FRIDAY, OCT. 20
Portland Retro Gaming Expo
The 11th Retro Gaming Expo lands on a big year in the world of gaming—2017 is the year that Atari turns 40. For three days, you can compete in tournaments, freak yourself out at the horror game marathon, go to talks about Atari or actually play games on the consul in the retro arcade. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., retrogamingexpo.com. 2 pm-10 pm Friday, 7 am-10 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. $39-$156.
The new work by Portland choreographer Taylor Eggån will critique the hero myth and other ways we overvalue masculinity. Abominable features elaborate costumes and an involved set based on medieval Scandinavian tales. Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N Interstate Ave., disjecta.org. 8 pm. $16-$20.
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
The new Kurt and Courtney are two of indie rock's most lovable slackers. Lotta Sea Lice, the duo's collaborative album, is a set of lovely guitar pop delivered with a nonchalant shrug. Read our feature on how the duo measure up to the other Kurt and Courtney here. The Schnitz, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall. 8 pm. $30-$45. All ages.
Farndale Avenue: Murder at Checkmate Manor
Five years after they first appeared in a drag parody of A Christmas Carol, Bag & Baggage have revived their fake community theater company to stage a madcap murder mystery. The production, whose full title is Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Murder at Checkmate Manor, recreates the opening night of an amateur murder mystery production plagued by misfortune. Vault Theatre, 350 E. Main St., Hillsboro, bagnbaggage.org. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, through Oct. 31. $30.
There was a simpler time in horror movies when all horror movies had to do was possess an inanimate object with a demon or the soul of a serial killer. Tom Holland directs Chucky in the one that started it all. Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 East Burnside St., laurelhursttheater.com. 9:30 pm. $4.
SATURDAY, OCT. 21
La Fuerza: A Bori-Mex Benefit
Maybe you haven't donated to Puerto Rico or Mexico yet. Here's another chance. Your money will get you a day of music featuring a string of local bands, performance art, tarot readings and, of course, the Portland Mercado food carts. All proceeds will go to groups benefiting Puerto Rico and Mexico. Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Rd., facebook.com/nxtlvlpdxofficial. 2-8 pm, $10-30 sliding scale. Cash only.
Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater's new show takes its inspiration from Angela Davis. Each of its three works is by a different contemporary choreographer whose influences range the wide spectrum of diasporic African dance. The works will address the power structures created by how we value (or don't value) different artistic aesthetics. Reed College Performing Arts, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., diasporadancetheater.weebly.com. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 5 pm Sunday Oct. 20-22. $16.
When she died last year at age 84, Pauline Oliveros was rightly celebrated as a central figure in the development of experimental electronic music. In the '60s, the accordionist from Houston co-founded the influential San Francisco Tape Music Center, which helped spawn electronic music as we know it. She also expounded musical concepts like "deep listening," which combined improvisation, ritual and electronics, and "sonic awareness," to connect musical creativity to the sounds happening around us. This installment of the Creative Music Guild's Extradition Series includes music by Oliveros and later composers and musicians who use her creative concepts, with ample room afforded for spontaneous musical choices, indeterminacy and silence. Performers include harpist Sage Fisher, guitarist Mike Gamble, pianist Reason, bassist Andre St. James and a slew of singers. Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave., 503-287-7553. 7:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 21. $5-$15 sliding scale. All ages.
Lenore Rises: An Edgar Allan Poe Macabaret
A cabaret dedicated to female characters in Poe stories already sounds amazing. But to make it even better, it's co-created by the righteously odd and feminist Broken Planetarium. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., brokenplanetarium.org. 7:30 pm. $8 advance, $10-$15 day of show.
The Black Angels, Ron Gallo, Daydream Machine
Equal parts Led Zeppelin, Velvet Underground and Flaming Lips, the Black Angels sound like what Hunter S. Thompson might've listened to as the bats descended upon him on the road somewhere between Barstow and Las Vegas. The moody, muddy guitar riffs and old-school psychedelic sound earned the Austin band national recognition, and their latest record, Death Song, stays true to the band's essence—reverb-drunk rock songs steeped in the dark side of Americana. "Comanche Moon" and "I'd Kill for Her" are two of the hardest rocking tracks, and they'll both sound magnificent thundering through the Roseland. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 9 pm. $20. All ages.
SUNDAY, OCT. 22
A trippy nightmare disguised as a kids movie, Coraline put LAIKA on the map as one of the most innovative (and creepy) animation studios out there. Pair this screening with a visit to the Portland Art Museum's exhibit of never-before-seen sets and props from the Hillsboro-based studio. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre.org. 2 pm. $9.
Killer IPA Fest
As part of Killer Beer Week, which kicks off at Roscoe's on Friday, N.W.I.P.A. will tap a mess of crazy hazy double IPAs from Great Notion, Culmination and others. Show up Saturday instead and get rare IPAs from out-of-state spots like Pizza Port and Structures. N.W.I.P.A. 6350 SE Foster Rd., nwipa.beer. 2-10 pm. Starts Oct. 21.
After wading through more than 30,000 posts from our commander-in-chief's Twitter feed, Portland resident (and WW comics page contributor) Shannon Wheeler illustrated the most absurd and evocative ones for his new book, Sh*t My President Says. Shannon Wheeler appears Sunday, Oct. 22 at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., powells.com. 7:30 pm. Free.
Nasalrod, Boink, Honey Bucket
Frank Zappa's deranged DNA can be found all over Nasalrod's new album Building Machines. Landing between the prog funk of Mr. Bungle and the spastic post-punk of Brainiac, the finest moments on Machines offer a glimpse at what might happen if the Blood Brothers kidnapped Mike Patton and joined the circus. Read our review of Building Machines here. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., mississippistudios.com. Sunday, Oct. 22. 9 pm. $5. 21+.