EARFUL—I'm pretty sure that David Lynch's sweeter, kinder brother would be a fan of Shelley Short's enchanting folk. She's got a way of comforting with her beautiful voice—yet there's an amputated ear lurking in the backyard of her deceptive strums and vocals. Let her lull you into her lovely web. CF

w/Ilyas Ahmed, Mbilly; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $7

BAD BOYS—I always thought the Bad Boys of Dance were the Sharks and the Jets from West Side Story. Turns out they're actually a company of rowdy male dancers from mixed disciplines who put on one hell of an energetic show, and White Bird has brought them to town. PAC

Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $25-57.50, through Jan 17

ALTER EGO—By day, singer/guitarist Joe Davis mans the boards here at the Mercury, but by night he fronts the pure rock power of Pinehurst Kids, whose frenetic, melodic superhero pop needs no disguise. NL

w/Pacific Blasting; Roscoe's, 8105 SE Stark, 9 pm, FREE


RAD PEOPLE ONLY—I don't care how cool you think you are: If you haven't given Battlestar Galactica a shot, you're just being stubborn. All the people with their heads right will be at tonight's big-screen premiere of the final season with beer and pizza in hand. MS

Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 10 pm, FREE

RELEASE—Looking for a surefire way to blow off some steam after the workweek? Then traipse on down to Slabtown for two of Portland's funnest, catchiest bands. Blue Horns make spastic new-wave folk-rock that's perfect for flailing to, while the Crosswalks hurl rock-solid power-pop gems that'll smack you clean in the kisser. NL

w/Dominic Castillo; Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th, 9 pm, $6

THE WAIT IS OVER—Admit it: The odds of you ever actually seeing the enigmatic Tom Waits live in concert are pretty slim these days. But don't let that stop you from enjoying a screening of his marvelous—and totally odd—concert film Big Time. EAC

Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 7 pm, $8


FORGIVENESS—If you're still angry about last month's cancellation of the excellent pairing of Portland luminaries Blind Pilot and Loch Lomond, you can finally unclench your fists and put away the pitchfork—they're playing together tonight, and if haunting chamber-pop and peppy folk sweetness doesn't calm your thirst for revenge, you should probably stay home anyway. RJP

w/the Old Believers; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $12, all ages

ROCKETS—One of the most intriguing plays on Portland Center Stage's roster this year is the world premiere of Apollo, a multimedia look at post-World War II America that promises Nazis, rocket ships, and a "kaleidoscopic array of theatrical methods." Oooh! AH

Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, $59-65 ($15 under 18), through Feb 8

THE GITS—Tonight's offering from the Reel Music festival is a moving, punk rock homage to the Gits frontwoman Mia Zapata, who was raped and murdered in Seattle in 1993. Bring a tissue. Bring the whole box. AH

Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 9 pm, $8


WORD—Everyone's favorite lesbian TV drama (not that there's much competition) The L Word premieres its sixth season tonight. Check it on the big screen, with admission benefiting the Human Rights Campaign, followed by an afterparty at Holocene. MS

Screening at Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $5; party at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8 pm, FREE with movie ticket ($5 without)

HEART ATTACK-ACK-ACK—Best described as a "rock ballet," Movin' Out is a jukebox musical powered by Billy Joel songs, leggy half-naked dancers, and Twyla Tharp choreography. If you're a boomer, you probably have your tickets. If you're the child of a boomer, you secretly want tickets, but will beat the shit out of anyone who finds out. PAC

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, Fri Jan 16 at 7:30 pm, Sat Jan 17 at 2 & 7:30 pm, Sun Jan 18 at 1 & 6:30 pm, $31.25-68.50

GIRLS' NIGHT—Three small-press darlings storm Powell's tonight: Invincible Summer zinester Nicole Georges, Soft Skull Press graphic artist Cristy Road, and first-time novelist Rhiannon Argo. Come on and get indie. AH

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE


SAY IT LOUD—The Reel Music fest is crammed chock-a-block with great flicks, and here's yet another: The Night James Brown Saved Boston. The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, James Brown played a concert that many say saved Boston from devastating riots. Don't miss this document of a hallmark moment in music history. WSH

Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 7 pm, $8

COOLEYHIGHARMONY—Relive that Motownphilly feeling with the R&B stylings of '90s superstars Boyz II Men! I easily got 27 women pregnant thanks to songs such as "I'll Make Love to You," "On Bended Knee," "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," and of course, "End of the Road." ABC/BBD 4-evah! WSH 

Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 SW Salmon River Hwy, Grand Ronde, 8 pm, $20-30

BOOKSGeraldine Brooks' paperback release of People of the Book follows a manuscript through the ages. And she's won a Pulitzer! MD

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE


OBAMA!—Holyfuckingshit! We have a black president! Celebrate the post-election glory of Barack Obama being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States with a night of bumping music. There will be funk (Shock, Marlon McClain), jazz (Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins), and of course, plenty of beats and rhymes (Cool Nutz, Mic Crenshaw, Serge Severe, and more)—and you'll wake up tomorrow with a smile on your face. EAC

Roseland, 10 NW 6th, 7 pm, FREE, all ages

INAUGURATION!—The Mercury presents a celebration of all things Barack in association with the Democratic Party of Oregon, for which (unlike our rivals) we are in no way ashamed. DJ Optimo will be spinning, and posters will be available. The theme: "Change Is Here." MD

w/Nightclubbing, Linger & Quiet; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $8-10

FUNNY—The trio of former The State comedians Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain make up the comedy troupe Stella, whose absurdist humor is sure to have you furrowing your brow and slapping your knee in equal measures. NL

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $25, all ages


TNT—Avoiding any mainstream pandering with last year's pretty damned good Walk it Off, Minneapolis' Tapes 'n Tapes continue their cusp-toeing jaunt of fun and broody sixth wave indie rock. Tickle your hips with nothing less than an infection of danceable punk and ultra-catchy scorchers. RJP

w/Wild Light; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $15

BLAZERS VS. CAVALIERS!—Curse those pesky Cavaliers, with their LeBron James, their 27 wins and six losses, compared to Portland's 20 and 14. If our franchise player would start playing like one, this could make for a great game. MD

Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct, 7 pm, $10 & up

PILEDRIVER—Forget Britney! The real comeback kid of the year is formerly washed-up actor Mickey Rourke, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for The Wrestler. Rourke's dead-on portrayal of an '80s pro wrestling star plotting his return is just what you expect: heart-wrenching, funny, and devastating. WSH

Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 4:30, 7 & 9:15 pm, $8