Wednesday, October 18
Helium Comedy's month of local showcases continues with a night dedicated to up-and-coming Portland comics. But Loose Cannons will hardly be amateur hour—even Helium's open mic is one of the funniest standup showcases in the city. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., portland.heliumcomedy.com. 8 pm. $5. +21.
Smash Bros. Tournament
Play Smash Wii U on QuarterWorld's big screen, then take your winnings and head next door for Super Nintendo-themed restaurant Baoser for some bao. QuarterWorld, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-548-2923, quarterworldarcade.com. 7 pm. $5 buy-in, $1 admission. 21+.
Thursday, October 19
NW Dance Project Fall Show
The Portland dance company will open its season with a new work by choreographer Wen Wei Wang. The fact that Wang's work will share the bill with two of the most strangely beautiful works from NWDP's repertoire is very promising. Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., nwdanceproject.org. 7:30 pm. Oct. 19-21. $34-$58.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Kid, the new album from experimental musician Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, is her best and biggest-sounding yet—a radiating batch of electronica that falls between digitized chamber pop and the score to a particularly unnerving episode of Black Mirror. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 503-231-9663, dougfirlounge.com. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
Friday, October 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. The Schnitz, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall. 8 pm. $30-$45. All ages. See feature, page 35.
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.
Saturday, October 21
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.
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.
Sunday, October 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.
Monday, October 23
The synth-pop giants' new album, Spirit, has an apropos political slant. But let's be honest about what really makes this the biggest show of the fall—it's the 30-year-old songs about BDSM and molesting Jesus. Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., 503-235-8771. 7:30 pm. $50-$195. All ages.
Classic Simpsons Trivia: Halloween Edition
Better rewatch every Treehouse of Horror episode before you show up. Don't worry, it'll only take you about 15 hours. White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th Ave., 503-236-9672, facebook.com/groups/simpsonstriviapdx. 7 pm. Free, 21+.
Tuesday, October 24
Broken Social Scene
In a year where many of the last big indie-rock bands returned with new music, Broken Social Scene's Hug of Thunder sounds the most triumphant. The Toronto supergroup brought the whole gang back for another album of wide-scale, lighters-up anthems. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 503-225-0047, crystalballroompdx.com. 8 pm. $31 advance, $33 day of show. All ages.
Blazers Home Opener
The Bad Boy Blazers make their Moda Center debut against the New Orleans Pelicans. Will Nurk elbow Anthony Davis so hard it separates his unibrow? Fingers crossed! Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., 503-235-8771. 7 pm. $22-$108.