THURSDAY, April 15

PDX FILM FEST--Mugging like a grimier Sundance, the Third Annual Peripheral Produce PDX Film Fest struts with a film competition (sort of like Celebrity Deathmatch, but with films), white-hot documentary shorts, and dazzling guest stars--filmmakers DeeDee "Corporate Smackdown" Halleck and Jem "Punk-Nasty" Cohen. Catch the opening night party tonight! JS See Film pg 32 and Film Shorts pg 34 for more info.
Thurs April 15 thru Sun April 18, Guild Theater, 829 SW 9th; Kickoff afterparty, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9:30 pm, free with festival pass, $5 w/o

FRIDAY, April 16

PUNK--In a bummer landscape of negative creeps fronting self-immolation and feeling misanthrope, The Quails shine brighter than Carol-Ann looking at the other side. Their melodic and wrinkly-edged punk makes good on life, humanity, and the coolness of studied, smart simplicity. JS
w/Viva Voce, Sarah Dougher; Ash Street, 225 SW Ash, 9:30 pm, $5

MUSIC--Portland might seem po-dunk to big city kids, but we've been hosting a bunch of killer hiphop shows, (i.e. Cold Crush and Quannum on the same night last week). Check this all-star lineup with the hyper rhymes of Eyedea & Abilites, and the undeniably fresh combo of el politico emcee Mr. Lif, plus Akrobatik, and beats by DJ Fakts One, to create the Perceptionists. Righteous. KS
Def Jux Showcase, Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 9:30 pm, $15-17

SATURDAY, April 17

ESTATE SAILING--We may not eat our dead, but we sure do pick them over for retro furniture after they're gone. Kick off yard sale season with this big estate sale benefiting Oregon Community Warehouse, and if you come between 3-5 pm, everything $20 or less is half off. MS
Estate Sale, 2189 NW Wilson, 235-8786, 10 am-5 pm, free

ANIMALS--Is your cat interested in acupuncture? Does your dog perform a particularly bizarre trick? Dozens of adorable snakes, kittens, and dogs available for adoption! And, yes, even pet weddings (we're not kidding! Hey, it's Multnomah County. Anything goes!) Today is the largest pet fair of the year. PB
Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive, Sat 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun 9:30 am-5 pm, $7

PERFORMANCE ART POP!--After a whirlwind tour of NYC, the highly original Tracy and the Plastics are back for another performance of dancey art pop. Backed up by her video screen alter-egos, Tracy mixes hilarious antics with lo-fi synth dance beats to explore a new kind of entertainment. WSH
Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 9:30 pm, $7, All Ages

SUNDAY, April 18

SKATEBOARDING--It's about more than ollies and rail slides. A group calling itself Elemental Awareness uses skateboarding to draw in youth to develop self-esteem and social awareness. Yeah, skating with a social conscience. Today they host a citywide competition. Come check out the hot skaters, ohÉ I mean tricks. PB
Dept. of Skateboarding, 15 NE Hancock, 493-9840, noon, free to watch, $10 to compete

GIRLS--Tonight's all about the sistas. The fly girls of SisterPDX girly DJ collective will be spinning everything from hiphop to electroclash at a giant estro-dance party. Check DJs Psyke, Cosmix Vixen, The Perfect Cyn, Niz of PDX, and Queenie B. And guys, if you're looking for the ladies, sounds like this might be the spot. MS
Sister PDX at Ohm, 31 NW 1st, 9 pm-2 am, free

MONDAY, April 19

DANGEROUS--Extreme sports fans looking to get into the local theater scene might want to start with the Cardboard Box Company's Anonymous Theatre. Weeks ago, actors were cast for Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile... in secret. They never met each other, or had rehearsals, but tonight they're going to perform the play for you all the same... and meet each other for the first time. Written theater doesn't get any more potentially catastrophic than this, but therein lies the fun. JWS
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 306-0870, 8 pm, $15

TUESDAY, April 20

READING--In his new book, Fareed Zakaria, the editor of Newsweek International, postulates that the Bush administration has been forcing an American brand of democracy down the international community's throats. However, he goes on to say "what we need in [American] politics today is not more democracy but less." Don't miss this fascinating author read and discuss his new book, The Future of Freedom. WSH
Schnitzer Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 552-9888, 7 pm, $20


RATS--Did you know rats can compress their bodies down to a quarter-inch thick to, say, squeeze under your bedroom door? Neither did former Portlander Robert Sullivan, until he spent a year hanging out with the greasy little mothers in a Manhattan back alley. His resulting book, appropriately titled Rats, is full of fascinating, shiver-inducing information about America's (least) favorite rodent. JWS
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm

LIP-SYNCHING--Didn't get picked to be on American Idol? Too friggin' bad, but here's your chance to be a star without the trappings of fame and fortune. Participate in Lightbox Studios' lip-synch contest. Choose from a ton of songs, including modern rap classics, sing your ass off--and if you're awesome, wind up with a cut of the door. C'mon, you know you wanna. KS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $2 to sing