THURSDAY, MAY 2

MUSIC--The Places haven't played here FOREVER because they're big time New York rock stars now, so yes, it's time to go see them. The smooth vocals of Amy Annelle pull together the Places' sweet and langorous instrumentals and Johnny Schier fills out the sound with drums. All that plus the country loving of the Juanita Family. KS

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

ARTISTIC HOMAGE--When I was eight, I found and saved a potato that looked identical to my favorite philandering president, Warren Harding. For The President's Show, 44 of the city's finest underground artists--Martin Ontiveros, Carson Ellis, Ian Lynam--give their own interpretations and perspectives on our country's Commanders-in-Chief. PB

Disjecta, 119 NE Russell, 5-8 pm, free


FRIDAY, MAY 3

MUSIC--Restiform Bodies, with Passage solo and MC Sole, are all part of the Anticon collective: arty-pants experimental emcees and producers whose super-smart hiphop will trip you up and out. With the brilliantly noise-shearing Kevin Blechdom of Blectum from Blechdom, this show is all about good ideas. JS

Meow Meow, 520 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $10

P-FUNK--Lookout! It's time to get your brainpan bamboozled once again by that Grandpappy of Funk, Dr. Funkenstein himself, George Clinton, and the infamous Parliament Funkadelic. Crazy costume changes, bizarro set pieces, and timeless ass-shaking classics such as "Atomic Dog," "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)," "One Nation Under a Groove," and of course "Flashlight." WSH

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 224-4400, 9 pm, $29, all ages


SATURDAY, MAY 4

FREE COMICS--If you haven't figured it out already, the Spider-Man movie opens nationwide this weekend. So keep the geek-train rolling by celebrating "Free Comic Book Day!" Retailers across the country are giving away selected comics from Marvel, D.C., Darkhorse, Image and other indie companies to celebrate the glory of the funny-book. Pick yours up at any of the locations below! WSH

Future Dreams, 2205 E Burnside; Things From Another World, 4133 NE Sandy; Excalibur, 2444 SE Hawthorne

ONE BAD SISTA--I haven't seen every live hiphop band on the West Coast, but I can say with relative confidence that the incredible vocalist/emcee Medusa, and her 12-piece soul/funk band Feline Science, are the absolute best--bass, drums, guitar, turntables, and a cache of harmonizing back-up singers that are so frigging badass you won't believe your ears. JS

Ohm, 31 NW 1st, 223-9919, 9 pm, $9


SUNDAY, MAY 5

MUSIC--It's a minimalist dance-a-thon, with super California groups Numbers, Kill Me Tomorrow, and Coach Whips, plus Portland's own Point Line Plane--all of whom will make you shake that ass, while still feeling chic. JS See Music pg 19

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

FILM--Since they've invented at-home catheters with ankle-strapped pee bags, we can now spare the theater upholstery when watching psycho thrillers as intense as Funny Games. A little heady, but kiss your sweet bejeezus goodbye. MS

Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 221-1156, Sat 7 pm, Sun 4:30pm, $6.50


MONDAY, MAY 6

MUSIC--Satoko Fujii is this AMAZING Japanese pianist whose playing sounds like the systematic shattering of glass, but more rhythmic, and her Quartet includes drummer Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins, if that gives you an inkling about their oscillating time sigs. It's jazzy, but also sort of scary in its daring qualities. JS

Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave, 722-0772, 8 pm, $8-10


TUESDAY, MAY 7

MUSIC--If you're like me, you have a crazy weakness for adorable, brilliant Japanese pop beauties like Buffalo Daughter. Their new album, I, will not disappoint, and believe you me, neither will their live show. KD

Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 224-TIXX, 9 pm $12


WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

MUSIC--For years, they have put ships in bottles; Shiner crams a massive sound into small clubs. Untangled from their earlier flaws of overproduction and intricate brooding, the band recently released their best album to date, an explosive and elementary indie rock tome. Just the basics! PB

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

RAP--It's hard to believe that anyone has been in Portland for 10 whole years, but rapper Cool Nutz has not only lived here that long, he's been running Jus Family records, too. Check out his rhymes along with performances by the Mystik Journeymen, and Boom Bap Project... and party like you're Puff Daddy. KS

Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $12