THURSDAY, February 26

SPACE ROCK--Concurrent with recent scientific findings, Dead Meadow sonically illustrate that the universe has far more dark matter than previously reckoned. Highly articulate and not necessarily stoner-centric, join their navigation of the cosmos by losing yourself in one molasses-laden riff after another. LC
w/Gris Gris, Out Crowd; Berbati's 231 SW Ankeny, 248-4579, 9:30 pm, $7

FRIDAY, February 27

MUSIC--Deerhoof shows put the "revive" back in tent revival: if you weren't converted to their blissful, blossomy art-pop delivery before, you will be after. P.S. They are religious in experience, only. JS
w/All Girl Summer Fun Band, 31Knots & the Papercuts; Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd, 230-2111, 8 pm, $10

ROCK--If you brave the hardcore ruckus, you'll be rewarded with Dillinger Escape Plan's furious assaults, not to mention the insect-costumed Locust, whose two second outbursts are like rapid-fire pimp slaps. But you gotta be brave. You brave? MS
w/Your Enemies Friends, Wrangler Brutes; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 1-800-325-SEAT, 8 pm, $13, all ages

BEER & THE BEST MOVIE EVER--Every time I watch Rushmore, I fall in love with it again. The story of the brilliant yet maniacal Max Fischer, this Owen Wilson/Wes Anderson masterpiece is one of the greatest movies of all time. Appreciate it in a new light while heckling the screen at the Mercury Winter Prozac Series. Get there early enough to see the zany pre-movie theatrics of the Mercury staff and co., and be sure to heckle them, too. KS
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 10 pm, $6 admission, $2 beer, $2 pizza

SATURDAY, February 28

JUERGA--Sure, sure, the phrase "jam session" is more repellant than rosaries on vampires. But what if that jam session is a juerga: a festive flamenco jam session, with members of Solo Flamenco Dance Company throwing down on the floorboards? JS
Haven Coffeeshop, 3551 SE Division, 236-6890, 8 pm, free

BATTLE--You'll be hard pressed to find anything hotter this weekend than Ashes 2 Ashes; a five vs. five b-boy/b-girl breakdancing battle royale! And not only will you see Portland's best busting moves, you can also check nationally-knows crews stepping in on the action--and all to the sounds of DJs Magneto and Wicked. See Feature, page 10 WSH
PSU's Smith Center Ball Room, 1825 SW Broadway between Montgomery & Harrison, 6 pm, $12, $10 advance, All Ages

SUNDAY, February 29

MUSIC--Ahh, the jangly, pretty rock of The Stills. It rolls in and out like the tide. Ride the crashing sonic waves, or lie back and let the quieter ripples roll over you in a gentle wash. Sounds like it might be a good night to bust out one of those Vicodin you've been saving. JWS
Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 1-800-325-SEAT, 9:30 pm, $10

FUN WITH A CAUSE--Today help Franny, a three-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy, and have FUN doing it! Franny's mom is a local musician and her dad heads up the Flying Fifteen Motorcycle Club, and they are starting springtime a little bit early with a motorcycle ride, barbecue, and rummage sale. All proceeds help cover the family's uninsured medical costs. PB
Rides starts at 9 am at 8603 SE 72nd, as does barbecue, which starts at 4 pm, $10 donation requested; Rummage Sale at 5722 SW Diane Dr. in Lake Oswego

MONDAY, March 1

MUSIC--Sage Francis spits rhymes with the aggressive energy of a boxer intent on winning the match. On his album Personal Journals, he hardly takes a breath, rapping about his childhood, his lifestyle--he's straight-edge and a vegetarian--and his rise to fame. Francis' slam poet style is something of a novelty, as it's clever, poignant, and not one bit cheesy. KS
Roseland, NW 6th & Burnside, 1-800-325-SEAT, 8 pm, $15

TUESDAY, March 2

INDIE CHICK--Some fickle fans may whine that with her recent radio-friendly pop ditties, Liz Phair has sold out. Whatever! Motherhood has maybe softened her Exile in Guyville tartness a touch, but she is still the thinking man's dream girl: Smart, sassy and willing to get down-n-dirty. PB
Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 1-800-325-SEAT, 8 pm, $20

FLICK-- Corporations are bad, individuals are good. This is the message of the documentry The Fourth World War, an indepth look at the war behind all those other wars: the war against big business. JWS
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899, 7 & 9 pm, $4 (special price!)


READING--Darwin showed us that our ancestors were monkeys, and author Michael Shermer takes that crazy "theory" one step further. In his latest insightful book, The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Share Gossip, and Follow the Golden Rule, Shermer shows us that "morality" is actually a part of our evolutionary make-up, that developed as a means of survival for the species. 100,000 years ago, cheaters not only didn't prosper... they DIED!!! PB
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, free

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