THURSDAY, February 20

BOOTY CALL--If you like your lit down and dirty, don't miss this porn-o-riffic night of readings entitled The Curse of Booty Call. Reading decidedly nasty selections of their work will be Screw magazine's Romy Ashby, avant-porn author Michael Hemmingson, the Typing Explosion, and two of the Mercury's nastiest, Mykle Hansen and Wm. Steven Humphrey. RD
Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 335-6979, 8 pm, $5

CASTRO--It's your last chance to see Estela Bravo's adoring documentary, Fidel, about the man who would be king and the people who love him (Cuban Cubans, Angela Davis, the entirety of Harlem, NYC) and those who hate him (Miami Cubans, Richard Nixon, GW Bush). Learn about the man the CIA simply could not assassinate. (In their face! FACIAL! BIORE! DENTAL WHITENERS!) JS Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-2999, 7 & 9 pm, $6

FRIDAY, February 21

MINIMAL--Tonight, Liminal inaugurates its new space, and applies its unique performance skills to some minimalist 20th Century works--Reich, Glass, Riley. Minimalist music is the bastard son the hoity-toity avant-gardists don't like to talk about. Easy on the ears, hip, and obnoxiously sociable, Terry Riley's milestone In C is a lot like Balthazar Getty, circa 1994. And never miss a chance to "hear" John Cage's 4'33"! SL Liminal, 403 NW 5 th, 890-2993, 8:30 pm, $12-15

STRAP ONS--Learn the ins and outs of doing the ole in and out with a harness and dildo! Gorgeous Brandy will show you how to wear and wield, choose and care for the fake dick of your dreams. Check out the other classes too, covering everything from introductory S&M to g-spots! MS
It's My Pleasure, 3106 NE 64th, 280-8080, 7 pm, $10 (pre-register by the day before)

SATURDAY, February 22

ROCK--Riding the ever-cresting wave of postmodernism, Sam Coomes' latest undertaking, the Blues Goblins, is a mish-mash remix of the likes of Leadbelly and other old-style blues giants. With a dose of woozy psychedelic guitars, he achieves bittersweetness, but also manages to keep a hard edge with a tinge of Black Sabbath. PB
w/Dolorean, Arrington de Dionyso; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 10 pm, $6

MUSIC--Feel like you need to chill out a little more? Like another night of wild partying and six-plus beers might just do you in? Why not check out the mellowfied rhymes of local good viber Madgesdiq or the relaxed, piano backed, dual emceeing of Quivah. And if you must, enjoy a glass of red wine in Noctural's downstairs bar; after all, it prevents heart disease. KS w/Prisoners Of Politics, Kid Quiz, Fig Nasty, Jasmine Green; Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 239-5900, 8 pm, $8

SUNDAY, February 23

AMATEURS--DV8 is an aimlessly hilarious place, and one of their haphazard entertainments is this every-other-Sunday video showcase. Laugh and cry as local filmmakers screen their short films, swathing a wide selection of everything from kink-horror to hooligan humor. MS
Club DV8, 5021 SE Powell, 772-2907, 8 pm-ISH, free

MONDAY, February 24

MUSIC--He's come a long way since his college days, when he would put up flyers for solo shows in his dorm room, then play acoustic sets on the edge of his bed, jamming out dozens of short, sweet rock numbers in less than an hour. Now, Wolf Colonel's Jason Anderson has a full band backing him, and is in like skin with super indie label, K Records. His songs are longer, too, but they'll still rock you as hard as they ever have. JWS w/Badger King, The Love Letter Band; Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $5

TUESDAY, February 25

MUSIC--The best shows are spontaneous, charged, and in weird, cramped-with-kids venues. Like Murray's Pizza. And feature bands like the tightly wound, street-prophet soft punkers End Transmission, who drench their guitars in a filthy beauty. JS
Murray's Pizza, 2211 SE Hawthorne, 222-5593

DUDE!--While you may shudder at the thought of attending SnoCore 2003, prepare to shudder even harder: SnoCore bills itself as a "high adrenaline, cutting-edge rock and snow sports lifestyle celebration." Playa, puh-leeze! But on the upside, Hot Water Music will be in attendance, perpetrating an artful frenzy of straight-up punk, hopefully soothing those "extreme sport" shudders. WSH w/Sparta, Glassjaw and Dredg; Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave, 224-2038, 7 pm, $16

WEDNESDAY, February 26

CLASSIC FILM--The date that Arthur C. Clarke projected computers would outsmart us is two years gone; does that make 2001: A Space Odyssey a quaint movie about the past? HARDLY! It is still spellbinding. And with computers booking our airline tickets and just about driving our cars for us, the film's premise that humans will one day make themselves irrelevant is more true than ever. PB
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 281-4215, call theater for showtimes, $5