THURSDAY, April 22

READING--Novelist/essayist Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, has penned some of the most profound and resonant books about feminism and the politics of being black in America; she is also a humanitarian and an engaging speaker. Hear her present her latest work, Now is the Time to Open Your Heart, about a woman who searches for enlightenment while traveling down the Colorado River. JS
First Baptist Church, SW 12th & Taylor, 7:30 pm, free, first come first serve

MOVIN'--Local dance group BodyVox fuses Pilobolus-influenced fluidity with seriously smokin' hot performers. Their latest work, Water Bodies, backed by the extremely innovative string quartet 3rd Angle, is the best kind of modern choreography: arty, intellectually stimulating, and entertaining as hell. JWS
Schnitzer Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 224-4400, 7:30 pm, $18-39

FRIDAY, April 23

BLONDIE--They swore they would never get back together, but Debbie Harry's not the kind of girl who gives up just like thatÉ Oh noo, nooooo! And hurray for those of us too young to have seen them back when Harry could get away with a tube dress! MS
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, 224-4400, 9 pm, $37.50

B-BOYS, B-GIRLS!--Get ready for another breakdancin' Ka-BOOM! Local b-boy crew MissileFist is throwing a brand new three on three tournament-style battle called the Rose City Revival. Spins, flips, freezes, and intricate footwork; it's all on display and performed to the turntablism of DJ Scene, for a bevy of trophies and prizes. Get there early to compete. A terrific all-ages event! WSH
NorthStar Ballroom, 635 NE Killingsworth, doors 6 pm, competition at 7 pm, $5

PLAY--You remember Kenneth Lonergan, creator of You Can Count on Me, one of the great films of 2000. Well, the dude's an amazing playwright at heart, and one of his latest works, Lobby Hero, is getting a production from Artists Repertory Theatre AS WE SPEAK! It follows the lives of two Manhattan apartment security guards, and features Scott Coopwood, fresh off his amazing portrayal of Shylock at Portland Center Stage. JWS
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 241-1278, 8 pm, $15-30

SATURDAY, April 24

DINA IS BACK!--If you love cabaret, then you'll wet your britches over the most hilarious washed-out diva ever, Dina Martina, in her all-new live show Another Intimate Evening with Dina Martina. This side-splitting drag goddess will be performing bizarre renditions of your favorite songs alongside pianist Mikel Poulson, and tickets always sell out QUICK. So jump on it. WSH
Echo Theatre, 1515 SE 37th (off Hawthorne), 224-8499, 8 pm, $15 advance, $18 door

OUTDOOR MUSIC--Hippies are best in a certain time and place--and that's outside, in a barn. Tonight, they have both! The First Annual Drunken Barn Dance features stoner favorites like Higher Ground, The Burners and morF. Camping sites available. PB
Horning's Hideout, right turn off Hwy 26 North Plains Exit (and follow signs), starts 9 pm, $10 includes camping site

SUNDAY, April 25

COMIC BATTLE--The arts have gotten so combative lately, and comic book artists are not about to be left out. See cartooners Ezra Clayton Daniels, Nathan Beaty, Aaron Renier, and Alec Longstreth draft to the death, and if you've got a mighty pen yourself, they'll even duel with you! MS
Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free

MONDAY, April 26

MUSIC--Redemption in a song: is it possible? TV on the Radio will convince you as much. Get washed in transportive vocal harmonies and dramatic, gospel-glitchy guitars. You'll be looking up to the heavens and thanking God later. JS
w/Hint Hint, Apollo Heights; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9 pm, $8-10

TUESDAY, April 27

MUSIC--Mmmm... The lush, lush grooves of Air. The spacey smoothness of French duo Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel will make your pelvis move through the night air like Haley's Comet. JWS
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, 224-4400, 8 pm, $2


NIRVANA--Yeah, so Nirvana's playing down at the bowling alley (or rather a Nirvana cover band named Nirvana). Joining them at the We Love Kurt Flannel Fest 2004 will be Kill Me Pills, a "1/4 queer" Hole cover band. Kurt is the new JFK! Where were you when he died? MS
Grand Central Bowling, 808 SE Morrison, 9:30 pm, $4, All Ages

HIPHOP--Born of the Wu Tang Clan and making it big on his own, Method Man brings his laidback rapping to Portland. Let's hope he shows up. If not, there's still a grip of artists--Cool Nutz, Maniac Loc, J-Mack, The Warfield Project--to shake up your evening. And I'm sure they'll refund tickets if Method Man bails. KS
Roseland, NW 6 th & Burnside, 1-800-325-SEAT, 8 pm, $25-40