Because the past two years have been spectacular for local hiphop, Blue Scholars, the leaders of the new school, are ending the year with a five-night spectacle. The phat carnival will have lots of local acts (Dyme Def, J.Pinder, the Saturday Knights), as well as acts from Vancouver and Portland (Swollen Members, Sirens Echo, Sleep of Oldominion, Ohmega Watts). And now, a declaration: The essence of Vancouver is pleasure, the essence of Seattle is business, and the essence of Portland is culture. Peace. (Neumo's, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $15 adv/$50 for all shows, all ages, through Dec 22. See for more information.)