself by keeping the breezy tone just slightly off-kilter. W/Call & Response, Urban Legends, Ross & the Hellpets

Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $7

BENEFIT--Helping hardcore kids get off the street and into art and outdoor programs is a newly formed organization for homeless youth called P:EAR (Program: Education, Art, Recreation). Wanna help them out? Yes, you do! Tonight's benefit performance will feature the hotsy-totsy R&B stylings of Say Uncle, the rip roarin' Black Angel, and the booty-shakin' spins of The Incredible Kid. WSH

Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9 pm, $20 suggested donation

Tuesday Dec 4

MEH-TAL--I'm sick of hearing about the "resurgence" of metal. Did Slayer ever break up? I don't think so! Sure, maybe since Dave "Invisible Feet" Lombardo has departed they've lost a bit of the mind-blowing chaos and unbelievable speed. But is Slayer still two-ton and heavy-as-shit? Hell, yeah. AB

Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 224-2038, 8 pm, $23.50

Wednesday Dec 5

AUTO AUCTION--What better way to say "I love you" this holiday season than the gift of a used car? Or a used fire truck? The City of Portland and Tualatin Fire and Rescue host their annual fleet auction sale. Your hard-earned taxes have already paid for the maintenance of these vehicles, why not getting a little of that loving back? PB

Expo Center, 2060 N Marine (Exit 306 B off I-5), 823-1405, doors open at 5:30 pm, bidding begins at 6:30 pm, no entrance fee

E.C. HARDCORE--Need a good ass-kicking? As East Coast hardcore goes, Converge is one of the best bands ever. They meet in the middle of hardcore and metal, with screaming guitars, chunky chords, wailing vocals, and lyrics drenched in the sanguine. JS

Paris Theater, 6 SW 3rd, 224-8313, 7:30, $10, all ages