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GINGER JAMS: Back in their home in Los Angeles, symphonic folk band the Parson Red Heads used to do a monthly residency series at small clubs like the Echo and Silverlake Lounge. The band was free to play material they might not otherwise for a normal gig; the sets were so intimate it was like peeking into the band’s rehearsal space. Now the quintet, which originally hails from Eugene, is bringing the residency to the Northwest with new guest each week. And it’s free. White Eagle, 836 N Russell St., 282-6810. 8:30 pm Mondays through Feb. 22. Free. 21+
GENITALS MUST GO! Cats. They’re fluffy, cute and nice to have around…until they start breeding. Then they turn into Tribbles with claws. Do your part to end the feline infestation by having your cat spayed/neutered during the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund’s ninth annual “Tom and Mom Cat Special.” Beginning on St. Valentine’s Day and ending on St. Pat’s, low-income pet owners can have their cats neutered or spayed for $10 or $20 a pop, respectively. Call 234-7182 to make an appointment.
JOURNALIST PRICING: The recently remodeled O’Brien’s, a pleasant Northwest 21st Avenue watering hole that is neither infested with yuppies nor particularly sleazy, offers $2 draft pints and $2.50 well drinks all day, every day. 519 NW 21st Ave., 229-5390.
WIN BIG (TOYS): Stumptown Underground zine collective is releasing its sixth issue, a sex-themed zine aptly titled “For Your Pleasure,” and Floating World Comics has a hot release party planned to welcome it. Meet the issue’s contributors, have a drink, watch selected short films and try your luck at winning one of the many sex toys donated by It’s My Pleasure in the night’s raffle. Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave., Suite 101, 241-0227. 6 pm. Free.
AN OXYMORON?: Eco-friendly auto care. Green Drop Garage, a local auto shop that specializes in biodiesel conversions, also offers some cheap deals: a $25 oil change or, for the DIY sort, a $20, two-hour auto care education course that teaches you how to change your car’s oil and tires and check its vitals. 1417 SE 9th Ave., 236-7767, greendropgarage.com.
HOLD YOUR TINY BIKER CLOSER: A smorgasbord of alternative activities are taking place to kick off Zoobomb Mini Bike Winter. Along with a DIY stencil station and compilation of bike films (including bicycle porn) will be a rad panel attempting to address the question “Should bikes save the planet?” with panelists including Conrad Schmidt, founder of the World Naked Bike Ride and author of Efficiency Shifting; and Reverend Phil Sano, bike pornographer and activist. Other panelists include Stephanie Routh, Ryan Hashagen and Erin Rose Michaels. Bring your own clothes to stencil on and some donations to fund all that fun. The Lotus Seed, 4635 NE 9th Ave. 8:30 pm. Free.