Wednesday, August 16
Seattle's Shabazz Palaces is responsible for some of the most creatively bewildering hip-hop around. New album Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star is a timely dissection of American nastiness that sounds like the beamed-in observations of some advanced alien culture. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 866-777-8932, startheaterportland.com. 9 pm. $18.50. 21+.
Return of the Phorrito
The phorrito is back—but this time, it's chicken. In lieu of the regular menu, Tapalaya chef Anh Luu will make burritos with pho fillings including ginger-poached chicken thighs, hoisin, rice noodles and optional liver, with sides like crawfish étouffée nachos and kimchi slaw. Tapalaya, 28 NE 28th Ave., 503-232-6652, tapalaya.com.
Thursday, August 17
Dungeness Crab Boil
Fuuuuuuuuck. This is the most decadent shellfish feast of the season: crab rangoons followed by a big-ass boil of Dungeness, prawn, clam, mussel and seafood sausage, plus potatoes, rolls and beignets. $39.95 includes sweating buckets full of High Life and rosé. Headwaters, 1001 SW Broadway, 503-790-7752, headwaterspdx.com. $39.95.
In all 90 minutes of Lungs, the play's only characters, W and M, tease out the morality and consequences of having a baby. Environmental issues are at the forefront of Third Rail's claustrophobic production, but the deeper and more interesting issues lie within its heart. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 503-235-1101, thirdrailrep.org. 7:30 pm. $25-$45.
Friday, August 18
Other Half Takeover
Famed Brooklyn brewery Other Half racks up more awards than a trophy store. You can't get their beers in Portland—except today at Roscoe's, where the largest taplist of Other Half beers in Northwest history will wash up, including ten (10!) IPAs, plus a Helles Lager. Roscoe's, 8105 SE Stark St., 503-255-0049, roscoespdx.com. 5 pm.
Maybe we shouldn't blame Portlandia for ruining Portland, but instead point the finger at the guy who wrote the theme song—the lightheaded euphoria of "Feel It All Around" did as much to cast the city as a chill millennial paradise as anything Fred and Carrie did. But if you can put that resentment aside, Washed Out's new album, Mister Mellow, is a fluffy electronic dream. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033, roselandpdx.com. 9 pm. $23 advance, $25 day of show. All ages.
Saturday, August 19
Alibi 70th Anniversary Luau
The Alibi turns 70 with an outdoor luau feast, live-band karaoke, shave ice, live surf rock, a local-celebrity dunk tank and mechanical shark rides all damn day! Never let it be said the Alibi doesn't know how to throw a party. The Alibi, 4024 N Interstate Blvd., 503-287-5335, alibiportland.com. Noon-7 pm.
Pacific Crest Trail Days
At PCT Days, you can prove how much you know about gear by competing in a tent-pitching competition, backpack-packing competition or a sleeping pad-inflation competition. But there are also Q&A sessions with PCT-thru hikers and a gear expo for those looking to hone their outdoor skills. Cascade Locks Marine Park, 355 Wa Na Pa St. August 18-20. See pctdays.com for schedule. Free.
Sunday, August 20
Sincerity Is Gross
Comedian James Barela hosts one of the best booked standup showcases in Portland, and this Sunday's show is no exception: Adam Pasi and Dylan Jenkins, two of Portland's most reliably funny comedians, are on the bill. The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St., 503-236-4997, facebook.com/sincerityisgross. 7:30 pm. Free.
Philip Ridley's sparse contemporary play weaves an ever-changing, sometimes magical world out of the tumultuous relationship between two characters simply referred to as Man and Woman. Shoebox Theatre, 2210 SE 10th Ave., 503-489-9565, bethjthompson.com. 8 pm. $20.
Monday, August 21
Solar Eclipse Campout & Cider Tasting
Given the predicted Carpocalypse, you should really just view the eclipse from the nearest accessible roof. But if you must travel, this gathering is cheap, only 90 minutes away and features a cider tasting on Saturday. Roshambo ArtFarm, 22900 SW Pittman Rd., Sheridan, Ore., 503-560-0673, artandsciencenw.com/solar-eclipse-fundraiser. $10-$20. Aug. 18-22.
When any movie is named the greatest film ever made (as Vertigo often is), haters find a way to pick it apart. But regardless of where you'd rank it in cinema history, Hitchcock's twisty rabbit hole of a thriller is pretty mindfucking no matter how many times you've seen it. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-221-1156, nwfilm.org. 7 pm. $9.
Tuesday, August 22
Album after album, Kevin Morby is living up to lofty comparisons that have placed him in the company of Lou Reed and Mark Knopfler. His newest, City Music, is perhaps his sparsest, and further proof of his often gorgeous departure from traditional folk toward the terrain of experimental singer-songwriter of the '70s. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, aladdin-theater.com. 8 pm. $15. All ages.
What if the "dark web"—the shadowy parts of the internet where denizens buy drugs, download movies and hire hitmen—spawned the occasional demon? Sounds bonkers, but that's what's up in Eugene-born Benjamin Percy's new novel, The Dark Net, which is based on what the author calls an "imminent" cyber war. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800- 878-7323, powells.com. 7:30 pm. Free