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Things to do before the world ends.

Thursday, November 1
Konk Pack
Without a doubt, the best contemporary jazz comes from Europe. Arguably, the best and most interesting electronic music comes from Germany. Tonight, hear the two worlds beautifully collide when these guys take over the Old Church and make us rethink the way we think. 8 p.m./$12/All ages. (Gavin Adair)

Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.

El Dia de los Muertos Festival
The Miracle Theatre, Portland’s bastion of latino culture, is putting on the “El Dia de los Muertos Festival.” The seventh annual festival will focus on the traditions of “el dia” through the eyes of children. The Miracle Theatre Group will create a unique cultural celebration of life and death through the use of dance, puppetry, music and poetry. It should be fun and culturally enlightening for all ages. (Aaron Miles)

The festival runs Oct. 26 through Nov. 11, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For information and reservations call 503-236-7253.

First Thursday Gallery Openings
Check out PSU’s Littman and White Galleries early then head over to the Pearl District and the Everett lofts to see what fine things grace the floors and walls. See yesterday’s daily Vanguard story for some highlights at (AM)

Nudge, Takagi Makatsu, Glomm, Metatron
The most interesting noisemakers in local label OMCO’s IDM stable, Nudge’s music drifts from the right here-and-now to the who-knows-where? It’s a fun trip. Don’t expect beats, expect texture. Don’t expect to dance, expect to sit there while your mind goes somewhere else. 9:30 pm. $5. (GLA)

The Blackbird, 3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

Friday, November 2
“Human Recoucres”
As part of Campus Equity Week there will be a showing of “Human Resources” a film about unions and how they contribute to society. Showing with “Human Resources” will be the short documentary “Degrees of Shame,” which documents the plight of part-time faculty. “Human Resources” shows Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. (Michael Cooper)

Cramer Hall, Room 71.

The 28th annual Northwest Film and Video Festival
The festival kicks off tonight and continues on through Nov. 10 with a vast, vast array of work. Award-winning animator and director Bill Plympton will be judging the selections presented by artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and British Columbia.

Other events planned for the festival include a roundtable discussion on do-it-yourself distribution (see story).

For more information call 503-221-1156 or hop on over to their Web site (MC)

Saturday, November 3
Proem, Solenoid, Logic Probe, N-Grava, Glomm, Jerry Abstract, Human V
Eight hours of IDM. That’s right , lounging, chilling, whatever stupid name you want to call it, this is definitely not gonna be another boring, sweaty dance party. Check for more info. You might even be challenged. (GLA)

6 pm. $7 advance, $10 door. All ages.(GA)

Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.

Sunday, November 4
PSU Chamber Choir The PSU Chamber Choir will be presenting a free concert Sunday, Nov. 4 in celebration of awards gleaned from its International Competitions this past summer. The concert is at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information call 503-725-3106. (MC)

Smith Center Ballroom

Tuesday, November 6
KPSU 1450 AM First Tuesday at The Ash Street feat. Stateside, Duradelinquent, Small Craft Advisory, The Liars

this is the second installment of the Portland State radio station’s benefit show at the Ash Street. Good local indie rockers Stateside headline their last show ever! Damn fine K Records openers Duradelinquent won’t disappoint and you must go support The Liars who came all the way from New York to support our fine radio station. (AM)

Ash Street Saloon, 503-226-0430

Stereo Total, Momus
We just seem to be getting an onslaught of continental and UK talent this week. Stereo Total, the band of the moment last year, brings it popop Europop to town with Momus in tow. Momus is the Scottish dance music/lounge singer-come poet known for a wild stage show and a crazy sense of humor. A good, small venue lets you get close to that Euro mystique. 9 p.m.,$8, all ages. (GLA)

Meow Meow, 527 S.E. Pine St.

The Coup, Casual, Mr. Brady
The Coup throw down funky political hip-hop while som many other artists lay down stiff beats and lyrics that are as relevant and informative as a stick of chewing gum. Casual falls under latter style. He’s a good MC but his music is boring and his lyrics talk about being tough and fucking ho’s a little too much. If you missed the Coup’s stop at Portland state last year, see them at this B-Complex all ages show. (AM)

B-Complex, 503-235-4424

Thursday, November 8
“A Flea in Her Ear”
PSU mainstage theater production “A Flea in Her Ear” kicks off the 2001-2002 season this Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. “A Flea in Her Ear,” written by George Feydeau, a French playwright, has been said to be the “funniest play ever.”

Performances are Nov. 8-10 and 14-17 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on Nov. 11. The Wednesday, Nov. 14 performance will be ASL interpreted.

Tickets are $8 general, $7 seniors, PSU faculty and staff and $6 for students with valid ID. For tickets and information call 503-725-3307. Tickets for the low cost preview, Nov. 8, are $2.50 and available at the door. (MC)

All performances are in the Lincoln Hall Auditorium.