Immortal Technique is not messing around. While other emcees have chests full of spent bullets, none can step to the utter seriousness of this Harlem rapper, who drops ferocious political rhymes onstage while decked out in camouflage. With closed fists and an open mind, a Technique performance will feel like a hiphop show, but it'll school you like a Howard Zinn lecture. EAC

w/Diabolic, Poison Pen, Swave Sevah, Chino XL, Mic Crenshaw; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $18, all ages

Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match is like a revenge fantasy for anyone who's ever sat through a boring book reading: Four authors face off in front of a panel of judges who promise to scathingly critique each reading on its "performance" elements. Tonight's competitors include Arthur Bradford and Kerry Cohen, with judges Scott Poole, Chelsea Cain, and the Dandy Warhols' Zia McCabe. AH

Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont, 8:30 pm, $8-10,


Mayhaps you caught the boys of Built to Spill opening for the confetti-gluttonous Flaming Lips this summer? They only had time to play, like, three short songs. But they'll have plenty of time to warm up over this weekend's two shows. In fact, Doug Martsch & Co. will still probably only play three songs—this time with their patented epic guitar solos. CF

w/Disco Doom, Finn Riggins; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, Fri Nov 13 (all ages) & Sat Nov 14 (21+), 8 pm, $20-23

One of our most beloved local institutions, the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, is raising money with a rock auction, er, "Rock'tion," with fine items like guitars signed by Kim Gordon and Ann and Nancy Wilson, plus a special version of Karaoke from Hell with local notables on the mic. MS

Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th, 7 pm, $50 (includes hors d'ouevres & one complimentary drink), 21+


What do Sam Adams and the Merc's own Marjorie Skinner have in common? They're both hosting tonight's Junk to Funk Recycled Fashion Show, a contest showcasing the best wearable trash out there. In collaboration with the School & Community Reuse Action Project, the event aims to inspire creative re-use and responsible consumerism. Now that's some feel-good, trashy couture. AR

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $17-20

If you've spent any serious time on the dance floors of Portland, you already know that the monthly Atlas dance party is the go-to source for Bhangra, Asian two-step, Balkan beats, Afrotech, and more. The night of international beats celebrates its six-year anniversary tonight, so be sure to get down with resident DJs Anjali, E3, and the Incredible Kid. NL

Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $5


A dynamic poet, emcee, singer, and just about everything else in between, Saul Williams brings his futuristic rap/rock/slam live show back to town. Still touring in support of his uneven conceptual album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, his live show more than makes up for any shortcomings of the record. EAC

w/CX KiDTRONiK & Tchaka Diallo, Earl Greyhound, American Fangs; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $15-18, all ages

The first annual African American Film Festival invades McMenamins theaters this weekend, with a thorough lineup that includes classics like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, Do the Right Thing, and Shaft, as well as lesser-known landmarks in black cinema history. AH

Various McMenamins locations, Fri Nov 13-Sun Nov 15, $3 per movie, for more info


Anti-Pop Consortium's uncommon breed of hiphop has been resurrected and the group has reunited under an increasingly common purpose: tour and make a new record. Lead emcee Beans & Co. pass through Portland to promote their latest album, Fluorescent Black, their first dose of genre-bending hiphop in seven years. RN

Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-13

Five Minutes of Heaven with Liam Neeson and his dreamy accent? Sign me up! ...Oh, Five Minutes of Heaven is not a kissing game, it's a brooding political thriller that wowed the crowds at Sundance? Well, that sounds pretty good too. NL

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, see film times


Formerly a member of Tony! Toni! Toné!, Raphael Saddiq has received almost universal critical acclaim for his gorgeous and soulful odes to classic '60s R&B. If you're a fan of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' neo-soul, Saddiq is definitely the cup of tea you've been thirsting for. WSH

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $25-28, all ages

Though now more likely to rock 'n' roll 'til around 8 pm before dozing off watching a Matlock DVD, and party every Sunday afternoon at Denny's, I'm sure KISS will give it all they got when they play the Rose Garden tonight. Bring your Werther's Originals! PAC

w/Buckcherry; Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, 7:30 pm, $19.50-126, all ages


Former next President of the United States Al Gore has written a book, Our Choice, on climate change, and will be speaking on it this evening. Expect a PowerPoint presentation that'll blow your mind. MD

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 7:30 pm, $52-73.25

(1) Paul McCartney wrote Ram. (2) Paul McCartney is not dead yet (our money's on Ringo going first). Therefore, he deserves a musical tribute and tonight's show is exactly that, featuring Peter Ames Carlin—author of the brand-new book Paul McCartney: A Life—plus a full roster of Portland bands to sing McCartney's songs. RN

Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $7