With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities and events to fill our precious free time can sometimes be taxing.

To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve decided to put together weekly staff pick lists of the things we think are most worthy of your time.

Friday, January 9th at Bunk Bar: Bike Thief + The Tamed West + Edwards Crossing

Based on how absolutely stellar The Tamed West’s currently only available demo song is, their debut EP which they’re just now wrapping up will more than likely slingshot them into the upper echelon of Portland bands. Don’t be late to the party, catch them on their way up. (link)

Saturday, January 10th: The No Pants Subway Ride – Portland

Mimicking the original New York celebration of skin that is now echoed globally, Portland’s No Pants Subway Ride takes place on the Max (’cause we don’t have a subway, dummy). Kicking off at 2pm at the Barrel Room for drinks to warm your soul before ditching your trousers, there will be a stop at Pioneer Square at 3:15 for group photos, before heading back to the beginning of the line. As part of the event, there will be a collection of donated pants, hats, scarves, etc. for local shelters. (link)

Sunday, January 11th at Kelly’s Olympian: Mufassa (reunion show) + Cambrian Explosion + Lightning Rules

Cambrian Explosion have clearly made their mark on Portland’s bubbling psych rock movement, setting the bar high for other garage-stoner-pop acts looking to follow suit. Joining them on a bill at Kelly’s Olympian this Sunday, the soulful garage rockers Mufassa are back for a reunion show celebrating the temporary return of their lightning-fingered bass player Stephen Moore, who moved away to San Francisco to attend architechture school. (link)

All Weekend: Portland Art Museum Exhibition – Richard Mosse’s ‘The Enclave’

This incredibly powerful video installation will leave you wondering why all of life isn’t seen through a vivid register of lavendar and hot pink. Shot using retired WWII infrared film technology that was used to reveal objects and people camouflaged in the landscape, Mosse’s cinematographic masterpiece casts a mind-blowingly unique beauty onto remote guerrilla militant groups and their communities in the heart of the Congo. (link)

Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image from Frieze on Vimeo.

All weekend: The Know’s 10th Anniversary Shows 

Marking Ten years in the business of serving cheap booze without any hip pretensions and curating raw underground musical talent, The Know are throwing excellent shows all weekend long in celebration. The lineup that stands out most among the merriment happens on Sunday, featuring the explosive and hillarious latin-infused psych fusion of Sun Angle, along with the support of the beauteous Marriage + Cancer and Hurry Up. (link)

[Featured Image: Richard Mosse Suspicious Minds, 2012 digital c-print 48 x 60 inches – Edition of 2 + AP 28 x 35 inches – Edition of 5 + AP RIM12.024 © Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.]