Shaft at Top Down Cinema
Shaft on a roof? Shut your mouth! Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th Ave., 503-221-1156, nwfilm.org/festivals/top-down-rooftop-cinema. 7 pm. $9 seniors and students, $10 general admission.
Mean Jeans, The Suicide Notes, Sleeptalker
For their first proper LP, Is That You?, the Suicide Notes adhere to their self-described ethos of girl-group aesthetics delivered with the sonic elements of punk. It manifests with a plethora of hooks and layered vocal lines as well as a one-per-song minimum of background ooohs and/or aaahhs for good measure. Read our full review of Is That You? here. The Know, 3728 NE Sandy Blvd., theknowpdx.com. 8 pm. Contact venue for ticket prices. 21+.
Long before "tropical house" was a thing, Colombia's Bomba Estéreo was making "electro tropical," wedding traditional South American dance rhythms to the modern throb of electronic dance music. After a decade thrilling more worldly underground club-goers, Amanecer, the group's 2015 album, broke the duo to a wider audience, landing on Rolling Stone's best albums of the year list. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 503-225-0047. 9 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.
Forest For The Trees Film Fest
The lineup for the second year of FFTT is a long list of independent filmmakers working in short format: narrative and animated shorts, music videos and commercials. The bill is heavy with local filmmakers, including a recent Funny or Die short by Whitey McConnaughy, a new Rasheed Jamal music video and another short starring members of White Fang. Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside St., laurelhursttheater.com. 9:15 pm. $5.
This Is a Black Spatial Imaginary
Portland artist Sharita Towne can do just about anything. She's a videographer and a print maker, and just about everything she does is radiant with a complicated yet hopeful sense of beauty. As part of arts festival Converge 45, Towne, along with collaborating artists, will perform a new piece titled This Is a Black Spatial Imaginary. Towne's work often deals with issues like gentrification (above is a piece Towne made in collaboration with Shani Peters), and this particular work is intended as a public intervention. Performed by the Broadway Bridge at night, it will almost certainly be one of the festival's most special moments. Read our full feature on Converge 45 here. The east side of the Broadway Bridge, converge45.org. 9:30 pm. Free.