MUSIC--Their new record Power contains a few, uh, odd departures for Q and Not U (flutes, anyone?), but their live shows kick ass. Pioneers of the party-propelling dance disco rock scene, they're sure to get you swinging your swing thing. Good times, good times! MS
Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 8 pm, $10, All Ages

READING--Welcome to the greedy, seedy world of James Ellroy, a world populated with broad-shouldered cops, machismo men, cooing women, seductions, crooked ethics and fistfights. For the past two decades, the L.A. Confidential writer has spun arguably the most gripping crime noir novels this side of Raymond Chandler. PB
Powell's, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, free


DUDES--Though I'm not exactly privy to the collective relationship status of the Totally Epic Dudes Tour, I gotta assume that our heroes have been breaking hearts all over the country. The dude triumvirate of Bobby Birdman, 1999, and Vice Magazine "it" boy BARR are tonight joined by local Epic Dude Panther. Put simply: leave your promise rings at home, ladies. ZP
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $5

CD RELEASE--The Snuggle Ups have been winning hearts all over town with their feisty dance music, and now they've produced Extremely Popular, a ridiculously addictive record that harnesses some of their manic, infuriatingly adorable energy. It's so friggin' cute I'm making kissy faces!! MS
Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 8 pm, $6, All Ages


GODZILLA--Quite possibly the coolest thing ever is going down with the 50 Years of Godzilla Film Fest. Today watch Destroy All Monsters!, Godzilla vs. Destroyah, and Invasion of the Astro Monsters. Plus, catch the premiere of the new videogame Godzilla: Save the Earth--with a multiplayer tournament on the big screen! Celebrate the big green bastard's 50th birthday in style! EH
The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy, 1 pm - 11 pm, fest runs through Thurs Nov 4. See for full schedule

MUSIC--This is the sort of bill that even spoiled Portlanders will have a hard time not marveling at: Local reps Get Hustle, JonnyX and the Groadies, and Hustler White, as joined by the band that burned Los Angeles to the ground, the incomparable Wives. Toss in L.A.'s Mika Miko and Sacramento's Sexy Prison, and hell--why not just give the money to KPSU for good measure? ZP
Smith Hall Basement, PSU Campus, 8 pm, $5

VOTE! DANCE!?--Get ready for the Halloween punk event of the weekend (that's political as well)! The Last Chance Voter Dance features such punky pals as The Minds, The Clorox Girls, Straitjacket, The Altarboys, and John Rambo, PLUS! You can drop off your voter's ballot, win raffle-y prizes, AND compete in a costume contest! Holy crap! What more do you need?!? (Don't answer that.) WSH
Eagle's Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne, 9 pm, $3


BOAT/ROCK OUT--Tired of Halloween landlubbers? Then hit the high seas tonight on the Portland Spirit, with entertainment from your rock n' pop musical friends Telephone and The Kingdom, plus a costume contest and karaoke! And! The candy you'll miss out on by not trick-or-treating can be substituted with stiff drinks from the ship's bar. JWS
Portland Spirit, boards at Tom McCall Park, SW Salmon & Front, 10:15 pm, 224-3900, $10

TOTALLY AWESOME--Despite their opening spot for the WannaBeeGees, vermillion.violet is not your average Prince cover band. Featuring members of the Dead Science, Degenerate Art Ensemble, and Xiu Xiu, the band plays a nuanced tribute to the purple Godhead based on an incalculable number of hours spent in collective analysis. Ain't nothin' but a muffin. Gotta lotta butter 2 go. ZP
Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $5


VICTOR/VICTORIA--Mainstream gender swapping has never been as cute as in the 1982 musical comedy, Victor/Victoria. Starving singer Julie Andrews hits the big time in turn-o-the-century Paris as a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman. Meanwhile, macho James Garner gets a boner and suffers a homosexual conniption. Adorably entertaining! WSH
Ember's, 110 NW Broadway, 9 pm, Free


MERCURY ELECTION NIGHT--Ring in the new regime with a blow-out election party bash! Watch the results on humongous TV screens, sing along with cast members from W: The Musical, as well as comedy from Kick the Squirrel Improv, cheering from The Radical Cheerleaders and dancing with DJ Gregarious! The funnest election party in town! WSH

Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 5 pm - midnight, FREE!!!

LEGENDARY LADY--Now in her 60s, Nancy Sinatra's husky ballads continue to touch fans both young and old. Her "Bang Bang (He Shot Me Down)" was sensationally re-popularized by Tarantino's Kill Bill and she just released a new self-titled album with songs written by contemporary artists like Morrissey and U2. She's not just still relevant; she's awesome. JWS
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 233-1994, 7:30 pm, $23.50-25


MUSIC--I'm not gonna pretend that the probable embarrassment factor of this show isn't dangerously in the red, but come onÉ it's the Cramps! And it's the fact that Ivy and Lux have been doing this for nearly 30 years (!) that makes their sleaze factor seem all the more earnest. Plus, walkers and red leather look great together. ZP
w/Gore Gore Girls, Deadbillys; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 7 pm, $16