Drift, Sonic Youth Shorts
Stop-and-Pause, a new Portland project committed to screening experimental video in our fair city, throws up a real crowd-pleaser this Wednesday. After DJ Yeti gets things warmed up, audiences take a seat for a screening of Drift, an ongoing collaboration between Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer. Drift is a marriage of experimental film, guitarwork, and spoken word, and will be followed by Sonic Youth Shorts, a program of SY-produced films that feature Pavement, Wolf Eyes, and more. Highly recommended. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Wed Nov 8, 8 pm, free

Hole in the Sky
Young buck Jesse Durost gets four short days to premier his installation, Hole in the Sky, at Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Made from sewn nylon and fluorescent tubes, it "abstracts icons of American culture, the American flag, and the moon to call attention to the dire situation that we find ourselves in today." Durost will talk about his installation Sat Nov 4, 1 pm. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th, 224-0521, through Sat Nov 4

Peter HappelChristian
Tilt Gallery presents the work of Ohio artist Peter HappelChristian, who "systematically collects dust from a variety of spaces, both public and private." The dust is then used in photographs, sculptures, and handmade books in an artistic exploration of "human residue." Tilt, 625 NW Everett Suite 106, 908-616-5477, opens Thurs Nov 2, 6-9 pm; through Nov 25

Ty Ennis
Ty Ennis, he of the Oregon Biennial and annual NAAU solo show, returns with a new suite of drawings on the topics of sex, death, friendship, artmaking, and memory. Ennis creates some of the best works on paper in the city, so this should be one of the don't-miss shows of the month. New American Art Union, 922 SE Ankeny, 231-8294, opens Fri Nov 3, 7-10 pm; through Dec 10