THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

ALPHABET DRESS--This month, the nomadic art gallery/ music party known as the Alphabet Dress will be held at the new location of Gracies--a bitchin' church in NE PDX that comes complete with baptismal bath. (It's empty, though--and Gracies is filled with pagans and devils.) Plus art by Sean Healy & Andrea U'Ren, Corey Lunn, and Nancy Prior, plus music by Laboratory Train Wreck and Super Unity! Woo! JS

Gracies Church, 602 NE Prescott, 740-6359, 7 pm-midnight


FRIDAY, MARCH 1

PERFORMANCE--Normally, I would never recommend performance art, but here's an exception. Danny Hoch is a "hiphop activist," so to speak, that does an acclaimed program called Jails, Hospitals, and Hiphop, that illuminates the unspoken problems of youth culture through madman-type ramblings. KS

Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7758, 7:30 pm, $12

PIRATE RADIO--The FCC are creeps who impose harsh rules on low-wattage stations, while giving corporate radio a big smooch on the ass. That's why the Portland Radio Authority is holding a benefit to raise dough for an underground station that puts local music on the airwaves... airwaves that belong to YOU. And while you're there, enjoy the mathy dirges of The Building Press, as well as the dynamic quirk rock of Dutch Flat. WSH

Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $6


SATURDAY, MARCH 2

TEA PARTY--Costume parties are always the best, and this one boasts a fashion show, silent local art auction, music, free tea, liquor, dancing, and Wonderland-sized munchies. Profits benefit performance collective and community outreach project A.M.K. Inc. Oooh, drink me. MS

Mad Hatter Lounge, 203 SE Grand, 231-8551, $5 adv, $7 door w/costume, $10 w/out

MUSIC--Like their billmates the Swords Project, Japan's Mono writes pretty, powerful instrumentals that experiment with drama through the dynamics of only two guitars, a bass, and excellent drumming. Moody and emotive, but still highly rocking. JS

w/ Helio Sequence, the Swords Project Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $8


SUNDAY, MARCH 3

BICYCLES--Tyler Bechtel is trying to break the world record for jumping rope... while on a unicycle! 160 jumps in 60 seconds! See him at this year's Bicycle Festival, which will also feature the usual flat-tire fixing clinics, and a fleet of more used and slightly used bikes than you can shake a stick at. PB

Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah, 222-5868, Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm, $5

MUSIC--The first time I heard of the band Dressy Bessy, I wanted to beat the crap out of them. I mean, C'MON?!? Dressy... Bessy? But then I listened to this wound-up, tight, Denver quartet, and flipped ass over tea kettle for their Boycrazy-style pop flavored with that fuzz-a-riffic gee-tar. Now, how can I beat the crap out of them? I love them! In fact... They can beat the crap out of me! WSH

w/ Deathray Davies, Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $7


MONDAY, MARCH 4

NEAT MUSIC--Like the idea of folk music, but afraid of walking straight into a Jim Jones-a-thon? Check out the exquisite psychedelic folksters on The Sunshine Plague Travelling Revue--especially the dreamy voice and kooky psych effects of Greg Weeks. JS

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

MUSIC--The first time I heard of the band Dressy Bessy, I wanted to beat the crap out of them. I mean, C'MON?!? Dressy... Bessy? But then I listened to this wound-up, tight, Denver quartet, and flipped ass over tea kettle for their Boycrazy-style pop flavored with that fuzz-a-riffic gee-tar. Now, how can I beat the crap out of them? I love them! In fact... They can beat the crap out of me! WSH

w/ Deathray Davies, Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $7


TUESDAY, MARCH 5

NEAT MUSIC--Like the idea of folk music, but afraid of walking straight into a Jim Jones-a-thon? Check out the exquisite psychedelic folksters on The Sunshine Plague Travelling Revue--especially the dreamy voice and kooky psych effects of Greg Weeks. JS

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

MUSIC--I know what you're thinking, but Kaito has nothing to do with that whale in Free Willy. They're a band from Britain, and their every song is different from the next, while their creative energy is still on par with their talent--not the vase with every band. They take inherently sweet-girl vocals and toughen them up with a sense of detachment, distorted guitar, samples, and electronic noise. Seriously, they'll blow your mind. KS

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


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

BATTLE OF THE BANDS--Here is a great idea. Two extremely enthusiastic rock bands play together, except they alternate songs, making the show a competition. Plus, both the Burning Cindys and Bastinado shred on stage, and have tons of momentum when playing alone, let alone together. Who rocks harder? You be the judge. KD

w/the Kibosh, Kobra Kai
; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy Blvd, 282-9949, 9 pm, $5