Thursday 01/24

FORENSICS--The problem with Law & Order is that there is no interactive Q & A period with the audience. And, even though the shows are "torn from the headlines," there is that annoying sheen of fiction, not to mention the horrible music. Anyway, here's the real thing: Brian Ostrom, lab supervisor for Oregon State Police, talks about fingerprints, ballistics, and DNA. Includes a scene-of-the-crime slide show! PB

Northwest Cultural Center, 1819 NW Everett Str, 241-0759, 7:30 pm, free

MUSIC--For the most part, I detest the blatant rehashing of eras or genres in music, unless the band does something interesting and/or bizarre with it. That's why I think the Sweet Science--freaky Rodgers & Hammerstein jazz-pop, with cha-cha rhythms, strangle-you cello screeches, offbeat rock with weird harmonies--are pretty great. JS

Lewis & Clark College Council Chambers, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7000, 7:30 pm, free, all ages

Friday 01/25

MUSIC--Holy smokes! Milemarker is so awesome that you're going to freak out. Somehow, they manage to combine the hard mathy edge of instru-metal, electronic New Wave keyboards, and mellow and hardcore vocals, all the while incorporating their political agenda into the whole thing. It might sound like a mish-mash, but in actuality, it's musical science at its absolute finest. KS

w/ Point Line Plane, Other Men My Age
Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $7

HOTDOG ON ICE--Tonight, you can see a singing hotdog performing during a hockey game. And not just any hotdog, but the hilariously talented one-man band, Frank Furter and the Hot Dogs. And not just any hockey match, but the ice-bustin' hometown heroes, the Winter Hawks, as they cram that puck down the miserable throats of the Vancouver Giants. So if you see only one singing hotdog and hockey game this year, make it this one! WSH

Memorial Coliseum, Rose Quarter, 224-TIXX, 6 pm, $9.50 (if you mention Frank Furter!)

Saturday 01/26

FILM CHAT--Calling all fans of cult flick director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy)! Better not miss this opportunity to see and hear the man himself, as he and his compatriots-in-crime (writer and producer Tod Davis, and actor Miguel Sandoval) introduce three of their films: The Director's Cut of Straight to Hell, The Documentary: Back to Hell, and their latest feature, Three Businessmen. Questions, comments, and autograph session to follow! WSH

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 281-4215, 7 pm, $15

COUNTRY--There's no denying it any longer. Country is kitsch. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about Travis Tritt and Clint Black, they're still complete toolsheds. It's the small-time, just-for-the hay-of-it, heavy drinking country artists that are really worth seeing. Heavy rockers the Juanita Family turn all soft and play old school Hank William's style songs, highlighted by Lana Rebel's stellar vocals. KS

w/ Pine Hill Haints, Buck Dagger and His Handful of Honest Men, Patsy & the Recliners
Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $6

Sunday 01/27

FILM-- Driver 23 is a hilarious spoof on rocker Dan Cleveland, who tries to make it with his heavy metal band, Dark Horse. We revisit him in this sequel, Atlas Moth, where we meet the other band members and see them painstakingly finish their CD, Guts Before Glory. Featured with A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake, which tells the tragic tale of the ultra talented 1960s, early '70s singer/songwriter, who didn't get dick for recognition until he was dead at 25. KS

Guild Theater, SW 9th & Taylor, 221-1156, 7 pm, $6.50

READING--If you like a good mystery involving a crime-solver-turned-loser-turned-crime-solver, then check out Carl Hia-asen, author of Basket Case. His noir hero, Jack Tagger, is an obituary writer who sets out to unravel the "accidental" death of a rock 'n' roll frontman. KD

Powell's, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

Monday 01/28

MUSIC--You will love Xiu Xiu for all the lofty music nerd reasons, i.e. their composition of accordion, harmonium, drums, drum machines, etc., is a riveting patchwork of modern classical, creative, and dance musics. You will also love them because they are so indulgent and dramatic, not to mention danceable! JS

w/ Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Roy Tinsel
Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $6

Tuesday 01/29

FILM--In A Matter of Taste, director Bernard Rapp returns with a psychological head-scratcher that's been nominated for numerous awards in France. Wealthy Frédéric is so afraid of being poisoned, he hires young ambitious waiter Nicolas to be his personal food taster. And as is often the case in these Frenchy potboilers, the relationship quickly disintegrates into one extremely fucked-up head trip. Oh, the sublime perversity. WSH

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

Wednesday 01/30

FILM--A fluffer is a person who gives a blowjob to a pornstar before they perform, so that the performer can keep his giant boner. This movie is about a fluffer who falls in love with the guy he fluffs. Confusing emotions and life-turns ensue. You know you want to see it! KD

Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave, 223-4515, 7 & 9 pm, $6