The first incarnation of WW's annual holiday album, Another Gray Christmas, opened with lots of swearing. A little-known outfit called Starfucker recorded a song called "Happy Fucking Holidays" to open the disc. Copies of the compilation were hand-packaged by the members of a little-known band called Typhoon. Both groups found success. Coincidence?
For just $5, you can own a piece of holiday history. Your ears will thank you and so will p:ear, the nonprofit organization for which this series has raised literally hundreds of dollars. Buy Another Gray Christmas 5 (and stream the first four albums) at anothergraychristmas.bandcamp.com. And, of course, happy fucking holidays to you.
[BOOKS] Luis Alberto Urrea spent more than two decades on the novelization of his great-auntâs life story. Not surprising, given all the folk healing, violent uprising, globetrotting and Mexican dictating involved. See review, page 49.
Powellâs City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
[MUSIC] Yes, youâre probably already sick of hearing Nutcracker music, the âWinterâ concerto from Vivaldiâs The Four Seasons and those other weary, wintry classicsâbut not like this. One of the cityâs finest alt-classical outfits has assembled nearly two dozen classically trained but rocking electric guitarists, keyboard players and drummers to shred the Christmas classics. Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi Ave., electricoperacompany.com. 9 pm. $5 suggested donation. 21+.
[MOVIES] One of the better and more creative documentaries to chronicle Chinaâs monumental and extremely controversial Three Gorges Dam project, Up the Yangtze portrays the desperation of the Chinese farmer, the hypocrisies of modern Chinese socialism and the idiocracies of the clueless pasty tourist. 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St., 725-3551. 7 and 9:30 pm. $3.
COOL NUTZ PRESENTS âTHE GREATEST RAP SHOW EVERâ
[MUSIC] It takes some big, frosty balls to bill an all-local concert as âThe Greatest Rap Show Ever.â Cool Nutzâwho appears tonight alongside fine Portland hip-hop artists like Lifesavasâ Vursatyl, Serge Severe, TxE and DJ Wickedâhas them right in his stage name. Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash. St., 226-0430. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES
[THEATER] What better antidote could there be to Decemberâs constant stream of syrup than Tony Kushnerâs
-hour masterwork about AIDS, drug addiction, the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg and other horrors of the Reagan era? World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St., portlandplayhouse.org. 7:30 pm; runs Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 31. $15-$32.
THE ALL-NIGHT HORROR MARATHON
[MOVIES] Four 35 mm screamers into the wee hours: Day of the Dead, The Burning, Boxerâs Omen and Pieces. Itâs like your church youth groupâs lock-in, with more chainsaws, less sexual tension, and exactly the same amount of pizza. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 9 pm. $12.