The volunteers at PDX Pop Now! really went all out for the Make it Pop! fundraiser. For starters, there will be snacks. Plus, James Mercer (the Shins), Brandon Summers (the Helio Sequence), Marty Marquis (Blitzen Trapper), Ryan Sollee (the Builders and the Butcher), and more, all will perform! (We know—we had you at snacks.) EAC

w/Loch Lomond,Dantronix; The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 1022 SW Stark, 7:30 pm, $30, all ages

Tracy Broyles and Meshi Chavez are the masterminds behind Theory 1: Dance, a Portland dance company that mixes performance art, visual art, and modern dance. Their latest work, I Want to Stop Wanting, is about the power and burden of desire, set to a thumping, live electronic score. KP

Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, Thurs-Sun, 8 pm, $12-14


Break out your best electro-pop dance moves for sick, live remixes from Ladytron and an all-out glam show from the Faint. Both bands are playing from albums released in 2008, packed with enough synth to make you move like a well-oiled machine. KP

w/Crocodiles; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, $20-25, all ages

It's a special, two-day-only showing of the Holy Grail of hilariously ultra-violent Japanese cult flicks: Battle Royale! Naughty high schoolers equipped with neck-exploding collars and an array of weaponry are sent to a deserted island to battle each other to the death. Sigh! I am sooo in love! WSH

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, Fri & Sat, 7 pm, $6


You think you know Muppets? You don't know Scred if you haven't seen the rare shorts and behind-the-scenes segments that comprise Muppet History 101. Dave Goelz himself—Jim Henson's longtime associate and the puppeteer behind Gonzo—will be there to answer your questions in his inside voice. AS

Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 2 pm, $5-8

Been looking for an excuse to check out your local comic book store? Look no further than Free Comic Book Day—local retailers are stocked up on comics that can be yours today for the low, low price of FREE. From Love and Rockets to Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Owly, there's something for nerds of all stripes. AH

your friendly local comic book retailer, see for more info


With all respect to D2: The Mighty Ducks ("The Puck Stops Here"), sports movies are terrible. That said, you need to see Sugar, a delicate and masterful look at a young pitcher's journey from Dominican baseball academy to the culture shock of the Midwest minor league system, courtesy of the filmmakers who made crack seem so cool in Half Nelson. EAC

Fox Tower 10, 846 SW Park, see Movie Times for showtimes

Northeast Portland is welcoming the newest Portland Farmers Market location today at NE 7th and Wygant. Finally, waifish hipsters can supplement their PBR diet with fresh produce. PAC

King Market, NE 7th & Wygant, Sundays 10 am-2 pm


Here's a photo show in which the artist didn't take any of the photos on display. Starting today, you can see an exhibit of stolen photographs at Beulahland, courtesy of one Danny Norton, who worked in a one-hour photo lab for six years. These snaps capture the bizarre hilarity of everyday life, from the good ol' days when people shot with film instead of digital. MV

Stolen Property, Beulahland, 118 NE 28th, through May 31, FREE

Join Nurses and White Hinterland for a free evening of skewed, adventurous pop songs that refuse to sit still. Get there early for Tunnels, whose warped solo disco is, appropriately, like skulking through the sweaty walls of a dark underground passage. NL

Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny, 9 pm, FREE


Pix is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with all things Mexican: tequila flights? Check! Mexican wrestling videos? Check! ¡Three Amigos! starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short? Check! Margarita macaroons? Oh, yeah! They've got those too! MS

Pix Patisserie, 3901 N Williams, 5 pm-midnight (movie at 8:30 pm)

Brooklyn's Akashic Books is a brand you can trust: The independent publisher specializes in diverse authors with uncompromising, iconoclastic visions. Tonight's reading brings three Akashic authors to town to read from their new books: Cuban-born writer Achy Obejas, second-generation Cuban writer Robert Arellano, and Maggie Estep, who has no apparent connection to Cuba. AH

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


Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy's latest book, Paul Newman: A Life, is the first biography of the actor to be published after Newman's death. Tonight, the witty, super-smart Levy reads from his book, no doubt adding some personal perspective on one of America's greatest actors along the way. EH

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

Celebrate the opening night of the eighth annual Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival (PDX Film Fest) with a party featuring Bum Equipment, a live installation of video mashups by 20 different artists from around the world. MV

w/Deelay Ceelay; galleryHOMELAND, 2505 SE 11th, 7 pm, FREE