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PLEASE YOUR PALETTE: This week is Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, when celebrants all over India fling fistfuls of brightly colored, often toxic powder at one another. That sounds fun, but we'd rather celebrate at East India Company. The restaurant is serving a $20 celebratory prix fixe menu through Saturday, March 6, featuring eight colorful courses. East India Company, 821 SW 11th Ave., 227-8815,

THEY SAY IT'S THEIR BIRTHDAY: Mississippi Studios celebrates the venue's first anniversary with a free bash featuring the musical stylings of Sallie Ford The Sound Outside, Dirty Mittens, Yeltsin, Matt Sheehy The Menders, Run On Sentence, Tahoe Jackson, Sean Flinn The Royal We, Holcombe Waller, Adam Shearer and Justin Power. And if all that noise isn't enough to get you in the door, there will be "secret surprises and treats." Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 8 pm Saturday, March 6. 21+. Free.

PINK AND FUZZY WILL DO: Portland Center Stage's run of The 39 Steps (see review, here) introduces plenty of absurdity into Hitchcock's 1935 espionage thriller/comedy, and the company would like you to join in on the fun. Show up to any performance handcuffed to your date, and PCS will sell you half-price tickets. Don't get the joke? Show up at 6:30 pm on any Friday during the run for a free crash course by local Hitchcock geek Joel Gunz. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays, noon Thursdays, alternating 2 pm Saturday and 7:30 pm Sunday matinees. No show March 12-13. Closes March 21. $20-$65.

MORE JOY! LESS STRESS!: That's why I drink, folks! But Judy Zehr, licensed professional counselor and clinical director of the Institute for Health Solutions, would like to offer some alternatives to the usual formula of Squirt and Jack Daniel's. Her free class will teach participants how to "increase their daily dose of JOY." Pacific Northwest Pilates, 5201 SW Westgate Drive, Suite 114, 292-4409, 7:15 to 8:15 pm Wednesday, March 3. Free.

BUY IT:, a Web retailer based in Southeast, is having a warehouse clearance sale this weekend on cycling attire from Bellwether, Canari, Castelli, Etxe Ondo, Nalini, Pearl Izumi, Primal Wear, SheBeest, Sheila Moon, Showers Pass, Swobo and Twin Six. There's a lotta rain left before summer, folks. Stock up! 211 SE Madison St., 234-9898, 10 am-5 pm Friday, 10 am-4 pm Saturday, March 5-6.