THURSDAY, september 30

MUSIC--The British band Snow Patrol combine sweeping vocals and charming sincerity to create fantastic pop magic. Their latest album Final Straw is wistful, sweet, addictive, and amazingly, not one bit cheesy. Plus, their live show is more fun than riding a ferris wheel with a hot guy in summer. Don't miss out. KS
w/Eisley; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 224-4400, 8 pm, $12-15

MULTIMEDIA--Éis awesome, and IndieVOX! has plenty of it. With no less than five screens of local film, rock from Relay, free pool, two bars, and an ass-load of room to dance, the whole thing'll either be wholly enlightening or utterly exhausting. EH
Bossanova, 722 E Burnside, 233-7855, 8 pm, $5

"COMEDY"--I have a great deal of respect for Neil Hamburger. Yeah, that's right. Sure--the in-joke, meta-comic shtick is ridiculously one-note, and pretty much ran its course about seven years ago--but that's the point, right? I'd have been disappointed if he'd given up when the joke stopped being funny--'cuz if there's one thing Hamburger knows, it's comic timing. ZP
Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $8

FRIDAY, october 1

FILM--Are you ready for the best BMX bike movie ever? Check out the totally awesome racing flick Rad, and pay special attention to Lori Loughlin's ridiculous stunt double. The film is presented by the Zoobombers, and proceeds go to buy needy kids bikes over the holiday season. Now that's rad! KS
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 11 pm, $6

MUSIC--As much as I wanted to dismiss White Magic's Through the Sun Door for its plundering of the voguish "outsider folk movement" (Banhart, Newsom, et al.), I've gotta come clean: shit's good. With Quix*o*tic's Mira Billotte getting all Grace Slick and taffeta, the band's pensive dirge will certainly be welcomed betwixt the sonic musings of Drag City labelmates Ghost and Six Organs of Admittance. ZP
Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $10

SATURDAY, october 2

MUSIC--I classify Mouse on Mars as mind-blowing, and this is coming from a person who nearly passes out from boredom at laptop battles. Somehow this German outfit manages to make electronic noise, static, and vocals into intense musical adventures. It's a great week for music, people. KS
Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 1-800-992-8499, 9:30 pm, $12

GOTHIC HORROR--Éis the gloomy terrain of H.P. Lovecraft, whose creepy writings have influenced everyone from Stephen King to Hellboy's Mike Mignola. Check out a sinister slew of films inspired by Lovecraft's work at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. EH
Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 281-4215, Sat-Sun at 2, $12, www.hplfilmfestival.com

SUNDAY, october 3

SEX TALK--Tonight Em and Lo, two of the country's most sexy and prolific sex columnists, give the lowdown evil Bush's threats to our sexual liberties and libidos. Along with the scare talk, Em and Lo also will offer up skits, tutorials, sexy audience-participation games, and sexiness. PB
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 8:30 pm, FREE

WOMEN'S SOCCER--If you attended last year's Women's World Cup Games at PGE Park, you don't need to be convinced of the excitement of professional women's soccer. And the girls are back in town today to play New Zealand! It's your last chance to see Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm, who are retiring after years of exciting service to the sport, so move it or lose it, chump! WSH
PGE Park, Salmon & 18th Ave, 224-4400, 5 pm, $15-40

MONDAY, october 4

MUSIC--In spite of a few unfortunate leanings, Forget Tomorrow--Macha's first proper release in five years--is a remarkably consistent affair. Which is to say, Macha still know what they're doing. Which is to say, Macha still probably put on a pretty solid live show. Which is to say, you should probably go see them. ZP

w/The Kingdom, Talkdemonic; Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $8

TUESDAY, october 5

FLICK N' SWIM--At past screenings in Portland Monthly's poolside Dive-In Theater series, people have been scared to cut loose, get drunk, and do cannonballs. But with Scorsese's blood-a-riffic masterpiece Goodfellas, it's time to buck the trend. Here's the game: Every time Joe Pesci kills someone, down a shot! Every time Ray Liotta kills someone, do a cannonball! JWS
McCormick Pier, 1040 NW Naito Pkwy, 222-5144 ex. 135, open at 7 pm, screening at dusk, $5

WEDNESDAY, october 6

AUTHOR!--If you can get past his passion for purple clothing, dangly earrings, and poofy hairdos, you'll quickly discover that T.C. Boyle is the master of blending historical fiction with sidesplitting humor. His new novel, The Inner Circle, tackles the life and work of American sexologist Alfred Kinsey, and will undoubtedly make the upcoming Kinsey movie look like a lame VH1 special. CB
Portland Arts and Lectures at Schnitzer Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $15-25