IMAGO--You really can't hate Imago. I know you'd like to, seeing as they're all about thinking they're so hot for doing plays in New York on Broadway and shit. But the thing is, they are really good, and their product is consistently awesome. Their latest is Troyland, one woman's take on Euripides. KD

Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th, 231-9581, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $8-12

MUSIC--Call and Response play the kind of colorful pop music that makes you want to go for a drive or eat popsicles on the back porch, and there's just something cool about that. So dial up your main squeeze, see the show and pretend that all is right with the world. MS

Meow Meow, 527 Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $7


HOMECOMING DANCE--Hey Portland! It's time to show your school spirit and attend the Mercury's Homecoming Dance! It will be an exact replica of the homecoming dances you grew up with, including: hot and snotty cheerleaders, disturbing mascots, getting your picture taken in front of cheesy backdrops, the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, and excellent high school tunes spun by the one and only DJ Glee Club (aka The Incredible Kid). Dress in your best high school finery and get ready to party like it's 199_. (Fill in the blank.) WSH

Conan's Pub, 3862 SE Hawthorne, 234-7474, 9 pm, $5

SCHEDULING--Holy CRAP! How can Tara Jane O'Neil, Mr. Wiggles, Thalia Zedek, Mestizo, Rudy Ray Moore, Spinbad, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, The Places, Seldom, Cool Nutz, 31knots, Lifesavas, Pedro the Lion, and the Northwest Electro-Acoustic Music Festival all be on the same fricking night, at different clubs? WHAT SHOW SHOULD I SEE?! This is obviously the work of a hateful, vengeful god. JS

See Up & Coming for venues/descriptions


MUSIC--Fans of the classic punk should flock to the Ash Street for tonight's wham-bam performance from those Seattle mainstays, Gas Huffer. Often referred to as "punk with personality," this handsome four-piece burns the shit up, singing raucously tender songs of love, explosives, and the occasional Viking. Lopez and Cherry Bomb are along for the ride. WSH

Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $8

MUSIC--Dutch Flat are kind of spooky; I'm not used to someone singing so clearly and in such a creepy speak. They're like smoothly strumming guitar angels and haunting dead people playing in the same band. Float on in for a listen. KS w/ Plug Spark Sanjay and The Miss

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


GREEKS-- I don't actually know what retsina is, but I know it's not eyeballs, because you can get a glass of it at the 50th annual Portland Greek Festival. The Greek Festival is far more exciting than many other ethnic festivals for two reasons: 1. The crazy drunken circle dances 2. Baklava, mothafucka. JS

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 3131 NE Glisan, noon-9 pm, free

MUSIC--So everyone knows that the '80s are back in and everything, but these two bands, The Faint and The Prids, seem like they knew all about the '80s, in like, 1975. Seriously, all I have to say is--really good new wave. KD w/ Now it's Overhead and That One Guy

B Complex, 320 SE 2nd Ave, 235-4424, $8


HIPHOP FILM--Why do we sit glued to "New Kids on the Block: E! True Hollywood Story" when we never even bought one of their albums? Because we love them or because we love to hate them? I don't know, but Word features behind-the-scenes footage of Company Flow, Dead Prez, and the supastar, Eminem--watch him act like an idiot in real life. KS

Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 7 & 9 pm, $6


METAL--When life sucks, and you lose your job, and you come home and open the front door to a giant dog shit that you just smeared into the carpet, what should you do? Start sobbing? No--go to a righteous show at the Satyricon featuring the meticulous Sabbathy metal gods C-Average, dueling drummers Cherry Valence, party rockers Tight Bros, and instru-metal artists Lachrymator. Got it? KS

Satyricon, 125 NW 6th, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $8

STRIPPER READING--I love a stripper. But a stripper/journalist?! Hot dog! Lily Burana was once a big name in the stripper/activist scene in San Fran. Since then, she's decided to become a journalist, interview strippers across the nation and write a book about it, called Strip City. Hear her read. KD

Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 238-1668, 7:30 pm, free


ART SHOW--Art shows often mean standing around with 101 sophisticates murmuring and stroking chins while shoveling free cheese into your mouth. This show is different. You'll want to see Carson Ellis' dark, fairy-tale paintings for their own sake, free lunch or not. MS

Visage Eyewear, 1046 NW Johnson, 944-5475, Oct 4-Nov 1, 10 am-6:30 pm M-F, 11 am-5 pm Sat, free