All dressed up and no place to go?

Thursday, Feb. 13
Student Piano Recital
Lincoln Hall, Rm. 75
All ages

PSU piano students who have worked with Paul Roberts during his week-long residency will be performing. Roberts will have a recital himself on Sunday (see below).

Friday, Feb. 14
Black Hearts Dance for Queers
Whatever Lounge
2209 N.E. Alberta
9 p.m.
$2.99 general ad.

With DJs spinning punk and hip-hop, and a discount for fashion excess, it’ll be awesome. Plus, you can play Spin the Bottle and get spanked, flogged and paddled! Whoo!

Valentines Big 14
Presented by the Iranian Student Association
PSU Multi-Cultural Center
Rm. 228
7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
All ages
Don’t know where to go on Valentines day? Come out and have a great time with the Iranian Student Association. There will be free food and drink and a whole lot of music and dancing.

Cascade AIDS Project showing
Smith Memorial Center
Do you want to pay for this?!
All ages

The Project will be showing safe sex movies during lunch on Valentine’s Day while clam chowder is served. Damn.

“Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation”
Cinema 21
616 N.W. 21st
Through April 5
7/9:15/11:30 p.m.
$6 student
$7 general ad.

Spike & Mike will show 28 new animated shorts. And they are all sick and twisted! Good, dirty fun.

“The Civilian Joe Talik”
Boiler Room
228 N.W. Davis
9 p.m.

Always a good time, the CAC does rap like no other. If you are in the mood for songs about movies, baseball and ’80s wrestling on the day of loooove, then head out. Come early and check out Joe Talik’s acoustic set, a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

“Sirena, Queen of the Tango”
Milagro Miracle Theatre
425 S.E. Sixth
Through March 15
8 p.m.
$17 general ad.
All ages

This is a “Latino detective sizzler” of a play. In film noir style, this farce is, at most, conservative gender-bending.

Paul Lovens, Rudi Mahall, Torsten Muller, Jeb Bishop
Community Music Center
3350 S.E. Francis
8 p.m.
$15 general ad.
All ages

A rare opportunity to hear some unparalleled improving musicians in the Portland area. This combo includes two of the greatest unsung innovators around: percussionist Paul Lovens from Germany and Chicago trombonist and guitarist Jeb Bishop from the Vandermark 5.

“1688: Year of Genius”
First Baptist Church
909 S.W. 11th
Through Feb. 16
8 p.m.
$13 student
$18-$33 general ad.
All ages

outlined in John Willis’ book “1688: A Global History.”

Miss America 2002 Concert
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 S.W. Broadway
7:30 p.m.
$28-$72 general ad.
All ages

PSU’s own Katie Harman will skip right to the talent portion of the show, singing romantic favorites like “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.”

Secret Film
Clinton Street Theater
2522 S.E. Clinton
10 p.m.
$6 general ad.

The final film of the Winter Prozac Film Series is here, and you can even take items formerly belonging to your exes for a smashing experience.

Saturday, Feb. 15
Ben Kweller, Brendan Benson & The Well Fed Boys, Audio Learning Center
B Complex
320 S.E. Second
8 p.m.
$10 general ad.
All ages

Audio Learning Center rocks! Well, Kweller should, too. Anyone cool enough to promote dental hygiene by brushing his teeth on the album cover is worthy in my book.

Katherine MacRae/Neil Finn
Music Millennium
801 N.W. 23rd
1 p.m./3 p.m.
All ages

MacRae is a singer/songwriter, performing in the style of Sarah McLachlan and occasionally Tori Amos. Finn is a New Zealander originating from a number of rock bands, including Split Enz.

“With Dedication”
First United Methodist Church
1838 S.W. Jefferson
7:15 p.m.
$7 advance student
$14 advance general ad.
All ages

The Columbia Symphony will be joined by 20-year-old violinist Jacqueline Metz. They will play music by Richmond, Sibelius and Vaughan Williams.

The Derek Trucks Band, The Tony Furtado Band

Aladdin Theatre
3017 S.E. Milwaukie
9 p.m.
$15 general ad.
All ages

Local artist (any relation to Nelly?) Furtado will be promoting his new album, American Gypsy.

Sunday, Feb. 16
The Wailers, Topaz, Cansaman
Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside
9 p.m.
$20 advance general ad.
All ages

One degree of separation: Bob Marley was bassist and musical producer Aston “Familyman” Barrett. Familyman is in the Wailers. Good reggae.

Paul Roberts
Lincoln Recital Hall, Rm. 75
4 p.m.
$6 student
$18 general ad.
All ages

Roberts will be playing as part of PSU’s Piano Recital Series. There will also be a lecture before the recital.

Monday, Feb. 17
The Live Band, Dead Poet Tour
B Complex
320 S.E. Second
8 p.m.
$10 general ad.
All ages

Featuring Sage Francis, Gruvis Malt and Sleep (of Oldominion), this should be quite entertaining, if only for the power of Francis’ performance.

Tuesday, Feb. 18
“The Producers”
Keller Auditorium
S.W. Third and Clay
Through March 2
7:30 p.m.
$34.50-$76.50 general ad.
All ages

Mel Brooks’ Broadway play will is coming to our fair city. Who is Mel Brooks? Only the winner of the most Tony Awards in Broadway’s history.

Portland Center Stage
Through March 9
7 p.m.
$17-$33 general ad.
All ages

This play is 25 year-old Itamar Moses’ satire on contemporary society. It is directed by Chris Coleman.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Lyricist Lounge Series
Fez Ballroom
316 S.W. 11th, Third Floor
8:30 p.m.
$13 general ad.

This will be an enthusiastic show. Miller Mike, YoungBloodz, Thorn City Improv, DJ Wicked and even hip-hop “freedom fighters” the Dead Prez will play.

-J. Nikole Degan