FRIDAY, NOV. 3
44th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival: Shorts
On the third day of the festival, NW Film Center will screen 10 shorts by regional filmmakers about everything from spoken-word poems to cats that double as spaceships. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-894-7557, nwfilm.org. 7:15 pm. $9.
Mic Capes & Drae Slapz
What happens when Portland's hardest-spitting MC meets the city's most slap-happy producer? Insert flame emojis here. Sheesh, their collaborative EP, dropped in August, but the heat coming off it has yet to die down. Read our review of Sheesh here. Peter's Room at Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033, roselandpdx.com. 8 pm. $10. All ages.
Portland Film Festival: Benefits of Gusbandry
Created by Portland director Alicia J. Rose, the web series follows the relationship of Jackie (Brooke Totman) and her best friend/gay husband River (Kurt Conroyd). Every scene is an amalgamation of Portland references, social commentary and Rose's own experiences—whether it's a night of jigsaw puzzles and tequila shots fraught with sexual tension, or a Planned Parenthood waiting room complete with pamphlets titled "Keeping Up With Chlamydia." You can binge watch season two at the Portland Film Festival a few days before its available for streaming online. Read out annotated guide to one of the new episodes here. Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside St. 9:15 pm. See portlandfilmfestival.com for full festival schedule, passes and individual tickets.
Dreckig, Amenta Abioto, Brown Calculus
Portland drummer Papi Fimbres usually plays in about two dozen bands at a time. But when he and his wife, Shana Lindbeck, decamped to Germany for a yearlong sabbatical back in 2015, he was forced to downsize. Thus, they formed the duo Dreckig. Acting as a sort of stripped-down, spaced-out version of the other group they play in together, the semi-traditional cumbia army Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, the band filters Latin dance rhythms through a portal of krautrock and electronic club music. Like most of Fimbres' projects, it's equal parts trippy and deeply groovy. Tonight, the pair celebrate the release of the second Dreckig album, Space In Time/Time In Space. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave, bunksandwiches.com. $7. 9:30 pm. 21+.
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
The new movie from Portland-based director Todd Haynes is seriously feelgood. Wonderstruck interlocks heartfelt storylines about two deaf children who run away to New York City. Read our review of Wonderstruck here. Fox Tower, 846 SW Park Ave., 844-462-7342. Various showtimes. $9.75-$11.75
Pray For Snow Release
Rather than just pray for it, at 10 Barrel's winter-ale bottle release the Pearl District brewery will bring the snow in on a god-damned truck, then host a snowboarding rail jam in the middle of the street. It's the literal coolest thing in Portland. 10 Barrel, 1411 NW Flanders St., 503-224-1700, 10barrel.com. 5-10 pm. Snowboard equipment giveaways at 8 pm.
Ramen and Whisky Festival
There is ramen. There is whisky. There are pairings of ramen and whisky, with Japanese whisky titans and kick-ass ramen makers like Marukin and Han Oak. What could go wrong, except that the tickets run out? North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., bit.ly/ramenandwhisky2017. Noon-5 pm. Sold out.
Art and Beer: Pitchering Oregon
For the 8th year, Oregon brewers have made beer to pair with art showcasing landscapes from around the state. This means rabbi-blessed kosher beer paired with a picture of a synagogue, a desiccated-hops-and-spruce-tips beer from de Garde paired with a photo of a clear-cut, and a lichen-and-bark beer from Hopworks to go with the Columbia Slough. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., portlandartmuseum.org. 1-6 pm. $20 advance for 10 tasting tokens.
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
The full gamut of Afro-centric musical traditions combine inside Burnt Sugar. This rotating large ensemble, founded by legendary Village Voice music writer and guitarist Greg Tate, builds upon the psychedelic improvisational tradition set forth by early '70s recordings like Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi. With a crew of about a dozen souls keeping the psychedelic groove train moving at all times, the band's latest album, All You Zombies Dig The Luminosity is as dense as the title, with numerous voices, horns and synthesizers in constant battle for the spotlight. Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave, jacklondonrevue.com. 8 pm Saturday, Nov. 4. $25 advance, $30 day of show. 21+.
SUNDAY, NOV. 5
PDX Contemporary Ballet opens their second season with three new pieces, all of which were created in collaboration with local authors. Read our feature on Converge here. N.E.W. Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St., pdxcb.com. 2:30 pm. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Water by the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last
Profile Theater is staging two plays from Quiara Alegría Hudes' trilogy that follows Elliot Ruiz, a 19-year-old Puerto Rican-American veteran. The shows stand on their own, but considering how arrestingly poetic Profile's season has been so far, you'll want to see both. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., profiletheater.org. Water by the Spoonful is at 2 pm, The Happiest Song Plays Last is at 7:30. $20-$36 per show.
Deer Tick, Jena Friedman
After nearly calling it quits during a four-year hiatus to focus on adult life stuff, Rhode Island indie rockers Deer Tick have thankfully returned to music with not just one but two new albums showcasing the band's musical versatility. Vol.1 and Vol.2 respectively separate the band's acoustic, country-inspired folk side from their noisy grunge-rock roots—though both of which reflect a newfound, high-spirited maturity. On their current tour, the foursome will also split the acoustic from the electric, playing two sets of new songs mixed with reinventions of the classics. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St, wonderballroom.com. 8:30 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
Jessica Boudreaux, Candace and Strange Babes DJs
Considering the fuzzed-out fury of Jessica Boudreaux's main gig, it's hard to imagine the Summer Cannibals frontwoman would need a different outlet to craft a breakup record. But rather than dial the amps up past 11, Boudreaux retreated to the bedroom to employ a synth-pop sound for her debut solo record, No Fury. Read our review of Boudreaux's new album here. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., holocene.org. 8:30 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.