THURSDAY, August 1

POP MUSIC--While the ba-humbugs of the world may find Cyndi Lauper a vacuous has-been, her candy-coated, teeny-bopper version of punk and unsinkable gleefulness is enough to declare the MTV star still at the top of her game. Oh yeah, and she'll be joined by Cher of "I've Got You, Babe," fame. PB
Rose Garden, One Center Court, 224-4400, 7:30 pm, $40-88

COMPOUND--Today's the opening day of Compound, a new art space with an experienced eye for graffiti and fresh skateboard art, among other socially organic responses to the mean streets. Check out the impressive art of famous skatedeck designers Russ Pope and Ben Horton, while E*Rock deejays. JS
Compound, 107 NW 5th, 796-2733, 7-10 pm, free

FRIDAY, August 2

ELECTRONICS--With much sensitivity, Milwaukee's Signaldrift turns meditative beats and introspective melodies into slow grooves that hit you in the belly. Hypnotic and somehow instinctual, this also marks their new record on local electronic luminaries Outward Music Company. Woo! JS
w/Wang, Inc., Wobblyhead DJs, Nudge; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $6

MOVIE FUN--What could be better than watching Mariah Carey's trainwreck of a movie, Glitter? How about watching it accompanied by the live, all-girl Mariah Carey impersonation band, Clitter? This is gonna be the LOL hit of the Summer Movie Megathon--and as always, the evening will be blessed with a beautiful bounty of BEER. WSH

Guild Theater, 829 SW 9th, 221-1156, bar opens at 10:30, show at 11, $5

SATURDAY, August 3

OOPS! THE TOUR--Dear God: I write you to beg for absolution of my sins, because I am pretty sure after this show--starring the "sonic assault" of the AMAZING and LOUD, FUTURISTICALLY HARDCORE yet artistic INSANITY of Lightning Bolt, Arab on Radar, The Locust, Blood Brothers, and Get Hustle, for frig's sakes--I will be dead. JS
Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 8 pm, $10

DE LA SOUL--I imagine that someday De La Soul will take the place Al Green has for our generation--respected as the brilliant founders of a genre. Plus, while they've been playing forever, their latest stuff is just as cutting edge as it's always been, while live shows are still insane. You will leave inspired. KD
w/DJ OG One; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 224-4400, 9 pm, $17

SUNDAY, August 4

POLITICAL ART--At times it seems like Portland is about one baton swing away from a bona fide police state. Grim and disturbing prints by a former skateboarder stir up foreboding storm clouds and show the menacing presence that our city's police force has become in our town. PB
Alex's Resistance Art, Scary Monster's Music, 2924 NE Alberta, 282-6608, 12-5 pm, free

MONDAY, August 5

FELT UNDERPANTS--Remember those felt cut-out colorform thingies our teachers would stick to the board in elementary school? Well, local artist Mary Kysar remembers, and is now featuring her felt cut-outs of donkeys, wiener dogs, and even wearable panties and tighty-whities at Crosenberg's Half & Half! Buy some felt underpants now, before there's a nip in the air! WSH
Crowsenberg's Half & Half, 923 SW Oak, 222-4495, 8 am-6 pm, panties are around $10

TUESDAY, August 6

READING--Okay, so Ethan Hawke is a cheesedick. Have you seen his new hair? Sloppy chic is so over. But even though his first novel, The Hottest State, was about as cheesy as he is, I was so gripped by the passionate romance that I read it in about two hours... and then jerked off. His new book, Ash Wednesday, is about a dude who takes a roadtrip with his pregnant wife. But who really cares, it's Ethan in person... Oh my god, reality totally doesn't bite! KS
Guild Theater, SW 9th & Taylor, 7:30 pm, free

WEDNESDAY, August 7

MUSIC--If you're unaware of The Coup, please consider rectifying this gross oversight. You'll see a future that involves some seriously rousing, tight-ass hiphop, dancing, and overthrowing the status quo all at the same time! Good goddamn, if that's not a party... KS Read a letter from Boots, lead MC of the Coup, on pg. 17
Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $12-15

MUSIC--You know how sometimes bands try so hard to be different that they accidentally make crap? Sure dude, that's "different." Archer Prewitt (aka the most talented member of both The Sea and Cake and Tortoise) makes clean, yummy, Costello-ish pop that is more retro than revolution, but has a certain huzzah that keeps it spicy and relevant. MS
w/Stratford 4 & The Prom; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $8