THURSDAY, December 12

MIND CRYME--Do you like to do the "butt-dance," but also like the "brain-dance"? Check out the Tigerbeat6 tour, with enough electronic musicians to get your booty swampy (Cex, Numbers) and send your head into a mind spiral (Stars as Eyes, Nudge)! JS See Music pg 15
Meow Meow, 520 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, all ages

MUSIC--Washington DC's Canyon is the best thing to happen to country music since The Life of Chris Gaines. By combing the utter sadness of The Boss on a four-track, with the pop smarts of the Byrds, Canyon is one of the few bands that can breath life into a stale genre. Bonus points go out to the band for turning their respective backs on their emo pasts, especially when the genre is all the rage these days. CM
w/Dolorean, Laurel Canyon, Loch Lomond; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $6

FRIDAY, December 13

DUB VS. HIPHOP SOUND CLASH--It's not really clashing, since Portland dubsters Systemwide and Seattle hiphoppers Boom Bap Project are both all about the beats. Get deep with them as they bounce hooks off each others' rhythms. JS
Fez, 316 SW 11th, 226-4171, 9 pm, $8

METAL--The Bonobo Project brings guitar virtuosity, thundering drums, relentless bass, and insane-riot vocals together into an energetic, mind-crushingly loud Total Metal Package. This bill--featuring four of Portland's most innovative metal bands--could be your only chance this month to knock that Don Henley Christmas song out of your skull, if only for a few hours. AB
w/Bast, Ociffer, Dirty Lowdowns; DV8, 5021 SE Powell, 772-2907, 9 pm

LOST & FOUND--Who would ever have guessed that lost love letters and dropped laundry lists could be so hilarious and/or poignant? Well Davey Rothbart did, and the result was FOUND, a magazine full of fascinating discards. Tonight Rothbart signs mags, shares his favorite found artifacts, and invites the audience to show theirs. Plus, when the Reading Frenzy gig is over, the crew's heading to the Aalto Lounge for some schmoozing! JWS
Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 6 pm, free

SATURDAY, December 14

DANCE--Like corn kernels on a hot skillet, the Jefferson Dancers pop, hop, and leap from the floor. The homegrown dancing troupe from Jefferson High will blow you off your chair with their infusion of traditional ballet and fire-in-the-belly hiphop sensibilities. PB
Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, Thurs-Sat 9 pm, $13-25

DJ INSANITY--Check out the master splicing of some serious West Coast hiphop DJs. Dance your ass off to DJ Zig Zag, the Mighty Juggernaut, DJ Reckless, DJ George, and DJ Matrok, or just stand around and bob your head. Either way, men and women both look cuter bathed in the luminous glow of dope rhymes. KS
Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $10

SUNDAY, December 15

ROCK GODDESS--Former "Lady Smog" Cynthia Dall occasionally betrays her past with the stumbling piano and flat vocal sounds that keep Mr. Callahan in business, but Dall's sound is punctuated with synth and metallic guitar layers that accent her breathy-in-a-good-way-for-reals vocals. Yeah, all those mopey hotties in cardigans will be there, but the ultra-engaging Dall will demand all your attention for herself. AB
w/Old Time Relijun; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, $7

HIP HOP FILMS--So much more than VH-1! A montage of documentary films, the Hip Hop Film Fest goes way beyond hype. Sure, the footage is remarkable, the soundtracks top notch. But these films are also unapologetic about their cerebral qualities. Documentaries about how segregation gave rise to a new culture, a "history" film about beatboxing and, of course, the now-famous Biggie and Tupac, lead the charge. PB
Guild Theater, 829 SW 9th, Fri-Sun, 3 pm-9 pm, $20 for pass

MONDAY, December 16

ART--Think finding good art on First Thursday is like searching for the perfect butter dish at an Arizona flea market? THINK AGAIN! This month rules for art in Portland. Start out with an awesome show of PNCA alumni, including Rachel Denny's intimate, painstaking assemblage, Erik Stoik's apocalyptic imaging, and Paul Green's pervy and brilliant paintings. JS
PNCA, Philip Feldman Gallery, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, 9 am-9 pm daily

TUESDAY, December 17

QUEER NIGHT--We've said it before, we'll say it again. Portland's most attractive, fashionable, and coordinated queers hit this dance night that never stops. Music ranges from '80s New Wave to metal to hiphop to pretty much any damn thing you can shake your ass to, and outfits range from smart and sexy to outrageous. So don't be a wallflower, put on those fishnets. KS
Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, free

WEDNESDAY, December 18

HIPHOP--Well, ring-a-ding-ding and a bling bling bling! It's time to officially welcome in the Christmas season with some hellla phat beats! Tonight, cool rapper Cool Nutz brings together the cream of the crop from his JusFamily label, including Bosko, Maniac Lok, Brotha Luv, Phranchise, Bleek, and of course Cool Nutz himself. The show's called The Night Cool Nutz Stole X-Mas, and it's sure to be loaded with fresh rhymes and phat beats courtesy of DJs Chill and OG One. Just don't drink too much eggnog; you gotta save room for booty-shaking tonight! JWS
Berbati's Pan, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $8