WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
Eschewing the usual mix of Huey Lewis and random Marley relatives, this year's Oregon Zoo Concert Series is actually kind of…cool. It starts tonight with the return of Brazilian singer-songwriter and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou star Seu Jorge, reprising his David Bowie tribute that sold out the Schnitz last year. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, zooconcerts.com. 7 pm. $35-$200. All ages.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Last time Australia's poet laureate of sleaze played the Schnitz, he spat on the stage, crawled across audience members' heads and defiled Portland's classiest venue with songs of murder and degradation. He must've had fun, because he's bringing his Bad Seeds back for the second time in three years, touring in support of last year's sparse, harrowing Skeleton Tree. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall. 8 pm. $59.50-$99.50. All ages.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old
To make their weekly podcast work, Clerks mastermind Kevin Smith breaks character from the traditionally taciturn Silent Bob to play foil to Jason Mewes' incessant shit-talking, yielding hilarious results. Snoochie boochies! Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669, portland.heliumcomedy.com. 9:45 pm. $30. 21+
Road trips are a pretty standard self-discovery plot. But in the hands of playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, it's far from cliche. 26 Miles tells the story of Beatriz and her estranged daughter embarking on a spontaneous drive to the West Coast, and it is never anything less than poetic. Profile Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 503-242-0080, profiletheatre.org. 7:30 pm through Saturday; 2 pm on Sunday. $20-$38.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Portland International Beerfest
From imported German helles to Japanese espresso stouts, 200 of the world's rarest beers complete a lengthy journey to the North Park Blocks this weekend, in an event that always ranks among the year's best drinking excursions. Northwest Park Ave. and Everett St. 4-10 pm. Continues noon-10 pm Saturday and noon-7 pm Sunday, June 24-25. $25, includes a glass and 10 drink tickets.
Started as something of a lark 10 years ago, the annual Nuggets Night—named after the sanctified box-set collection of one-hit wonders from "the First Psychedelic Era"—has grown into a two-night affair, attracting not just descendents of obscure '60s garage rock, but some of the originators as well. This year's celebration features expert revivalists like the Pandoras and the Woggles, but the guests of honor are Chicago's the Shadows of Knight, who landed in the Top 40 in 1969 with a strutting cover of Bo Diddley's "Oh Yeah." Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 503-248-4700, startheaterportland.com. 7 pm. $25 per night, $40 weekend pass. 21+. Through June 24. See nuggetsnight.com for complete lineup.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
Naked Bike Ride
Bikes and naked people are two of Portland's defining features. Ride around with your clothes off and enjoy striking views of both your fellow riders and the city—not to mention the sensation of feeling the breeze through your pubic hair. Fernhill Park, 6010 NE 37th Ave., 503-823-2525, pdxwnbr.org. 8 pm. Free. All ages.
Between Motorhead tours, the late Lemmy Kilmister would get together with Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom and guitarist Danny B. Harvey to play faithful Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry songs as Head Cat. Now that he's gone, his bandmates have recruited David Vincent of Morbid Angel to carry on in tribute to one of rock's true legends and the music he loved. Dante's, 50 W Burnside St., 866-777-8932, danteslive.com. 9 pm. $17. 21+.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
In the summer, theater season slows down in every way except one—outdoor productions of Shakespeare. Original Practice Shakespeare, one of the city's most prolific producers of park plays, ends its first week of programming with the Bard's trippiest play. Kenton Park, 8417 N Brandon Ave., opsfest.org. 1 pm. Free.
Portland Cider Invitational
If the Cider Summit is Cider Week's industry show, the Invitational is the nerdfest—a bunch of rare and limited and weirdball ciders from Nat's, Baird & Dewar, Wildcraft and others, and especially a bunch of ginger, plum or spruce ciders from host Cider Riot. The Timbers-Sounders game will, of course, be on the TV. Cider Riot, 807 NE Couch St., ciderriot.com. 1-8 pm. Starts Saturday.
MONDAY, JUNE 26
Why's everyone creaming themselves over the LCD Soundsystem reunion when !!! (commonly pronounced "Chk Chk Chk") never went anywhere? Other bands from the early aughts dance-punk wave might've received more critical affection, but none understood the pulse and groove of actual dance music better than these guys. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 503-231-9663, dougfirlounge.com. 9 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.
Sous Nami Smackdown
You'd be surprised how much of the food you love is made by your favorite restaurants' sous chefs. Each year, St. Jack invites three of the best right-hand kitchen gals and guys, whose names you don't know, to face off in an Iron Chef-style smackdown. This time, they're the sous from Le Pigeon, Cafe Castagna and Beast. St. Jack, 1610 NW 23rd Ave., stjackpdx.com. 9 pm. $15 tickets include one cocktail.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
Notable Women of Portland
Most histories of Portland only touch on the dudes who got streets named after them. In Notable Women of Portland, authors Tracy Prince and Zadie Schaffer trace the line from Native Americans like Polly Johnson and Josette Nouette to modern figures like Abigail Scott Duniway and Portland's wealth of female writers, including Beverly Cleary and Jean Auel. Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., 503-246-0053, annieblooms.com. 7-8 pm. Free.
British-born Portland transplant Scout Niblett isn't the most prolific singer-songwriter, but she is a damn powerful one. Her latest release, the ultra-personal It's Up To Emma, came out in 2013, but its aching grunge ballads haven't gotten any less startling over time. In fact, the moments when she yells like she's performing an exorcism might be exactly what we need right now. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.