THURSDAY, November 6

MUSIC--Tired of waiting for a Falco tribute night? Ten bands covering "Rock Me Amadeus?" It'll never happen. Until then, Berbati's offers a Tribute to Gram Parsons. Dave Gleason's Wasted Days and Cosmic Salvation Band, among others, cover the songs of one of the most seminal of all of the dead country rock pioneers. LC
Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30, $5

FRIDAY, November 7

SKATEBOARD FLICK--You like skateboarding, you like prizes, and you like paying nothing for the opportunity, yes? Then tonight is for you. Check out the world premiere of Are You Alright?, a new skating doc from TransWorld Skateboarding mag, try out the new Tony Hawk video game and win prizes, too! WSH
Dept. of Skateboarding, 15 NE Hancock, 493-9480, 6:30 pm, FREE! (unless you're skating, then regular fees apply)

FILM FEST--Cinema geeks unite! Tonight inaugurates the 30th anniversary for the Northwest Film & Video Festival--celebrating the cinematic accomplishments of homegrown filmmakers. Vanessa Renwick, Nick Peterson, Rob Tyler and more fun shorties debut tonight, along with Jamie Hook's philosophical screwball comedy, The Naked Proof. WSH
Guild Theater, 829 SW 9th,, 7 pm, $7 or $40 festival pass

STONES THROW--Innovating, Fresh Coast style: Stones Throw boys Peanut Butter Wolf, Dudley Perkins, DJ R, and Wildchild, whose bendy flow flips downrocks on Madlib's hopscotch beats. These dudes are on some straight-up lab technician shit. JS
Ohm, 31 NW 1st, 223-9919, 9 pm, $13

SATURDAY, November 8

FILM--While in the past I've been skeptical of make-your-own-video-and-show-it events, I recently attended Nocturnal's monthly independent Tuesday and loved it. Sure, I almost got kicked out for talking, but at Saturday's Broadcast my running commentary will be appreciated. Of course, the director only want positive feedback, but that's cool I guess. KS
Broadcast, Newspace, 1632 SE 10th, 7 pm, $5 (Show up at 7 to sign in your video; must be under 10 minutes)

THORN CITY--To celebrate the one-year anniversary of PDX's weekly live hiphop night, Thorn City Improv, they're bringing out the big guns. Destro, Smoke, The Chosen, and Siren's Echo will be performing, as well as DJs and guest hosting from Cali's Bukue One. And it don't stop. MS
Ash St, 225 SW Ash, 226-0430, 9 pm, $8

SUNDAY, November 9

COLLICTABLES AND GEEKS--What's the next best thing to having attended a Led Zeppelin concert? Well, owning the paraphernalia, of course. Today at the Portland Music Expo CD & Record Convention, find thousands of vintage rock posters (or ones as recent as, ohmigawd, Britney's latest tour), out-of-print tour programs, import LPs and heaps of CDs! Hiphop, Pop, Disco, R&B, C&W. Everything but the musicians themselves. PB
PDX Airport Holiday Inn, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd, 224-6474, 10 am-6 pm, $3

CARTOONIST--Now that the profane, irreverent, hilarious Get Your War On has hit the big time in Rolling Stone and a million other email boxes nationwide, its creator David Rees has the luxury of hawking new projects. His graphic novel, My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable, is a truly bizarre blend of clip-art karate and outrageous trash talk. Plus, according to an inside source, the dude is friggin' HOT! JWS
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free

MONDAY, November 10

BENEFIT READING--More impressive than his break-out best-selling memoir is what Dave Eggers has done with his fame and fortune. Sure, there's McSweeney's. But even more importantly, he opened a pirate store which doubles as a writing clinic for disadvantaged youth in San Francisco! Tonight, Eggers speaks at a fundraiser for Write Around Portland. PB
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 234-9694, 7 pm, $12

TUESDAY, November 11

HIPHOP--Part of the Anticon crew, Themselves house lyricist Doseone (of Clouddead) and producer Jel create smart underground hiphop with lyrics so sharp your brain will spin. Which is a good thing, yo. KS
w/Clue to Kalo, Talkdemonic; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $8-10

WEDNESDAY, November 12

BRIT--Brilliant and influential singer/songwriter, or crazy British crackpot? No matter how you feel about Robyn Hitchcock, the dude's got staying power. He's maintained a sizeable, fanatical following since the early eighties with an ever-curious blend of psychedelic pop and bizarre vocals like "The Space Needle points to the sky/the Space Needle's such a nice guy." Right. JWS
w/Scott McCaughey; Aladdin, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 233-1994, 7 pm, $18

FUTURISM--The name's a little precious, but Beans, AKA the "New Wave Vandal," is far more futuristic than a third-world food staple. He raps a pretty high wpm, but when you listen to the words you'll appreciate him for the beat-backed poet he is. MS
w/The Rapture, Out Hud & DJ Jefrodisiac; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $12

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