THURSDAY, March 13

RAP--It's been two years since Sole's last release. But now, he's back with a new album called Selling Live Water, and it's dope. With dramatic production, hoarse rapping, and tight flow, Sole stirs the underworld on the album, and, hopefully, live. KS w/Grand Buffet, Illaj

Meow Meow; 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $10

ART--Holy Mary, Mother of God, the artists are going nuts again. "I've Got An Answer/I've Got An Anthem" (I.A.E. 2003) throws down installations, lectures, slide shows, film--basically like, almost every single medium ever, with contributors from like, everywhere. Can you take it? Can you handle all this art?! MS

Laurelhurst, 2735 E Burnside, 232-5511, 8 pm, $6

FRIDAY, March 14

HIPHAPPY--So there's this whole movement of rappers that want to inspire you and make you feel good about yourself, and the ultra-literate Talib Kweli is at the forefront. No bitches; no gunfights; relatively little spliff-toking. Philosophy, intellect, and compassion fill the void, all shrouded in requisite phat beats and get-fresh flow. JWS

w/Common, Gang Starr; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 224-8499, 9 pm, $28

MUSIC--A founding member of the country-punk band Geraldine Fibbers, as well as the multi-styled Scarnella (with jazz guitar virtuoso Nels Cline), Carla Bozulich has a long history of musical trailblazing. Shifty and unpredictable, her shows leap from catchy punk anthems to mathy instrumental noodling. She also has resonant vocals to die for. JWS w/Lisa Faye, Nels Cline; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 10 pm, $7

SATURDAY, March 15

MUSIC--Strange as it may seem, there are those among us who like "alienation" as well as "dancing." These people will be well served by Q and Not U, an energetic post-punk outfit specializing in integrating dance beats, acoustic guitar, handclaps, and vocal "whoos." Think Braid, Drive Like Jehu, Trenchmouth, and Gang of Four. GC w/Atom and his Package, Engine Down; Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 9 pm, $10
BOOTY--Like you need an excuse to shake it. Well here's reason number 1,000,000,001: a new DJ night called "Rewind" features old school, the coolest school there is. Classes include history lessons in booty bass and freestyle from the bygone eras of the '70s, '80s, and '90s. MS

Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $10

GIRLS RAWK--No one in the Northwest should be shocked at the gangbuster success of the Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls. With the likes of Heart and Sleater-Kinney, the rocker lifestyle has been forever interspliced with the XX chromosome. Tonight, the camp inaugurates its new, permanent home with an open house for prospective campers, and performances by Mother May I, T-Rexa, and Cherchez La Femme. PB
Rock 'n' Roll Camp Space, 8900 NE Vancouver Way, 445-4991, 6 pm-10 pm, free

SUNDAY, March 16

FRISBEE--Who would have guessed that the hippie version of soccer would take over the world? Today the Portland Ultimate Frisbee Federation (PUFF) hosts beginner and intermediate clinics to teach basic skills--throwing, catching, getting the "flow" of the field, and wind-sprinting after bong hits. PB
Benedict Field, SE Powell & 100th, 313-5379, 10 am - 4 pm, $10 (includes lunch)

MONDAY, March 17

MUSIC--Finally, a female singer-songwriter that can be sweet and pretty without being sugary and grotesquely sincere. Jessica Bailiff sings floaty trip-out songs so slow that you'll have to check your pulse. But after you discover that, yes, you are alive, you'll be really happy to be listening. KS
w/Charles Atlas, Yellow6, John Vecchairelli;
Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 10 pm

TUESDAY, March 18

FILM--He orchestrated a coup to upend the Chilean president. He undermined peace talks with Vietnam. And somehow he is a Nobel Laureate. Structured like a legal brief, The Trials of Henry Kissinger spelunks the sinister depths of one of America's most notorious politicians. A film that is frighteningly pertinent in today's politics. PB
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 281-4215, call theater for showtimes, $5


BRING IT!--If you loved the pep of Bring it On, then don't miss the volcanic high school enthusiasm of the OSAA Dance & Drill Championships! Teams from all over the state compete in highly choreographed and stylized dance routines and drills combining jazz dance, hiphop and pom poms. But don't forget the earplugs! A teenage girl's scream can easily pierce the toughest eardrum! WSH
Memorial Coliseum, Rose Quarter, 224-4400, 5:30, $10

MUSIC--Hell yeah, Xiu Xiu's back! Rediscover the joys of gloom and ferocious beats, the cardiovascular benefits of creepy, gothy dancing, and the ageless employment of echo and crashing sounds. British inflections and the sounds of synth will never, ever die! But you might if you flub this opportunity to check it out. MS
w/Burnt Plosives & The Dead Science; Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 10 pm, $6

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