THURSDAY, May 27

DANCE PARTY--Get your shoes on, Lucy, it's gonna be a long night. One of Holocene's famous dance parties is goin' on, with three whole DJs, PLUS two bands: The Snuggle Ups (armed with new songs for ya) and the trash-o-riffic hoTT PiNK. MS

w/DJs Linoleum, Ginsu, & D.T.M.F.; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $3

ROOTS--With hiphop rockers The Roots, catch the slung words of NY's Jean Grae, and ever-spectre-like VA emcee Skillz--who's ghostwritten for some of your fave emcees! JS

w/Martin Luther; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 1-800-325-SEAT, 9 pm, $25, all ages

FRIDAY, May 28

MUSIC--Unimpressed by the recent wave of uninspired indierock clone bands? So is Destroyer. Their songs are packed with intelligent, intelligible lyrics and gloriously sparse instrumentation. They're also pretty, pretty Canadians. CANADIANS IN AMERICA??? Do they wear clothes in Canada? EJ

w/Moris Tepper, Frog Eyes; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 9:30 pm, $10

MUSIC--Zao May have questionable politics, but they have completely awesome songs. Their hardcore combines awesome guitar melodies, balls-out rocking, talent, and growly vocals that are both demonic and decipherable. If you like heavy music, this is some of the best coming through town. KS

Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 1-800-992-8499, 7 pm, All Ages

SATURDAY, May 29

MUSIC--Even though Trans Am's last album, Liberation, was a little janky, they're still one of my all-time favorite bands, and their album Red Line is one of my all-time favorite albums. Blending keyboards, insane drumming, guitar, samples, showmanship, and an endearing sense of irony, their shows rock, and so do they. KS

Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9 pm, $12-15

NEW GRIOT--Aimed to educate youth on the relationship between jazz and hiphop, New Griot's after-school program's finale is a free performance from Cool Nutz, The Original Cats, the Rose City breakdancers, poet Renee Mitchell, and more. So get some. MS

Dishman Center, 77 NE Knott, 7 pm, free

MONSTERS/WRESTLING--From the warped noggins of Portland Organic Wrestling comes Wrestlevania--that's right; Live Monster Wrestling, featuring people beating each others' brains out while wearing monster costumes. Hosted by White Wraith (aka The Haunted Honky) and Fritz, this fun can only be improved upon with a showing of the cheesified '50s sci-fi classic, Cat Women from Outer Space (which happily, is also on the bill). WSH

Sabala's at Mt. Tabor, 4811 SE Hawthorne, 238-1646, 10 pm

SUNDAY, May 30

EXPLORATIONS IN RHYTHM--Between emcee Beans' future beat-poet rhymestyle and The Eternals' sharp, adventuresome take on beat patterns from hiphop and dancehall, it's like you took a spaceship to the inner frontier of the rhythm. And Tortoise, well, you know how they do. JS

Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 1-800-325-SEAT, 8 pm, $14, all ages

TAP DANCING--Moving from languid softshoe to a flurry of foot movement as rapid as machine gun fire, T.J. Yale is an amazing talent. And he's still in high school! Today is National Tap Dance Day! Come celebrate with the best tap dancers in the region. Classes available beforehand. PB

Tiffany Center, Emerald Ballroom, 1410 SW Morrison, classes at 5 pm, performance 6-9 pm, 222-9853, $5 for classes, $7 for performance

MONDAY, May 31

24 HOURS--That's how long the stellar writers, directors, and actors of the Theatre Vertigo company had to create four original new plays. They started yesterday at 8 pm, and will perform for you tonight at 8 pm. It's theater on the run, and it's entertaining as all Hell. Seriously. JWS

Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 306-0870, 8 pm, $15

TUESDAY, June 1

HAPPY HIPHOP BIRTHDAY--Congratulations to the good folks at Thorn City Improv, who have now officially been dishing dope freestyles for two years! Join the crew of Sleep, Destro, Smoke, and The Chosen in celebration tonight, as they join forces with special guests Genius Pro and Shaydo. DJ Sneakers lays down the beats. JWS

Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash, 9:30 pm, $5

WEDNESDAY, June 2

COMEDY--It's been said that a talk show host is only as good as his guest. If true, then tonight expect great things when you attend the Famous Mysterious Actor Late Night Talk Show. Already a high-larious parody of Letterman and Leno with bizarro comedy and skits, tonight's special guest is sassified hottie Storm Large--whose tongue is as sharp and wicked as her punky lounge tunes. Famous and Storm together? Prepare for the sparks to fly! WSH

Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash, 9 pm, $5