WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22
Mel Brown Big Band
Tonight, as part of the Portland Jazz Festival, drummer Mel Brown—the Godfather of Portland jazz—debuts a big band comprised of his many longtime Jimmy Mak's bandmates, performing the music of Dizzy Gillespie in honor of what would have been his 100th birthday. Famed New York trumpeter Jon Faddis plays the part of Diz. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., 503-288-3895, revolutionhall.com. 7:30 pm. $19-$49. All ages.
BoatHouse MicroCinema Launch
Arthouse cinemas are like the mythical Phoenix: As one perishes, another is reborn. As the long-running Cinema Project draws to a close, local DIY hero Matt McCormick kicks off his brand-new microcinema project with a collection of local shorts curated by experimental filmmaker Ben Popp. BoatHouse MicroCinema, 822 N River St., boathousemicrocinema.com. 7:30 pm. $8 suggested donation.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23
Viet Thanh Nguyen
New book The Refugees collects 20 years of stories from Viet Thanh Nguyen. Considering his first novel, The Sympathizer, earned him a Pulitzer Prize, and his two nonfiction books were finalists for other major literary awards, there's a good chance this will be one of the year's best collections. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323, powells.com. 7:30 pm. Free.
Abstraction, Difference and Presence: The Works of Jean-Paul Kelly
After 14 years, the experimental film collective Cinema Project screens its last program. It showcases the work of Canadian artist and filmmaker Jean-Paul Kelly, whose films explore the relationship between materiality and perception through found material and sound clips. NXT Industries, 1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 971-266-0085, cinemaproject.org. 7:30 pm. $8 suggested donation.
FRIDAY, FEB. 24
Sour Fruit Fest
Portland's house of sour celebrates itself Wednesday through Sunday—but this is the first night you won't have to work the next day. More than 50 different fruity sour beers will rotate through the barrel house, with bourbon-barrel-aged Cherry Vlad quad headlining Friday. Pucker up and drink, or vice versa. Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St., 503-265-8603, cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com. Noon.
Not all heroes wear capes—some prefer ruffled 1970s prom gear. While Chicano Batman's look isn't likely to strike fear in the hearts of many men, the band's distinctly Mexican-American sound—psychedelic Latin grooves delivered with a soulful smoothness learned from L.A. oldies radio—should agitate one tangerine-colored supervillain in particular. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 503-248-4700, startheaterportland.com. 9 pm. $14. 21+.
SATURDAY, FEB. 25
Triple IPA Fest
Hoppy heavyweights from across the West Coast hit the taps at N.W.I.P.A. in celebration of the height of late winter's triple IPA season. Boozy, bright, and bitter, these once-a-year creations dominate your palate, a delicious blend of honey and hop cone. But be warned: Follow up an IIIPA with the normal variety, and you'll wonder if it's secretly La Croix. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Road, 503-805-7342, nwipa.beer. 2 pm.
Purists can hate on the validity of monster truck rallies as actual sporting events all they want, but few things in the arena entertainment world are as exciting as watching Grave Digger spit flames and grind a stack of Geo Trackers into dust. Aside from the occasional hockey fight, it doesn't get more gratifyingly lowbrow than this. Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., 503-235-8771, rosequarter.com. 1 and 7 pm. Also 1 pm Feb. 26. $20-$90.
SUNDAY, FEB. 26
That line about how President Trump is going to inspire great art might be a crock of shit, but at least he's already inspiring killer benefit concerts. Tonight's show of protest brings together Portland's indie-rock ruling class—Colin Meloy, Stephen Malkmus and Sleater-Kinney—along with several others to raise money for the ACLU and Unite Oregon. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 503-225-0047, crystalballroompdx.com. 6 pm. Sold out. All ages.
Kachka Butter Brunch
Yes, it is time for Maslenitsa! Butter Week in Russia! So get drunk on horseradish vodka and eat butter blini family-style with cured fish and roe and fruit preserves alongside machanka—a "Belorussian gravy of braised meats." Ah! Winter is over! Life is good. And to celebrate coming out of the darkness, proceeds go to the ACLU. Kachka, 720 SE Grand Ave., 503-235-0059, kachkapdx.com. 10 am-noon. $45. Reservations required.
MONDAY, FEB. 27
Local authors Cheryl Strayed, Cari Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and A.M. O'Malley will come together to discuss the question: How do writers get the money and time to write? The topic is at the heart of a new essay collection entitled Scratch, edited by Manjula Martin, which features contributions by Luna and Strayed. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323, powells.com. 7:30 pm. Free.
The Radio Dept.
It took six flippin' years, but we finally got a new Radio Dept. album last year. On Running Out of Love, Sweden's finest indie-pop group downplays the guitars and turns up the synths, bringing bits of minimalist techno into its dreamy milieu. Sadly, "We Got Game" is not a response to Public Enemy's "He Got Game," but it was worth the wait anyway. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 503-231-9663, dougfirlounge.com. 9 pm. $17. 21+.
TUESDAY, FEB. 28
Portland Mardi Gras Parade
In New Orleans, everybody can have a parade any time they want, and anyone can join you—them's the rules. Well, here's at least one parade in Portland you can jump right into. Show up at Victoria Bar at 5:30 or so looking like an idiot or a skull or something, then march down Mississippi Avenue. Don't show your boobs yet: There are kids. Victoria Bar, 4835 N Albina Ave., victoriabarpdx.com. Parade leaves 7 pm.
Following the release of her first standup album, Aparna Nancherla got boxed in as "the mental-health comedian." While her candid approach to anxiety and depression is definitely a bonus, it's her super-dry delivery and absurdist twists on living the sad single life that really set her apart. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com. 8 pm. $16.50 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.