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My, What a Busy Week!



MUSIC—When's the last time you had a foot-stompin' good time for FREE? Then don't miss one of Portland's finest hootin' 'n' hollerin' musical shit kickers, the Caleb Klauder Country Band, as part of the FREE Music on Main Street series. Plus this all-ages event also provides beer and cocktails (not free)! Yee to the haw! WSH
Music on Main, 1111 SW Broadway, 5 pm, FREE, all ages

STORYTELLING—Tonight's installment of Entertainment for People is quite the blockbuster: It's hosted by The Moth's Dan Kennedy with stories and performances from Arthur Bradford, Kevin Sampsell, and Mercury Editor Wm. Steven Humphrey as well as contributor Barbara Holm. We're all up in this. MS
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 8 pm, $12-15


CLASSIC ROCK—A supergroup of local musicians calling themselves Brothers and Sister—Lewi Longmire, Anita Lee Elliott, and more—have taken it upon themselves to re-create the 1971 Allman Brothers Band classic live record At Fillmore East. If you dismissed them as "Southern rock," let this inspired performance open your eyes to the complexities under the surface. MS
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, Thurs & Fri 9 pm, $10-12

COMEDY—An "interactive mystery" featuring an eponymous detective named "Butt Kapinski" raises many, many red flags for discerning comedy fans—but this solo show out of LA, about a "noir-loving, gender-troubled clown" has had well-received runs at fringe festivals across North America. AH
Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK, 8 pm, $10-12


'90s MUSIC—The Breeders' Last Splash made a huge impression on a bunch of kids in Doc Martens in 1993. Even 20 years later, it's still a beautiful, shimmering mess of hooks and fuzzy guitar and kickass vocals by Kim Deal. The album's original lineup reunites to play Last Splash for its anniversary. Prepare for the dropping of a divine hammer on your ears. CF
w/Tweens; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $25-27 (hunt hard for tix!)

FILM FEST—POW Fest is dedicated exclusively to the work of female filmmakers—badass female filmmakers. (Past fest guests included The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow.) Tonight, POW's summer documentary series concludes with an appearance from Ondi Timoner, who will screen both her Dandy Warhols vs. Brian Jonestown Massacre doc DIG!, as well as her Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film about internet privacy, We Live in Public. AH
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Public at 7 pm, DIG! at 11 pm, $7 per film or $12 double feature


MUSIC—The warped, grunge-informed art rock of Naomi Punk is impossible to pin down, shifting shapes and styles with every jagged chord. Let the heavy weirdness wash over you as the Olympia/Seattle band plays at the top of a stacked bill of rock 'n' roll in its funnest, oddest forms. NL
w/Formica Man, Roses, Past Desires; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $6-8

BOOTY QUAKE—For those who adore the golden era of hiphop and shakin' 'til you're sore, don't miss the monthly Club Crooks dance night at Holocene. Tonight, DJs Izm, Dev from Above, and host Mr. Marcus will make the room shake and quake with bass-pumping, window-rattlin' jams from the classic days of the Baltimore/Philly/Jersey scene. WSH
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 10 pm, $5


MUSIC—Banana Stand Week starts tonight! The kids at the secret recording venue are releasing the second volume of the Live from the Banana Stand compilation with an entire week of incredible music shows, all free! They're also giving away 1,000 copies of the CD, and if you order a Lonesome's pizza during the week you can snag a free download! CF
w/Au Dunes; Rontoms, 600 E Burnside, 8 pm, FREE, see for the full schedule

DRAG PAGEANT—La Femme Magnifique International—a labor of love produced by Portland's beloved Darcelle—dishes out some serious bragging rights. Whichever contestant wins the drag pageant—judged on elements like talent and how well they wear an evening gown—can credibly claim to be the world's finest female impersonator. This year's theme is the "Pirates of the Seven Seas." Ahoy! DCT
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, 6 pm, $35, 21+


MUSIC—The jangly, murky tunes of Campfires are the sound of waking up from a dream and humming a forgotten pop masterpiece that slips further away with every waking second. Fortunately, Campfires auteur Jeff Walls—who moved to Portland last year and has enlisted members of Hausu for his live band—has cemented these to tape for future generations. NL
w/Glass Knees, Mines; The Know, 2026 NE Alberta, 8 pm

FILM—The bad news: The edit of Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster that's opening in Portland is a shortened version, dumbed down for Americans' miniscule attention spans. The good news: It's still Wong Kar-wai on the big screen—and a stunningly beautiful kung fu flick with Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang. EH
Various Theaters, see our review and Film Times for showtimes


MUSIC—In a rap scene where oafish repetition is increasingly rewarded, Joey Bada$$ is a welcome throwback to the lyrics-intensive hiphop of the '90s. The 18-year-old Brooklyn emcee has released just two mixtapes since last year, but has garnered enough well-earned hype you'd swear he's got a major release under his belt. It's coming, and this show is your preview. DVH
w/Antwon, Nacho Picasso, Gang$ign$; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $18, all ages

FILM—Give the late, great Rodney Dangerfield the respect he deserves and see 1986's hilarious classic Back to School on the big screen! One of Dangerfield's best, Back to School also features some guy named Kurt Vonnegut and some kid named Robert Downey Jr.—but Rodney, as usual, steals every goddamn scene. EH
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, see Film Times for showtimes, $4


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