THURSDAY, November 27

MUSIC--Something's been missing from your life. And no, I'm not talking about sexÉ don't even get me started on that. Anyway, what I am talking about is Soul Kitchen, the sultry, dripping-with-soul night hosted/performed by Black Angel (J.R. Pella, Tahoe Jackson, and their backup band). It's returned to Dante's, so rejoin your weekly excuse to smoke heavily, drink whiskey, and purge yourÉ soul. KS
Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 226-6630, 9 pm, $5

HAIII-YAH!--Thanksgiving is a time for sharing, reuniting with loved ones, and kicking ass with your mad kung fu skilz. Therefore, let's be thankful for the Clinton Street Theater and their Thanksgiving Day Kung Fu Marathon! From noon until midnight, watch such great chop-socky flicks as Ninja Connection, Black Samurai (with Jim Brown), and the disturbing, but action-packed Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave. WSH
Clinton Street, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, noon to midnight, $5 to get in and out all day!

FRIDAY, November 28

WEIRDOS--To many, punk's birth was a transatlantic anomaly a la The Sex Pistols and/or The Ramones. But before its long-standing affair with hair metal, L.A. enjoyed a simultaneous scene of its own with Dada explosionists the Weirdos leading the charge. Do not miss this seminal reinvestment in the West Coast's absolute dominion of cultural dominance. LC
w/The Skulls, Briefs; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $10-12

ANDAZ--Has it only been a year that DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have been holding it down on their regular dance night, spinning the best in bhangra, Asian Garage, hiphop, and other Easterly delights? Happy Birthday to the two pioneers of Portland's bhangra DJ scene. Now, go shake it like a Bollywood pict-cha! JS
Fez, 316 SW 11th, 221-7262, 9 pm, $6

SATURDAY, November 29

GUILTY--It's a hot electro dance party thrown by the dudes who know (and love!) their records: local supercomputer DJ Brokenwindow and Seattle's thorough genius Mike Perkowitz in effect! Plus, a live set from Seattle's Module. JS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 239-7639, 9 pm, $4 (free before 10 pm)

METAL--Norwegians Dimmu Borgir combine the complexities of an orchestra with the unholy aggression of death metal. Celebrate the release of their latest Death Cult Armageddon, and hey, burn off some post-Turkey Day stuffing in the mosh pit while you're at it. KS
Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 1-800-325-SEAT, 8 pm, $20, all ages

GAY CANADIAN POP--Toronto's proudly homosexual Hidden Cameras play lovely, sophisticated pop that makes odd, intriguing leaps between the catchy and the discordant, and the sweet and the crass. Their naughty, playful energy is paired tonight with the airy, heart-hugging musicianship of Rebecca Pearcy. JWS
Nocturnal, 1800 E. Burnside, 239-5900, 8 pm, $7, all ages

SUNDAY, November 30

DULLI--Who wouldn't want to follow beautiful and tempestuous ex-Afghan Wigs frontman Greg Dulli down his dark, self-hating rabbit hole? Wait; don't answer that. Just enjoy the morbid, murky textures of his semi-permanent project, The Twilight Singers, and their soulful, haunted, slow-jam sex rock. MS
Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $10-12

MONDAY, December 1

READING--What's more Portland than books and bikes? Otis Rubottom's first bicycling tour book, Rubber to the Road, traced out 30 remarkable rides around our city. Some snake along rivers, while others build your quads as they carry you over the West Hills. Now, with Volume II, Rubottom sketches out more and tougher routes. Proceeds go to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. PB
Powell's on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 7:30 pm, free

TUESDAY, December 2

BOOK BASH--The book release party of the year belongs to the ultra-classy, soon-to-be-very-well-known Clear Cut Press. Tonight the local company presents their very first project, an anthology called The Clear Cut Future. Contributors include big names like Charles D' Ambrosio, Rebecca Brown, and former Stranger editor Emily White. Tonight, in celebration, Ambrosio, White, and Tiffany Lee Brown do readings, followed by live music. JWS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 239-7639, 8 pm, $3

QUALITY TELEVISION--What better way to exploit America's epic culture clashes than to toss two leggy L.A. socialites into the midst of a hard-workin' Arkansas dairy farm for six weeks!? Paris Hilton, most recently seen in a steamy homemade sex video, makes her TV debut tonight, along with best friend Nicole Richie (Lionel's naughty daughter), in Fox's The Simple Life. Finally, a reality TV show worth watching. PB
The Simple Life, FOX, Channel 12, 8:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, December 3

WOOLLEY--Come celebrate 10 years of making Portland so darn arty! The Mark Woolley Gallery is celebrating its first decade with a HUGE art exhibit, 10 Years, One Foot After Another, featuring 180 different artists! Check the art opening tonight, THEN head on over the Holocene for an arty farty dance party with DJ Hermanito! MS
Art opening 6-10 pm, Mark Woolley Gallery, 120 NW 9th Ste. 210; Dance party 10 pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, $2