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Friday 28

Gender Blender

As Central Oregon Pride rages on (our one-day event in Drake Park is really trying to be progressive! Hey, at least we have a Pride Day. Yeah, Klamath County, we're looking at you!), our same-sex-marriage-supporting neighbors to the north will celebrate Seattle's-own blown-out glitter-bombing pride festival. Events include the ever-fabulous parade and performances by some of the most accomplished and talented drag queens in the nation. The Gender Blender, a culmination of all things man-dressed-as-lady, will be led by America's New Drag Superstar Jinkx Monsoon and runner-up Alaska Thunderf*** along with Seattle queens Jackie Hell, Robbie Thunder and Mama Tits (drag queens have the best names ever)! 9 pm. Neighbours. $35-$75.

portland

saturday 29

Old Crow Medicine Show and Dale Watson

The inaugural performance of this year's Zoo Summer Concert series will be by the band that wrote the most overplayed campfire song of all time. Everyone who has a drunk friend with a guitar has heard "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show upwards of a thousand times. But there's much more than one catchy rabbling, and always obnoxious song to the band. The new EP, Carry me Back to Virginia, is overflowing with bluegrassy, fiddle-filled riffs. Plus songs about white-tailed deer munching on clover and other equally country-bumpkin images. Oregon Zoo. 7 pm. $32.50-52.50.

sunday 30

Fleetwood Mac

A 48-city, 46-year reunion tour for the least-influential great band of all time. Years after their scathing power breakup album Rumors (1977), Fleetwood Mac members went their own way, (also known as the Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham fiasco years) and are now back together, touring with the same lineup that produced the raw, emotive pop success. From departures to reunions, romances and a slew of catchy hits, the Fleetwood Mac story would make an excellent soap opera, or at least an intriguing and well-soundtracked episode of VH1's "Behind the Music." Rose Garden. 8 pm. $29.50-149.50.

tuesday 2

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

This culmination of nerd culture is a book written by Portlander Ian Doescher, who will give a reading. The misadventures of a wise Jedi and evil Sith, a captured princess, a hero coming of age and silly disguises, George Lucas' world mirrors some of Shakespeare's greatest tropes. (Why didn't we see it before?!) Capitalizing on the postmodern trend of mashing together classic styles with new storylines, (see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith) Doescher has created a retelling of the original film (Elizabethan space illustrations included!) in which protocol droids speak in iambic pentameter, Stormtroopers play the comical fools and Chewbacca—well, he's still pretty much the same. "Darth Vader, only thou couldst be so bold." 7 pm. Powell's Books. Free.

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