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Mixing trivia with booze turns mere mortal Portlanders into crazy, knowledge-spewing monsters. No one knows this better than Shannon Donaldson, a.k.a. ShanRock, who has reigned over the city's pub-quiz scene since 2005, hosting nearly 1,000 quizzes and testing boozers' smarts on everything from butt rock to Mad Men. The trivia jock unleashes herfifth "Clash of the Trivia Titans" this Sunday. Anybody can enter the first-round Olympian Open. The winning team will earn the wild-card slot for the evening's second bout, the Titan Invitational. That fight pits teams like "Fellatio Hornblower" and "Release the Kraken," who have previously won 12 or more ShanRock trivia titles around town in '09, against one another in hopes of earning bragging rights for 2010. In honor of the competition, we've devised our own "Titan" quiz with ShanRock's help—devoted to the 1981 fantasy flick Clash of the Titans.
WEDNESDAY FEB. 24
BAM: Beer and Movie Fest finishes off with a twin bill of pre-Production Code talkies, filled with sex and violence. Who wants a Clark Gable mustache ride?
THURSDAY FEB. 25
Long before Cee-Lo Green wrote the Gnarls Barkley smash hit "Crazy," he was one of four rappers making Atlanta group Goodie Mob one of the tightest crews in hip-hop.
[MUSIC/TALK] A CONVERSATION ABOUT MODERN MUSIC
Frank Black of the Pixies—the fucking Pixies!!!—chats with music critic Carl Wilson about the progress and pitfalls of today's music. Now breathe. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 248-1030. 7 pm. Free. 21+.
FRIDAY FEB. 26
What began as a funny and engaging exercise in directed long-form improv has matured into a must-see comedy series.
It looks like 2010 is the year that all the weirdos in Portland started making dance music. Case in point: Miracles Club, the duo of Rafael Fauria and Rad Summer's Honey Owens, who are making experimental house music that is both dancey and out there. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
SATURDAY FEB. 27
A dozen local eateries place their reputations on the table along with their New England-style clam chowder in a quest to be deemed the best in town.
SUNDAY FEB. 28
The legendary tenor-saxophone player—who played with everyone from John Coltrane to Ornette Coleman—leads an amazing weekend at the seventh Portland Jazz Festival.