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Portland-based DRD Records, co-founded by Smoochknob front man/drummer Donnie Rife, has opened a new live music venue in the city. The Analog Cafe and DRD Records’ Little Theater, 720 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., had a soft opening March 23 with Smoochknob releasing its new album, “Drive By High Five.” It seats 260 people, with a restaurant and bar seating 240 more.

“Our motto at the Analog is ‘Rock Stars, and Rock Star Chefs,’ ” Rife says.

There’ll be live music or entertainment seven days a week, and Analog’s liquor permit allows for all-ages events and 21-and-older events.

Margolin book

Phillip Margolin, the famous Portland-based crime and mystery novelist, plans a reading of his new work, “Sleight of Hand,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Annie Bloom’s, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway. Go to www.annieblooms.com for information.

Movie time

Upcoming big-screen releases:

April 5 — “Evil Dead”; “No”

April 12 — “Scary Movie 5”; “42”; “The Sapphires”

April 19 — “The Company You Keep”

April 26 — “Pain & Gain”; “The Angels’ Share”

May 3 — “Iron Man 3”; “Gimme the Loot”

Book festival

The Oregon Book Awards take place Monday, April 8 (7:30 p.m., Gerding Theater). Meanwhile, the Fifth Annual NW Book Festival is accepting applications from authors, publishers, bookstores, schools, libraries and book organizations who want to participate. It’s set for Saturday, July 27, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. For information, go to www.nwbookfestival.com.

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