WEDNESDAY FEB. 5
WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN
[BOOKS] Author William T. Vollmann (Imperial, Butterfly Stories), once considered a suspect in the Unabomber and 2001 anthrax letter attacks, has been under surveillance by the FBI for decades. For Oregon Humanitiesâ Think and Drink, he discusses the implications of domestic spying. (Remember to use the code word âwaffles.â) Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 6:30 pm. $10 donation. Under 21 admitted with guardian.
RUPAULâS DRAG RACE: BATTLE OF THE SEASONS
[DRAG] TVâs most famous drag queens stop by Portland before the next season of RuPaulâs Drag Race starts Feb. 24. Portlandâs Jinkx Monsoon isnât in the lineup, but eight others make up for her absence, including Alaska Thunderfuck, Pandora Boxx and Ivy Winters. Local guys get onstage in their underwear and twerk. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 10 pm. $30-$60. 21+.
SATURDAY FEB. 8
OREGON PINBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
[âSPORTSâ] The grandest pinball wizards in the state converge to determine who has the itchiest flipper finger of them all. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 2 pm. Free to attend, $20 to enter concurrent jamboree tournament. 21+.
[âSPORTSâ] In a PBR-related event that confronts everything Portland holds dear, dudes in cowboy hats with names like Prance, Wyatt and Zane attempt to sit on an unwilling bull for eight seconds. There will also be clowns. Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., pbr.com. 7:30 pm. $15-$50.
SUNDAY FEB. 9
WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RIDE
[BIKES] In its dozen or so years, itâs barely ever rained on the day of this ride. So don that tutu or togaâthereâs a costume contestâand grease that chain. There are two routes: an easy 18-miler and a 45-mile course through the West Hills. Everyone gets beer and chili at the end. Course begins at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd., worstdayride.com. Registration starts at 8 am. $35-$45.
[MUSIC] With its fantastic new album, Trouble, the Brooklyn trio decided to shed its misplaced âcharming indie popâ tag by ditching anything that could be interpreted as twee, packing the record with trebly electric guitars and moody synthesizers. Singer Amber Papini still plays the role of the lost 20-something, but her gritty, nuanced songs are more Marquee Moon than Frances Ha. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12. 21+.