FILM—The always-great, fourth annual Portland Black Film Festival—curated by local writer and filmmaker David Walker—kicks off at the Hollywood tonight with a can't-miss title: 1972's Buck and the Preacher, a trailblazing western directed by star Sidney Poitier, who has Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee in tow! It's well worth seeing on the big screen—and in 35mm. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $8, also see our article!

BLAZERS—Portlanders love themselves a good rivalry. When the Sonics (R.I.P.) were around, we hated those green bastards. We still go apeshit at the mere possibility of the Lakers coming to town. But the Houston Rockets? The team that's developed a real knack for either barring our entry into—or knocking the Blazers out of—the playoffs? Now that's a rivalry with some meat on its bones. BOBBY ROBERTS
Moda Center, 1 Center Court, 7:30 pm, $10-235, all ages

Oregon Ballet Theatre presents The Americans Take Two!
A whimsical production featuring Big Shoes and Fluidity of Steel; plus a world premiere by rising star Michelle Manzanales.
Hannah Gadsby LIVE at Keller Auditorium Sunday June 8
June 7th show is already SOLD OUT and tickets for the June 8th show are going quick.
Tough Mudder Portland, August 13 + 14
Lock in your summer adventure, Portland. Join us for world famous obstacles over a 5K or 10K distance.


HECKLEVISION—Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders get their jabs in onscreen during the Democratic Debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, while you can hurl hilarious jokes—via text, please—from the audience. Your scathing insults will appear on the Hollywood's big screen while the candidates blather. There will be blood. SHELBY R. KING
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 6 pm, $5, all ages

MUSIC—Rapper Mic Capes' poetic lyrics speak to his experiences growing up in the North Portland neighborhood of St. Johns. Keegan Baurer and Capes' fellow Resistance member Rasheed Jamal will join him at Mississippi Studios for this installment of the free Ear Candy series. CIARA DOLAN
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, FREE, also see our article!


MOTO SHOW—The One Motorcycle Show is in its seventh year of showing off crazy-cool collections of custom, racing, and cruising motorcycles. Plus there's tons of art, food, and beer to partake of while drooling all over the incredible bikes on display. Go practice zen and the art of motorcycle coveting. COURTNEY FERGUSON
831 SE Salmon, Fri 5 pm-midnight, Sat 9 am-midnight, Sun 9 am-3 pm, FREE, all ages

MUSIC—Massachusetts trio Wet have been pigeonholed, somewhat bizarrely, as '90s R&B revivalists, but their lush, sexytime jams hew closer to indie rock and pop traditions, with introspection and emotion anchoring their slow grooves. Either way, they're already a sensation, as tonight's show is all sold out. NED LANNAMANN
w/Kelsey Lu; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $12.50-15 (sold out)


TALK SHOW—If you like comedy and interesting people, don't miss the fourth anniversary of Late Night Action with Alex Falcone. The hilarious and smart Alex and cohost Bri Pruett (both Merc contributors) will be chatting up guests like KINK morning show host Sheila Hamilton and beloved stand-up Shane Torres. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
w/Eleanor O'Brien, Boone Howard; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 7 pm, $10-15

MUSIC—This Valentine's Eve at the Doug Fir, get cozy with local sweethearts the Moody Dudes, Lost Lander, Melville, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, and Spirit Lake as they cover classic love songs by artists like Hall & Oates and Boys II Men that highlight the best and worst of romance. CIARA DOLAN
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-12

BEER—Prime your liver for Zwickelmania, the annual event where more than 50 local breweries open their doors for your drinking pleasure, with free samples, cornhole, tours, and beer releases. SHELBY R. KING
Various breweries, 11 am- 4 pm, FREE plus the cost of beer, see for locations


MUSIC—There's no better way to spend Valentine's Day than with Portland's premier soul act, Ural Thomas and the Pain. Bring your loved one and hold 'em close for a set of classic love songs, including covers of Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, and Bobby "Blue" Bland. NED LANNAMANN
w/the Domestics; Rontoms, 600 E Burnside, 9 pm, $15

BIKE RIDE—We've had some exceptionally shitty days already this year. Remember that day with all the sewage? And that ice storm? And that day Bowie died? Yet the organizers of Portland's annual Worst Day of the Year Ride press on with the name. Then again, this year's event is scheduled on Valentine's Day. DIRK VANDERHART
Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne, register at, $39-49, all ages

MUSIC—There ain't no love like "country love," which is why you shouldn't miss Hearts on Fire, a show featuring covers of your fave C&W duos like Johnny Cash and June Carter, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, and Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. It's the perfect Valentine gift for your bulging or broken heart. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 7 pm, $14-25


FILM—Now in its 39th year, the Portland International Film Festival continues to swamp Portlanders with an overwhelming number of movies. Today you have no fewer than 21 options—but your best bet is Terence Davies' Sunset Song, which Little White Lies calls "an emotional bolt to the heart" from "Britain's greatest living director." ERIK HENRIKSEN
Moreland Theater, 6712 SE Milwaukie, 6 pm, $12, also see our PIFF preview!


BOOKS—Margaret Malone writes spare, sharp-edged short stories set in Portland, and tonight she's joined by Arthur Bradford, occasional speaker for Eastmoreland's trees, and full-time writer of what can only be described as charming weirdo lit. They're two of the city's best fiction writers, in one of its best independent bookstores. MEGAN BURBANK
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 7 pm, FREE

MUSIC—With synthpop that's guaranteed to get you dancing (or at least doing the introvert head-nod 'n' torso-sway), a homemade light show to command your attention, AND a new album slated for this year, Starfucker's show at the Wonder Ballroom should delight fans of the Northwest indie rockers and noobs alike. MEGAN BURBANK
w/Nurses, Fake Drugs; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $22-25, all ages