MUSIC--The Velvet Teen kind of looks like they're 17, but I swear they're old enough to be in the bar. It's so astonishing when such a succinct, ringing soprano is emitted from their tiny little vocalist, who creates beautifully written, youthful pop songs. Velvet, indeed. JS

w/The Prom, The Reputation, Captain vs Crew; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9:30 pm, $6

BOOBS--Got tits? Remember fending off pimply-assed punks in high school who thought your girlish figure meant you'd put out every time the wind changed direction? Check out Emily White and her new book, Fast Girls: Teenage Tribes and the Myth of the Slut, which cuts coolly through that crap. MS

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free


SCI-FI METAL--Get ready to have your cerebellum stomped out of your noggin with the "edu-core" stylings of Blöödhag. This hee-lariously talented four-piece produces hardcore anthems dedicated to such sci-fi and fantasy authors as Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. LeGuin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more! Bring your earplugs and maybe a football helmet (Blöödhag has been known to pelt the audience with paperbacks). WSH

w/The Burning Cindys, Apes of Wrath; Fez, 316 SW 11th, 221-7262 ext. 41, 9 pm, $6

HIPHOP--It's an emcee extravaganza over at the Paris, with lyrical freestylers Aug Dog, Mike Crenshaw, Snafu (of Oldominon), Madgesdiq, Myg and Crew, Evil Hand, Seventh Science--and if you're a 'lil emcee yourself, try out your rapping at the open mic that's on 'til 10. DJs Biggz, Vertigo, and Clan of the Cave Mack will be spinning backup. Don't miss it! KS

Paris Theater, 6 SW 3rd, 224-8313, 8 pm


MUSIC--Here is the Climax Golden Twins' musical process: "sound, destruction of sound, reconfiguration of sound, realization that original sound was better, gnashing of teeth, forgetting of sound, sound, destruction of sound..." Their inspiration is sinister, and their songs range from chaotic guitar fuzz to dark electronic and found noise--all created improvisationally. It is music for the jaded. KS

w/ Mome Raths, Office Products
; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $6

DANCE THEATER SPECTACLE--Japanese dance/theater/installation troupe dumb type uses astonishingly sophisticated video technology and raw human presence to flip between frenzy and eerie stillness. A wall of giant video projections interacts with skillful dancers and a jarring soundtrack. It's just so fucking cool. Not many performances can genuinely be called hypnotic; this can. BF

PICA, Newmark Theatre, SW Broadway & Main, 242-1419, 8 pm, $20-23


ROCK--90 Day Men are this band from Chicago who play epic, gorgeously stressful rock songs. I hate to call them "jam rock," because I know that can be scary, but the songs are just too long to avoid it. But they're so cool they'll make your knees weak. MS

w/ Braille Stars, Engine Down; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 10 pm, $7


MUSIC--In 1983, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna battled for Billboard's number one spot, and for the undying adoration of millions of teenage girls. Sure, Madonna arguably won and was showered with awards, money, and eventually Guy Ritchie, while Cyndi fell into near obscurity--but Madonna doesn't have Insecurious, a rambunctious and convincing cover band. PB

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

FILM--Even if you're not a big fan of anime, see Rintaro's imaginative Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis. It's an achievement of digital art, in that it successfully balances technology with the delicacy and grace of hand-drawn animation. Like the fireworks that glitter across the screen at the beginning of the movie, its sweeping, futuristic city, à la Blade Runner, spreads out with a gorgeous urban vibrance. JS

Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 223-4515, 7 & 9:10 pm, $6


MUSIC--Califone is the type of gentle, eclectic music that makes you want to sit on a fire escape and contemplate the streams of urban movement with your cheek pressed wistfully to the metal. But they're here! So pick yourself up and socialize for once. MS

w/ Mighty Flashlight, Pseudo Six; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $8


READING--Neal Pollack has awarded his alter ego countless Pulitzers. By his own account, the McSweeney's writer is the greatest journalist... ever, an irresistible sexpot and irrepressible foreign correspondent--Peter Arnett in James Bond's body. Arrive early! Pollack's ego alone is enough to fill the Rose Garden. PB

Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free

SUBVERSIVISM--During the Vietnam War, a young man was arrested in front of the US Capitol for scrawling the words "Fuck The Draft" on his denim jacket. But, because of a Supreme Court case in his favor, we now enjoy the right to write whatever rude, ugly, and subversive political messages we want on our clothes. Support the Freeskool and learn how to silkscreen political messages tonight! PB

Call 288-1195 for information, 7 pm, free