HOOT—Our favorite caped crusaders, Breathe Owl Breathe, return to town for more of their charming, homespun folk. While scatterbrained as heck, the Michigan trio's breezy, stoned charm never once succumbs to hippie-dippie silliness. NL
w/Karl Blau, Jib Kidder; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $12

IRON COMIC—Kyle Kinane's star is on the rise: Self-deprecating and whip-smart with a gruff, blue-collar edge, the comic has emerged as a PDX favorite at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (he's a two-time winner of the Iron Comic title). Don't miss the chance to catch him in an intimate club setting: He's not a household name yet, but he will be. AH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $10-25,


MUTANTS—The Portland Mutant Party is a two-day festival of some of Portland's favorite party bands (Mean Jeans! Guantanamo Baywatch!) It's unclear whether any unusual sorts or "mutants" or "freaks" will be in attendance, but it's a pretty safe bet they are welcome. MS
Branx, 320 SE 2nd, Fri & Sat 7 pm, $7/night, all ages

BUCKED UP—Prepare to leave it all on the dance floor as DJs Beyondadoubt and New Orleans' Brice Nice resurrect their sultry Buck and Bounce dance night. With a turntable full of the filthiest Dirty South bass music, you will get freaked tonight and you will like it. EAC
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $5


NERD-FU—The Portland Geek Council of Commerce and Culture's Geek Olympathon kicks off this weekend, spanning two days, a lot of booze, and feats of competitive nerdery—from a comic-book "Bagging and Boxing Race" at Things from Another World to a "Great Controller Untangle and Console Gaming Contest" at Ground Kontrol. Naturally, the winning team scores a trip to Comic-Con! EH
Sat-Sun at various locations, see for more info & a complete schedule

ROSE FEST—The Grand Floral Parade is the biggest march-athon of the year, and this year's theme "Carnival of Roses" should make it extra fun. Expect a Mardi Gras vibe with a little help from New Orleans-style brass band Patrick Lamb and the Mississippi Horns. OH! And Dragon Boat races, too! Today and tomorrow! WSH
Grand Floral Parade, Memorial Coliseum to downtown, 10 am, FREE; Dragon Boat Races, south end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Sat & Sun, 8 am-4 pm, FREE


CALLING ALL FRUITS—Don't call them girly. Just get over yourself and call fruit beers delicious. Burnside Brewing hosts the first-ever Portland Fruit Beer Festival, with dozens of cherry, strawberry, and other unfairly maligned fruit beers from over 15 (mostly local) breweries. SM
Burnside Brewing, 701 E Burnside, Sat 11 am-9 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm, FREE entry, $6 tasting glass, $1 tastes

BBJ—The namesake of one of country music's finest songwriters, Bobby Bare Jr. continues his jaunt on the free McMenamins' Great Northwest Music Tour. The charismatic troubadour will share with you his rough 'n' tumble alt-country songs and then just might join you at the bar for a nightcap. (First round is on you.) EAC
w/Carey Kotsionis; Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside, 7 pm, FREE


ZAZEN—Vanessa Veselka's bombshell of a debut focuses on a terrorist plot in a city that bears a suspicious resemblance to Portland. The local author juxtaposes third-world-style upset with a population whose revolutionary activities are typically limited to dietary decisions and white-person dreads. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

CRETACEOUS CINEMA—Terrence Malick's millennia-spanning, Cannes-approved drama The Tree of Life features Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and, yes, a couple of dinosaurs. Hey, you know what else features dinosaurs? Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, which just so happens to also be playing this week! Double feature, anyone?! EH
The Tree of Life at Fox Tower 10, 846 SW Park, $10.50; Jurassic Park at Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, $4; see Movie Times for showtimes


HEY LAAAADIES!—When you see a film called Women's Prison Massacre, it should be obvious what you'll get: Blood. Violence. Laughably terrible writing. And lots and lots of breasts. But this isn't your average exploitation flick—it's also a piece of softcore history. Because this movie has another name: Emanuelle Escapes from Hell. DCT
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

LIP SERVICE—The ferocious young upstarts in Black Lips are gradually evolving into elder statesmen, as their sun-dazed garage nuggets boast a maturity that seemed unthinkable a few short years ago. Not that the Lips have lost any of the fun: Their latest, Arabia Mountain, is as grimy a punk platter as the Atlanta quartet has ever released. NL
w/Cerebral Ballzy; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8 pm, $15, all ages


SUN CIRCUS—The world-famous Cirque du Soleil returns with their newest anti-circus act, entitled Dralion. It's billed as a meditation on the age-old "humans vs. nature" theme, but WHATEVS. Check out those jaw-dropping aerial tricks combined with ancient Chinese acrobatics! WSH
Rose Garden, 1 Winning Way, 7:30 pm, through June 19, $32-100

BLACK'S THE NEW WHITE—During his early career, Paul Mooney ran away with a circus. Dubbing himself the "first black ringmaster," Mooney has since become a commanding force in comedy, with an insane 40-year string of writing credits. Chappelle's Show's "Ask a Black Dude" segment is his most recent and memorable; tonight he appears in PDX to set you on your toes. JL
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Wed-Thurs June 15-16, 8 pm, Fri-Sat June 17-18, 7:30 & 10 pm, $12-27