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We love Frank Zappa for his inability to conform to any sort of societal or musical expectations, and we love Legos for the opposite reason. When we heard the Fez Ballroom would be hosting a three-band celebration of Zappa’s music and influence in the same week as the largest gathering of AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO, for the uninitiated) in the Northwest, we thought, “These things belong together.” If Frank had fathered a fifth child (after Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen), we think Lego Mosaic Zappa would be as likely a name as any. Apparently, so did the Portland/Corvallis duo Smugg Knife Productions (Daniel Luke Rockwell and Michael Stewart Hulstrom). The creative team, which makes stop-motion videos, created its own LEGO Zappa for a music video for Portland hip-hop group Oddio Kin last year.
Zappa-Di-Doo-Dada:The Jacob Merlin Band, the Dead Beetles and Professor Gall perform songs by Frank Zappa along with their own music. Dingo the Clown will host with his finest Zappa impersonation. Fez Ballroom, 316 NW 11th Ave., 221-7262, fezballroom.com. 9 pm Thursday, March 26. $5. 21+.
BrickFest 2009:A three-day convention of Lego-related workshops, seminars and activities, with a public exhibition of 30,000 feet of Lego sculpture on Sunday, March 29. Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., brickfest.com. 11 am-4 pm Sunday, March 29. $7 per person, $25 per family. All ages.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 25
[PERFORMANCE] JUSTIN BOND
Better known as Kiki, the drunken drag torch singer of NYC cabaret duo Kiki and Herb, Bond brings his solo act, in a dress but sans the wig. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. Advance tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/59335. 9 pm. $15.
[MUSIC] BLACK MOUNTAIN
Still weirded out by the Decemberists’ prog-metal fetish? Black Mountain does stoner riffs the right way, with melodies that equal the guitar lines. Hawthorne Theatre, 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 233-7100. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. All ages.
Twenty-three writers contribute fiction inspired by Sonic Youth. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free. All ages.
THURSDAY MARCH 26
[PEFORMANCE] INTO THE DARK UNKNOWN: THE HOPE CHEST
PICA presents local singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller, whose show of folk songs, monologues and film has been a big hit in the East Village. Now’s your chance to find out what the critics have been raving about. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 242-1419. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, March 26-29. $12-$18.
[MUSIC] FOUR TET
Under the moniker Four Tet, Kieran Hebden wields his laptop like a guitar, creating elastic and organic electronic music that makes you think and dance. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
FRIDAY MARCH 27
[MUSIC] BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY
The bearded, prolific enigma of Appalachian folk is back with an unexpectedly warm record of death songs. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.
SATURDAY MARCH 28
[SCREEN] PARIS BLUES
A month-long tribute to Paul Newman begins with him playing jazz alongside Sidney Poitier along the Seine. There’s live jazz in the theater lobby, too. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 223-4515. 10 pm. $5-$8. 21+.
[FILTHY] DARKLADY’S DEBBIE DOES DALLAS DINNER
Will clean-cut cheerleader Debbie earn enough money to make the Texas Cowgirl tryouts? Yes. Will there be food from Rumpspankers and special guests between a double feature of two hardcore movies? Yes. It’s not the destination that matters, but the journey. The Village Ballroom, 700 NE Dekum, 283-1100. 7 pm. $25-$40. 21+.