[LECTURE] Want the gummint outta your personal bizness? Historian Stephanie Coontz and Adam Davis of Oregon Humanities discuss the effects of state intervention in our private lives, including in sex, parenthood and marriage. See our Hotseat with Coontz on page 37. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 6:30 pm. $10 suggested.
[FRENCH FETE] For whatever reason, Portland plays home to the largest Bastille Day celebration on the West Coast. Commemorate the stormy kickoff of the French revolution with Lillet cocktails, buttery pastries from St. HonorÃ© and a very refined race among tray-carrying waiters. Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., afportland.org. Noon-6 pm. Free. The Mississippi Street Fair is one of Portlandâs quintessential neighborhood parties for 13 years running and draws about 30,000 people. Expect ribs and beer and music. Wear deodorant. North Mississippi Avenue between North Fremont and Skidmore streets, mississippiave.com. 10 am-9 pm. Free.
[PERFORMANCE] This new multimedia performance series offers dance, text and film. It also leaves you alone if you're not into it. Veteran performance artist Linda Austin shows a new work (expect funny props), Michael Harper reads poetry and Roland Dahwen Wu screens a film. Tell the guy next to you that you prefer Austin's old stuff: "You know, like in the '80s when people weren't afraid to crawl across a dining room table and get food all over themselves."
Valentines, 232 SW Ankeny St., 248-1600. 7 pm. Free. 21+.
[MUSIC] For latest album, Sea When Absent, the band turned its amps up to the max, burying the twin angel voices of Annie Fredrickson and Jen Goma under a blanket of swirling synths and roaring guitar, but its blindingly bright melodies shine through the fuzz. Itâs the pop album My Bloody Valentine will never make. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM
[MUSIC] If the paths of black metal and Pure Moods New Age were ever to intersect, you can bet your stack of Sunn amps that the Olympia-based band will be there to light the sage and get the âastral metalâ party started. Its last record was hailed as âAmerican black metalâs idiosyncratic defining record of 2011â by Pitchfork. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 345-7892. 8 pm. $14. All ages.