BIG S—She's mouthy, she's Jewish, and she's not afraid to go there. Sarah Silverman may have legendarily gotten fired from Saturday Night Live, but she's gone on to triumphantly humiliate and offend the likes of Paris Hilton and members of virtually every minority group on the planet. Meanwhile, SNL, well... MS
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 8 pm, $42

SKLOOT TO BOOT—In case you were too busy watching Jersey Shore, the book everyone was talking about last year was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a jaw-dropping personal story about race and modern DNA science. Swoon-worthy journalist Rebecca Skloot spent 10 years pulling the book together, so the least you can give her is one night of your undivided attention. SM
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $3


"PIMP" ON A BLIMP—Try to momentarily forget his forgettable forays into film (Are We There Yet, anyone?), and concentrate on all that makes Ice Cube great. From fronting NWA to his seminal solo albums (AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator), Cube's high-volume shows are blasts from the past that still bring the party. WSH
w/Luck-One; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8:30 pm, $30-35, all ages

SHOWTIME—It won't be terrible if you miss tonight's game against the freakishly hot Los Angeles Lakers. The Blazers are about to wrap up a grinding, 1980s montage-style run through the top of the conference (remember that Spurs game?), and when the playoff dust settles, Kobe & Co. could be making a return trip to Stumptown. DCT
Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, 7 pm, $50-265, broadcast on KGW


MISS EDUCATION—An appearance in town from Ms. Lauryn Hill is something nobody thought was guaranteed to happen. And still the mysteries abound: Will she be several hours late in taking the stage? Will she do a scat rendition of "Doo Wop (That Thing)"? Will she blow your mind with one of the greatest performances of your life? All are very possible. MS
w/Hot 8 Brass Band; Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 8 pm, $64-111.50, all ages

HOME RUN—There has never been a good marriage of music and baseball... until now. The Baseball Project, a supergroup featuring Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon from the Miracle 3, plus REM's Peter Buck and the Minus 5's Scott McCaughey, play two sets of tunes about America's favorite pastime, forever putting to rest horrid memories of "Centerfield" and "Talkin' Baseball." NL
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 9 pm, $12-14


MERC YARD SALE—We're moving, and we've got all sorts of bric-a-brac we'd like to unload on you, like a Love Guru magic eight ball, Kung Fu Panda swag, dusty DVDs, shiny books, various sundries, and rickety furniture... umm, did I mention everything's practically free? Plus, all proceeds go to charity, we'll be playing four square, and drinking—it'll be fun! CF
Portland Mercury parking lot, 605 NE 21st, 11 am (not too early, we'll be hungover), FREE

BOLT JOLT—The two dudes of Lightning Bolt prove that sweat is an excellent conductor of electricity. They blast out fast-paced noise rock at its finest, turning even a sedate Portland crowd into a dripping, dancing mob scene. SM
w/Flexions, the Greys, DJ Yeti; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $12


SMOOTH SOUL—In a week packed with great soul music, don't miss out on the classic styles of Raphael Saadiq. You may remember his new jack swing from the '80s pop giants Tony! Toni! Toné!, but now Saadiq's style is a pure throwback to smooth-as-silk old school R&B. WSH
w/Quadron; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8 pm, $22-23

MARY JANE ROTTENCROTCH—Some Stanley Kubrick fans will try to convince you that Full Metal Jacket is "lesser" Kubrick. Ignore them, as they are full of shit. Vicious and sad and hilarious, this Vietnam saga from '87 stacks up against Kubrick's best—which means it's, uh, pretty much among the best of everything. EH
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, see Movie Times for showtimes, $3


DOT DASH—The original art punks, UK's legendary Wire, have a string of vital recordings stretching from 1977's indispensable Pink Flag to this year's sharply intelligent Red Barked Tree. Seeing the massively influential band in the flesh is not to be missed. NL
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $20-25

ELVIS—Accomplished local performers Holcombe Waller, Leah Yorkston, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, and Angela Niederloh team up with Fear No Music to take a crack at Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters, a song cycle based on imaginary letters written to Shakespeare's Juliet that incorporates classical and folk music, musical theater, peace, love, and understanding. AH
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $15


DANCE—Continuing their long tradition of bringing remarkable dance to Portland, White Bird hosts internationally renowned Israeli choreographers Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, whose 4Men, Alice, Bach, and the Deer is a dark, comedic look at the nature of masculinity. AH
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, 8 pm through Sat April 16, $28,

PANIC ATTACK RAP—Watching people try to make sense of Brooklyn's Das Racist is hilariously awkward—it pretty much boils down to "if you don't get it, you don't get it"—so I'm just gonna say this: These guys are hilarious and clever, and whether they're making fun of hiphop or giving it a much-needed adrenaline shot (or both!), this show's gonna be a blast. EH
w/Holy Ghost, Reporter, Rude Dudes; Branx, 320 SE 2nd, 9 pm, $15, all ages