THURSDAY, October 23

MICHAEL MOORE--Facts are facts: Michael Moore hits the enemy right where they hurt, and he does it with a sense of humor. Now you can see the author/filmmaker in the flesh at Memorial Coliseum for the PSU-sponsored, "An Evening with Michael Moore. " If you're rich and/or powerful, get ready to be skewered. WSH
Memorial Coliseum, 224-4400, 7 pm, tickets $29, $20, $15; PSU students $5.

SUPER DUPER--Triple-decker: ex-Antipop Consortium rapper Beans unfurls his minimal, jaunty poetry and slick futuristic beats; Four Tet gets electronic mellow/texture-pretty, a little reprieve in preparation for a Dizzee Rascal remix; Prefuse 73 makes great bubbling swathes of MPC beats. JS
Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $12-15

FRIDAY, October 24

MUSIC--New word: dancetasmagoric, it means both unreal and danceworthy, but then again, considering United States of Electronica play buoyant electro-pop, maybe it would be better to catalog their show as a "dancetravaganza." Who knows, who cares. Drink cocktails, dance, don't go in the smoking room directly after dancing, and please, forget about looking cool. KS
w/Menomena, The National, Entrance; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $7

MURDER--And how! The seventh annual Night of the Murder Ballad features, as always, a veritable slew of musicians, all singing about grisly death and killing. This year's lineup features Jen Bernard, Little Sue, Wendy Bernard, Lewi Longmire, Nicole Campbell, Amoree Lovell, and tons more. Leave the kids at home for this one, Mom! JWS
Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th, 221-7262 ext 41, 8 pm, $8

SATURDAY, October 25

BOOK SALE--The paper will fly as information junkies fight for over 100,000 used books, CDs, sheet music, videos, and DVDs at the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale. Everything is cheap, so cash in your penny jar! MS
Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, Ground Floor, 224-9176, Fri-Mon, 9 am-6 pm, free

HIPHOP--Show up for the entire Hieroglyphics Crew and affiliates: Del tha Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love and upcoming superstars Little Brother, PLUS Encore and Z-Man; there'll barely be enough room onstage for the love. JS
Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, 224-8499, $17, all ages

SUNDAY, October 26

CRAZY BRITS--Don't let their strange, hilarious stage act--which typically involves various pieces of foliage and stuffed wild birds--fool you; British Sea Power aren't all style with no substance. Sure, they put on a damn good show, but they also play super-tight, rowdy punk in the tradition of Joy Division. JWS
w/Audio Learning Center; Dantes, 1 SW 3rd, 1-800-992-8499, 8:30 pm, $9

MONDAY, October 27

LAST MEALS--Okay, you're on death row, about to be electrocuted and there's only one thing on your mind: What do I want for my last meal? Artist Ahren Lutz addresses this universal quandary with his current show, Final Meal Request Portraits; blown up mug shots of actual death row residents with their last meal requests superimposed on top. A fascinating peek into the criminal mind (and stomach). WSH
White Gallery, PSU Smith Center, 2nd Floor, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5656, Through Oct 30, 12-4 pm, free

MUSIC--Rope or Bullets, featuring members of former Portland band Slow, don't take themselves too seriously, but play serious rock. With a peppy guitar sound and attitude similar to the Pixies, and a sweet mix of high and low vocals, this is a good chance to hear a great band, plus get hyped for the new Pixies album and tour that are rumored to be on their way. KS
Meow Meow, 527 SE Pine, 230-2111, 8 pm, $5

TUESDAY, October 28

FILM--Before director Peter Jackson made us joyfully pee our collective pants with his films Heavenly Creatures and, of course, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he masterminded the out of control and hilarious zombie movie Dead Alive. Check out the most memorable New Zealand bloodbath ever, dubbed the "goriest film of all time." BB
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, 232-5511, See Film times pg 45 for Showtimes, $3

AUTHOR--Sandra Cisneros was one of the first Chicana voices to penetrate mainstream literature, with the fantastic The House On Mango Street. Since then, it's been nothing but onwards and upwards with more novels, poetry, and essays. Hmm, yesÉ but can she talk? Find out! MS
Arlene Schnitzer Hall, SW Broadway & Main, 227-2583, 7:30 pm, $15-24

WEDNESDAY, October 29

CHICK BIKE--Dudes, it's time--time for the ladies to stop wringing their porcelain hands every time the chain falls off their bike. Go to Women's Bike Repair Night, learn how to fix your wheels, and maybe even find yourself some chicky, kickass bike partners. MS
North Portland Bike Works, 3951 N Mississippi, 287-1098, 6-8 pm, free