WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Salt and Fire
Werner Herzog is back after his ambitious 2016 internet documentary, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, with a new international eco-thriller starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Veronica Ferres and Michael Shannon. The 'Couv is getting a one-of-a-kind early screening. Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, 360-816-0352, kigginstheatre.net. 7:30 pm. $10.
How to Be Ultra Spiritual
Are you conscientious enough of your hippie neighbors' consciousness, bro? If not, this appearance by YouTube sensation JP Sears is for you. With topics like "How to become gluten intolerant" and "How to get offended," Sears will transform you from basic omnivorous pleb to dogma-spewing New Age zealot in no time. Namaste, dude. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave., 503-224-4929, newrenbooks.com. 8:30-10:30 pm. Free.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30
Ali Wong might have been the first comedian to perform her standup special while pregnant. But somehow, Wong's actual material in Baby Cobra—jokes based on her brash and unexpected take on everything, but particularly what it's like to be a woman—managed to be just as memorable. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com. 7 and 9:30 pm March 30-31. $39.75-$59.75.
New York's Red Baraat will soon put out its first album in four years, which is good but not necessary. The nine-piece band's natural habitat isn't the studio but onstage, where its mash-up of D.C. go-go funk, New Orleans second line and North Indian Punjabi music incites a U.N. party. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 503-248-4700, startheaterportland.com. 9 pm. $18. 21+.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
WW Presents Erotica Awareness Month: The Climax
To cap off WW's Erotica Awareness Month, we teamed up with the Clinton Street Theater and Portland film collector Ian Sundahl to screen an hour of rare, vintage trailers from the Golden Age of Porn on 35 mm: a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see surprisingly arty, weird glimpses from a forgotten time in cinema. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 503-238-5588, cstpdx.com. 10 pm. $6 advance, $8 day of show. 18+.
Seattle's hottest new doom-metal-themed brewery is finally bringing its barrel-aged farmhouses to Portland. Sipping on new classics like Crystal Ship Saison and Midnight Still Imperial Stout in a man cave with the Steve Miller Band on the stereo may not be what brewmasters Colin Lenfesty and Mike Murphy had in mind as the ideal tasting environment, but the beer speaks for itself. Beermongers, 1125 SE Division St., 503-234-6012, thebeermongers.com. 6 pm. 21+.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
Umbrella Festival Dirty Cabaret
Now in its sixth year, the Umbrella Festival is a weekend of six showcases featuring a different segment of Portland variety, from neo-vaudeville to aerial dance. The Saturday night show is dedicated to some of the performers keeping alive Portland's reputation for adult entertainment that's as arty as it is nasty. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com. 8 pm. $12-$40. Minors permitted with guardian.
Farmhouse & Wild Ale Fest
If you've been itching to get your lips on critically acclaimed farmhouse ales from De Garde, Logsdon and Wolves & People but can't justify driving from one small town to the next to find the funk, this is the fest for you. Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St., portlandfarmhousefest.com. 11 am-9 pm. $25. 21+. Also 11 am-6 pm Sunday, April 2.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
Watch as a weird old man's pervy medieval fantasies come to life before your eyes! This massive touring show uses a live orchestra and high-tech visual technology to immerse audiences in George R.R. Martin's bleak world of dungeons, dragons and more goddamn dragons. Think of it like Walking With Dinosaurs, except with more castrations and violent sex. Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., 503-235-8771, rosequarter.com. $39-$275. All ages.
Dallas thrash/crossover band Power Trip found themselves on the right side of a Pitchfork Best New Music rating with new album Nightmare Logic, a sub-40-minute blast of uncommonly good songwriting, massive hooks and solos with zero fat. If it's possible for heavy metal to have a popular resurgence, this is what it's going to sound like. Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-206-7439, analogpdx.com. 7:30 pm. $13. All ages.
MONDAY, APRIL 3
You hear a lot of talk about dangerous comedy, but how many times did Amy Schumer or Jim Jefferies go to jail for a joke? Because Bassem Youssef—the "Jon Stewart of Egypt"—sure as hell did. Expect paid hecklers from the Sisi regime to show up, because they always do. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com. 7:30 pm. $40-$50. All ages.
Best-selling memoirist Augusten Burroughs opens his new book, Lust & Wonder, by sending a shirtless selfie to his favorite author, an act that compels said author to go on a date with him, thus breaking Burroughs' hard-fought sobriety, which turns out to be a major life improvement. It's compulsively readable, if unbelievable. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323, powells.com. 7:30 pm. Free.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, has been a key DJ in London for close to a decade. On 2015's Elaenia, his debut for David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, the part-time neuroscientist weaves complex, jazzlike structures with spectral ambience, and conjures a sound more lively than you might anticipate—a sound that grows even livelier when backed by his seven-piece touring band. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 503-231-9663, dougfirlounge.com. 9 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.
Sleep, Memory and Dreams: Putting It All Together
Ever wonder about the science behind what your brain is up to while you're having that dream for the 100th time about your teeth falling out in high school chemistry class? Join Harvard Medical School professor and biochemist Dr. Robert Stickgold for a stimulating discussion on just what dreams are made of and why even the worst ones are important to your body's daily functions. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com. 7 pm. $17-$50. All ages.