CD RELEASE #1--Hey! Did'ja hear? The Mercury just came out with their own CD featuring 16 of Portland's many fine bands (See pg 17 for more info). So that's time to PARTY! Join us for an absolutely FREE CD Release Party featuring FREE performances by Last of the Juanitas, The Prids, Pan Tourismos, Heart Beats Red and Dino! And don't miss another great FREE party on Sunday! And did I mention both these events are FREE? (You'll have to pay for the CD, though. But it's cheap!) WSH

Mercury CD Release, Lola's at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 225-0047, 9 pm, FREE

POETRY--With his quirky sense of history and rituals, ex-Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky has un-shuttered more than a few windows to the American soul. Although not as dreamy as Pan Tourismos (see Mercury CD Release Party), Pinsky has a certain knack for the English language. PB

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 224-TIXX, 7:30 pm, $20 -$23!


THEATER--Sure, you could rent the movie, but Kiss of the Spider Woman plays best on the stage--and this production by the Miracle Theater is especially engaging (see review in the theater section or page 30 of the paper). Subtle and well balanced, this play about the relationship between a political prisoner and his gay cellmate comes alive with deft acting from its talented cast. WSH

Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, 236-7253, 8 pm, $12-15

HIPHOP--The Coup, an Oakland-bred crew, promises to be great with their unique blend of DJ-spun funk loops and snappy, spastic cuts. Don't even get me going on the totally crazy lyrics: "Presto, read the Communist Manifesto/ Guerillas in the Mist, a Guevara named Ernesto, so/ (E-Roc: What a brother with a afro know?)" KD

Pine Street, 215 SE 9th Ave, 224-TIXX, $13


SWOLLEN MEMBERS--Try to see through your disgust with what is possibly the grossest name ever. I promise it'll be worth it: This hiphop collective promises to understand the importance of balance and style. Mr Brady headlines, with Oldominion, and Anticon rounding out the bill. KD

Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd, 239-5154, 9:30 pm, $9-$11

FIGHT THE POWER--Ever wanted to get in on the ground floor of activism? S.L.U.R.P.E., a ragtag group of PSU college students, is up in arms about racism, not to mention any other offensive "isms" their young minds can brainstorm. To raise money to fund god knows what anarchy and activism, they are hosting a benign game of Bing-O! PB

Basement of Smith Center at PSU, 6-8 pm, donations requested


CD RELEASE #2-- Ohhh, you're back for more, eh? Well, we've got more! Don't miss this awesome all-ages lineup at the Meow Meow (starring Made for TV Movie, 31 Knots, The Intima, Steve Kramp, and The Operacycle) featuring music from the just-released Portland Mercury's Compact Disc of Sound. Buy a CD! Buy a squishy! And take home a butt-load of beautiful memories from this (as previously noted) FREE show! WSH

Mercury CD Release #2, Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 7 pm, FREE!


MUSIC--Looking to get your ya-yas out? Look no further: Spoon touches down tonight at Meow Meow. ike a well-lubricated and tightly wound rhythmic machine, Spoon churns out angular pop gems guaranteed to get your fist-a-pumpin' and your heart-a-quiverin'. RT

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 9 pm, $6


WORKSHOP--While I'm sure your zine is really great and all, don't you think it'd benefit from a little Photoshopping facelift? The Independent Publishing Resource Center will hold your hand along the way, teaching you Adobe Photoshop, scanning, and other image-manipulating tricks. KD

Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak Street, #218, $7-$15, 7-9 PM, 827-0249


FILM--What is most frightening about the award-winning documentary One Day in September, is that the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes could as easily happen today as it did in the 1972 Munich Olympics (see review page 37). Craftily edited with interviews of the only surviving terrorist, the film regenerates the fearful tension from that day. PB

Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 223-4515, plays March 2nd to 8th, 7:00 pm, $6