THURSDAY, January 2

NIGHT SKIING--Yeah, I know, you think that it would cost a lot for all those light bulbs! But it don't! Not at Ski Bowl, the biggest night ski area west of the Mississippi. Why stop skiing when night falls? Lights. Lots and lots of lights! PB
Ski Bowl, 272-3206, 50 miles east from Portland on Hwy 26, 3:30 pm-11 pm, $20

FUN ART OPENING!--Love graffiti and Japanese kawaii art, but hate people who just rip off Yoshitomo Nara? Get your true superflat fix with loads of non-rippy-offy innovation from the kickass flash cartoons of Mumbleboy animation, paintings by E*Rock, and the post-graffiti work of Struggle Inc. and Ian Lynam! DJ Magneto supplies the beats. Everybody is psyched. JS
Compound, 107 NW 5th, 796-2733, 8 pm, free

FRIDAY, January 3

IT'S RYNNE'S B-DAY!--You know Rynne, right? No? Okay, but you should still go to her birthday party anyway because a) she's like, really nice and cute, b) she has a Michigan accent, c) she really "digs" drummers, and d) she's been planning this shindig for at least four months and will be crushed if you don't come! Oh! And Party Time is playing! WSH
Rynne's Birthday Party, Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm

QUEER OPEN MIC--This one goes out to the queers with flows! It's time to rock the mic with your fellow homos! A hiphop emcee will be running the show, which means the freestylin' bros can throw down some "yo yos!" The arty types can still do poetry and prose. And deejays Puppet and Zanne will bring it on home... uh, I suppose! JWS
Billy Ray's, 2216 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., 287-7254, open mic 10-11 pm, deejays till 2 am, free

SATURDAY, january 4

MUSIC--Basically, this show is insane. Les Savy Fav plays awesome, ecstatic indie rock (and their singer like, lassoes audience members and does gymnastics and shit); and the passionate Pretty Girls Make Graves are the most sincere punk band around. (Read about Hint Hint on pg 15) If you return home without having perspired, it will be a miracle. JS
Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 242-9949, 9 pm, price

FILM--Even if you despise the notion of tribute bands (groups who mimic their musical heroes), check out the pathos and hilarity of Tribute. This sly documentary follows five LA bands--including Larger than Life, a KISS cover band, and The Missing Links, who mimic The Monkees--on a rollercoaster ride of rehearsals, in-fighting, uninspired performances, and psycho stalkers. WSH
Guild Theatre, SW 9th and Taylor, 221-1156, 7 pm, $6.50

EVIL TOYS--The dark days are upon us, so it's time to get evil. Days of fornicating, sex toys, and smoking dope. Evenings of blood painting, liquor, and tonight, evil dolls. Check out "artist-punk-faggot, and demon midwife Edward Elles' Return to the Land of Misfit Toys," a handmade collection of dark dolls and eerie toys, set to the music of DJ dizzystarhouse. An event just creepy enough to love. JS
Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 239-5900, 9 pm

SUNDAY, January 5

FLICK--Once called "New York's most famous unknown artist," Ray Johnson was a collagist extraordinaire, a Dadaist, and the father of mail art. How to Draw a Bunny is both the name of one of his doodles, and the name of this film about his life, which centers around the investigation of his mysterious death in 1995 and draws on stories told by contemporaries like Christo, Chuck Close, and Roy Lichtenstein. Cool! JWS
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 221-1156, 4:30 pm, $6.50

MONDAY, January 6

MOVIE--It's no longer new or interesting to express a love for Crispin Glover, but I'll do it anyway. I can't help the way I feel, God damn it, and Glover embodies all that is good about weird, stylized acting. I love him! In Bartleby, a fascinating combination of Office Space and Being There, Glover's surreal powers are used to maximum capacity in the role of a hapless and masochistically detached office drone. JWS
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 7 & 9 pm, $6

TAX RESISTANCE--The big problem with military spending is that it is your money pays for all the cool toys, but do you ever get to play with them? Nooo! Oh right, and that they're used to kill babies and innocent foreigners and otherwise spread George Bush's tyrannical fear across the globe. Learn how to legally withhold your taxes from military spending. Introductory session hosted by War Resisters League. PB
Laughing Horse Books, 3652 SE Division, 238-0605, 7 pm, free

TUESDAY, January 7

BASKETBALL--We won't guarantee that this basketball team doesn't smoke a spliff or two (although it is doubtful it's done in a banana yellow HumVee), but we will guarantee that the Jefferson High team won't bore you with crybaby antics or alienate you with blimp-sized egos. Just raw basketball and lots of talent. Season opener against Lincoln. PB
Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby, 916-5180, 7:30 pm, $5

WEDNESDAY, January 8

PUNK--Want to put a little spring in your step? How about a little tight political hardcore punk rock to do the trick? Defiance's rousing passion, and of course, tight riffs, could drag even the most apathetic of young people out of their seat for at least a little foot shuffling, and maybe even an air punch. KS w/A Global Threat, Clit 45, Vile; Paris Theater, 6 SW 3 rd, 224-8313, 7 pm, $7