THURSDAY, JULY 7

HIPPIE DIPPIE--Okay, this is a weird one, but we cynical bastards need to open our minds once in a while. Enjoy Rainbow Awareness Day, at which you can consult Astrologers, Tarot Readers, and Numerologists, plus win prizes and attend plenty of workshops and lectures designed to heal your broken Chakras. (I know, weird, but we need the karma. Bad.) KS
8725 NE Broadway, 9:30 am-9 pm, $11, http://conscious.healing.com/repletewefly.htm for schedule of events

NW HIPHOP--One of the rising stars of the Northwest's growing hiphop movement, Blue Scholars take the organic route, with guitar and keyboards joining break beats against Geologic's much-lauded conscious emceeing. Organic? Conscious? Then you're probably not rich either, which is perfect, 'cuz this shit is FREE, yo! MS
w/Braille, Ohmega Watts, DJ Bombay, RA Scion, DJ Kitman; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, JULY 8

BOYCOTT ALANIS--Alanis Morissette recently gave Starbucks the exclusive right to sell her 10th anniversary acoustic edition of Jagged Little Pill--screwing over local and national music retailers. Instead of paying to see her show tonight--thereby rewarding her corporate whorishness--buy a used copy of the original album at Everyday Music, and listen to it at your favorite local coffee shop. WSH
Schnitzer Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 8 pm, $46.35-73.35

B-BALL JAM--Even though it's not the regular season, this Summer Slam celebrity pick-up game probably has more on the line. Hometown favorites Damon Stoudamire and Zach Randolph join other NBA superstars for all sorts of basketball fun, including a three-point shootout and a slam-dunk contest! PB
PSU's Stott Center, 930 SW Hall, 8 pm, $10; post-game party at City Sports Bar, 424 SW 4th

MUSIC--Prince to older brother Madlib's king, hiphopster Oh No is by no means Quasimoto's understudy--a familial chip on his shoulder he'll have no problem shaking off tonight, alongside the funk-fused flow of Chicago MC Diverse. ZP
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-$12

SATURDAY, JULY 9

COMEDY--People who love to laugh, listen up! Not one, not two, but FIVE of the funniest comedians from the Howard Stern Show will hit the Aladdin stage tonight, including master of impressions Craig Gass, HILARIOUS "telemarketer terrorist" Jim Florentine (also of Comedy Central's Crank Yankers), the Rev. Bob Levy, Sal the Stockbroker, and Beetlejuice! JWS
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 224-4400, 7 pm, $20

SUMMER RAWK--Recipe for fun: Super-amped riffage, perky co-eds, tight baby tees, hiphop acts galore, sunburns, angry boys, dozens of insane rock bands, and the Gorge's epic prehistoric beauty. That's right, the Vans Warped Tour returns with nine stages and the likes of The Offspring, Fall Out Boy, Hangar 18, and so many, many more. Rock me like a fucking hurricane! PB
Gorge Amphitheater, gates open at noon, $31.25

SUNDAY, JULY 10

MUSIC--Dallas MC Astronautalis' latest, You And Yer Good Ideas, is indie hiphop that leans heavily on the former--a true, awkward semblance of indierock and MC. He'll rap tonight with the Chicharones, featuring Oldominion's Sleep. ZP
Viper Room, 720 SE Hawthorne, 10 pm

CIRCUS THRASH--Seems like everyone's trying to reinvent the gypsy-cabaret-medicine show vibe in these dark times, an endeavor that often victimizes patrons with mediocrity. See it done right with New York's Gogol Bordello, who'll make you think you've been kidnapped by punk vagabonds on Quaaludes. MS
w/Mirumir; Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $10

MONDAY, JULY 11

READINGS--It's time once again for Tin House's Summer Writers Workshop, a whole week (July 9-15) of readings by, and interviews with, some of the best writers in the country, including Francine Prose, Denis Johnson, and tonight's immensely talented memoirist/poet, Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. JWS
All readings at Cerf Amphitheater, Reed College, 8 pm, $10, www.tinhouse.com for full schedule

TUESDAY, JULY 12

FEISTY--Like any rational person, I hate Canada. But I will admit that good stuff occasionally comes from there. One of them: Broken Social Scene's Leslie Feist. Her latest solo album, Let It Die, is a rich and straightforward effort, filled with Feist's sexy voice, bossa nova and jazz riffs, and a low-key, retro sort of catchiness. Hey, thanks Canada! EH
w/Holcombe Waller; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $8-10

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13

MUSIC--Local four-piece ...Worms are as curious as their name. Their experimental noise music is fronted by a madcap singer who screams, screeches, and basically just freaks the hell out while the rest of the band hammers away at their instruments. This show is their tour kick-off, so if you're looking for the offbeat, head out and get it now. KS
w/Chevron, Giant Baby; Berbati's, 10 SW 3rd, 9:30 pm, $4

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