FEST--"The festival of all festivals," Festfest is a three-day binge of independent artists, filmmakers, and billions of bands. Tonight's the kickoff at Berbati's, followed by two more nights of music with film projections Fillmore-style on the walls behind the bands, and carnival themed art. See music listings for the full schedule. MS
Tonight: Wet Confetti, Pseudosix, Chevron, The Last Regiment, Mines, Modernstate, Sex With Girls Is Rad, DJ Tan't; Berbati's, 231 SW Ankeny, 9 pm, $8

GET INVOLVED--National politics may have become boring, dirty, and distasteful. But there is a gem in that shitpile: MoveOn.Org, a cyber-movement that has stuck its thumb in the eyes of conservative leaders. Tonight hear readings from MoveOn's first book, 50 Ways to Love Your Country, a compelling and heartfelt collection of essays by the likes of Bill Moyers, Al Gore, and Gail Sheehy. PB
First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave, 7:30 pm, free

FRIDAY, April 9

COSMIC COWBOYS--DJs, dancing, a mutant Western fashion show, the March Fourth Marching band, and a Cowpoke Auction where you can bid on sexy wranglers who will take you on a date. The Cosmic Cowboy night at Panorama has all this and more. Why not get off your ass for an evening, and enjoy some entertainment and eye candy. KS
Panorama, 341 SW 10th, 10 pm, $10 w/costume, $14 w/o

MUSIC--Curse the haters of the disco revival within the punk scene. Puritans! Conservatives! Bah! Bands like Breaker! Breaker! are infusing the tried and tired rock with dance beats and synths to make the best of both worlds. If you can't handle that, you suck. MS
Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 9:30 pm, $5, All Ages

SATURDAY, April 10

SCHOOL OF ROCK--For indierock bands, there's good money to be made on the college circuit, which may explain why Lewis and Clark College's annual music festival, Sunburn, typically attracts some of the dopest musical acts around. This year features the razor-sharp Thermals, the insanely entertaining The Planet The, surf rock studs the Fallouts, and the erotic punk of Mount Sims--and all for a ridiculously reasonable price. JWS
Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill, 7 pm, $5

A TRIBUTE TO RUSH--Sure, you may have seen a billion "tribute" bands, but when a Rush tribute band comes calling, you GO. Why? Because these guys can't afford to fuck around! If you're imitating the gods of prog rock, then you better know your shit. Happily, Puppet King is the real deal of Rush tribute bands, and their love for all things Geddy is infectious. WSH
w/Burning in Water, Nut Brown; Conan's, 3862 SE Hawthorne, 234-7474, 9 pm, $7

SUNDAY, April 11

KITES--Noizextravaganza! Hair Police shreds in a thousand ways, two being: the visible force and charisma they put into their show, and the fact that they use their guitars like table saws. Load Records darlings Kites chew the scenery like it's bloody meat. JS
Meow Meow, 320 SE 2nd, 230-2111, 8 pm, $5

RETURN OF ROCK--The Mt. Tabor Theater is switching to an all-ROCK format; to which we say "THANK GOD." Celebrate the end of those stooped hippie jam bands and drum circles with an evening of ROCK provided by The Briefs, Antiworld, Statch and The Rapes, and the Scottish punk stylings of The Real McKenzies. WSH
Sabala's at Mt. Tabor, 4811 SE Hawthorne, 238-1646, 9 pm

MONDAY, April 12

READING--The title of Percival Everett and James Kincaid's new novel A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond pretty much fills this whole blurb by itself, but I'm confident this alone is intriguing enough to get you to their reading. Have fun! JWS
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, free

ART SHOW--Who more appropriate to be immortalized in artwork than the official king of cool, Johnny Cash? Not only can you take note of his staggering demise, you can celebrate him in his heyday with this multi-artist collection of photos and art, all in tribute to the man in black. KS
"One Piece at a Time" at Shift, Contemporary Arts Gallery, 625 NW Everett #101, 224-8756

TUESDAY, April 13

STILL RELEVANT--How come David Bowie released his first record 40 years ago and he looks a third younger than Keith Richards? Moving fluidly through genres and identities, Bowie once again has reincarnated himself. For the first time in seven years (really, only a blink in his career), Bowie is back touring, complete with his classic hits and full-stage bonanza. PB
w/Polyphonic Spree; Rose Garden, One Center Court, 797-9617, 7 pm, $47.50 and up


MUSIC--Wanna know how dope is this show? Take it from the man himself: "J-Live with a mic is like a chef with a blade." Add some choice cuts from openers People Under the Stairs, and you don't need Dame Dash to tell ya who the champions are. JS
Ash Street, 225 SW Ash, 226-0430, 9 pm, $12