STORYTIMELiterary Mixtape is a reading series that invites participants to share not their own work, but the work of other writers they're inspired or moved by. At the mixing board tonight (we're mixing metaphors, too!) is non-fiction writer Paul Collins, novelist Pauls Toutonghi, and the Mercury's own Sarah Mirk, who will read from some of her favorite local zines. AH
Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny, 7-9 pm, FREE

YUKS—If you need a night of yuk-yuks, you could do far worse than spending the evening with funny guy Dave Attell. Best known for his très amusant Comedy Central travel show Insomniac with Dave Attell, Dave's peculiar brand of stand-up starts out normal enough—before spiraling into odd and very obscene hilarity. WSH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri & Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $25-35


DEVO-STATING!—I know it's only been six months since Devo's last Portland adventure, but I've never heard anyone complain about having too much Devo on one's plate. So buff up your energy dome hat, limber up whatever it is you want to whip, and get thee to the nearest floating dance floor. CF
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $40-100, all ages

BACK TO SCHOOL—The Portland chapter of Mortified is ringing in the start of the school year with two nights of locals telling their tales of woe and shame from the embarrassment-filled school days of yesteryear. Whether you plan to learn from or laugh at others' mistakes, storytelling is a surefire and time-tested good way to pass the time. MS
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Fri & Sat 8 pm, $12, 21+


C'MON—For the past 18 years Low has provided us with intimate and personal soundtracks to everything from heartbreak to Christmas. The widely influential trio is currently touring in support of C'mon—full-length number nine for the Duluth, Minnesota band—and they are bringing along the lovely, '60s-inspired sounds of Bachelorette. EAC
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $18-20

MOWED OVER—Have the urge to simultaneously cut grass and rev your engine? Head out to Estacada for the Mount Hood Open Shoot-Out Lawn Mower Race. Pitched as "mowtivating fun," the event also features a beer garden and viewing tent. Start your engines! AZ
Mow Bang Raceway, 30900 SE Eagle Creek, Estacada, registration 11 am, race 1:30 pm, FREE for fans,


ADXCELLENT—Hey, hey! It's ADX: An up-and-coming workshop space in Southeast for designers, makers, builders, and other people who prefer the heft of a welding torch to that of a TV remote. And today they're having a come-one-come-all BBQ and open house to celebrate Fabrication Fest, a weekend-long event of "building shit." SM
ADX, 417 SE 11th, Fri 6-11 pm, Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-2 pm, FREE

A REAL HERO—Nicolas Winding Refn isn't a household name now, but just wait—after winning acclaim for Bronson and Valhalla Rising, the director's latest is Drive, which stars Ryan Gosling as a stuntman moonlighting as a getaway driver. Naturally, he gets into trouble—particularly, the kind offered by a terrifying crime boss played by Albert Brooks. Smart, melancholy, violent as hell, and moody as fuck, Drive's the best movie I've seen so far this year. EH
Various Theaters, see our review and showtimes


EXTRA U—With taut, tight tunes rendered in groaning guitars and ragged howls, Mississippi rockers Colour Revolt make music that both soothes and seethes. Coincidentally, Oklahoma's similarly named Colourmusic is also on the bill, offering wild, weirdo rock. NL
w/Priory; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $10, all ages

PIE IN THE FACE!—A fundraiser for the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, Fight Night offers a slew of "five-minute theater duels" from local theater companies, featuring everything from "verbal shout-offs" to "musical matches." But the real draw might be "Take a Pie for PATA," in which the highest bidders get to throw pies in the faces of local theater critics—including the Mercury's own Alison Hallett. Here's your chance for revenge! EH
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Alder, 7:30 pm, $25


GUTMUNCHER—I do not say this lightly, folks: Burial Ground: Nights of Terror is the craziest movie I've ever seen. It's a 1981 Italian zombie schlockfest with the requisite buckets of blood and weird Catholic imagery, but the creepiest part is its casting of an adult dwarf as a 10-year-old boy. The Grindhouse Film Festival screens it tonight, and trust me, you need to see it to believe it. NL
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

SHARK WEEK—As part of their month-long La Luna Nueva festival, which celebrates Latino culture, the Miracle Theatre hosts performer Jay Alvarez's solo show Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!, a story of his family's emigration from Cuba. The show comes highly approved: Alvarez recently won "outstanding solo performance" at the Fringe Fest in New York City. AH
Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, Mon-Wed 7:30 pm, $15-17


SAGE WISDOM—Last October, limber-tongued emcee Sage Francis brought a tear to many a backpacker's eye when he announced he was hanging up the mic and quitting touring. Thankfully Francis came to his senses, because the longstanding rhymer has established an inspiring career from his intense live sets. No need to quit the game when you are running it. EAC
w/the Metermaids, Sadistik; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $18, all ages

FLY AWAY HOME—Newcomers may scoff at watching the migratory Vaux's Swifts perform their nightly dive into the Chapman School chimney, but they know not the spectacle of seeing a thousands-strong flock of birds preparing to roost, or the drama of the prowling, hungry hawk. Bring your biggest picnic basket and come early for that coveted spot on the grassy knoll. WE
Chapman School, 1445 NW 26th, 6 pm, every night through September, FREE