THURSDAY, june 24

MULTICULTURAL--This weekend, the streets of NE Portland experience a flash flood of multicultural flavor. The Good in the Neighborhood festival and parade fills the streets with two performance stages, a marketplace stuffed with amazing crafts, a beer garden, and over 20 ethnic food booths! Pure sensory delight is guaranteed. EJ

King School Park, 4800 block of NE 6th

FRIDAY, june 25

DANCE--This show costs so much because Paul Oakenfold does movie soundtracks, and sells hella CDs, and is basically one of the most famous DJs of all time. That, and he can rip it on the turntables, mixing computer beats, with keyboard, and god knows what else, at a pace that will get you sweating. KS

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 225-5555, 10 pm, $30

DERIVATIVE ROCK--Yeah, blah, blah, The Ponys sound like the Stones and the Velvet Underground and many another giants--take a Xanax and get over it. The important part is that their music is awesome, druggy, party rock n' roll. And they spell their name wrong, which is, like, so cool it hurts. MS

Ash St Saloon, 225 SW Ash, 1-800-992-8499, 8:30 pm, $7

LASER LIGHT SHOW--Imagine Metallica's "Seek & Destroy," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and even "Enter Sandman" accented with laser lights. Toke a little snizzle, see the cheesy laser icons the masterminds at OMSI came up with, and above all, enjoy the music. Then head out for drinks, and you got a real night on your hands. KS

Laser Metallica at OMSI, 1945 SE Water, 797-4000, Fri-Sat 9:30 pm, $7.50

SATURDAY, june 26

SHORT SHORTS--There's nothing like a hot, slimy summer night spent molested by a cock rocker. I meant that figuratively, but whatevs. Wear your crotchiest short shorts to get into the sleazy Diamond Tuck and the Privates show, or look stupid and pay a higher cover charge. MS

Shanghai Steakery, 16 NW Broadway, 9 pm, $3 w/short shorts, $4 w/out

ONSCREEN--Welcome to the two-night "From Heaven to Hell" festival of unearthly multimedia concoctions. Putting the good before the bad, Friday hosts "View of Heaven," a collection of footage from the defunct Church of Elvis (including Portland's first gay wedding). Saturday/tonight is chock full of hellish delights like a bootleg of The Passion of the Christ, a short film called The Virgin Sacrifice, and etch-a-sketch portraits! PB

Pacific Switchboard, 4637 N Albina, Friday at 9 pm, Saturday at 9:30 pm, $6 per night

MUSIC--For just a couple of dudes, Helio Sequence make a hell of a lot of noise. Brandon Summers' guitar work is melodic yet tornado-like, and Benjamin Weikel's intricate, punishing drumming makes the heart soar. Their live show is where it's at, all right, and tonight is extra special because it's the release party for their new album, Love and Distance, and it's FREE! JWS

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 224-4400, 9 pm, FREE

SUNDAY, june 27

ZINES--Started in 2001, the annual weekend-long Portland Zine Symposium has grown from 400 to 1500 attendees! This year's event will feature the usual impressive spread of tables leaning heavily 'neath stacks of homemade literary goods, and also features several awesome workshops and panels like today's Advanced Binding workshop, and the "Zines and Activism" discussion, led by Eleanor Whitney. DIY-licious! JWS

PSU's Smith Center & Cramer Hall, 11 am-4 pm, runs Fri-Sun, see for full schedule and details

POST PRIDE PARTY--Hey lesbians! Pride is over, but Diva never ends; come dance to world and hiphop beats by DJs Harmony and Zanne, then slow-dance to the sensual stylings of Miss Lady J. "Flirt" by sending anonymous cards to all the beauties in the room, and feel the sexual tension skyrocket. EJ

Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 5-10 pm, $5

MONDAY, june 28

I WANNA EARLE!--Nashville outlaw/rocker Steve Earle is back in Portland, and we couldn't be more pleased. Pooh-poohed by the C&W establishment, and embraced by the underground, Earle has battled back from substance abuse to become a one of a kind performer who combines punk, rock, country, and personal lyrics to keep it realer than real. Miss this show at your peril. WSH

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 233-1994, doors at 7 pm, $30

TUESDAY, june 29

MUSIC--With determination and grace, Auf der Maur's gauzy vocals and metal-flexing guitars show Ms. Melissa Auf der Maur's hefty rock quotient. A complex lady, her great songs balance the intricate with the epic. JS

w/Anuritual, The Divided; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 1-800-992-8499, 9 pm, $10

WEDNESDAY, june 30

SNOWBOARD--Think snowboarding season is over and done with? Not quite, turkey jerky! Check out the Pipe to Pipe, an annual snowboard trick riding and bowl jam on Mt. Hood. Along with hobnobbing with seasoned pros, you can compete for a $1000 cash prize in the snow rail contest as well as $750 for the best skate trick. This is an all-ages event with prizes, free barbecue, and turntable trickery provided by DJ MYG. So wax it up, and get it on! WSH

Windells Snowboard Camp, (800) 765-7669 for directions; registration 12:30 pm, Bowl Jam kicks off at 6 pm

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