THURSDAY, November 13

ELECTRO/2-STEP NITE--If you're a high-BPM kinda lady, you'll want to hit the 2-step--an entire genre of dance music loosely originated by DJs spinning house records on 45. DJ Stay in School's sets skirt the more trebly, thumpier ends of 2-step, walking the line right before UK garage. Major. JS
w/Electrokid, Sir Round; Ohm, 31 NW 1st, 223-9919, 10 pm, $5

MUSIC--The only thing scarier than the ratty members of Florida's Against Me!, are their crazed, diehard fans. The band, with their sharp political tunes that unearth a little Woody Guthrie and a whole lotta Stiff Little Fingers, are a pretty haggard blue-collar bunch, but it's their neck-bearded, stage-joining superfans who are the real pleasure to watch. EAC
w/Anti-Flag, Rise Against, None More Black, The Vacancy; Crystal, 1332 W Burnside, 225-0047, 7 pm, $13

FRIDAY, November 14

FILM--Jay-Z was born the day Fred Hampton died, but it was Tupac Shakur whose verbal power mirrored Hampton's own. See the environment that shaped and eventually destroyed one of the greatest rappers of all time in 2Pac's mom-approved documentary Tupac: Resurrection. Bonus: rare concert footage, narrated by the man himself. JS
see Film Times page 53 for times, locations

NOISE--Despite the prevalence of every half-baked style of music, noise always seems to get the big PDX cold shoulder. 2 Gyrlz brings the noise artists over to meet the other kids tonight, with Smegma and other noisy experimentalists from all over the West Coast. MS
Liminal Space, 403 NW 5th, 890-2993, 9:30 pm, $5-15

SATURDAY, November 15

WRITER/METAL--Ender's Game. One mention, and a billion sci-fi fans get a little wetter. Today, fellow geeks, we kneel before the author of that illustrious tale. We shall pilgrimage to the Mecca of Beaverton and pay homage to... mutha freakin' Orson Scott Card, bitches!! THEN, afterwards, we'll head on over to Conan's for some serious hardcore, courtesy of Engorged, and the band-name-of-the-week, Lord Gore! Who knows? Maybe Orson'll come, too. JWS
Orson reads at Powell's in Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade, 3 pm; Engorged, et al play at Conan's, 3862 SE Hawthorne, 9 pm, $7

MUSIC--Hey it's the lo-fi post-hardore band that never got as famous as they should have, Truman's Water. Back in action after a dry spell of a couple years, they're saddling up to woo you again. Speaking of bands who are back, manic hard rockers the Last of the Juanitas are playing, too. Righteous. KS
w/Excelsior; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30, $6

SUNDAY, November 16

MUSIC--I'm a grown man; I shouldn't like music by bands like Brand New. But I do. In fact, their latest album, Deja Entendu, is a total guilty pleasure for me. Sure, it's over-the-top emo-punk with (genre of the week) screamo vocals in all the wrong places, but the songwriting of Jesse Lacey (sounding like a lil' punk rock Bright Eyes) and top-notch production makes it all okay. Look for me at the show; I'll be the only person of legal drinking age in a sea of pre-teen emo kids. EAC
w/Hot Rod Circuit, Eisley, Acceptance; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 224-2038, 6:30 pm, $12

MONDAY, November 17

MUSIC--Indierock goes from classical to folky and back to rock with The Rachel's modern ensemble of cello, piano, and of course the guitar. Too heady for some, the Rachel's bring the smart, going so far as to base one of their albums on the poems of Pablo Neruda. If such a thing appeals to you, you'll be in heaven. KS
w/Matt Pond PA & Eve Miller; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $10-12

FILM--Like Harvey Keitel? Hate Nazis? Then you'll love (or at least have a conflicted relationship with) his new movie Taking Sides. Keitel plays an Army Major who's sent to post-WWII Germany to investigate Wilhelm Furtwangler, the famed conductor for the Berlin Philharmonic. Is Furtwangler a Jewish sympathizer who saved lives, or a stinking goose-stepping Aryan rat? Keitel aims to find out! WSH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 223-4515, 7 & 9:10 pm, $7

TUESDAY, November 18

INDISPUTABLE UFO EVIDENCE--The good people (earthlings, that is) at Enlightened Contact With Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ECETI) are convinced that there's life out there. And not the laser-zapping type bent on anally probing you. No, instead they believe our space-alien friends bring cures for illness and war. Lecture, plus UFO video footage from Mt. Adams! PB
First Congregation Church, 1126 SW Park, 288-5846 7 pm, $10 ($30 for post-lecture reception)

WEDNESDAY, November 19

EDISON'S ELECTRIC CHAIR--No, it's not the latest death-metal band, but a bona fide chapter in our great nation's history. Thomas Edison, that death penalty-opposing genius inventor, also created the electric chair. Oh, the hypocrisy! Learn all about it tonight when Mark Essig, author of Edison & the Electric Chair, blows through town. JWS
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, free