Wednesday, Jan. 18
With a refreshingly scrappy and low-budget vibe, arts collective Broken Planetarium produces some of most imaginative theater in Portland. Its follow-up folk opera to the agitprop feminist Frankenstein: A Cabaret, is the story of an unlikely friendship between folk singers in a futuristic, underwater Manhattan. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., brokenplanetarium.org. 8 pm. $15-$20.
Rose City Classic Dog Show
Portland's dog show of choice hosts events running the gamut from a miniature schnauzer contest to an agility contest that'll have you and the mutt you found on Craigslist questioning your decision to skip out on the obedience classes. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., rosecityclassic.org. 8 am-6 pm. Through Jan. 22. $10.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Time magazine declared 2014 the "year of Roxane Gay" after the publication of her first novel, An Untamed State, and on the eve of the release of her first book of essays, Bad Feminist. She's busted heads as an opinion writer for The New York Times, and also put out a kickass Black Panther comic with Marvel. Now back with a new short-story collection, Gay may be the perfect antiseptic to the first year under the rule of the Grabber-in-Chief. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., powells.com. 7:30 pm. Free.
With so many Black Sabbath cover bands out there (that basically describes the entire doom metal genre, right?), you might not think you need to hear a Latin-funk version, but holy shit, you do. Somehow, Tony Iommi riffs shred even harder on the trombone. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., wonderballroom.com. 7:30 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. 21+.
Friday, Jan. 20
It's a coincidence that the newest work by Portland choreographer Tahni Holt premieres the week of the inauguration, but also fitting. The piece features six female dancers whose ages range from 15 to 60, and deals with the physical and emotional stress women endure. Reed College Performing Arts Building, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., whitebird.org. 7 and 9 pm. Through Jan. 22. $25-$34.
It's Inauguration Day, and there's a lot more to do than just stress eating in the fetal position! See here for events, and may God have mercy on us all.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Before the resurgence of Dave Chappelle, there wasn't a more untouchable comic than Louis C.K. He returns to Portland for the first time in many years to tell the most insightful jokes about shitting and masturbating you'll ever hear. Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., 503-235-8771. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 19-21. $25-$50. All ages.
Hitchcock Festival Week
Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief. That's a lot of Hitchcock for one day. Today marks the peak of the Mission's Hitchcock Festival Week as the Slabtown theater celebrates the legendary English director's enormous career by playing his best-loved films. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 503-223-4527. Screenings begin at noon with To Catch a Thief.
Sunday, Jan. 22
High on Fire
Frontman Matt Pike might be sober now, but High on Fire remains one of stoner metal's heaviest acts. Getting clean hasn't made him any less cuckoo, either: Based on the alien conspiracy theories that abound on the band's last album, 2015's Luminiferous, you'd think he just started hitting the really good stuff. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd., hawthornetheatre.com. 8 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
Some Days Are Better Than Others
Portland State professor and filmmaker Matt McCormick has made two features and shot music videos for the Shins and Sleater-Kinney. He's also screened his work at Sundance, the Viennale and Art Basel. On Friday, McCormick gives a talk about current work. This weekend, he shows his 2010 film about isolation and consumerism, Some Days Are Better Than Others, shot in Portland and starring Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer. 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St., 5thavecinema.com. Talk begins 7 pm Friday. Film screens 7 and 9:30 pm Saturday, 3 pm Sunday.
Monday, Jan. 23
She's 30-something years into a brilliant career, but Lucinda Williams has yet to peak. On last year's The Ghosts of Highway 20, the alt-country icon painted a gritty, existential portrait of the Deep South, populated by a cast of sordid characters to rival the good season of True Detective. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., aladdin-theater.com. 8 pm, through Jan. 24. Sold out. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
Oregon Bartenders Guild Holiday Extravaganza
Now that the monthlong procession of boozy celebrations for normies and 9-to-5ers has subsided, it's finally time for folks on the other side of the bar to enjoy whatever's left of the holiday cheer. OBG members are allowed one guest, which means you still have a few days to get friendly with the barkeep at your local dive and see just how many shots of Fernet you can put down before mysteriously waking up in Vancouver. Victoria Bar, 4835 N Albina Ave., victoriapdx.com. 6-10 pm. Must RSVP.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Does this movie "make sense"? Is it "technically good"? When you've got Prince delivering the hottest fictional concert scenes ever captured on film, and Morris Day as the most gleeful asshole in the Minneapolis club scene, who really cares? This is part of the Mission's '80s Week, with John Hughes classics like Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club also playing. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 503-223-4527. 5 pm. $4.
John K. Samson
Former Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson is one of North America's finest songwriters, and among its most underappreciated. He's touring in support of his second solo album, Winter Wheat, a collection of plainspoken songs inspired by the addicts and punks that populate his Canadian hometown. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., dougfirlounge.com. 9 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.