THURSDAY, september 9

WE LOVE YOU--And we want you to have fun, which is why tonight the Mercury offers TWO entertaining amusements. First, hit part 2 of our You Promised series, where favorite mayoral and city council candidates answer YOUR questions about local environmental issues. Then it's time for this week's Mercury Low Dough music show! Tonight's headliner: Big Business! JWS
You Promised @ Mt. Tabor Amphitheater, 6:30 pm; Big Business @ Ash St. Saloon, 225 SW Ash, 9 pm, $5

'80s FLASHBACK--Local time travelers Courage put on a hilariously fun stage show. Dressing up like Slash, Niki Sixx, and the like, they play original anthem rock songs and heartfelt ballads, and generally entertain the crap out of you by not taking themselves one bit seriously. Because isn't there enough seriousness in the world? KS
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $5

FRIDAY, september 10

KILL ROCK STARS--It seems contradictory to get excited about Xiu Xiu. Their anguished and occasionally startling experiments with processing sad stories into music isn't exactly gleeful. Still, you love them, and you love the other KRS acts too, and you don't have to put on a sad face for no one. MS
Roseland, 8 NW 6th, musicfestnw.com, 8 pm, $25

TRIBUTE--His music is solemn, forceful, absolutely familiar, and haunting. And short of Johnny Cash's ghost showing up to croon along, tonight is the closest you will get to the real thing. Local rocker Joshua James hosts an annual Johnny Cash tribute night. PB
w/Johnny Mercury, Stevi Marie, James Sasser, more; Duff's Garage, 1635 SE 7th, 9 pm, $7

SATURDAY, september 11

DJ SPOOKY--This highly successful avant-garde DJ pushes his mix to the brink of your postmodern intellect. He cites influences from John Cage to Grandmaster Flash, and spins music that is both incredibly "out there" and easy to love. A collage of hip hop, progressive jazz, and beyond. EJ
Roseland Theatre, 8 NW 6th Ave, musicfestnw.com, 11 pm, $25

CHUNK 666--It is once again time for the venerable CHUNK 666, one of the increasingly feisty local gangs of reckless bike enthusiasts, to compete in the annual Chunkathulon. Witness firecrackers, crashes, chopper bikes welded together, blood, and the sweet smell of rebellion, or something like it. MS

SE 13th and Clinton, 2 pm, Spectators are encouraged to bring eye protection.

SUNDAY, september 12

JACKASS--Goddamn, them boys from Jackass is brilliant! Their stupid/smart performance art assault descends on Portland tonight courtesy of Steve-O and some other guys from Wild Boys and Viva La Bam--including Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, and the ever-hilarious Wee Man. Words can't convey the disgust-filled merriment and madcap shenanigans that are sure to ensue! EH
Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 224-8499, 8 pm, $20-30

YOUR MOM--Check out local experimental filmmakers Bill Daniel and Vanessa Renwick's Heart Attack Island Film Tour, but also listen to their "musical brethren," the Watery Graves, who provide free stamped envelopes and stationery so you can write your loved ones during the show. Go, because your mom told me it's been ages since she got a letter from you. Bastard. EH
Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd, 8 pm, $5, 21 and over

MONDAY, september 13

FUN WITH YAKUZA--Takashi Miike's 2003 film Gozu follows Minami and Ozaki as they get embroiled in one of Miike's trademark crazy-ass plots involving chihuahuas, bloodletting, breast milk, and the Yakuza. Excellent. EH
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 7 & 9:30 pm, $6

TUESDAY, september 14

AMAZING MUSIC--TBA junkies, it's time to put on your party hats. Tonight the Chicago/Portland band Pulseprogramming unveil a stellar lineup of multimedia, ambient, and electronic DJs. Local acts Valet, Riddenpaa, Nudge, and more collaborate to transform the night into a mini-fest of technological virtuosity. EJ
Machineworks, 115 NW 14th, 11 pm

WEDNESDAY, september 15

READING--What with keeping tabs on the latest wrinkle in J.Lo's romance or analyzing Michael Jackson's weirdness, who has time for serious investigative reporting? Like secret toxic waste dumpings, union busts, or civil liberty disgraces? For the past decade, Project Censorship has been publishing their annual Top 25 Censored Stories. A must read for any thinking person. PB
Powell's, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30, free

THE BIG PICTURE--Now's your chance to see the Omnimax movie that got away with OMSI's Really Really BIG Film Fest. See climbers tackle Mt. Everest in the aptly titled Everest, enjoy an underwater adventure with The Living Sea, or pop a couple ephedrine and join speed freak Tim Allen as he hosts the heart-pounding Top Speed. Tons of intensity made more intense by a five-story screen! KS
OMSI, 1945 SE Water, 797-4000, See film times, pg. 53, for complete listings