Good lord. This weekend is ridiculous.

Tonight there's PICA's 13th Birthday Celebration at Holocene, w/Fleshtone, Velella Velella, and MEGA*CHURCH, $7 ($5 for PICA members)

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art celebrates 13 years of making the world safe for contemporary art with a birthday party at Holocene. A special raffle will be held with prizes including a two hour tattoo session from Sage Ink, a Columbia Sportswear cruiser bicycle, TBA:08 Festival Passes, plus get your limited edition birthday t-shirts.

Sounds like way more fun than my 13th, which I'm pretty sure was celebrated at the Cucina Cucina by Washington Square.

JAW at Portland Center Stage kicks off their "Big Weekend" tonight with a fancy dinner I can't afford to go to.... but I'm not even mad, 'cause the rest of the weekend is totally free. JAW, formerly known as Just Add Water/West, is an annual festival put on by PCS to foster the development of new work. That description makes it sound so much more boring than it is... Four plays are selected from tons of applicants. They're workshopped for ten days (with directors, actors, dramaturges), then staged readings are presented--those readings are this weekend at the Armory, along with a theater fair, a playwrights slam, and tons of site-specific work. Is that less boring? I wrote about it here; or hit the PCS site for the full schedule and some video journals that give an idea of how the fest going so far. The third video is the best, not because it features a few moments of Storm Large working on her one-woman, autobiographical show (which has been designated NC-17, and which I've heard good things about, haters), but because of the cute extremely cool interviews with a couple of the "Promising Playwrights," high schoolers whose one-acts will be presented in front of the main readings.

Meanwhile, the Summer Writer's Workshop at Tin House continues through Saturday. I've been kicking myself all week for not making it to any of these—and I'm going to miss Denis Johnson's reading tomorrow night because of...

Promenade as part of the South Waterfront's Artists-in-Residence program, which I write about here. Installation artist Bill Will, choreographer Linda K Johnson, a bunch of local dancers, vendors selling treats, all in this weird new neighborhood that a bunch of developers invented. Should be good.