ART--If you're a fan of gritty movies like Kids and Gummo, this is the art exhibit for you. In his new exhibit Dirty Laundry: Behind the Scenes of the Sex Industry, photographer Michael Rubenstein looks into the vulgar side of Portland's immense sex industry, showing portraits of the dirty, lonely, sad, and sick, rather than the breasty and the beautiful. KS
Angry Fairy Gallery, 625 NW Everett #107, opening party, 6-9 pm, free

ROBOT RAWK--Don't miss Captured! By Robots--America's number one robot party band. One human (wrapped in chains) is forced to sing and play lead guitar for a completely automated backup band--who regularly taunt the poor human and argue with each other between songs. In a world of forgettable bands, I guarantee you won't forget this one. WSH
w/Quarry to the War, Starantula, The Weaklings; Ash St. Saloon, 225 SW Ash, 9 pm, $7


DOLEMITE!--Look out, lovers of Blaxploitation, music, and comedy! It's the CD release and Birthday Bash party for hiphoppist Keary Ka$e, and his special guest is no other than Dolemite himself, Rudy Ray Moore (who makes a guest appearance on the CD, just in case you were wondering). The star of such Blaxploitation classics as Dolemite, and The Human Tornado, Rudy brings his dirty-ass style of stand-up comedy to Portland to celebrate Keary Ka$e's birthday. I should be so lucky! WSH
Billy Reed's, 2808 NR MLK, 10 pm, $10

CELEBRATION--All right, let's not shit ourselves; we've all seen Point Line Plane, Nice Nice, Panther, and DJ Broken Window before. Probably performing together. Probably on more than one occasion. But tonight is extra-special, as we celebrate the release of Point Line Plane's Skin Graft debut, Smoke Signals. And you know you owe it to them. ZP
Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th, 223-0099, 9 pm, $5


MUSIC--The new Doug Fir Lounge is starting off with a bang, hosting two of Portland's best bands: eloquent drum/guitar duo Quasi, and the most harmonious and fun-to-watch band of all time, the Joggers. I'd suggest buying your tickets now, and arriving early, 'cuz by showtime the club will be packed to the rafters. KS
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $10-12

MUSIC--Get ready for the Dirtbombs to manufacture some Dangerous Magical Noise tonight as the legendary Mick Collins and crew stop in to help Portland fix her party shortage. The Dirtbombs' Motor City mix of soul and junk-in-the-trunk garage is guaranteed to satisfy. LC
w/Ponies, Starlite Desperation; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 226-6630, 9 pm, $10

HIPHOP--All hail the winners of the Mercury Talent Show, Manic D and Fogatron--the rap/beatbox duo that laid the Pizzazz! audience to waste. If you missed them once, don't miss this opportunity to catch them in all their glory, performing with the hee-lariously catchy rappers The Buttery Lords. You WILL be blown away! WSH
w/CAC, Courage; The Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy, 9 pm, $5


NERD ALERT!--The Portland Comic Book Show--your twice-yearly chance to buy, sell, and trade comics, cards, and crappy Episode I paraphernalia--is back. In attendance: Portland's awesome Brian Michael Bendis, who writes, like, 90 percent of Marvel's funny books, plus other big-time Portland creators like David Hahn (Bite Club) and Drew Johnson (Wonder Woman). Geeks, feel free to blow your loads right about&#hellip; now. EH
Memorial Coliseum at the Rose Quarter, 788-1031, Sun 10 am-5 pm, $6

READING--Best known for The Orchid Thief (which went to the silver screen via Adaptation), and for Surf Girls of Maui (loosely adapted to the film Blue Crush), former local writer Susan Orlean has turned her obsessive and keen observation skills to world travel. Her new book My Kind of Place is a globetrotting exodus from little league games in Cuba to a taxidermy championship in Illinois. PB
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, free


GELFLING BEAUTY--In a recent viewing of Jim Henson's masterpiece The Dark Crystal, I was disturbed two-fold by the following realizations: firstly, just how sexually attractive I found those Gelfling puppets--and second, just how much neo-folk harpist Joanna Newsom looks like said puppets. Consider this an excuse for us to run a photo of Miss Newsom for your further consideration. Thank you for your time. ZP
w/Incredible String Band; Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $14-20


ONE WOMAN--Simultaneously insane and adorable, Amber Martin is a solo tornado of singing, dancing, and acting, sliding easily into the skins of different characters from an Evangelical church lady to a saucy torch diva. She's offensive, smart and pee-in-your-pants funny! Proceeds benefit the No on 36 campaign. PB
Wild Abandon Restaurant, 2411 SE Belmont, 9 pm, $15, seating limited, call 232-4458 for tickets


MUSIC--Though the blood-tied juxtaposition of this show is a little cloying (with the Real! Life! Siblings! of both the Fiery Furnaces and the Rogers Sisters), it's worth a little tooth-grinding for a taste of the Rogers' B-52s-redux. ZP
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $10