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Things to do that won’t cost much


Dr. Dimento at Reed College

Dr. Dimento, pop music historian and DJ of international renown, gives a lecture and listening party entitled Illegal Smiles: Drug Music from the 1920s to Today. Expect plenty of laughs and insight into the debauchery that is rock & roll.

Reed College, Vollum Hall, 3203 S.E. Woodstock, 6 p.m., FREE


KPSU DJs escape from Smith Center

Come on out this Saturday to support KPSU at the Bitter End pub.

Featuring DJ Elliott, Shortchange, Qismatik and the Vanguard’s own DJ Miles spinning funk, dancehall, downtempo, hip-hop and dance floor jazz.

Bitter End Pub, 1981 W. Burnside, 21+ w/ID, 9 p.m. $3.


The Shipping News

Kevin Spacey may not have the physical attributes to really pull off Quoyle, this film’s passive protagonist, but he does a fair job nonetheless. He’s also one of the film’s most attractive actors, lending some honesty to this adaptation of the popular novel by E. Annie Proulx (who told the New York Times she loves the film – another reason to take it seriously).

Fox Tower 10, Southwest Park and Taylor, 503-225-5555, ext. 4606


William Stafford’s birthday party

The late Stafford will likely remain Oregon’s favorite poet for some time. Come and listen to poets from around the region pay tribute to a man who changed the face of Oregon’s literary landscape forever with a reading of the master’s work.

University of Portland, University of Portland’s Mary’s Student Center, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. 7p.m., FREE