Thursday Nov 1

INSIGHTFUL LECTURE--Ever wonder what life will be like in America under the coming police clampdown? Journalist Christian Parenti presents his Lockdown America lecture today--sharing insight into the murky nexus between racism, class power, and policing tactics. PB

PSU Smith Memorial Ballroom, 239-4991, 7 pm, $5-$10

RAWK--Hail the oncoming cosmic apocalypse with ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead's scratched and desperate wail--which of course, is meant as a compliment. MS w/ Attack Formation, Cobra High

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $8

READING--Because I read his plays in high school, I thought Edward Albee was long dead and cremated. But thank heavens (or the existential void), the genius author of the Zoo Story and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf is completely alive (and rather young looking) and reading in Portland. KS

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway & Main, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $23

Friday Nov 2

KITTIE--I think girl hardcore is one of the best things ever invented--and the Kittie girls perform the gravel yell and metal guitar riffs as well as any dumb man. They're proof that sometimes cool shit (from Canada) does leak out into the mainstream. KS w/ Dry Kill Logic, Ill Nino, Mind War Symphony

B Complex, 320 SE 2nd, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $13.50

KISSING BOOK--Ever seen that movie Rushmore? Two members of Kissing Book look exactly like the main character in the movie--and they're seriously that intense. Oh yeah, and they play some fantastic poppy music. See them perform music from their new album before they tour. KD See Music pg 13

Kissing Book, Red and Black Café, 2138 SE Division St, 231-3899

Saturday Nov 3

IDM--Gonna bust a capillary if you hear another crunchy guitar? Is the phattest beat you hear that of your heart yearning for innovation? Time for experimenting! To Electricity features Proem, Solenoid, Logic Probe, Glomm & N-Grava, plus DJs Jerry Abstract and Human V. MS

Reed College (student union), 3203 SE Woodstock, 771-1112, 6 pm, $7-10

MUSIC--Atombombpocketknife, or "ABPK," as the band now refers to itself, (possibly because everyone thought they were a singer/songwriter called "Adam Von Pocketknife")--plays fun, dirty pop music with a tinge of punk, without going straight-up pop punk and transporting you to a Levi's commercial. JS

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

Sunday Nov 4

READING--Tired of readings that cover only a portion of gay life? Well, Powell's brings it all together tonight for "The Dyke, Fag, and a Hag Tour"--featuring authors from Manic D Press. Thea Hillman, Justin Chin, Beth Lisick, and Zoe Trope will be reading selections from their works covering such gay-ish topics as religious hypocrisy, AIDS, and being young, gifted, and gay in high school. WSH

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 6 pm, free

Monday Nov 5

ART--Since the '60s, former Life photographer Steve Schapiro has been using black and white photography to document American "icons." From migrant workers to civil rights leaders, the Rolling Stones to Andy Warhol, Schapiro's work weaves a tapestry of American life that ain't always pretty. This exhibit presents an overview of his work, including pictures from "The Mentally Disturbed and the Prison System" as well as his newest book, American Edge. WSH

S.K. Josefberg Gallery, 403 NW 11th Ave, 241-9112, 12-5 pm, free

Tuesday Nov 6

QUIRKS--Feeling like a good, weird spectacle, but already seen Mulholland Drive? Check out the weird, German, Super Mario pop of Stereo Total, and the performance-art "folktronics" of Mr. Eyepatch himself, Momus. It is both pleasurable and bizarre. JS

Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $8

AESTHETIC MUSIC--With a deft and celestial hand, Sonic Boom has hypnotized and mesmerized thousands with their effervescent musical drone. With such an intense gravitational pull towards their blaring wall of sound, why resist any longer? PB w/ The Sensualists, Supersprite

Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 224-TIXX, $8

Wednesday Nov 7

THE COUP--You know when you miss a show, and then everybody says to you, "Damn, that show was the best one of the year." That will happen to you if you miss this show, which is Boots Riley (only the best rapper in the world), DJ Pam and the rest of their crew, who play enthusiastic, intellectual hiphop. After this show you'll not only be a Christian hating communist, but you'll also want to do heroic, community-loving events. They might as well be the goddamn Redcross. KD w/ Casual, Mr. Brady

B complex, 320 SE 2nd, 224-TIXX, 9 pm, $13-15