Betty Who, Vérité
Friday, April 28, 8 p.m.
$16–199, all ages
The Australian hipster pop star comes to Portland in support of her new release, The Valley. Read our show review and interview with Vérité online at psuvanguard.com.
Tuesday, April 25
Alberta Rose Theatre
$15–20, all ages
The Portland Design Week edition of the regular standup comedy show where comedians and their acts are drawn by live animators. Featuring Adam Garcia, Mary Numair, Pat Castaldo, Melody Rowell, Adam Pasi, Wendy Weiss, Jason Traeger, Chris Ettrick and Lucia Fasano.
Ella at 100
$15, all ages
Musicians Rebecca Kilgore, David Evans, John Moak, Randy Porter and Tom Wakeling celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday with their renditions of her songs.
Chance the Rapper’s bisexual younger brother tours in support of his new mixtape, Restoration of an American Idol.
Jake the Snake
The WWE Hall of Fame-r is on his Unspoken Word Tour, delivering comedy and stories from his extensive professional wrestling career.
Wednesday, April 26
Fringe Class, Gold Casio, Pleasure Curses
$5–8, all ages
Our friends at KPSU are putting on a fundraiser with one of those rare all-ages events we keep saying don’t exist in Portland.
Anthrax, Killswitch Engage
$35–180, all ages
I really only know about Anthrax because of Scott Ian’s aughts residency on VH1, and I really only know about Killswitch Engage because of their “Holy Diver” cover. Sue me.
Clinton Street Theater
$5–8, all ages
Church of Film presents this experimental French film about the Queen of the Night (Juliet Verto) and the Queen of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) battling for a diamond that would allow the victor to remain in contemporary Paris after Carnevale.
Thursday, April 27
$5 After 5
Portland Art Museum
$5, all ages
This will be the first $5 After 5 for an exhibition on 20th century architect John Yeon.
8 p.m. (multiple show dates / times)
Helium Comedy Club
The Tom Green Show namesake brings his legendary brand of standup to Portland.
Valerie DeVille and Marla Darling host this burlesque/drag “open mic.” Music by DJ Aurora.
Portland Burlesque Mara-thong
Almost two dozen burlesque performers gather for a showcase of their very best numbers.
Best of the We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival
$6-9 (free for Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum members)
Founder and director Brian Vegter presents animated and short comedic films from Baker City’s annual We Like ‘Em Short Festival.
Friday, April 28
Lez Stand Up
Portland’s funniest lesbian-centric comedy show, with sets by Caitlin Weierhauser, Laura Anne Whitley, Bob Wolf and Kirsten Kuppenbender, featuring special guests and music by DJ Mr. Charming.
9th Annual Fire Entertainer of the Year
Eight fire performers from the Pacific Northwest compete at one of the only two venues in Portland legally allowed to showcase the pyro performance arts. $1,000 cash prize goes to the top performer.
This monthly queer dance party’s theme is Second Halloween. Arrive in attire inspired by Halloween and the Halloween film series.
Snap! ’90s Dance Party
The best ’90s night in Portland. Fight me.
Saturday, April 29
The Ghost of Things That Have Been Sitting For A Long Time | Jesse Narens
Free, all ages
The contemporary artist exhibits a new collection of altars and large-scale works.
Free, all ages
Sonic artists and musicians (yes, there’s a difference) showcase new work. This year features Cat Ross, Marbletop Orchestra, Strategy, Felishia Ledesma, Rebecca Gates + Marcus Fisher and Choir.
Alberta Rose Theatre
$19–24, all ages
The “Collide” and “She Says” singer returns to the Alberta Rose Theatre.
CAP Art Auction Party
$50–3,000, all ages
Dinner and art auction gala to benefit the Cascade AIDS Project (CAP). Emceed by Poison Waters and Nay-Nay Leakes Carter, food from some of Portland’s best restaurants, and a contemporary art marketplace. Registration required by 4/27.
Blackwitch Pudding, Bewitcher, Gorgon Stare, Chronoclops and Aseitas
These bands gather on Walpurgisnacht Eve to benefit the Portland chapter of the Satanic Temple. Ritual magick held at midnight.
Sunday, April 30
Absolutely Fabulous (2016)
Who gets up this early to see a movie? You do, when Poison Waters’ drag brunch is screening the film version of the cult British TV series.
The Toxic Avenger
2 p.m. (multiple show dates / times)
$25–35, all ages
This hit off-Broadway musical focuses on “New Jersey’s First Superhero.”
Bass & Flow II
Our friends at KPSU host a DJ, producer and/or rapper hip-hop showcase.
Adam Pasi opens for the legendary Dante’s Sinferno (included with price of admission).
The Norwegian indie rocker tours in support of his new album, Pleasure.
Doug Fir Lounge
The literal one-woman band was featured in Intel’s Superb Owl 50 commercial and must be seen to be believed.
Monday, May 1
Asian & Pacific-American Heritage Month
Lan Su Chinese Garden
$10, all ages
The first day of a month-long celebration of immigrants from India, Thailand, China, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia and Hawaii & the Pacific Islands.
David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)
4:15 / 6:45 / 8:45 p.m. (multiple dates / times)
$6–8.50, all ages
This new documentary explores the life and career of the filmmaker behind Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet and more.
The Harp Twins
The Old Church
$12–15, all ages
Identical twins Camille and Kennerly Kitt play electric and acoustic harp, and are famous for their covers of rock and heavy metal hits.