MUSIC—Straight outta São Paulo come CSS—an abbrev for "I'm tired of being sexy" in Portuguese, taken from a Beyoncé quote. "Tired" is not a word you would otherwise associate with this all-women blast of beat-centric, electrified freak party music. Wear them bouncin' shoes. MS
w/MS MR, Io Echo; Lola's Room, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $22.50, all ages

READING—Portland's homegrown poetry and fiction journal Burnside Review toasts the release of a new issue with readings from contributors Donald Dunbar, A.M. O'Malley, and more—plus cheap beer and wine. AH
Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division, 7 pm, FREE


FOOD—Do you approve of equal rights for all people? Do you approve of same-sex marriage? Do you approve of eating food? Then for the love of all that is right, eat out today with Bites for Rights—where over 100 restaurants statewide have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds to Basic Rights Oregon! WSH
See for a full list of participating restaurants, all day

MUSIC—Mackenzie Scott's delicately impassioned debut LP as Torres has shot her from her Nashville home into the pages of every music magazine in the country. Possessing a voice and a mind far beyond her 22 years, her first visit to Portland is a chance to witness this year's outstanding breakout songwriter in an intimate setting. AR
w/Lady Lamb the Beekeeper; Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 9 pm, $10


CAT VIDEO FEST—Last summer, Minneapolis put on the first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival. It was more popular than a pile of hairballs. Much, much more. So why didn't we think of this fantastic idea, Portland? The Hollywood's restaging it with catboodles of adorable, cranky, and surprised feline videos from the internet. Also, celebrity cat Henri, le Chat Noir will be there! Eeeeee! CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Fri & Sat, 7:30 & 9:30 pm, $10

MUSIC—The Closer PDX electronic music festival enters its third year with 60 DJs and live acts spread across town for four days. The nerve center of the operation takes place Friday and Saturday at Refuge, with sets from John Tejada, Lars Behrenroth, and lots more over multiple stages, playing techno, house, bass, and all kinds of electronic dance music. NL
Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill, 9 pm, $20 (festival wristband $35-50), complete fest info at


MUSIC—If you've been waiting for the Builders and the Butchers' new album, you can hear all the western-tinged good stuff live at their record-release party tonight. Western Medicine is all the raucous, foot-stomping, barn-burning sounds you've come to expect from the Portland band, with a heavy dose of Cormac McCarthyesque apocalyptic folk. CF
w/Sons of Huns, River Giant; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $15

BIKE RIDES—Today, bike bounty spills forth from the velocipedal horn of plenty that is Pedalpalooza. Get naked and ride a bike. Throw on short shorts and ride a bike. Do a little of both and add glitter for the Bowie vs. Prince Ride. Depress yourself and others on a Morrissey-themed ride. You a redhead? Ride that ride. You get the point. DVH
All day long, all over the city; check out for the specifics


SUNDAY PARKWAYS—If cars didn't exist, we could treat streets like they were really big sidewalks and all of life would be one long Sunday Parkway. But, you know: There are cars. So clutch what precious little enormous-sidewalk time is available to you by biking or walking in Sunday Parkways' Northeast Portland iteration. Music and activities abound. DVH
Routes winds through various parks in Northeast Portland, 11 am-4 pm, FREE, for details

FILM—It's a good day to be a Joss Whedon fan, nerds. While the quip-master is off making The Avengers 2, his sci-fi flick Serenity is having its annual charity screening at the Bagdad (accompanied by Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, with proceeds going to Equality Now), while over at Cinema 21, his Shakespeare adaptation Much Ado About Nothing is playing all week. EH
Serenity and Dr. Horrible at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 12:30 pm, $12-15; Much Ado at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 4:30 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm (plus Sat-Sun 2:15 pm), $6-9


FILM/TV—Summer's here and the time is right for classic tropical cop TV shows on the big screen! Re-Run Theater presents Hawaii Vice—featuring a classic '70s episode of Hawaii Five-O, co-starring George Takei as an "undercover agent" (!!), followed by an episode of Miami Vice, with special guest star Ted Nugent (!!) because... because... I don't know! It's summer! WSH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $5

MUSIC—The far-out sounds of Houston psychedelic dance band Indian Jewelry are not for the faint of heart. Incorporating elements of noise, drone, dub, and dark wave, their live shows have even been known to induce seizures. If you're looking for a sonic vision quest, this is the place to be. NL
w/Miracle Falls, the Memories, Bath Party; Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $8


TRIVIA—From ancient Gallifreyan technology to the matrices of dilithium crystals, there isn't a single rock of geekdom that doesn't get turned over at the mega-popular Geek Trivia. Hosted by local podcasters Cort Webber and Bobby Roberts, it's your chance to transform your embarrassing, useless knowledge into somewhat less embarrassing, somewhat more useful prizes! EH
Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, 7 pm, FREE, 21+

VIDEOGAME TALKPolybius was a videogame that mysteriously appeared in the arcades of an early '80s Portland, driving its players to suicide and madness as part of a CIA plot to find new recruits. Or did it?? Local history nerd (and Mercury contributor) Joe Streckert unpacks yet another of Portland's weird legends. Over drinks! MS
The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 7:30 pm, FREE