If you're one of those strange birds who insists that you don't like The Big Lebowski, all we can say is: "Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man." But for all those Little Lebowski Urban Achievers out there, this might be one of the best nights of the year for you. The Astro goes totally Lebowski, not only showing the movie, but also holding a best-dressed contest and, of course, serving up some White Russians. Event begins at 8pm. Movie starts at 9:30pm. Free. Astro Lounge, 147 NW Minnesota Ave.
Flowmotion with Izabella
We told you about this show last week, but want to reinforce the fact that if you like dancing, rocking or generally awesome musicianship, you absolutely must see Flowmotion, Seattle's cross-genre rock outfit. Also on the bill is Northern California (and Bend favorite) Izabella, who is touring in support of their new record Drugs & Apple Pie - a record that accurately captures the band's sunshiney live sound. 9pm. $10. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Minnesota Ave.
A Conversation with Bill Gates Sr.
O. M. G. Bill Gates is going to be here. Oh wait, this is actually Bill Gates Senior, but that's still cool. Daddy Gates will be speaking on how we can do our parts to bridge the gaps between the America we live in and the America we seek. Lofty? Not when your name is Bill Gates. 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700. $20.
7 For 7
To launch our special Local Music Issue, we're bringing seven of the strongest local acts onto one stage for a show we're calling 7 For 7 - because it's only $7. Oh and doors open at 7pm (8pm show). And there's a full bar, so you can order a 7 and 7 and really make it a seven-licious night. But all sevens aside, check out this lineup: Larry and His Flask, Necktie Killer, The Dirty Words, Leif James and the Struggle, Anastacia, Goodbye Dyna and Tuck and Roll. $7. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.
Sprout Film Festival
In an effort to showcase the work of people with developmental disabilities, the Sprout Film Festival highlights some of the best pieces of film from around the world. Matinee at 11:30am, evening show at 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700. $6/matinee, $9/evening.
US Bank Pole Pedal Paddle
Come on now, we all know what's to expect here. You've been counting down the days, your legs are freshly shaved, your biked tuned up and your skis freshly waxed. You've been living and breathing in anticipation for the zany relay race from Mt. Bachelor down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Even if you're not participating, head down to the Schwab for cheering, food, music and sponsor booths.
saturday 16 and sunday 17
Like your art-metal loud and electric, sending shock waves through your veins? Then hit up the Midtown Music Hall on Saturday. Prefer a more laid-back, unplugged show? Bingo! Floater plays an acoustic show at the Domino Room on Sunday. Eclectic, indecisive or just a really big Floater fan? Go to both! 8pm. $16. Midtown Music Hall and Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
This Portland-based band has been on the road for over ten years and has cranked out five albums in that time. They play mostly country-inspired bluegrass, but throw in a rock and roll classic for good measure every so often. And hey, isn't it nice to have these guys back in town? $6. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Mark Ransom and The Mostest
The Mostest celebrates the release of their new CD, Masala Mostest with this free McMenamins show. The new record is a simplified version of the band, and pumped full of both originals and familiar covers, some of which you very well might hear at this performance. Knowing the inclusive nature of Mark Ransom's collective, there's a good chance you'll see some guest performances as well. 7pm. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Lynx and Jamie Janover with Keyoka
After cranking up the jams in the Old Mill Martini Bar (R.I.P.) a few months back, the seemingly crazy collision of folk, soul, hip-hop and spoken word that is Lynx and Jamie Janover returns once again, this time at the Moon. Expect some extremely danceable sounds when the vocals and guitar of Lynx mesh with the hammered dulcimer of Janover (of Zilla and Praang fame). Also on hand is super electro-dub producer Heyoka. 9pm. $7. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Rivers of A Lost Coast
This independent film chronicles the history of steelhead and salmon fishing in the legendary rivers along California's north coast framed by the stories of men whose pursuit of these fish bordered on the fanatical before it all collapsed. 9pm. $9. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond. 21+.
The Lonely H
See this week's preview for more on this Port Angeles, WA band of denim-clad rockers. 9pm. $2. Players Bar & Grill, 25 SW Century Dr.