THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3

LOW DOUGH--It's bands like the Makers that are enough to make you grateful that you're not in a band. Can you imagine spending every waking hour in that uniform? The amount of bleach you'd need to get those mascara stains out of your pillowcases? They do it all for you, Portland. And tonight, they're doin' it with the Volumes, and Seattle's beloved Briefs. ZP
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 8:30 pm, $5

IN AGREEANCE--As that jackass Fred Durst might note, there are two things us Portlanders are in agreeance on: 1) Tsunamis are bad, and 2) the Lifesavas kick ass. Allow this jackass to add a third: Tonight's tsunami benefit with the Lifesavas, plus Lightheaded, DJ Kez, and the b-boy crew Moon Patrol, is going to RULE!!! EH
Nocturnal, 1800 E. Burnside, 8 pm. $12

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4

FILM/BEER--So, the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) is hired to run a truckload of beer across the south and then a cop starts to chase him. . .Oh hell, who cares about the plot!? Burt Reynolds is bad boy hot in Smokey and The Bandit and you'll be bad boy hot in your seat, as you heckle the screen and gulp booze at this latest installment in the Mercury Winter Prozac film series! YEE-haw! PB
Clinton Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 10 pm, $6

DEATH METAL--MmmMM! How I love writing those beautiful words, especially in reference to New York's Suffocation, the reigning kings of carnage-dripping, face-shredding thrash chaos. Their 1991 debut album Effigy of the Forgotten continues to inspire grind-core bands everywhere to tear shit up. Come bathe in their infamous fiery blood. JWS
Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd, 7:30 pm, $15

VOODOO WHODO--You'll be most comfortable in costume at "Huevos Diablos: Rubber Chicken Voodoo Masquerade," offering the speedball-ish promise of "An Evening of White Sugar & Black Magic." Sugars and magics at this benefit for the new Portland Art Center include a jazz funeral procession, music and dance, voodoo ceremonies, and a fashion walk-off. MS
Bossanova, 722 E Burnside, 8 pm, $10-20 sliding

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5

MUSIC--What does the expansive choral pop of Toronto's Hidden Cameras have to do with the stuttering instrumental assault of San Francisco's Crime in Choir, have to do with the lappidy-dance-pop of Portland's own the Blow? I hesitate to try and wrap my head around such a quandary. One thing I do get: this shit's a pretty sure bet. ZP
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, $7

ROCK AUCTION WINNER--Three cheers to local rockers cityvein, who graciously donated to the Mercury's Charity Auction, and have rightfully won a primo slot for their band to play tonight at Sabala's! With an EP coming out this spring, cityvein is ready to bust out the rock tonight with a musical combo platter of synthy heaviness, topped off with socially conscious lyrics. WSH
Sabala's Mt. Tabor, 4811 SE Hawthorne, cityvein starts at 9:30 pm, $6

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6

SUPERBOWL GRAND OPENING--Ring in SuperBowl Sunday--a day devoted to stuffing your face and getting drunk--at Sabala's, your home for… well, stuffing your face and getting drunk. The club will also celebrate the grand opening of its new lounge space with a huge-screen telecast, free food, a performance by British Steel, "very special guests," and a chance to win a trip for two to Vegas!! JWS
Sabala's, 4811 SE Hawthorne, 2 pm, free entry, music and special guests begin after the game, $5

PURPLE RAIN--Purple Rain is the most successful Rock film ever made--commercially, artistically, spiritually. Purple Rain the album topped the Billboard charts for 24 consecutive weeks, spawning two number one singles. Sparkleheart's Purple Rain dance party at Holocene is sure to be just as big a hit, with choreography, sing-alongs from the soundtrack, and a 1984 dress-up theme!! ZP
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9:30 pm, $6

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7

HORSE RACING--And. . .they're off! That's right, it's horse racing season. Live horses. Live jockeys. Insider's tip: Bet on the jockeys! Especially at Portland Meadows (an exciting but minor league track), where the rider makes the difference. An exciting way to spice up your dreary Monday. PB
Portland Meadows, Exit 306 off I-5, free entry, $2 min. bet, 1 pm - 5:25 pm

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

REMEMBER--… how we told you to use dancing as a way to survive winter? Well here's another reminder. It's Tuesday, so here are a few good ones: DJ Pussyface (at Porky's, spinning "punk/soul/slop"), Raw Power (at Doug Fir with the rock of Gregarious), and TAINTed Beats (an electro international dance party at Holocene)! MS
Pussyface@Porky's, 835 N Lombard, FREE; Raw Power@Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, FREE; TAINTed Beats@Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, $3-5

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

PHOTOS--Art n' history buffs will get a kick out of this evening's discussion with photographer Pirkle Jones, whose stunning photographic collaboration with Ruth-Marion Baruch, Black Panthers 1968, is showing at Reed College. On your way to deep Southeast, drop in at the Newspace gallery to see Liam Drain's photo exhibit based "upon the style of beauty proposed by the band ABBA in the '70s." JWS
Pirkle: Reed's Biology Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock, 6:30 pm, free; Liam: Newspace, 1632 SE 10th, showing through Feb 27