ACTIVISM--Primates share 99 percent of their DNA make-up with homo sapiens. That means one hiccup in your genetic coding, and you could turn into a monkey! The monthly meeting of the Primate Freedom Campaign. Organize now to stop medical experimentation on primates... or you might be next! PB

North Portland Branch Library, 512 N Killingsworth, 249-7751, 6:30 pm, free


MUSIC--Come pay respect to your elders and see the original lineup of legendary L.A. punk band X, featuring Jon Doe and the fabulous Exene Cervenka. It might be your last chance to bust out the bondage pants and pretend you were really there.

Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave, 224-TIXX, 8pm, $18

MUSIC--Want complex guitars that stimulate your mind but break your heart? Check out the brainy quirkiness of the Bay Area's Dilute, whose high energy and musical integrity will knock you to your knees. JS w/ Caesura, The Owners

Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $5


RECORD SWAP--Music and book geeks, we hope you just got paid. KBOO is having their annual Book and Record Sale today outside their studios, and I just bet they have those copies of "Smalltown Boy," by the Bronski Beat and Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives you've been desperately searching for. Hey, and while you're at it, tour the station! It's cool! WSH

KBOO, 20 SE 8th, 231-8032 ext. 213, Noon-7 pm, free (but bring your wallet!)

HIPHOP--It's really quite rare for a hiphop show to feature a bunch of really great acts all on the same bill, especially when it's a touring show. But whoever put this gig together was obviously very thoughtful, because it features the smooth rhymes of Abstract Rude, the razor-sharp Living Legends, the rubber-banded bound lyrics of Aceyalone, and about one million other really good musicians. KD

Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave, 219-9929, 9 pm, $14


PLAY--Everyone needs to be reminded that there's life outside of your own little box--and what better way to do it than to see a play about a modern-day saint, Tommy Issan Dorsey, a drag queen who traveled around the world alternately doing drugs, being a Zen Buddhist, and fighting the AIDS epidemic. Right-O! KD

The Posture Queen, Hand 2 Mouth Theatre, 700 NE Dekum, Thursday-Sunday 8:30 pm, Sunday 4 pm, 283-3311, $8-10

MUSIC--Remember Cap'n Jazz? How 'bout Joan of Arc? Like 'em, love 'em, worship them? Good, go see their new band, the Owls. I hear the show will be more rock than the CD, but still just as consise and tortured. Plus, the Kinsella boys are H-O-T! KS w/ 31 Knots and the Get Hustle

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $6


READING--Check out the locally-based duo Good Sista/Bad Sista (Walidah Imarisha and Turiya Autry), and their powerful, hiphop-inspired poetry. It's lyrical, warm, and an independent publication that's more thought than rhetoric! MS

Powell's On Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 7:30 pm, free

ASSAULT--Oy, the word-trappings of we people who write about music, when it is as experimental and loud as Rhode Island noise band Arab on Radar. Words like onslaught. Assault. Barrage. They are over-used, and don't even do them justice. See for yourself, brave one. JS

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $6


BAD, BAD FILM--Jesus H. Christ, what a hee-larious stinker! Here's a rare opportunity to see gender-swapping, crackpot director Ed Wood's classic 1959 camp film Plan 9 from Outer Space on the big screen. Complete with a nonsensical plot, pie plates subbing for flying saucers, and brain-dead zombie performances by Vampira and wrestler Tor Johnson, Plan 9 is still more entertaining than 90% of the crap that's out right now. WSH

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 281-4215, 7:40 pm, $3.50


COLOR PROJECT--A group of artists all used the same color palette to create their own unique art, and it turned out surprisingly cohesive. See what young artists are painting these days. KS

Eagerwally Gallery, 630 SE 3rd, 3-6 pm

SOCCER--Although no riots have broken out at PGE Park yet, it's still been a rip-roaring season for the Portland Timbers, the new professional soccer team in town. One of the best ball-grabbers in the league, super-stud goalie Matt Napolean will try to stop the sure-footer kickers from Minnesota. PB

PGE Park, 1844 SW Morrison St., 224-4400, $3.50-$8.75, 7:05 pm